THE INHABITED WORLDS
49:0.1 ALL mortal-inhabited worlds are evolutionary
in origin and nature. These spheres are the spawning ground, the evolutionary
cradle, of the mortal races of time and space. Each unit of the ascendant life
is a veritable training school for the stage of existence just ahead, and this
is true of every stage of man's progressive Paradise ascent; just as true of
the initial mortal experience on an evolutionary planet as of the final
universe headquarters school of the Melchizedeks, a school which is not
attended by ascending mortals until just before their translation to the
regime of the superuniverse and the attainment of first-stage spirit
49:0.2 All inhabited worlds are basically grouped
for celestial administration into the local systems, and each of these local
systems is limited to about one thousand evolutionary worlds. This limitation
is by the decree of the Ancients of Days, and it pertains to actual
evolutionary planets whereon mortals of survival status are living. Neither
worlds finally settled in light and life nor planets in the prehuman stage of
life development are reckoned in this group.
49:0.3 Satania itself is an unfinished system
containing only 619 inhabited worlds. Such planets are numbered serially in
accordance with their registration as inhabited worlds, as worlds inhabited by
will creatures. Thus was Urantia given the number 606 of Satania,
meaning the 606th world in this local system on which the long evolutionary
life process culminated in the appearance of human beings. There are
thirty-six uninhabited planets nearing the life-endowment stage, and several
are now being made ready for the Life Carriers. There are nearly two hundred
spheres which are evolving so as to be ready for life implantation within the
next few million years.
49:0.4 Not all planets are suited to harbor mortal
life. Small ones having a high rate of axial revolution are wholly unsuited
for life habitats. In several of the physical systems of Satania the planets
revolving around the central sun are too large for habitation, their great
mass occasioning oppressive gravity. Many of these enormous spheres have
satellites, sometimes a half dozen or more, and these moons are often in size
very near that of Urantia, so that they are almost ideal for
49:0.5 The oldest inhabited world of Satania, world
number one, is Anova, one of the forty-four satellites revolving around an
enormous dark planet but exposed to the differential light of three
neighboring suns. Anova is in an advanced stage of progressive civilization.
1. THE PLANETARY LIFE
49:1.1 The universes of time and space are gradual
in development; the progression of life -- terrestrial or celestial -- is
neither arbitrary nor magical. Cosmic evolution may not always be
understandable (predictable), but it is strictly nonaccidental.
49:1.2 The biologic unit of material life is the
protoplasmic cell, the communal association of chemical, electrical, and other
basic energies. The chemical formulas differ in each system, and the technique
of living cell reproduction is slightly different in each local universe, but
the Life Carriers are always the living catalyzers who initiate the primordial
reactions of material life; they are the instigators of the energy circuits of
49:1.3 All the worlds of a local system disclose
unmistakable physical kinship; nevertheless, each planet has its own scale of
life, no two worlds being exactly alike in plant and animal endowment. These
planetary variations in the system life types result from the decisions of the
Life Carriers. But these beings are neither capricious nor whimsical; the
universes are conducted in accordance with law and order. The laws of Nebadon
are the divine mandates of Salvington, and the evolutionary order of life in
Satania is in consonance with the evolutionary pattern of Nebadon.
49:1.4 Evolution is the rule of human development,
but the process itself varies greatly on different worlds. Life is sometimes
initiated in one center, sometimes in three, as it was on Urantia. On the
atmospheric worlds it usually has a marine origin, but not always; much
depends on the physical status of a planet. The Life Carriers have great
latitude in their function of life initiation.
49:1.5 In the development of planetary life the
vegetable form always precedes the animal and is quite fully developed before
the animal patterns differentiate. All animal types are developed from the
basic patterns of the preceding vegetable kingdom of living things; they are
not separately organized.
49:1.6 The early stages of life evolution are not
altogether in conformity with your present-day views. Mortal man is not an
evolutionary accident. There is a precise system, a universal law, which
determines the unfolding of the planetary life plan on the spheres of space.
Time and the production of large numbers of a species are not the controlling
influences. Mice reproduce much more rapidly than elephants, yet elephants
evolve more rapidly than mice.
