‘This Endless Universe, Has Neither Beginning Nor End’

Ouroboros and rose device of Barthélemy Aneaue

‘Abdu’l Baha taught that the universe has no beginning or end. This is because a creator is never without a creation and also because existence cannot arise from absolute non-existence.

‘Know that it is one of the most abstruse spiritual truths that the world of existence—that is to say, this endless universe—has no beginning. We have already explained that the names and attributes of the Divinity themselves require the existence of beings. Although this subject has been explained in detail, we will speak of it again briefly. Know that an educator without pupils cannot be imagined; a monarch without subjects could not exist; a master without scholars cannot be appointed; a creator without a creature is impossible; a provider without those provided for cannot be conceived; for all the divine names and attributes demand the existence of beings. If we could imagine a time when no beings existed, this imagination would be the denial of the Divinity of God. Moreover, absolute nonexistence cannot become existence. If the beings were absolutely nonexistent, existence would not have come into being. Therefore, as the Essence of Unity (that is, the existence of God) is everlasting and eternal—that is to say, it has neither beginning nor end—it is certain that this world of existence, this endless universe, has neither beginning nor end. Yes, it may be that one of the parts of the universe, one of the globes, for example, may come into existence, or may be disintegrated, but the other endless globes are still existing; the universe would not be disordered nor destroyed. On the contrary, existence is eternal and perpetual…’

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/SAQ/saq-47.html

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