For those who are familiar with the science-fiction novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the supercomputer Deep Thought calculates the “answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything” to be 42.
References to 42 are also made in books authored by Lewis Carroll:
“Rule 42: “All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.””– Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Rule 42 of the Code, “No one shall speak to the Man at the Helm,” … ”and the Man at the Helm shall speak to no one“”– The Hunting of the Snark
Various films and T.V. dramas have also alluded to the “answer” of number 42. The number 42 has a mysterious allure in pop culture that has never been fully explained.
Perhaps the origin of these references is from the Indian Buddhist sutra of Forty-two Sections or Chapters translated into Chinese in 67 CE. Then later from the West, in the 16th century, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer wrote Forty-two Articles for the Church of England. But only Thirty-nine Articles of Religion were adopted by the Church. Both documents set out the defining statements of that religion’s doctrines and practices.
But the most interesting is that, in the doctrine of nature, the life of donated blood expires after 42 days.
The fluid of life, blood, is degraded after 42 days. If it is nature’s law that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, then it must also be true that the fluid of life can become dignified and divine after 42 days. A full story, a cycle of ascension and descension is revealed.
The story of 84 births is a story of the world cycle, the beginning, middle and end of creation. There is definitely day and night, happiness and sorrow; it would definitely be half and half. This is one of God’s laws. The entire history and geography are included in the knowledge of Raja Yoga.
For half the cycle, on the path of degradation, we become disconnected from God, so much so that, toward its end, sorrow ensues and ultimately this can feel like eternal damnation. But, by recognising the other half of the cycle, of divinity and heaven on earth, we take our first steps on the path towards salvation, and ultimately towards God, the Father of all.
The ultimate question of life, the universe and everything can be answered by understanding the cycle of 84 births (or drama) and the significance of actions, neutral actions and sinful actions (or karma).
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