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Symbol 13
The Eternal World Plan

A Summary Explanation of Symbol No. 13 - The Eternal World Plan

The symbol shows how the living being is inextricably linked to an eternal, divine world plan. Through this plan the being is the master of the creation of mental light and darkness. The being creates this light and darkness using the various combinations of the basic energies throughout planes of existence in the spiral cycle for all eternity. Behind this lies the contrast principle as a cosmic reality. Without this principle no life experience of any kind could occur. The highest and most perfect kind of life experience consists of a harmonious relationship between light and darkness. From a mental point of view this harmony is the expression of absolute love.

The main details of the symbol:

  • The white triangle symbolises the I of the universe or the Godhead.
  • The round white figures each symbolise a living being.
  • The six sections that the symbol is divided into are the six planes of existence of the spiral cycle. The kingdom at the bottom is the plant kingdom (red), followed on the right by the animal kingdom (orange), then the real human kingdom (yellow), the kingdom of wisdom (green), the divine world (blue) and the kingdom of bliss (light indigo).
  • The ring-shaped coloured section symbolises the changing combinations of the basic energies, which form the "matter" that makes up the planes of existence.
  • The six dark rhomboid figures symbolise the combination of the basic energies in the living being’s organism as a whole at its culmination, as it appears in each of the six planes of existence.
  • Each of the organisms represent their own particular combination of the bodies of instinct, gravity, feeling, intelligence, intuition and memory.
  • The dotted lines connecting body to body show how the capacity of the bodies of the basic energies changes from one plane of existence to another, and how the experience and manifestation of life therefore changes from plane to plane.
  • The black and white ring-shaped sections at the edge of the symbol indicates the interaction between darkness and light in the six planes of existence.

See also Martinus' description of symbol no. 13 in The Eternal World Picture 1.