49:1.7 The process of planetary evolution is orderly
and controlled. The development of higher organisms from lower groupings of
life is not accidental. Sometimes evolutionary progress is temporarily delayed
by the destruction of certain favorable lines of life plasm carried in a
selected species. It often requires ages upon ages to recoup the damage
occasioned by the loss of a single superior strain of human heredity. These
selected and superior strains of living protoplasm should be jealously and
intelligently guarded when once they make their appearance. And on most of the
inhabited worlds these superior potentials of life are valued much more highly
than on Urantia.
2. PLANETARY PHYSICAL TYPES
49:2.1 There is a standard and basic pattern of
vegetable and animal life in each system. But the Life Carriers are oftentimes
confronted with the necessity of modifying these basic patterns to conform to
the varying physical conditions which confront them on numerous worlds of
space. They foster a generalized system type of mortal creature, but there are
seven distinct physical types as well as thousands upon thousands of minor
variants of these seven outstanding differentiations:
1. Atmospheric types.
2. Elemental types.
3. Gravity types.
4. Temperature types.
5. Electric types.
6. Energizing types.
7. Unnamed types.
49:2.2 The Satania system contains all of these
types and numerous intermediate groups, although some are very sparingly
49:2.3 1. The atmospheric types. The physical
differences of the worlds of mortal habitation are chiefly determined by the
nature of the atmosphere; other influences which contribute to the planetary
differentiation of life are relatively minor.
49:2.4 The present atmospheric status of Urantia is
almost ideal for the support of the breathing type of man, but the human type
can be so modified that it can live on both the superatmospheric and the
subatmospheric planets. Such modifications also extend to the animal life,
which differs greatly on the various inhabited spheres. There is a very great
modification of animal orders on both the sub- and the superatmospheric
49:2.5 Of the atmospheric types in Satania, about
two and one-half per cent are subbreathers, about five per cent
superbreathers, and over ninety-one per cent are mid-breathers, altogether
accounting for ninety-eight and one-half per cent of the Satania
49:2.6 Beings such as the Urantia races are
classified as mid-breathers; you represent the average or typical breathing
order of mortal existence. If intelligent creatures should exist on a planet
with an atmosphere similar to that of your near neighbor, Venus, they would
belong to the superbreather group, while those inhabiting a planet with an
atmosphere as thin as that of your outer neighbor, Mars, would be denominated
49:2.7 If mortals should inhabit a planet devoid of
air, like your moon, they would belong to the separate order of nonbreathers.
This type represents a radical or extreme adjustment to the planetary
environment and is separately considered. Nonbreathers account for the
remaining one and one-half per cent of Satania worlds.
49:2.8 2. The elemental types. These
differentiations have to do with the relation of mortals to water, air, and
land, and there are four distinct species of intelligent life as they are
related to these habitats. The Urantia races are of the land order.
49:2.9 It is quite impossible for you to envisage
the environment which prevails during the early ages of some worlds. These
unusual conditions make it necessary for the evolving animal life to remain in
its marine nursery habitat for longer periods than on those planets which very
early provide a hospitable land-and-atmosphere environment. Conversely, on
some worlds of the superbreathers, when the planet is not too large, it is
sometimes expedient to provide for a mortal type which can readily negotiate
atmospheric passage. These air navigators sometimes intervene between the
water and land groups, and they always live in a measure upon the ground,
eventually evolving into land dwellers. But on some worlds, for ages they
continue to fly even after they have become land-type beings.
49:2.10 It is both amazing and amusing to observe
the early civilization of a primitive race of human beings taking shape, in
one case, in the air and treetops and, in another, midst the shallow waters of
sheltered tropic basins, as well as on the bottom, sides, and shores of these
marine gardens of the dawn races of such extraordinary spheres. Even on
Urantia there was a long age during which primitive man preserved himself and
advanced his primitive civilization by living for the most part in the
treetops as did his earlier arboreal ancestors. And on Urantia you still have
a group of diminutive mammals (the bat family) that are air navigators, and
your seals and whales, of marine habitat, are also of the mammalian
49:2.11 In Satania, of the elemental types, seven
per cent are water, ten per cent air, seventy per cent land, and thirteen per
cent combined land-and-air types. But these modifications of early intelligent
creatures are neither human fishes nor human birds. They are of the human and
prehuman types, neither superfishes nor glorified birds but distinctly mortal.
