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

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THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE: A STAIRCASE TO HEAVEN? 331to be instantly ... I just felt exhilarated with a sense of power.I could do what I wanted to ... It's realer than here, really. 21"I remember all of a sudden going right back to the battlefieldwhere I had been lost... It was almost like you materializethere and all of a sudden the next instant you were overhere. It was just like you blinked your eyes." 22Many near-death experiencers also report a clairvoyantsense of total knowledge "from the beginning of time to theend of time." 23 A woman told Raymond Moody: "All of asudden, all knowledge of all that had started from the verybeginning, that would go on without end—for a second Iknew all the secrets of the ages, all the meaning of the universe,the stars, the moon—of everything." 24'There was a moment in this thing—well, there isn't anyway to describe it—but it was like I knew all things ... For amoment, there, it was like communication wasn't necessary. Ithought whatever I wanted to know could be known." 25"While I was there I felt at the center of things. I feltenlightened and cleansed. I felt I could see the point of everything.Everything fitted in, it all made sense, even the darktimes. It almost seemed, too, as if the pieces of jigsaw all fittedtogether." 264. Meeting OthersIn the Tibetan teachings the mental body in the bardo ofbecoming is described as meeting other beings in the bardo.Similarly the near-death experiencer is often able to conversewith others who have died. Michael Sabom's Vietnam veteransaid that as he lay unconscious on the battlefield, viewing hisown body:The thirteen guys that had been killed the day before that I hadput in plastic bags were right there with me. And more than that,during the course of that month of May, my particular companylost forty-two dead. All forty-two of those guys were there. Theywere not in the form we perceive the human body ... but I knowthey were there. I felt their presence. We communicated withouttalking with our voices. 27A woman whose heart stopped under anesthetic during adental extraction said:Then I found myself I was in a beautiful landscape, the grass isgreener than anything seen on earth, it has a special light or glow.

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