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Om Mani Padme Hum Bardo Thotrol
The Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Copyright 1997 by
John WorldPeace - Houston, Texas USA

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Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum


BOOK I

INVOCATION


O God, Boundless Light of this Reality,
O loving and fierce celestial beings, angels and guides,
O great spiritual teachers and saints
I acknowledge the oneness of the Infinite Potential.


RECOGNITION BY THE INFINITE, IMMORTAL SPIRIT OF THE
PERFECT CLEAR LIGHT OF THE INFINITE POTENTIAL IN THE POST
PHYSICAL DEATH SPIRITUAL REALITY


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! The time has come
for you to find your path in the reality of the spirit. Your physical breath has
stopped; the perfect clear light of the Infinite Potential of the first phase of
your transition into the spiritual reality has begun to manifest. Your physical
breath has stopped and you begin to experience the spirit reality; barren
and void like space. Your immortal, infinite spiritual awareness begins to
awaken, clear and empty; perceiving no horizon or center. You must
immediately recognize this void as yourself. You must stay centered within
this experience.

Now the vision that begins to manifest in the void is the image of
mud which represents the earth merging into water. The image of smoke
which represents water merging into fire. The image of sparks which
represents fire merging into the wind. The image of a candle flame which
represents the wind merging into consciousness. The image of a moonlit
sky which represents consciousness merging into luminance. The image of
the sunlit sky which represents luminance merging into radiance. The
image of the night sky which represents radiance merging into imminence.
The image of the predawn twilight sky which represents imminence
merging into the perfect clear light.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called ______! Now that you
have passed through the doorway of "physical death" and transitioned into
the spiritual reality, you must now reorient yourself. Repeat to yourself the
following words.

"Wake up! I have transitioned from physical life through bodily
death to the point of spiritual awakening. From this point on, I will
awaken my spirit and my consciousness by contemplating the Infinite
Potential of the spirit. I must meditate on peace and harmony and love and
compassion. For the sake of all beings in all realities, I must remain
centered in the oneness of the Infinite Potential. Now for the sake of all beings,
I will acknowledge the perfect clear light as the representation of the Infinite
Potential. Within this experience of Infinite oneness, I will attain the
supreme peace and harmony of the Infinite Potential and I will accomplish the
purpose of all beings. If I do not attain the supreme peace and harmony,
then, at the least, while I reside in the spiritual reality, I will recognize that I
am residing within the spiritual reality.

I will moment to moment recognize and acknowledge the spiritual
reality as a manifestation of the Infinite Potential and I will moment to
moment stay centered on my path of life in the spiritual reality and thereby
accomplish my purposes in this reality by manifesting whatever I need in order
to remain centered in the Infinite Potential.

Hey immortal one, you who was called _____! Listen to me!
Right now the perfect clear light of Infinite Potential manifests for you.
Recognize it! Acknowledge it! Incorporate it into your experience!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! This, your present
conscious natural clear void awareness, this presence in clear voidness
without any objectivity of substance, sign, or color - just this is the reality,
the Mother, Buddha All-around Goodness! And this, your conscious
awareness natural voidness, not succumbing to a false annihilative
voidness, just your own conscious awareness, unceasing, bright, distinct,
and vibrant - just this awareness is the Father, Buddha All-around
Goodness! Just this presence of the indivisibility of your awareness'
naturally insubstantial voidness and the vibrant bright presence of your
conscious awareness- just this is the Buddha Body of Truth. Your
awareness thus abides in this vast mass of light of clarity-void oneness.
You are free of birth or death - just this is the Buddha Changeless Light. It
is enough just to recognize this. Recognizing this you own conscious
awareness' purity nature as the Buddha, yourself beholding you own
awareness -that is to dwell in the inner realization of all Buddhas.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called ____! Meditate on the
Infinite Potential! Do not be distracted! Focus your entire being on the
Infinite oneness! Meditate on manifesting the spiritual reality! Do not
meditate on it manifesting the material reality!

Center yourself within the Infinite Oneness!


THE LOVING DEITY REALITY BETWEEN


Hey, immortal one, you who was called ____! Listen resolutely
with intense concentration! There are seven kinds of between:
1) the physcial birth point between,
2) the physical life consciousness between,
3) the dream consciousness between,
4) the contemplation-meditation between,
5) the physical death-point consciousness between,
6) the spiritual reality between,
7) and the spiritual existence consciousness between.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called ____! At the end of
physical life, the three spiritual betweens will dawn for you;
5) the death-point consciousness between,
6) the spiritual reality consciousness between,
7) and the spiritual existence consciousness between.