49:2.12 3. The gravity types. By modification
of creative design, intelligent beings are so constructed that they can freely
function on spheres both smaller and larger than Urantia, thus being, in
measure, accommodated to the gravity of those planets which are not of ideal
size and density.
49:2.13 The various planetary types of mortals vary
in height, the average in Nebadon being a trifle under seven feet. Some of the
larger worlds are peopled with beings who are only about two and one-half feet
in height. Mortal stature ranges from here on up through the average heights
on the average-sized planets to around ten feet on the smaller inhabited
spheres. In Satania there is only one race under four feet in height. Twenty
per cent of the Satania inhabited worlds are peopled with mortals of the
modified gravity types occupying the larger and the smaller planets.
49:2.14 4. The temperature types. It is
possible to create living beings who can withstand temperatures both much
higher and much lower than the life range of the Urantia races. There are five
distinct orders of beings as they are classified with reference to
heat-regulating mechanisms. In this scale the Urantia races are number three.
Thirty per cent of Satania worlds are peopled with races of modified
temperature types. Twelve per cent belong to the higher temperature ranges,
eighteen per cent to the lower, as compared with Urantians, who function in
the mid-temperature group.
49:2.15 5. The electric types. The electric,
magnetic, and electronic behavior of the worlds varies greatly. There are ten
designs of mortal life variously fashioned to withstand the differential
energy of the spheres. These ten varieties also react in slightly different
ways to the chemical rays of ordinary sunlight. But these slight physical
variations in no way affect the intellectual or the spiritual life.
49:2.16 Of the electric groupings of mortal life,
almost twenty-three per cent belong to class number four, the Urantia type of
existence. These types are distributed as follows: number 1, one per cent;
number 2, two per cent; number 3, five per cent; number 4, twenty-three per
cent; number 5, twenty-seven per cent; number 6, twenty-four per cent; number
7, eight per cent; number 8, five per cent; number 9, three per cent; number
10, two per cent -- in whole percentages.
49:2.17 6. The energizing types. Not all
worlds are alike in the manner of taking in energy. Not all inhabited worlds
have an atmospheric ocean suited to respiratory exchange of gases, such as is
present on Urantia. During the earlier and the later stages of many planets,
beings of your present order could not exist; and when the respiratory factors
of a planet are very high or very low, but when all other prerequisites to
intelligent life are adequate, the Life Carriers often establish on such
worlds a modified form of mortal existence, beings who are competent to effect
their life-process exchanges directly by means of light-energy and the
firsthand power transmutations of the Master Physical Controllers.
49:2.18 There are six differing types of animal and
mortal nutrition: The subbreathers employ the first type of nutrition, the
marine dwellers the second, the mid-breathers the third, as on Urantia. The
superbreathers employ the fourth type of energy intake, while the nonbreathers
utilize the fifth order of nutrition and energy. The sixth technique of
energizing is limited to the midway creatures.
49:2.19 7. The unnamed types. There are
numerous additional physical variations in planetary life, but all of these
differences are wholly matters of anatomical modification, physiologic
differentiation, and electrochemical adjustment. Such distinctions do not
concern the intellectual or the spiritual life.
3. WORLDS OF THE NONBREATHERS
49:3.1 The majority of inhabited planets are peopled
with the breathing type of intelligent beings. But there are also orders of
mortals who are able to live on worlds with little or no air. Of the Orvonton
inhabited worlds this type amounts to less than seven per cent. In Nebadon
this percentage is less than three. In all Satania there are only nine such
49:3.2 There are so very few of the nonbreather type
of inhabited worlds in Satania because this more recently organized section of
Norlatiadek still abounds in meteoric space bodies; and worlds without a
protective friction atmosphere are subject to incessant bombardment by these
wanderers. Even some of the comets consist of meteor swarms, but as a rule
they are disrupted smaller bodies of matter.
