The disciples said to Jesus,
"Tell us how our end will be."
"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."
"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."
"But many who are first will be last,
and the last first."
“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."
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.
"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.
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”