WE ARE USED TO THINKING of things as having beginnings, it is hard for us to conceive of something as being Beginningless. Even this Ordinary Mind had a beginning, didn't it?
The fact that the Ordinary Mind cannot conceive of the Beginningless Extraordinaire, is not that surprising really. But isn't Ordinary Mind just a facet of Mind Extraordinaire?
Well, whatever the origins of consciousness, we do know that books have a beginning. 'Old Carapace-Face reckoned on 'just over 30' to get you started. I always take him at his word.