49:3.3 Millions upon millions of meteorites enter
the atmosphere of Urantia daily, coming in at the rate of almost two hundred
miles a second. On the nonbreathing worlds the advanced races must do much to
protect themselves from meteor damage by making electrical installations which
operate to consume or shunt the meteors. Great danger confronts them when they
venture beyond these protected zones. These worlds are also subject to
disastrous electrical storms of a nature unknown on Urantia. During such times
of tremendous energy fluctuation the inhabitants must take refuge in their
special structures of protective insulation.
49:3.4 Life on the worlds of the nonbreathers is
radically different from what it is on Urantia. The nonbreathers do not eat
food or drink water as do the Urantia races. The reactions of the nervous
system, the heat-regulating mechanism, and the metabolism of these specialized
peoples are radically different from such functions of Urantia mortals. Almost
every act of living, aside from reproduction, differs, and even the methods of
procreation are somewhat different.
49:3.5 On the nonbreathing worlds the animal species
are radically unlike those found on the atmospheric planets. The nonbreathing
plan of life varies from the technique of existence on an atmospheric world;
even in survival their peoples differ, being candidates for Spirit fusion.
Nevertheless, these beings enjoy life and carry forward the activities of the
realm with the same relative trials and joys that are experienced by the
mortals living on atmospheric worlds. In mind and character the nonbreathers
do not differ from other mortal types.
49:3.6 You would be more than interested in the
planetary conduct of this type of mortal because such a race of beings
inhabits a sphere in close proximity to Urantia.
4. EVOLUTIONARY WILL CREATURES
49:4.1 There are great differences between the
mortals of the different worlds, even among those belonging to the same
intellectual and physical types, but all mortals of will dignity are erect
49:4.2 There are six basic evolutionary races: three
primary -- red, yellow, and blue; and three secondary -- orange, green, and
indigo. Most inhabited worlds have all of these races, but many of the
three-brained planets harbor only the three primary types. Some local systems
also have only these three races.
49:4.3 The average special physical-sense endowment
of human beings is twelve, though the special senses of the three-brained
mortals are extended slightly beyond those of the one- and two-brained types;
they can see and hear considerably more than the Urantia races.
49:4.4 Young are usually born singly, multiple
births being the exception, and the family life is fairly uniform on all types
of planets. Sex equality prevails on all advanced worlds; male and female are
equal in mind endowment and spiritual status. We do not regard a planet as
having emerged from barbarism so long as one sex seeks to tyrannize over the
other. This feature of creature experience is always greatly improved after
the arrival of a Material Son and Daughter.
49:4.5 Seasons and temperature variations occur on
all sunlighted and sun-heated planets. Agriculture is universal on all
atmospheric worlds; tilling the soil is the one pursuit that is common to the
advancing races of all such planets.
49:4.6 Mortals all have the same general struggles
with microscopic foes in their early days, such as you now experience on
Urantia, though perhaps not so extensive. The length of life varies on the
different planets from twenty-five years on the primitive worlds to near five
hundred on the more advanced and older spheres.
49:4.7 Human beings are all gregarious, both tribal
and racial. These group segregations are inherent in their origin and
constitution. Such tendencies can be modified only by advancing civilization
and by gradual spiritualization. The social, economic, and governmental
problems of the inhabited worlds vary in accordance with the age of the
planets and the degree to which they have been influenced by the successive
sojourns of the divine Sons.
49:4.8 Mind is the bestowal of the Infinite Spirit
and functions quite the same in diverse environments. The mind of mortals is
akin, regardless of certain structural and chemical differences which
characterize the physical natures of the will creatures of the local systems.
Regardless of personal or physical planetary differences, the mental life of
all these various orders of mortals is very similar, and their immediate
careers after death are very much alike.
