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106:0.1 (1162.1) IT IS not enough that the ascending mortal should know something of the relations of Deity to the genesis and manifestations of cosmic reality; he should also comprehend something of the relationships existing between himself and the numerous levels of existential and experiential realities, of potential and actual realities. Man’s terrestrial orientation, his cosmic insight, and his spiritual directionization are all enhanced by a better comprehension of universe realities and their techniques of interassociation, integration, and unification.

I was leafing through the UB to accompany my morning coffee when this phrase "jumped off the page" as often happens with me, especially the "It is not enough..."
But as also often happens with me, as I continued reading I found myself woefully lacking in understanding.

I would like to ask those forum members who have a knack for teaching if they would be willing to coach me and others like me through this chapter paragraph by paragraph. The Melchizedek vocabulary is very rich, especially when they are attempting to communicate cosmic values and realities to our limited comprehension.

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Paper 106

Universe Levels of Reality

106:0.1 (1162.1) IT IS not enough that the ascending mortal should know something of the relations of Deity to the genesis and manifestations of cosmic reality; he should also comprehend something of the relationships existing between himself and the numerous levels of existential and experiential realities, of potential and actual realities. Man’s terrestrial orientation, his cosmic insight, and his spiritual directionization are all enhanced by a better comprehension of universe realities and their techniques of interassociation, integration, and unification.

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I think one of the primary functions of Epochal Revelation is to present information about universe reality to help us planetary bound mortals to acquire a more accurate perspective OF reality to achieve a more productive and relevant philosophy of living. Reality is. What it is and how it works is important to our relationship to and with reality. Our understanding of that relationship determines our motives, priorities, strategies, tactics, and all other decisions and choices in life.

I think our faith experience and Deity connection does not require or even rely upon such an understanding. True salvation is a process of spiritization that does not require knowledge or understanding for its beginning or for its growth or for the survival of material death; as I understand the UB. Faith can even deliver us to fusion itself perhaps.

But significant progress in universe reality will, eventually, require an education and knowledge and understanding OF that universe reality. The Papers claim to be a gift for that understanding and education. The UB is inspiring but, more importantly perhaps, it is informative and adds to context, scope, scale, perspective, purpose, cause, direction, trajectory, momentum, ultimacy, and the functional relationships within all of that.

We cannot really approach or appreciate Paper 106 without consideration of Papers 104 and 105 first. Most Papers are not isolated in content or context but are often grouped together by topic. Papers 107-111 and 100-103 and 85-92 come to mind.
The phrase - "IT IS not enough that the ascending mortal should know something of the relations of Deity to the genesis and manifestations of cosmic reality; " - is referring to Papers 104 and 105.

The authors warn us of their own limited comprehension and understanding in these Papers and especially the limitations of human mind to discern these teachings. But tell us: "Man’s terrestrial orientation, his cosmic insight, and his spiritual directionization are all enhanced by a better comprehension of universe realities and their techniques of interassociation, integration, and unification."

I look forward to such an exploration!!

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Great topic. I'm backing it. Signing in for this little forum classroom. 8)

I don't feel competent to lead but would like to learn and participate.


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I am not qualified to "lead" such a discussion either.

But then... if nothing is ventured, then nothing can be gained.

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Let me suggest that Papers 10 and 16 be reviewed as we seek to discover and discern and "comprehend something of the relationships existing between himself and the numerous levels of existential and experiential realities, of potential and actual realities. Man’s terrestrial orientation, his cosmic insight, and his spiritual directionization are all enhanced by a better comprehension of universe realities and their techniques of interassociation, integration, and unification."

10:1.1 (108.4) It would seem that the Father, back in eternity, inaugurated a policy of profound self-distribution. There is inherent in the selfless, loving, and lovable nature of the Universal Father something which causes him to reserve to himself the exercise of only those powers and that authority which he apparently finds it impossible to delegate or to bestow.

