Jesus said, “Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being. If you become My disciples and listen to My
words, these stones will minister to you. For there are five trees for you in Paradise which remain undisturbed summer and
winter and whose leaves do not fall. Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience death.”
The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.”
He said to them, “It is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great
plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.”
The Gospel of Thomas
When things (in the vegetable world) have displayed their luxuriant growth, we see each of them return to its root. This returning to their root is what we call the state of stillness; and that stillness may be called a reporting that they have fulfilled their appointed end.
Tao Te Ching
For it is the life of the Logos which forms the garment of the Soul in man, and He gives it that men may live through the ages and grow to the measure of His own stature. Truly are we clothed in Him, first materially and then spiritually. He sacrificed Himself to bring many sons into glory, and He is with us always, even to the end of the age.