49:4.9 But mortal mind without immortal spirit
cannot survive. The mind of man is mortal; only the bestowed spirit is
immortal. Survival is dependent on spiritualization by the ministry of the
Adjuster -- on the birth and evolution of the immortal soul; at least, there
must not have developed an antagonism towards the Adjuster's mission of
effecting the spiritual transformation of the material mind.
5. THE PLANETARY SERIES OF MORTALS
49:5.1 It will be somewhat difficult to make an
adequate portrayal of the planetary series of mortals because you know so
little about them, and because there are so many variations. Mortal creatures
may, however, be studied from numerous viewpoints, among which are the
1. Adjustment to planetary environment.
2. Brain-type series.
3. Spirit-reception series.
4. Planetary-mortal epochs.
5. Creature-kinship serials.
6. Adjuster-fusion series.
7. Techniques of terrestrial escape.
49:5.2 The inhabited spheres of the seven
superuniverses are peopled with mortals who simultaneously classify in some
one or more categories of each of these seven generalized classes of
evolutionary creature life. But even these general classifications make no
provision for such beings as midsoniters nor for certain other forms of
intelligent life. The inhabited worlds, as they have been presented in these
narratives, are peopled with evolutionary mortal creatures, but there are
other life forms.
49:5.3 1. Adjustment to planetary
environment. There are three general groups of inhabited worlds from the
standpoint of the adjustment of creature life to the planetary environment:
the normal adjustment group, the radical adjustment group, and the
49:5.4 Normal adjustments to planetary conditions
follow the general physical patterns previously considered. The worlds of the
nonbreathers typify the radical or extreme adjustment, but other types are
also included in this group. Experimental worlds are usually ideally adapted
to the typical life forms, and on these decimal planets the Life Carriers
attempt to produce beneficial variations in the standard life designs. Since
your world is an experimental planet, it differs markedly from its sister
spheres in Satania; many forms of life have appeared on Urantia that are not
found elsewhere; likewise are many common species absent from your
49:5.5 In the universe of Nebadon, all the
life-modification worlds are serially linked together and constitute a special
domain of universe affairs which is given attention by designated
administrators; and all of these experimental worlds are periodically
inspected by a corps of universe directors whose chief is the veteran
finaliter known in Satania as Tabamantia.
49:5.6 2. Brain-type series. The one physical
uniformity of mortals is the brain and nervous system; nevertheless, there are
three basic organizations of the brain mechanism: the one-, the two-, and the
three-brained types. Urantians are of the two-brained type, somewhat more
imaginative, adventurous, and philosophical than the one-brained mortals but
somewhat less spiritual, ethical, and worshipful than the three-brained
orders. These brain differences characterize even the prehuman animal
49:5.7 From the two-hemisphere type of the Urantian
cerebral cortex you can, by analogy, grasp something of the one-brained type.
The third brain of the three-brained orders is best conceived as an evolvement
of your lower or rudimentary form of brain, which is developed to the point
where it functions chiefly in control of physical activities, leaving the two
superior brains free for higher engagements: one for intellectual functions
and the other for the spiritual-counterparting activities of the Thought
49:5.8 While the terrestrial attainments of the
one-brained races are slightly limited in comparison with the two-brained
orders, the older planets of the three-brained group exhibit civilizations
that would astound Urantians, and which would somewhat shame yours by
comparison. In mechanical development and material civilization, even in
intellectual progress, the two-brained mortal worlds are able to equal the
three-brained spheres. But in the higher control of mind and development of
intellectual and spiritual reciprocation, you are somewhat
49:5.9 All such comparative estimates concerning the
intellectual progress or the spiritual attainments of any world or group of
worlds should in fairness recognize planetary age; much, very much, depends on
age, the help of the biologic uplifters, and the subsequent missions of the
various orders of the divine Sons.
49:5.10 While the three-brained peoples are capable
of a slightly higher planetary evolution than either the one- or two-brained
orders, all have the same type of life plasm and carry on planetary activities
in very similar ways, much as do human beings on Urantia. These three types of
mortals are distributed throughout the worlds of the local systems. In the
majority of cases planetary conditions had very little to do with the
decisions of the Life Carriers to project these varied orders of mortals on
the different worlds; it is a prerogative of the Life Carriers thus to plan
49:5.11 These three orders stand on an equal footing
in the ascension career. Each must traverse the same intellectual scale of
development, and each must master the same spiritual tests of progression. The
system administration and the constellation overcontrol of these different
worlds are uniformly free from discrimination; even the regimes of the
Planetary Princes are identical.