10:1.2 (108.5) The Universal Father all along has divested himself of every part of himself that was bestowable on any other Creator or creature. He has delegated to his divine Sons and their associated intelligences every power and all authority that could be delegated. He has actually transferred to his Sovereign Sons, in their respective universes, every prerogative of administrative authority that was transferable. In the affairs of a local universe, he has made each Sovereign Creator Son just as perfect, competent, and authoritative as is the Eternal Son in the original and central universe. He has given away, actually bestowed, with the dignity and sanctity of personality possession, all of himself and all of his attributes, everything he possibly could divest himself of, in every way, in every age, in every place, and to every person, and in every universe except that of his central indwelling.

10:1.3 (109.1) Divine personality is not self-centered; self-distribution and sharing of personality characterize divine freewill selfhood. Creatures crave association with other personal creatures; Creators are moved to share divinity with their universe children; the personality of the Infinite is disclosed as the Universal Father, who shares reality of being and equality of self with two co-ordinate personalities, the Eternal Son and the Conjoint Actor.

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Ok so no leader just participants :smile:

I think that this discussion can provide greater depth in understanding our own realness. Why and in what way we are undisputedly real as personal empirical realities within real God and different levels within His vast cosmic body.

There is still present on our world a trend of thinking that everything is an illusion, part of Maya and therefore we are not real. Especially present in "non dualism" school of thought.


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104:3.2 (1146.4) Mortal man is passing through a great age of expanding horizons and enlarging concepts on Urantia, and his cosmic philosophy must accelerate in evolution to keep pace with the expansion of the intellectual arena of human thought. As the cosmic consciousness of mortal man expands, he perceives the interrelatedness of all that he finds in his material science, intellectual philosophy, and spiritual insight. Still, with all this belief in the unity of the cosmos, man perceives the diversity of all existence. In spite of all concepts concerning the immutability of Deity, man perceives that he lives in a universe of constant change and experiential growth. Regardless of the realization of the survival of spiritual values, man has ever to reckon with the mathematics and premathematics of force, energy, and power.

104:3.3 (1146.5) In some manner the eternal repleteness of infinity must be reconciled with the time-growth of the evolving universes and with the incompleteness of the experiential inhabitants thereof. In some way the conception of total infinitude must be so segmented and qualified that the mortal intellect and the morontia soul can grasp this concept of final value and spiritualizing significance.

104:3.4 (1146.6) While reason demands a monotheistic unity of cosmic reality, finite experience requires the postulate of plural Absolutes and of their co-ordination in cosmic relationships. Without co-ordinate existences there is no possibility for the appearance of diversity of absolute relationships, no chance for the operation of differentials, variables, modifiers, attenuators, qualifiers, or diminishers.


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10:3.4 (111.2) The Father, Son, and Spirit are certainly equal in nature, co-ordinate in being, but there are unmistakable differences in their universe performances, and when acting alone, each person of Deity is apparently limited in absoluteness.

10:3.5 (111.3) The Universal Father, prior to his self-willed divestment of the personality, powers, and attributes which constitute the Son and the Spirit, seems to have been (philosophically considered) an unqualified, absolute, and infinite Deity. But such a theoretical First Source and Center without a Son could not in any sense of the word be considered the Universal Father; fatherhood is not real without sonship. Furthermore, the Father, to have been absolute in a total sense, must have existed at some eternally distant moment alone. But he never had such a solitary existence; the Son and the Spirit are both coeternal with the Father. The First Source and Center has always been, and will forever be, the eternal Father of the Original Son and, with the Son, the eternal progenitor of the Infinite Spirit.

10:3.6 (111.4) We observe that the Father has divested himself of all direct manifestations of absoluteness except absolute fatherhood and absolute volition. We do not know whether volition is an inalienable attribute of the Father; we can only observe that he did not divest himself of volition. Such infinity of will must have been eternally inherent in the First Source and Center.

10:3.7 (111.5) In bestowing absoluteness of personality upon the Eternal Son, the Universal Father escapes from the fetters of personality absolutism, but in so doing he takes a step which makes it forever impossible for him to act alone as the personality-absolute. And with the final personalization of coexistent Deity—the Conjoint Actor—there ensues the critical trinitarian interdependence of the three divine personalities with regard to the totality of Deity function in absolute.

