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.”