CHAPTER 15 OF THE TIBETIAN BOOK OF LIVING  AND DYING /THE PROCESS
OF DYING----------------------------------------------------
-------------------------continued,  / review of ,by W.H.Johnson
/Sept.26,1999
/////////////////    "In the bardo teachings
and Tibetian medical texts,we find discriptions of signs warning
of impending death,some foretelling death within years or months
,and others ,in terms of weeks or days.They include physical
signs,certain spacific kinds of dreams ,and special
investigations,using shadow images."/
    p.248/ The right and left channels coil around the central
one at a number of points to form a series of "knots".Along
the central channel are situated a number of "channel wheels",the
chakras ,or energy centers,...."/   "The (current) winds that
flow through all the channels,except the central one,are said
to be impure and activate negitive ,dualistic thought
patterns;..."/                                  
              (death process)  "As the winds disappear,the bodily
functions and the senses fail.The energy centers collapse and
without their supporting winds,the elements dissolve in sequince
from the grossest to the subtlest."  
            (body's polarity ,left and right sides//  "On the
right side of the body are certain subtile channels that
encourage the "karmic wind" of desolution."/   
                 (EARTH)  note ,again stone tonb's imagry---
-       "As the aggregate of form is dissolving,we become weak
and frail.Our mind is agitated and delirious ,but then sinks
into drowsiness."/
        (WATER)  "Our mind becomes hazy,fustrated,irritable,and
nervious.Some sources say that we feel as if we were drowning
in an ocean ,or being swept away by a huge river."/
              (FIRE)  "...,the inner experience is of being
consumned in a flame,being in the middle of a roaring blaze,or
perhaps  of the whole world being concumed in a holocaust of
fire."/
               (AIR)   "...,is of a great wind,sweeping away
the whole world,..."/
          "THE WHOLE PROCESS BECOMES A DEVELOPMENT ON THE STATE
OF (one's own) luminosity."/  "...,this sequince of progressively
deepening states of consciousness does not only happen when
we die.It also occurs ,usually unnoticed ,as we fall asleep."/
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----------------   THE GROUND /Chapter Sixteen  
        ///////////////////////   ""My master
passed away in the sleeping lion's posture."
(.....)...,then,something extraordinary happened.An incandescent
,milky light ,looking like a thin and luminous fog ,began to
appear and gradually spread everywhere...(....);THIS STRANGE
,UNEARTHLY LIGHT WAS SEEN BY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE...(....)..,TO
BE A SIGN OF SOMEONE ATTAINING BHUDDHAHOOD."/
                    INTRINSIC RADIANCE /CHAPTER 17 /--------
---------------------------------------------------  "Matter,as
it were,is condensed or frozen light....ALL MATTER IS A
CONDENSATION OF LIGHT(VIA SUPER-NOVE),into patterns moving back
and forth at average speeds which are less than the speed od
light,remarks David Bohm."/
              p.279/  "...,without the experience of Togal
practice,you will be unable to look at the visions of the dieties
,which are as bright as the sun.Instead,as a result of the
habitual tendances of your previous lives,your gaze will be
drawn downward to the six realms.It is those that you will
recognize and which will lure you again into delusion."/ So
it is with Shroud research;ONE MAY WELL HAVE AN INITAL RESPONSE
TO FIRST SEEING THE FACE OF CHRIST ,FROM THAT POINT FORWARD
THERE IS ALWAYS THE DANGER OF LOSING THAT AWE AND WONDER AND
GETTING SWALLOWED UP IN INFINATE DETAILS.
                PAGE282 / "THE COZY LIGHTS,THE INVITATION OF
OUR HABITUAL TENDANCIES,LURE US TOWARD A REBIRTH ,DETERMINED
BY THE PARTICULAR NEGITIVE EMOTION THAT DOMINATES OUR KARMA
AND OUR MINDSTREAM."/
           P.287 / "INTHE SIPA BARDO,AS THE MIND IS NO LONGER
LIMITED AND OBSTRUCTED BY THE PHYSICAL BODY OF THIS WORLD,the
possibilities are infinate for becoming reborn in different
realms."/   
           p.289/ "The mental body can see through 3-dimensional
objects..............................(.....)..,(yet,there is
only )...",THE DIM GLOW ILLUMINATING THE SPACE IMMEDIATELY IN
FRONT OF US.We can see other bardo beings,but we cannot be seen
by living beings,except those who have the kind of clairivoyance
developed through deep experience of meditation."