10:3.8 (111.6) God is the Father-Absolute of all personalities in the universe of universes. The Father is personally absolute in liberty of action, but in the universes of time and space, made, in the making, and yet to be made, the Father is not discernibly absolute as total Deity except in the Paradise Trinity.

10:3.9 (111.7) The First Source and Center functions outside of Havona in the phenomenal universes as follows:

10:3.10 (111.8) 1. As creator, through the Creator Sons, his grandsons.

10:3.11 (111.9) 2. As controller, through the gravity center of Paradise.

10:3.12 (111.10) 3. As spirit, through the Eternal Son.

10:3.13 (111.11) 4. As mind, through the Conjoint Creator.

10:3.14 (111.12) 5. As a Father, he maintains parental contact with all creatures through his personality circuit.

10:3.15 (111.13) 6. As a person, he acts directly throughout creation by his exclusive fragments—in mortal man by the Thought Adjusters.

10:3.16 (111.14) 7. As total Deity, he functions only in the Paradise Trinity.

10:3.17 (112.1) All these relinquishments and delegations of jurisdiction by the Universal Father are wholly voluntary and self-imposed. The all-powerful Father purposefully assumes these limitations of universe authority.

10:3.18 (112.2) The Eternal Son seems to function as one with the Father in all spiritual respects except in the bestowals of the God fragments and in other prepersonal activities. Neither is the Son closely identified with the intellectual activities of material creatures nor with the energy activities of the material universes. As absolute the Son functions as a person and only in the domain of the spiritual universe.

10:3.19 (112.3) The Infinite Spirit is amazingly universal and unbelievably versatile in all his operations. He performs in the spheres of mind, matter, and spirit. The Conjoint Actor represents the Father-Son association, but he also functions as himself. He is not directly concerned with physical gravity, with spiritual gravity, or with the personality circuit, but he more or less participates in all other universe activities. While apparently dependent on three existential and absolute gravity controls, the Infinite Spirit appears to exercise three supercontrols. This threefold endowment is employed in many ways to transcend and seemingly to neutralize even the manifestations of primary forces and energies, right up to the superultimate borders of absoluteness. In certain situations these supercontrols absolutely transcend even the primal manifestations of cosmic reality.



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118:1.8 (1295.8) The time unit of immaturity concentrates meaning-value into the present moment in such a way as to divorce the present of its true relationship to the not-present—the past-future. The time unit of maturity is proportioned so to reveal the co-ordinate relationship of past-present-future that the self begins to gain insight into the wholeness of events, begins to view the landscape of time from the panoramic perspective of broadened horizons, begins perhaps to suspect the nonbeginning, nonending eternal continuum, the fragments of which are called time.

118:1.9 (1296.1) On the levels of the infinite and the absolute the moment of the present contains all of the past as well as all of the future. I AM signifies also I WAS and I WILL BE. And this represents our best concept of eternity and the eternal.

118:1.10 (1296.2) On the absolute and eternal level, potential reality is just as meaningful as actual reality. Only on the finite level and to time-bound creatures does there appear to be such a vast difference. To God, as absolute, an ascending mortal who has made the eternal decision is already a Paradise finaliter. But the Universal Father, through the indwelling Thought Adjuster, is not thus limited in awareness but can also know of, and participate in, every temporal struggle with the problems of the creature ascent from animallike to Godlike levels of existence.

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As Gods children (unique, individual, perceptual realities) we were created to attain destiny potential that is to experiencially traverse universe levels of reality and through them explore eternal infinity.

Following that Universal Path makes us increasingly real even to absolute levels but not Infinite levels of existance.


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Through the ascenders' experience, God "can also know of, and participate in, every temporal struggle with the problems of the creature ascent from animallike to Godlike levels of existence."

The experiential expressions of reality in time co-create future reality as potentials are actualized to create new potentials, endlessly in the time of eternity. The "exploration" of eternal infinity completes and expands and perfects infinity as well!!

We tadpoles are part of all that!!

