Death is part of ordinary life. There is no escaping it. It is natural. It is the glue between this life and the next, and between last life and this one. It forms the continuity of ordinary life. As we begin to penetrate through our shallow mistaken understanding of reality, we loosen the grip of ignorance and slowly begin to see things as they really are. The more we cultivate this correct understanding of reality, our ignorance lessens. As our ignorance lessens, the bonds that keep us in this cyclic existence of birth and death (12 links) loosen. Eventually when ignorance loses its hold, we will break the chain and no longer die. We will sustain the eighth stage of dying, called luminosity. As death occurs after the eighth stage is finished, we will attain the deathless state. This mind of luminosity will go on to enlightenment.
“Row row row your boat, gently down the stream; merrily merrily merrily, life is but a dream.” Is this part of your childhood? Or maybe adulthood? We sing it and feel at ease. It has […]
Finally, after all the 7 stages, we now arrive at the last 8th stage of our dying process. This is a very special stage as it is the subtlest mind, called ‘clear light,’ or ‘luminosity.’ […]