The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

286 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGJust as when the Ground Luminosity dawned at themoment of death, here too in the bardo of dharmata, liberationcannot be taken for granted. When the brilliant light ofwisdom shines out, it is accompanied by a display of simple,comforting, cozy sounds and lights, less challenging and overwhelmingthan the light of wisdom. These dim lights—smoky,yellow, green, blue, red, and white—are our habitual, unconscioustendencies accumulated by anger, greed, ignorance,desire, jealousy, and pride. These are the emotions that createthe six realms of samsara: hell, hungry ghost, animal, human,demigod, and god realms, respectively.If we have not recognized and stabilized the dharmatanature of mind in life, we are instinctively drawn toward thedim lights of the six realms, as the basic tendency towardgrasping, which we have built up during life, begins to stir andawaken. Threatened by the dynamic brilliance of wisdom, themind retreats. The cozy lights, the invitation of our habitualtendencies, lure us toward a rebirth, determined by the particularnegative emotion that dominates our karma and ourmindstream.Let us take an example of the appearance of one of the peacefulbuddhas from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which will illustratethis whole process. The master or spiritual friendaddresses the consciousness of the dead person:O son/daughter of an enlightened family, listen without distraction!On the third day, a yellow light will arise which is the pureessence of the element earth. Simultaneously, from the yellowsouthern buddha-field known as "The Glorious," the BuddhaRatnasambhava will appear before you, his body yellow in color,and holding a wish-fulfilling jewel in his hand. He presides upona throne borne up by horses and is embraced by the supremefemale consort, Mamaki. Around him are the two male bodhisattvas,Akashagarbha and Samantabhadra, 4 and the twofemale bodhisattvas, Mala and Dhupa, so that six buddha bodiesappear from within the expanse of rainbow light.The inherent purity of the skandha of feeling—which is the."equalizing wisdom"—a yellow light, dazzling and adorned withikiés of light, large and small, radiant and clear, and unbearable tothe eyes, will stream toward you from the heart of Ratnasambhavaand his consort, and pierce your heart so that your eyes cannotstand to gaze at it.

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