            "The mental body is unable to remain still ,even
for an instant;it is ceaselessly on the move."/
              "In extreme cases ,the mental body can linger
near it's possessions or body for weeks or even years.AND STILL
,IT MAY NOT DAWN ON US ,(THAT)  WE ARE DEAD. IT IS  ONLY WHEN
WE SEE THAT WE CAST NO SHADOW ,MAKE NO REFLECTION  IN A MIRROR
,NO FOOTPRINTS ON THE GROUND ,FINALLY ,WE REALIZE."/    
      "All the negitive karma of previous lives is returning
in a fiercely consentrated and deranging way."(fate of a deluded
ghost)
       About Near Death Experiences(some of them)-----------
-------------------------------------------------page 321/ "They
comunicate telepathically with the presence and find themselves
in a timeless      and usually blissful dimension ,in which
all ordinary concepts like time and space are meaningless.Even
if the experience lasts only one or two minites in normal time
,it can be of vast elaboration and richness."/ page 323 "...,this
light was so total and complete that you didn't look at the
light ,you were IN the light."/
            p.324 /  "Only my essence was felt.Time no longer
mattered and space was filled with bliss.I was bathed in radiant
light and immersed  IN THE AURA ...of the rainbow."/ "IT WAS
ALL BEING,ALL BEAUTY,ALL MEANING FOR ALL EXISTANCE, IT WAS ALL
THE ENERGY OF THE UNIVERSE ,FOREVER, IN ONE PLACE."////
                            "IT WAS REALER THAN HERE ,
REALLY."           -----------------------------------------
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------------------------------------------OF HELLISH VISIONS
/   "I was terrified  that these hands were going to claw hold
of me and pull me down into the pit with them..."/
       "Some have precognitive visions....,that turn out to
be uncannily accurate ;after the near-death experience ,some
report experiences of what appears to be the energy of
"kundalini"..."/  "...,had glimpes of the radiance of the nature
of mind."/
            "...;Tibet's vast forests,as indispensible as those
of the Amazon ,have been cut down;it's wildlife has been almost
total massacred;.."/ 
   "THE GLORY OF THEIR OWN CULTURE ,IN THEIR HOMELAND,has been
almost entirely obliterated."/
                page 348 / "The crutial recognition ,then,in
the bardo of dharmata ,is that it is the wisdom energy of your
mind that is dawning:THE BHUDDHAS AND THE LIGHTS OF WISDOM ARE
 NOT SEPERATE FROM YOU,BUT YOUR OWN...."/
            /In closing of this quick over-view of these words
,might I add that once I also ,as have many ,had a near death
experience ,and indeed,it stands outside of time and habit ,
words and answers;Christ's self-image  via cloth and coverings
stands also as a singular event and as the very germ and seed
of a stuggling eurasian "CULT".....,THE CHRISTIANS ,an odd yet
compelling faith , though at times it maySTRAY from it's shepard,
a multitude of questioning minds still seek after his example./
       AS GEORGE CARLIN MIGHT SAY,words are only words ,it's
the-------- that uses them ,that you have to watch out for.
             In recient ,mosaic images of the universe on
"TOTAL" ,a net -like patern to creation as it now stands has
emerged,to the shock of many;it just isn't tidy or nice for
God to be jamming up matter and star stuff over here and not
having hardly any over ther,there, and there. Great voids have
been found and explained away by a thing known as DARK MATTER
,making up the 85% plus MISSING MASS of creation. It would seem
out universe has to share space with it's big-brotheror
something.... /    "...MEANING ENERGY AND MATTER STAND IN A
SIMULAR RELATIONSHIP TO EACHOTHER AS DO THE THREE KAYAS. COULD
THIS POSSIBLY SUGGEST THAT THE ROLE OF MEANING ,AS HE EXPLAINS
IT,IS SOMEHOW ANALOGOUS TO THE DHARMA-KAYA,-----------------
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----------------------------------------,that endlessly fertile
,unconditioned totality from which all things rise?The work
of energy ,through which meaning and matter act upon one another
,has certain affinity to the Sambhogakaya,the SPONTANIOUS
,CONSTAINT SPRINGING FORTH OF ENERGY ,OUT OF THE GROUND OF
EMPTINESS..(....)..,"/
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