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There is really no word to express how of an understatement it is to say that I'm amazed in contemplation of this truth.

There is no greater thrill than to clearly perceive of what supreme cosmic adventure we are a part of and that we are only at the very beginning of it.

106:9.11 (1174.7) Sooner or later all universe personalities begin to realize that the final quest of eternity is the endless exploration of infinity, the never-ending voyage of discovery into the absoluteness of the First Source and Center.

32:5.7 (365.3) There is in the mind of God a plan which embraces every creature of all his vast domains, and this plan is an eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. And the infinite treasures of such a matchless career are yours for the striving!

Studying this papers isn't merely about integrating theoretical philosophy. Journey through and as reality levels is a personal experience so we should be joyfully hyped about it! :smile: 8)


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105:0.1 (1152.1) TO EVEN high orders of universe intelligences infinity is only partially comprehensible, and the finality of reality is only relatively understandable. The human mind, as it seeks to penetrate the eternity-mystery of the origin and destiny of all that is called real, may helpfully approach the problem by conceiving eternity-infinity as an almost limitless ellipse which is produced by one absolute cause, and which functions throughout this universal circle of endless diversification, ever seeking some absolute and infinite potential of destiny.

105:0.2 (1152.2) When the mortal intellect attempts to grasp the concept of reality totality, such a finite mind is face to face with infinity-reality; reality totality is infinity and therefore can never be fully comprehended by any mind that is subinfinite in concept capacity.

105:0.3 (1152.3) The human mind can hardly form an adequate concept of eternity existences, and without such comprehension it is impossible to portray even our concepts of reality totality. Nevertheless, we may attempt such a presentation, although we are fully aware that our concepts must be subjected to profound distortion in the process of translation-modification to the comprehension level of mortal mind.

105:1.7 (1153.4) The universe of universes, with its innumerable host of inhabiting personalities, is a vast and complex organism, but the First Source and Center is infinitely more complex than the universes and personalities which have become real in response to his willful mandates. When you stand in awe of the magnitude of the master universe, pause to consider that even this inconceivable creation can be no more than a partial revelation of the Infinite.

105:1.8 (1153.5) Infinity is indeed remote from the experience level of mortal comprehension, but even in this age on Urantia your concepts of infinity are growing, and they will continue to grow throughout your endless careers stretching onward into future eternity. Unqualified infinity is meaningless to the finite creature, but infinity is capable of self-limitation and is susceptible of reality expression to all levels of universe existences. And the face which the Infinite turns toward all universe personalities is the face of a Father, the Universal Father of love.

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32:5.6 (365.2) Frankly, eternity is incomprehensible to the finite mind of time. You simply cannot grasp it; you cannot comprehend it. I do not completely visualize it, and even if I did, it would be impossible for me to convey my concept to the human mind. Nevertheless, I have done my best to portray something of our viewpoint, to tell you somewhat of our understanding of things eternal. I am endeavoring to aid you in the crystallization of your thoughts about these values which are of infinite nature and eternal import.


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Thanks for the very helpful quotes and discussion! Actually I had read Papers 103 through 105 previously and although I didn't understand everything of course, what I absorbed was very exciting and encouraging. So when I flipped the page to 106 and the first sentence popped out (does that happen to everyone?) at me I had a big "WOW THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!" moment and began to wade in. It's like one of the local beaches here in Rio that you take a few steps off the beach and suddenly you're in over your head and dog-paddling like crazy just to stay afloat.

I often regret that I haven't read the UB sequentially, but after the Forward I jumped straight to the Midwayer's account of the Master's life on Urantia, and after that I sort of just followed my nose. But even with my hopscotch study methods (and I thank all here on the Forum for help along the way) I have gained enough of a foundation to help answer questions from friends and family.

It is in that attempt to share the vision of the Papers that I understand the considerable effort it took to try to communicate these concepts in human terms. My first impressions in reading the Papers were that the authors gave little importance to the rise and fall of civilizations, catastrophic events, and human weakness but much importance to the individual and the individual's relationship with the Father. At times I felt they were even a bit unfeeling in regards to the human condition, but now I realize that stating fact and precious presentations of cosmic realities is far from unfeeling.