In the death-point consciousness between, the reality clear light manifested.
But unfortunately, you did not recognize it, so you arrived here. Now the
spiritual reality consciousness between and the existence consciousness
between will manifest for you. As I describe them, you must make every
effort to recognize them without fail.

Hey, immortal one, who was called _____! Now you have arrived
at what is called "physical death". You are transitioning from the physical
reality to the spiritual reality. You are not alone; it happens to everyone.
You must not indulge in attachment to or insistence on your physical life.
Though you are attached to it and you insist, you have no power to stay.
You will not avoid wandering the life cycle. Do not lust! Do not cling!
Be now mindful of the Three Jewels!

Hey, immortal one, who was called ____! Whatever terrifying
visions of the spiritual reality consciousness between may dawn upon you,
you should not forget the following words. You must proceed
remembering in your mind the meaning of these words. Herein lies the key
to your peaceful orientation within the spiritual reality.

"Hey! Now when the spiritual reality consciousness between
dawns upon me, I will let go of the illusion of instinctive terror.
I will recognize all objects as my mind's own visions and understand this as
the pattern of perception in the spiritual between; Come to this moment,
arrived at this most critical cessation, I will not fear my own visions of the
loving and fierce deities!"

Hey, immortal one, you who was called ______! You should
proceed clearly repeating these words aloud in your mind and remembering
their meaning. This is very important! It is the key to recognizing
whatever terrifying visions dawn as being a manifestation of your own
mind.

Hey, immortal one you who was called _____! At this time when
your spirit and body have parted ways, pure reality manifests in subtle,
dazzling visions, vividly experienced, naturally frightening and worrisome,
shimmering like a mirage on the desert. Do not fear them! Do not be
terrified! Do not panic! You now have what is call an "instinctual spiritual
body," not a material, flesh and blood body. Thus whatever sounds, lights,
and rays may come at you, they cannot harm you. You cannot die. It is
enough for you to recognize these experiences as a manifestation of your
own mind. Remember your are now in the spiritual between.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called ____! If you do not
recognize these visions as a manifestation of your own mind in this way -
whatever other meditations and achievements you may have experienced in
the human world, if you did not meet this particular instruction - the lights
will frighten you, the sounds will panic you, the rays will terrify you. If you
do not know the key of this instruction, you will not recognize the sounds,
lights, and rays and you will become confused in the cycle of life between
the physical and spiritual realities. This is why I am reading this
information to you. To help you find your way in the spiritual between
reality.


THE FIRST PERIOD


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Having been
without your physcial body for a time, you are now proceeding. You have
awakened in the confusion of anxiety with the worry asking yourself, "What
is happening to me?" Recognize that you are in the spiritual between! Now,
your life cycle is transcending and all things manifest as lights and deities. All
space manifests full of blue light. Now, from the central Buddha-land,
All-pervading Drop, the Lord Vairochana appears before you, white bodied,
sitting on a lion throne, holding in his hand an eight-spoked wheel, united
with his consort Akasha Dhatvishvari. The natural purity of the
consciousness mosaic, the blue light of the Reality Perfection wisdom, a
clear and vivid color blue, frighteningly intense, shines piercingly from the
heart center of the Vairochana couple, dazzling yours eyes unbearably.

Simultaneously the soft white light of the gods shines upon you and
penetrates you along with the bright blue light. Confused in the
manifestation of the spiritual reality, you panic and are terrified of that
bright blue light of Reality Perfection wisdom and you attempt to flee from
it. You tend to feel an attraction to the soft white light of the gods, and you
approach it.

Listen! You must not panic at the blue light; the clear, piercing,
brilliant, frightening supreme wisdom clear light! Do not fear it! It is the
light ray of the Transcendent Lord, the Reality Perfection wisdom, the
oneness of th Infinite Potential. Feel attracted to it with faith and reverence!
Make it answer to your prayer, thinking, "It is the light ray of compassion of Lord
Vairochana - I must take refuge in it!" It is the way Lord Vairochana
comes to escort you through the straits of the spiritual between. It is the
light ray of the compassion of Vairochana. Do not be enticed by the soft
white light of the gods. Do not be attached to it! Do not long for it! If
you cling to it, you will wander into the realm of the gods, and you will
continue to cycle through the seven realms of driven existence in the life
cycle. It is an obstacle to merging into the Infinite oneness, the path of
peace and harmony, so do not look upon it. Become devoted to the
brilliant penetrating blue light, aim your intense willpower toward
Vairochana, and repeat after me the following prayer:

"When I roam the life cycle driven by confusion in the
manifestations of the Infinite,
May the Lord Vairochana lead me on the path
of clear light of reality-perfection wisdom!
May his Consort Buddha Dhatvishvari back me on the way,
deliver me from the perilous straits of the between,
and carry me to the perfect Buddhahood!"

