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Notes from the Bardo Thodol (The Tibetian Book of the Dead)
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. "
"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. "
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 visualized 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 persons'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 which 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.
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
"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."
1. The ignorance of stupidity dominated by lust.
2. The excessive sexuality or sensuality and jealousy.
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 life time.
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 realizing the unreality of the sangsara of existence.
The goal is emancipation from sangsara.
" 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. "
Alas! When the uncertain experiencing of reality is dawning upon me here
With every thought of fear or terror or awe for all apparitional appearances set aside
May I recognize whatever visions appear as the reflections of mine own consciousness
May I know them to be of the nature of apparitions in the Bardot.
When at this all important moment of opportunity of achieving a great end
May I not fear the bands of Peaceful and Wrathful deities mine own thought forms
Because of the power of bad karma
The glorious blue light of the wisdom of the Dharma-Dhatu
Will produce in thee fear and terror
And thou will wish to flee from it
Thou will beget a fondness for the dull white light of the devas
Be not awed or startled
Put thy faith in it
Believe in it firmly
And pray unto it
Be not fond of the dull white light of the devas
Act then so that thou wilt not fear
That bright white light
Think with faith
I will take refuge in it
ALAS! When wandering in the sangsara
Because of the power of violent anger
On the radiant light path of the mirror of wisdom
May I be led by the Bhagavan Vajra-Sattva
May the divine Mother Mamaki be my rearguard
May I be led safely across the fearful ambush of the Bardos
May I be placed in a state of the all perfect Buddhahood
O nobly born, along with the radiances of Wisdom
The impure illusory lights of the six lokas will also come to shine
If it be asked, 'What are they?' [they are]:
A dull white light from the devas
A dull green light from the asuras
A dull yellow light from the human beings
A dull blue light from the brutes
A dull reddish light from the pretas
A dull smoke-coloured light from hell
If thou art frightened by the pure radiances of Wisdom
And attracted by the impure lights of the Six lokas
Then thou wilt assume a body in any of the six lokas
And suffer sangsaric miseries
Being thus frightened thou will be attracted towards the impure sangsaric objects.
There is no reality
behind any of the phenomena of the Bardo plane, save the illusions stored
up in one's own mind as accretions from sangsaric experiences. Recognition
of this automatically gives liberation.
There is no reality behind any of the phenomena of the Bardo plane, save the illusions stored up in one's own mind as accretions from sangsaric experiences. Recognition of this automatically gives liberation.
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