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The Bardo Thodol

The Tibetan Book of the Dead.


  As men think, so they are, both here and hereafter, thoughts being things, the parents of all actions, good and bad alike; and as the sowing has been, so will the harvest be.

 


 

There is good and bad in everyone.

The deities (or spiritual beings) in the Bardo (after death plane) have no real individual existence any more than human beings have. They are merely the consciousness - content visualised by karmic agency, as apparitional appearances in the Intermediate state - airy nothings woven into dreams.

The complete recognition of this psychology by the deceased sets him free into Reality.

Rationally considered, each person's after-death experiences are entirely dependent upon his or her own mental content.

Those born of the hallucinatory karmic thought forms constituting his/her personality - which is an impermanent product arising from thirst for existence and the will to live and to believe.

 


Man does not degenerate into anything but savage man.

Given ages of continual retrogression, the life flux that is now human may cease to be human, the human constituents of it becoming latent through lack of exercise.

Intellects able to grasp the truth do not fall into the lower conditions of existence.

"Most curious, he said, was the spectacle - sad, laughable and strange; for the choice of the souls was in most cases based upon their own experience of a previous life." Plato Republic.

 


The 3 original sins (Buddhist)

1. The ignorance of stupidity dominated by lust.

2. The excessive sexuality or sensuality and jealousy.

3. Anger.

 

Drinking of the rivers of forgetfulness, he enters the door of the womb and is reborn, direct from the desire world called the Bardo.

The subconscious mind is the storehouse of all latent memories, not just of this lifetime.

Our character - this moral and intellectual essence of a man - does veritably pass over from one fleshy tabernacle to another. The Indian philosophers called this character karma.

Character (karma) is latent in the child, and the ego is little more than a bundle of potentialities.

A yearning or thirsting after sensation, after the unstable sansaric existence.

Unless Enlightenment be won, rebirth is the human world, directly from the Bardo-world or from any other world or from any paradise or hell to which karma has led is inevitable.

Enlightenment results from realising the unreality of the sangsara of existence.

The goal is emancipation from sangsara (samsara).

 


  "For that which clingeth to another there is fall.

But unto that which clingeth not no fall can come.

Where no fall cometh, there is rest

And where rest is, there is no keen desire

Where keen desire is not

Naught cometh or goeth

There is no death, nor birth

Where there is neither death or birth

There neither is this world nor that nor in between

It is the ending of sorrow. "

 


Source Material.

The Tibetian Book of The Dead.
Edited by: W.Y. Evans-Wentz.

 


May All Beings Be Happy and Come to Realise the Pathway Beyond Sorrow.

Hari Om Shanti.


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