Someone asked, “Will the Universe become lifeless in the future because, eventually, all living beings will get moksha (nirvana)?”

The universe is never lifeless. A material universe is a temporary cyclic manifestation of Life. Alive and not-alive is an arbitrary division. The physical universe is not a thing apart from life, rather it is the external and limited face of life, life itself being infinite and unlimited. Forms on many levels—and the universe as a whole—periodically cease to exists in their current state and the life that ensouled them moves on to new forms. A universe eventually concludes and following that a new universe begins on the next turn of the infinite spiral of life.

“And within me, deep and deep, Universes wake and sleep.”

Kenneth Morris

Big Bang Abandoned in New Model of the Universe

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2 thoughts on “Someone asked, “Will the Universe become lifeless in the future because, eventually, all living beings will get moksha (nirvana)?””

  1. H. P. Blavatsky wrote:
    Whether it be orthodox Adwaita or not, I maintain as an occultist, on the authority of the Secret Doctrine, that though merged entirely into Parabrahm, man’s spirit while not individual per se, yet preserves its distinct individuality in Paranirvana, owing to the accumulation in it of the aggregates, or skandhas that have survived after each death, from the highest faculties of the Manas. The most spiritual – i.e., the highest and divinest aspirations of every personality follow Buddhi and the Seventh Principle into Devachan (Swarga) after the death of each personality along the line of rebirths, and become part and parcel of the Monad. The personality fades out, disappearing before the occurrence of the evolution of the new personality (rebirth) out of Devachan: but the individuality of the spirit-soul [dear, dear, what can be made out of this English! is preserved to the end of the great cycle (Maha-Manwantara) when each Ego enters Paranirvana, or is merged in Parabrahm. To our talpatic, or mole-like, comprehension the human spirit is then lost in the One Spirit, as the drop of water thrown into the sea can no longer be traced out and recovered. But de facto it is not so in the world of immaterial thought. This latter stands in relation to the human dynamic thought, as, say, the visual power through the strongest conceivable microscope would to the sight of a half-blind man: and yet even this is a most insufficient simile – the difference is “inexpressible in terms of foot-pounds.” That such Parabrahmic and Paranirvanic “spirits,” or units, have and must preserve their divine (not human) individualities, is shown in the fact that, however long the “night of Brahma” or even the Universal Pralaya (not the local Pralaya affecting some one group of worlds) yet, when it ends, the same individual Divine Monad resumes its majestic path of evolution, though on a higher, hundredfold perfected and more pure chain of earths than before, and brings with it all the essence of compound spiritualities from its previous countless rebirths. Spiral evolution, it must be remembered, is dual, and the path of spirituality turns, corkscrew-like, within and around physical, semi-physical, and supra-physical evolution. But I am being tempted into details which had best be left for the full consideration which their importance merits to my forthcoming work, the Secret Doctrine.

    Theosophist, January, 1886
    H. P. Blavatsky

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