The Story of Everything: A Synopsis of The Urantia Book
Paper 16: The Seven Master Spirits
The Seven Master Spirits of Paradise are the primary personalities of the Infinite Spirit. While the Infinite Spirit is personally present within the Paradise-Havona system, his presence is revealed to the rest of the grand universe through the Seven Master Spirits. Individual differences between the Seven Master Spirits appear because each of them represent one of the seven possible
Master Spirit number one presides over the first superuniverse, and is a manifestation of the power, love, and wisdom of the Universal Father. Number two portrays the character of the Eternal Son as he directs the destinies of the second superuniverse. Master Spirit number three, in charge of the third superuniverse, resembles the Infinite Spirit. Master Spirit number four displays the combined natures of the Father and the Son as he fosters the fourth superuniverse. The fifth superuniverse is directed by Master Spirit number five, who blends the characters of the Father and the Spirit. Master Spirit number six portrays the combination of the Son and the Spirit in the sixth superuniverse.
The functions of the Seventh Master Spirit include portraying the personal natures of the Father, Son, and Spirit, representing the personal attitude of God the Supreme, disclosing the deity attitude of the Paradise Trinity, and sponsoring the progress of ascension candidates from the worlds of time and space. The Seventh Master Spirit's domain is the seventh superuniverse.
As a group, the Master Spirits function on every universe level of reality except the absolute level. They are efficient supervisors of all phases of administrative affairs in the superuniverses. They create the Universe Power Directors, who organize and regulate the physical energies of the grand universe. The Master Spirits assist Creator Sons as they shape and organize the local universes. They are the sevenfold source of cosmic mind, which provides the intellectual potential of the grand universe and of the individuals who inhabit evolutionary worlds. It is postulated that Orvonton's Master Spirit is involved with Life Carriers, adjutant mind-spirits, reflectivity mechanisms, and the bestowals of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Truth.
Each segment of the grand universe enjoys the benefits of the united wisdom of all seven Master Spirits, but receives the personal attention of just one. Every human and angel created in the superuniverses bears the characteristic stamp of one of these seven Paradise Spirits.
All will creatures are endowed with an innate response to three domains of universe realities: Causation, duty, and worship. Causation, the domain of physical reality, is the factual, mathematical, or scientific form of cosmic discrimination. Duty is the domain of morality, the arena in which right and wrong are judged. Worship is the spiritual domain of divine fellowship, spirit values, and the assurance of eternal survival. These innate cosmic intuitions make it possible for humans to function rationally as self-conscious personalities in the realms of science, philosophy, and religion. It is the purpose of education to develop these innate endowments, of civilization to express them, of life experience to realize them, of religion to ennoble them, and of personality to unify them.
Man's moral and religious nature distinguishes him from the rest of the animal world. Virtue is righteousness-conformity with the cosmos. Virtue is realized by the consistent choosing of good over evil, and such choosing is evidence of moral nature. Morality cannot be advanced by law or force; it is a personal choice that spreads through contact with moral persons. Mortals can ascend to the level of moral beings because they are endowed with personality.
Creature personality is distinguished by two phenomena: self-consciousness and relative free will.€ Self-consciousness is the awareness of personal actuality. It includes the ability to recognize the reality of other personalities and indicates a capacity for individual experience with cosmic reality. Free will is involved in moral decisions, spiritual choices, brotherly service, group loyalty, cosmic insight, devotion to God's will, and worship.
Once a personality begins the realization of Deity kinship, such a self, indwelt by a fragment of God, is in truth a spiritual child of God. A human being can never become as absolutely certain of a fellow human being's reality as he can be sure of the reality of the presence of God living within him. The recognition of God is inalienable and constitutive in all mortals. Self-consciousness is essentially a communal consciousness of God and man, Parent and child, Creator and creature. We become conscious of the brotherhood of man because we first become conscious of God as our Father. We worship God because he is, then, because he is in us, and last, because we are in him.