## The Beginning

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• In the beginning was the word, and the word was ... N-M-PHUE ( of-the-heavens ). I don t know why it s taken me so long to recognize this, since the answer was
Message 1 of 1 , Nov 5, 2002
In the beginning was the word, and the word was ... N-M-PHUE
('of-the-heavens'). I don't know why it's taken me so long to recognize
this, since the answer was right there all along in saying 18 - "where the
beginning is, there the end will be". And if the end will be where the
beginning is, it stands to reason that the beginning is at the end - the
end, that is, of the text of GThom - that last "perfect" 6-letter word. That
is where the solution to the puzzle begins - where the first steps are taken
that will eventually result in the reader constructing a "paradise" of five
"trees" whose leaves never fall. Already, the beginnings of a five-fold
"paradise" are visible in the five-fold division of GThom:

1. pages 32-37 (6 pages, 4 blocks)
2. pages 38-44 (7 pages, 5 blocks)
3. page 45 (1 page, 3 blocks)
4. pages 46-48 (3 pages, 2 blocks*)
5. pages 49-51 (3 pages, 10 blocks*)

(*last line of page 48 moved to top of page 49)

The seeker has found the cosmos, but now there's going to be trouble. Why
trouble? Because "I give my mysteries to those worthy of my mysteries", and
the seeker hasn't yet proven himself worthy to enter the kingdom. He has to
do some work before he comes to the next stage - that of being amazed. What
kind of work? The "upper" has to be made like the "lower", and the two
"outsides" have to be made like the "inside". Then there's more shenanigans
to which I don't yet have a clue. This kind of "work" has never been
imagined by those who try to make sense of the existing structure of GThom.
It involves a construction job of moving lines or parts of lines, always
aiming toward "perfection" of the whole. The sayings of GThom themselves
give us all kinds of hints as to what needs to be done, and it's also my
belief that the Apocryphon of John actually sets out a step-by-step
procedure, if properly interpreted. But this all requires that the seeker,
like Thomas, stop being "drunk on the words" (as we all have been these 57
or so years since the discovery of the text) and instead begin interpreting
them in an entirely new and different light - as befits the student of a
hierophant who seeks to understand the hidden "divine" meaning of the
master's words. "Recognize what is before your face, and what is hidden will
appear to you."

Mike Grondin
The Coptic Gospel of Thomas, saying-by-saying
http://www.geocities.com/mwgrondin/sayings.htm
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