49:5.12 3. Spirit-reception series. There are
three groups of mind design as related to contact with spirit affairs. This
classification does not refer to the one-, two-, and three-brained orders of
mortals; it refers primarily to gland chemistry, more particularly to the
organization of certain glands comparable to the pituitary bodies. The races
on some worlds have one gland, on others two, as do Urantians, while on still
other spheres the races have three of these unique bodies. The inherent
imagination and spiritual receptivity is definitely influenced by this
differential chemical endowment.
49:5.13 Of the spirit-reception types, sixty-five
per cent are of the second group, like the Urantia races. Twelve per cent are
of the first type, naturally less receptive, while twenty-three per cent are
more spiritually inclined during terrestrial life. But such distinctions do
not survive natural death; all of these racial differences pertain only to the
life in the flesh.
49:5.14 4. Planetary-mortal epochs. This
classification recognizes the succession of temporal dispensations as they
affect man's terrestrial status and his reception of celestial
49:5.15 Life is initiated on the planets by the Life
Carriers, who watch over its development until sometime after the evolutionary
appearance of mortal man. Before the Life Carriers leave a planet, they duly
install a Planetary Prince as ruler of the realm. With this ruler there
arrives a full quota of subordinate auxiliaries and ministering helpers, and
the first adjudication of the living and the dead is simultaneous with his
49:5.16 With the emergence of human groupings, this
Planetary Prince arrives to inaugurate human civilization and to focalize
human society. Your world of confusion is no criterion of the early days of
the reign of the Planetary Princes, for it was near the beginning of such an
administration on Urantia that your Planetary Prince, Caligastia, cast his lot
with the rebellion of the System Sovereign, Lucifer. Your planet has pursued a
stormy course ever since.
49:5.17 On a normal evolutionary world, racial
progress attains its natural biologic peak during the regime of the Planetary
Prince, and shortly thereafter the System Sovereign dispatches a Material Son
and Daughter to that planet. These imported beings are of service as biologic
uplifters; their default on Urantia further complicated your planetary
49:5.18 When the intellectual and ethical progress
of a human race has reached the limits of evolutionary development, there
comes an Avonal Son of Paradise on a magisterial mission; and later on, when
the spiritual status of such a world is nearing its limit of natural
attainment, the planet is visited by a Paradise bestowal Son. The chief
mission of a bestowal Son is to establish the planetary status, release the
Spirit of Truth for planetary function, and thus effect the universal coming
of the Thought Adjusters.
49:5.19 Here, again, Urantia deviates: There has
never been a magisterial mission on your world, neither was your bestowal Son
of the Avonal order; your planet enjoyed the signal honor of becoming the
mortal home planet of the Sovereign Son, Michael of Nebadon.
49:5.20 As a result of the ministry of all the
successive orders of divine sonship, the inhabited worlds and their advancing
races begin to approach the apex of planetary evolution. Such worlds now
become ripe for the culminating mission, the arrival of the Trinity Teacher
Sons. This epoch of the Teacher Sons is the vestibule to the final planetary
age -- evolutionary utopia -- the age of light and life.
49:5.21 This classification of human beings will
receive particular attention in a succeeding paper.
49:5.22 5. Creature-kinship serials. Planets
are not only organized vertically into systems, constellations, and so on, but
the universe administration also provides for horizontal groupings according
to type, series, and other relationships. This lateral administration of the
universe pertains more particularly to the co-ordination of activities of a
kindred nature which have been independently fostered on different spheres.
These related classes of universe creatures are periodically inspected by
certain composite corps of high personalities presided over by
49:5.23 These kinship factors are manifest on all
levels, for kinship serials exist among nonhuman personalities as well as
among mortal creatures -- even between human and superhuman orders.
