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The disciples said to Jesus,
"Tell us how our end will be."
Jesus said,

"Have you discovered, then, the beginning,
that you look for the end?
For where the beginning is,

there will the end be.
Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning;
he will know the end and will not experience death."


Jesus said,

"The man old in days will not hesitate

to ask a small child seven days old

about the place of life, and he will live.

For many who are first will become last,

and they will become one and the same."

Matthew 19:30
"But many who are first will be last,

and the last first."

Confucius said,

“If we do not yet know about life,
how can we know about death?"


Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

"As the end of a thing

corresponds to its beginning,

so it is not possible to be ignorant

of the end of things
if we know their beginning."

(18) cont.

This is again the idea of pre-existent souls,

which occupy these bodies as a spacesuit

for a time, then return back to their origin.


Jesus said,

"Blessed is he who came into being
before he came into being."

The Gospel of Philip
The Lord said,

"Blessed is he who is before he came into being.
For who is, has been and shall be."

The following except is from

The Operator's Manual For Planet Earth
by D. Trinidad Hunt, 1996, Hyperion,

and is reminiscent of The Hymn of the Pearl.

Principles of Planetary Purpose
1. Planet Earth is a classroom.
2. In order to enter Earth's classroom

each of you must wear a body suit.
3. When you receive you body, amnesia

will set in and you will forget who you really are.
4. Earth's curriculum centers around remembering the spirit and the love that you already are.
5. When you do begin to remember the love that

you are, you intention to fully manifest that love

will be challenged.
6. This is because each of you will also receive

a Pesonal Ego and Free Will along with you body

when you are born.
7. All learning and growth centers around the challenge of rising above the ego to manifest

the love that you are.
8. Graduation from Earth's classroom depends on fully becoming love in action.

My comment:

For Gnostic one must always realize that the map is not the territory. It is too easy to fall into the trap that our “religion” our views are correct, possibly the only correct ones. The Gnostic must approach a Zen like mind and discover that all models are wrong. Thus we see that the end is not the beginning as there is no end or beginning. To be a Gnostic, one must not be a Gnostic.

“Do not dwell in the past.

Do not dream of the future.

Concentrate the mind

On the present moment”