So this presentation by a Melchizedek of Nebadon baffles me a bit with the vocabulary, and whereas previously I have just swallowed complicated phrases and presentations by faith, confident that I will learn as I go and grow, this time I feel like I need to grasp these meanings and this vocabulary and add a new step, a new level to my growth.

Thanks for taking the time to help and I hope this discussion is as helpful for others as it is for me. This is another paragraph that stood out:

106:9.5 (1174.1) The paradox created by the experiential and the existential viewpoints is inevitable and is predicated in part on the fact that the Paradise Trinity and the Trinity of Trinities are each an eternity relationship which mortals can only perceive as a time-space relativity. The human concept of the gradual experiential actualization of the Trinity of Trinities—the time viewpoint—must be supplemented by the additional postulate that this is already a factualization—the eternity viewpoint. But how can these two viewpoints be reconciled? To finite mortals we suggest the acceptance of the truth that the Paradise Trinity is the existential unification of infinity, and that the inability to detect the actual presence and completed manifestation of the experiential Trinity of Trinities is in part due to reciprocal distortion because of:
106:9.6 (1174.2) 1. The limited human viewpoint, the inability to grasp the concept of unqualified eternity.

106:9.7 (1174.3) 2. The imperfect human status, the remoteness from the absolute level of experientials.

106:9.8 (1174.4) 3. The purpose of human existence, the fact that mankind is designed to evolve by the technique of experience and, therefore, must be inherently and constitutively dependent on experience. Only an Absolute can be both existential and experiential.

To echo Steve Jobs: “OW WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, HOW WOW."


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Very glad for the help and company to explore these complexities of reality and expand the perspective of both function and relationships as presented. These Papers (104-106) are more detailed presentations of concets found earlier in the text, even the Forward. I think it would be helpful to continue our study by including some prior text to help us appreciate Paper 106 (thanks Rhinodonter for the related text from Paper 32!).

The expansion of the scope and scale and intricacies and interrelatedness of universe related by the UB was a game changing paradigm shift for me. Human science and religion both oversimplified reality to points of ridiculous parody and overlook the beautiful symmetry of paradox...the yin and yang of the existential and the experiential, of the eternal and temporal, of the perfect and the perfecting!!

WOW! Indeed! 8)

56:0.1 (637.1) GOD is unity. Deity is universally co-ordinated. The universe of universes is one vast integrated mechanism which is absolutely controlled by one infinite mind. The physical, intellectual, and spiritual domains of universal creation are divinely correlated. The perfect and imperfect are truly interrelated, and therefore may the finite evolutionary creature ascend to Paradise in obedience to the Universal Father’s mandate: “Be you perfect, even as I am perfect.”

56:0.2 (637.2) The diverse levels of creation are all unified in the plans and administration of the Architects of the Master Universe. To the circumscribed minds of time-space mortals the universe may present many problems and situations which apparently portray disharmony and indicate absence of effective co-ordination; but those of us who are able to observe wider stretches of universal phenomena, and who are more experienced in this art of detecting the basic unity which underlies creative diversity and of discovering the divine oneness which overspreads all this functioning of plurality, better perceive the divine and single purpose exhibited in all these manifold manifestations of universal creative energy.


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fanofVan wrote:

The expansion of the scope and scale and intricacies and interrelatedness of universe related by the UB was a game changing paradigm shift for me. Human science and religion both oversimplified reality to points of ridiculous parody and overlook the beautiful symmetry of paradox...the yin and yang of the existential and the experiential, of the eternal and temporal, of the perfect and the perfecting!!

WOW! Indeed! 8)


Wonderfully put :wink:

I would also point that both existential God and his experiential children are REAL and interassociated with universe reality levels. How exactly? We are at the very beginning of finding it out.

The reason why I'm pointing to this status of realness instead of ilusory stems from my personal experience with UB. One of the gifts it offered me was that it made me feel much more real and conscious of that priviliged, unbelievable status.


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