Intelligent beings are vertically related in twelve great groups of seven
major divisions each. The co-ordination of these uniquely related groups of
living beings is probably effected by some not fully comprehended technique of
the Supreme Being.
49:5.24 6. Adjuster-fusion series. The
spiritual classification or grouping of all mortals during their prefusion
experience is wholly determined by the relation of the personality status to
the indwelling Mystery Monitor. Almost ninety per cent of the inhabited worlds
of Nebadon are peopled with Adjuster-fusion mortals in contrast with a near-by
universe where scarcely more than one half of the worlds harbor beings who are
Adjuster-indwelt candidates for eternal fusion.
49:5.25 7. Techniques of terrestrial escape.
There is fundamentally only one way in which individual human life can be
initiated on the inhabited worlds, and that is through creature procreation
and natural birth; but there are numerous techniques whereby man escapes his
terrestrial status and gains access to the inward moving stream of Paradise
6. TERRESTRIAL ESCAPE
49:6.1 All of the differing physical types and
planetary series of mortals alike enjoy the ministry of Thought Adjusters,
guardian angels, and the various orders of the messenger hosts of the Infinite
Spirit. All alike are liberated from the bonds of flesh by the emancipation of
natural death, and all alike go thence to the morontia worlds of spiritual
evolution and mind progress.
49:6.2 From time to time, on motion of the planetary
authorities or the system rulers, special resurrections of the sleeping
survivors are conducted. Such resurrections occur at least every millennium of
planetary time, when not all but "many of those who sleep in the dust awake."
These special resurrections are the occasion for mobilizing special groups of
ascenders for specific service in the local universe plan of mortal ascension.
There are both practical reasons and sentimental associations connected with
these special resurrections.
49:6.3 Throughout the earlier ages of an inhabited
world, many are called to the mansion spheres at the special and the
millennial resurrections, but most survivors are repersonalized at the
inauguration of a new dispensation associated with the advent of a divine Son
of planetary service.
49:6.4 1. Mortals of the dispensational or group
order of survival. With the arrival of the first Adjuster on an inhabited
world the guardian seraphim also make their appearance; they are indispensable
to terrestrial escape. Throughout the life-lapse period of the sleeping
survivors the spiritual values and eternal realities of their newly evolved
and immortal souls are held as a sacred trust by the personal or by the group
49:6.5 The group guardians of assignment to the
sleeping survivors always function with the judgment Sons on their world
advents. "He shall send his angels, and they shall gather together his elect
from the four winds." With each seraphim of assignment to the
repersonalization of a sleeping mortal there functions the returned Adjuster,
the same immortal Father fragment that lived in him during the days in the
flesh, and thus is identity restored and personality resurrected. During the
sleep of their subjects these waiting Adjusters serve on Divinington; they
never indwell another mortal mind in this interim.
49:6.6 While the older worlds of mortal existence
harbor those highly developed and exquisitely spiritual types of human beings
who are virtually exempt from the morontia life, the earlier ages of the
animal-origin races are characterized by primitive mortals who are so immature
that fusion with their Adjusters is impossible. The reawakening of these
mortals is accomplished by the guardian seraphim in conjunction with an
individualized portion of the immortal spirit of the Third Source and
49:6.7 Thus are the sleeping survivors of a
planetary age repersonalized in the dispensational roll calls. But with regard
to the nonsalvable personalities of a realm, no immortal spirit is present to
function with the group guardians of destiny, and this constitutes cessation
of creature existence. While some of your records have pictured these events
as taking place on the planets of mortal death, they all really occur on the
49:6.8 2. Mortals of the individual orders of
ascension. The individual progress of human beings is measured by their
successive attainment and traversal (mastery) of the seven cosmic circles.
