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Grand Man

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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Grand Man (form of heaven)" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 19"
The universal heaven, consisting of myriads of myriads of angels, in its universal form is as a man. Each society of heaven, be it large or small, is so likewise; hence also an angel is a man, for an angel is a heaven in the least form.

[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Heaven, structure/levels" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 65"
As the whole heaven reflects a single man, and is a Divine spiritual man in the largest form, even in figure, so heaven like a man is arranged into members and parts, and these are similarly named. Moreover, angels know in what member this or that society is. This society, they say, is in a certain part or province of the head, that in a certain part or province of the breast, that in a certain part or province of the loins, and so on. In general, the highest or third heaven forms the head down to the neck; the middle or second heaven forms the breast down to the loins and knees; the lowest or first heaven forms the feet down to the soles, and also the arms down to the fingers. For the arms and hands belong to the lowest parts of man, although at the sides. From this again it is plain why there are three heavens.

[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Grand Man (form of heaven)" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 288"
Inasmuch as God is a Man, therefore the universal angelic heaven in the complex is as one man; and it is distinguished into regions and provinces according to the members, viscera and organs of a man. Thus there are societies of heaven which constitute the province of all things of the brain, and of all things of the organs of the face, also of all things of the viscera, of the body; and these provinces are distinct from each other, just as those organs are distinct in man; moreover the angels know in what province of man they are. The universal heaven is in this effigy, because God is a man: and God is heaven, because the angels who constitute heaven are recipients of love and wisdom from the Lord, and recipients are images.