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Symbol 16
The Eternal Body

A Summary Explanation of Symbol No. 16 - The Eternal Body

The basic structure of the living being is such that it has an eternal centre or I that sends out various kinds of movements, which return to this centre. It is eternally enveloped in a mass of cyclical movements. All cyclical movements when completed result in a new cycle. This structure of movement around the I is therefore eternal and is called the eternal body. Since all kinds of energy and movement without exception emanate from the I and, through the cycle, return to this I, the being is the absolute first cause of its fate and is therefore the only source of its fate. Eternal and unshakable justice is thus shown to be an absolute reality.

The main details of the symbol:

  • The symbol represents the living being.
  • The white triangle symbolises the I, which is the fixed point for the movements that are sent out and return.
  • The white flaming cross expresses the fact that the eternal body as a whole is always in balance.
  • The many violet circular paths or arcs of fate are cycles that emanate from the I and return to it. They symbolise all the different kinds of movement that the living being’s created organs, bodies, manifestations and experiences of life constitute.
  • That the arcs of fate are shown in four sizes symbolises merely that they appear in an infinite number of sizes. Certain cycles return instantaneously, others are enormous and span the entire spiral cycle. In addition there even greater cycles or arcs of fate.

See also Martinus' description of symbol no. 16 in The Eternal World Picture 1.