These circles of mortal progression are levels of associated intellectual,
social, spiritual, and cosmic-insight values. Starting out in the seventh
circle, mortals strive for the first, and all who have attained the third
immediately have personal guardians of destiny assigned to them. These mortals
may be repersonalized in the morontia life independent of dispensational or
49:6.9 Throughout the earlier ages of an
evolutionary world, few mortals go to judgment on the third day. But as the
ages pass, more and more the personal guardians of destiny are assigned to the
advancing mortals, and thus increasing numbers of these evolving creatures are
repersonalized on the first mansion world on the third day after natural
death. On such occasions the return of the Adjuster signalizes the awakening
of the human soul, and this is the repersonalization of the dead just as
literally as when the en masse roll is called at the end of a dispensation on
the evolutionary worlds.
49:6.10 There are three groups of individual
ascenders: The less advanced land on the initial or first mansion world. The
more advanced group may take up the morontia career on any of the intermediate
mansion worlds in accordance with previous planetary progression. The most
advanced of these orders really begin their morontia experience on the seventh
49:6.11 3. Mortals of the probationary-dependent
orders of ascension. The arrival of an Adjuster constitutes identity in
the eyes of the universe, and all indwelt beings are on the roll calls of
justice. But temporal life on the evolutionary worlds is uncertain, and many
die in youth before choosing the Paradise career. Such Adjuster-indwelt
children and youths follow the parent of most advanced spiritual status, thus
going to the system finaliter world (the probationary nursery) on the third
day, at a special resurrection, or at the regular millennial and
dispensational roll calls.
49:6.12 Children who die when too young to have
Thought Adjusters are repersonalized on the finaliter world of the local
systems concomitant with the arrival of either parent on the mansion worlds. A
child acquires physical entity at mortal birth, but in the matter of survival
all Adjusterless children are reckoned as still attached to their
49:6.13 In due course Thought Adjusters come to
indwell these little ones, while the seraphic ministry to both groups of the
probationary-dependent orders of survival is in general similar to that of the
more advanced parent or is equivalent to that of the parent in case only one
survives. Those attaining the third circle, regardless of the status of their
parents, are accorded personal guardians.
49:6.14 Similar probation nurseries are maintained
on the finaliter spheres of the constellation and the universe headquarters
for the Adjusterless children of the primary and secondary modified orders of
49:6.15 4. Mortals of the secondary modified
orders of ascension. These are the progressive human beings of the
intermediate evolutionary worlds. As a rule they are not immune to natural
death, but they are exempt from passing through the seven mansion
49:6.16 The less perfected group reawaken on the
headquarters of their local system, passing by only the mansion worlds. The
intermediate group go to the constellation training worlds; they pass by the
entire morontia regime of the local system. Still farther on in the planetary
ages of spiritual striving, many survivors awaken on the constellation
headquarters and there begin the Paradise ascent.
49:6.17 But before any of these groups may go
forward, they must journey back as instructors to the worlds they missed,
gaining many experiences as teachers in those realms which they passed by as
students. They all subsequently proceed to Paradise by the ordained routes of
49:6.18 5. Mortals of the primary modified order
of ascension. These mortals belong to the Adjuster-fused type of
evolutionary life, but they are most often representative of the final phases
of human development on an evolving world. These glorified beings are exempt
from passing through the portals of death; they are submitted to Son seizure;
they are translated from among the living and appear immediately in the
presence of the Sovereign Son on the headquarters of the local
49:6.19 These are the mortals who fuse with their
Adjusters during mortal life, and such Adjuster-fused personalities traverse
space freely before being clothed with morontia forms. These fused souls go by
direct Adjuster transit to the resurrection halls of the higher morontia
spheres, where they receive their initial morontia investiture just as do all
other mortals arriving from the evolutionary worlds.
49:6.20 This primary modified order of mortal
ascension may apply to individuals in any of the planetary series from the
lowest to the highest stages of the Adjuster-fusion worlds, but it more
frequently functions on the older of these spheres after they have received
the benefits of numerous sojourns of the divine Sons.
49:6.21 With the establishment of the planetary era
of light and life, many go to the universe morontia worlds by the primary
modified order of translation. Further along in the advanced stages of settled
existence, when the majority of the mortals leaving a realm are embraced in
this class, the planet is regarded as belonging to this series. Natural death
becomes decreasingly frequent on these spheres long settled in light and
by a Melchizedek of the Jerusem School of Planetary