Urantia Book 65. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. The UB tells that 1 superuniverse has 10 major sectors and 1 trillion planets in it* 1 major sector has 100 minor sectors and 100,000,000,000 planets in it.************** 1 minor sector has 100 universes and 1,000,000,000 planets in it**************** 1 universe has 100 constellations and 10, 000, 000 planets in it********************* 1 constellation has 100 systems and 100,000 planets in it********************** 1 system holds about 1,000 planets (earth is number 606 and is an experimental or decimal planet, but I’ve never been able to find out what that means. There is a coincidence because some numbering system out in space gave Earth the number 606 also. So, the physicists are right when they say we live in a multiverse. There is outer space beyond the 7 superuniverses. These 7 revolve around a central universe which has Paradise on it. But outer space is starting to be developed by the Father. Now, Jesus. Now Rodan, I mean. He said: “There are just two ways mortals may live together: the material or animal way or the spiritual and human way. It is the ability to communicate and share meanings that constitutes human culture and enables people, through social association, to build civilizations. Knowledge and wisdom are cumulative because of woman’s ability to communicate these possessions to succeeding generations. And thereby arise the cultural activities of the race: art, science, religion and philosophy. Symbolic communication between humans determine the bringing into existence of social groups. The most effective of all social groups is the family, more particularly the TWO parents. Personal affection is the spiritual bond which holds together these material associations. Such an effective relationship is also possible between two persons of the same sex, as is so abundantly illustrated in the devotions of genuine friendships. These associations of friendship and mutual affection are socializing and ennobling because they encourage and facilitate the following essential factors of the higher levels of the art of living: 1. Mutual self-expression and self-understanding. Many noble human impulses die because there is no one to hear their expression. Without the genuine love of a home, no child can achieve the full development of normal character. 2. Union of souls–the mobilization of wisdom. Distortion of vision, prejudice of viewpoint and narrowness of judgment can be avoided as well as fear, envy and conceit by pooling their spiritual possessions and having intimate friendships. And since wisdom is superknowledge, it follows that, in the union of wisdom, the social group, small or large, mutually shares all knowledge. 3. The enthusiasm for living. Isolation tends to exhaust the energy charge of the soul. Friendship enhances the joys and glorifies the triumphs of life. Loving and intimate human associations tend to rob suffering of its sorrow and hardship of much of its bitterness. 4. The enhanced defense against all evil. Personality association and mutual affection is an efficient insurance against evil. Difficulties, disappointments, sorrow and defeat are more painful and disheartening when borne alone. And thus, if you can build up such trustworthy and effective small units of human association, the world will see a great social structure, the civilization of moral maturity. Such a race might begin to realize something of your Master’s ideal of “peace on earth and good will among men.” While such a world would not be perfect or entirely free from evil, it would at least approach the stabilization of maturity (160.2.1-10).”***************** “The effort toward maturity necessitates work, and work requires energy. Where does the power come from to accomplish this? Granted the possession of a normal body and good health, we must look for lures that will bring out one’s sleeping spiritual forces. Jesus says God lives in man, so how can we get people to release these powers of divinity and infinity? The secret is wrapped up in communion–in worship. It is a combination of meditation and relaxation. Meditation makes the contact of mind with spirit; relaxation determines the capacity for spiritual receptivity. And this interchange of strength for weakness, courage for fear, the will of God for the mind of self constitutes worship. At least, that is the way the philosophers view it. When these experiences are frequently repeated, they crystallize into habits, strength–giving and worshipful habits, and such habits eventually formulate themselves into a spiritual character, and such a character in finally recognized by one’s fellows as a mature personality. The more complex society becomes, and the more the lures of civilization multiply, the more urgent will be the necessity for God–knowing individuals to form such protective communities to conserve and augment their spiritual energies. The new gospel of the kingdom renders a great service to the art of living in that it supplies a new and richer incentive for higher living. It provides a new and exalted goal of destiny, a supreme life purpose. But the life purpose must be jealously guarded from the temptation to seek for easy and transient attainment; likewise must it be so fostered as to become immune to the disastrous threats of fanaticism” (160.3.1-5).**************** “The two major problems of life are: making a temporal living and the achievement of eternal survival. And even the problem of making a living requires religion for its ideal solution. The essentials of the temporal life are the following: 1. Good physical health. 2. Clear and clean thinking. 3. Ability and skill. 4. Wealth-the goods of life. 5. Ability to withstand defeat. 6. Culture-education and wisdom. Physical problems are best solved from the viewpoint of the Master’s teaching. The body and mind are the dwelling place of the spirit of God. Thus the mind becomes the mediator between material things and spiritual realities. It requires intelligence to secure one’s share of the desirable things of life. It’s a mistake to think you’ll be rewarded with wealth if you do your daily work. Wise planning is necessary. Knowing the right people is also a must do. But life will become a burden if you don’t learn how to fail gracefully. There is an art in defeat which noble souls always acquire; you must know how to lose cheerfully. Never hesitate to admit failure. Success may generate courage and promote confidence, but wisdom comes only from the experiences of one’s failures. Men who prefer optimistic illusions to reality can never become wise. Only those who face facts and adjust them to ideals can achieve wisdom. And it is in this business of facing failure and adjusting to defeat that the far-seeing vision of religion exerts its supreme influence. Failure is simply an educational episode; to such people, defeat is just a new tool for the achievement of higher levels of universe reality”(160.4.1-9).