Thus praying with fierce devotion, you dissolve into rainbow light
into the heart of the Vairochana couple. There you will enter the central
pure land Ghanavyuha, Dense Array, and become a Buddha by way of the
Body of Perfect Beatitude!


THE SECOND PERIOD


Hey, immortal one you who was called _____! Listen without
wavering! In this second period, the white light that is the purity of the
element water dawns before you. At this time, from the blue eastern pure
land of Abhirati, Intense Delight, the blue Lord Vajrasattva Akshobhya
arises before you seated on an elephant, carrying a five-pronged vajra
scepter, in union with his consort Buddhalochana, attended by the male
Bodhisattvas Kshitigarblh and Maitreya and the female Bodhisattvas Lasya
and Pushpa - a group of six Archetype Deities. The white light of Mirror
wisdom, purity of the form mosaic, white and piercing, bright and clear,
shines from the heart of the Vajrasattva couple before you, penetrating,
unbearable to you eyes.

At the same time the soft smokey light of the hells shines before
you along with the wisdom light. At that time, under the influence of
hate you panic, terrified by that brilliant white light, and you attempt to flee
from it. You feel a liking for that soft smokey light of the hells and you
approach it. But now you must fearlessly recognize that brilliant white,
piercing, dazzling clear light as wisdom. Be gladdened by it with faith and
reverence! Pray, and increase your love for it, thinking, "It is the light of
the compassion of Lord Vajrasattva! I take refuge in it!"

It is Lord Vajrasattva's shining upon you to escort you through the
terrors of the between. It is the guiding beam of the light of compassion of
Vajrasattva - have faith in it! Do not be enticed by that soft smoky light of
hell! Hey! That is the path of destruction from the confusion you have
accumulated by your strong hatred! If you cling to it, you will fall into the
hells; you will be stuck in the mire of unbearable ordeals of suffering,
without any escape. It is an obstacle to the path of peace and harmony.
Do not look upon it and abandon all hate! Do not cling to it! Do not long
for it! Have faith in that dazzling bright white light! Aim your intense
willpower toward Lord Vajrasattva and make the following prayer:

"Alas! When I roam the life cycle by strong hate,
may the Lord Vajrasattva lead me on the path
of clear light of the mirror wisdom!
May his consort Buddhalochana back me on the way,
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the spiritual between,
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!"

By praying in this way with intense faith, you will dissolve into
rainbow light in the heart of Lord Vajrasattva, and you will go to his
eastern pure land Abhirate and attain Buddhahood in the Body of Perfect
Beatitude.


THE THIRD PERIOD

Hey, immortal one, who was called _____! Listen without
wavering! In this third period, the yellow light that is the purity of the
element of earth manifests. At this time, from the yellow southern Buddha-land
of Shrimat, the yellow Lord Ratnasambhava appears seated on a fine
horse, carrying a precious wish-granting gem, in union with his consort
Mamaki, attended by the male Bodhisattvas Akashagarbha and
Samantabhadra and the female Bodisattvas Mala and Dhupa - a group of
six Buddha deities in a background of rainbows, rays and lights. The
yellow light of the Equalizing wisdom, the purity of the sensation
mosaic, yellow and piercing, dazzling and clear, adorned with glistening
drops of droplets, shines from the heart of the Ratnasambhava couple
before you, penetrating your heart center, unbearable to behold with your eyes.


At the same time, the soft blue light of the human realm shines
before you, penetrating your heart in parallel with the wisdom light. At
that time, under the influence of pride, you panic and are terrified by that
brilliant, energetic yellow light, and you flee it. You feel a liking for that
soft blue light of the human realms and you approach it. But you must
fearlessly recognize that brilliant yellow, piercing, dazzling clear light as
wisdom. Upon it place your mind, relaxing you awareness in the
experience of nothing more to do. Or again be gladdened by it with faith
and reverence! If you can recognize it as the natural energy of your own
awareness, without even having to feel faith or make prayers, you will
dissolve indivisibly with all the images and light rays and you will become a
Buddha.

If you do not recognize it as the natural energy of your own
awareness, then pray and increase your love for it, thinking, " It is the light
ray of the compassion of Lord Ratnasambhave! I take refuge in it!" It is
the tractor-beam of the light rays of compassion of Lord Ratnasambhave -
have faith in it! Do not be enticed by that soft blue light of the human
realms - that is the path of confusion in the transgressions you have
accumulated by your fierce pride! If you cling to it, you will fall into the
human realms; you will experience the suffering of birth, sickness, old age,
and death, and you will find no time from liberation for the life cycle.

The soft blue light is an obstacle blocking the path of liberation. Do
not look upon it, and abandon all pride! Abandon all instinct! Do not cling
to it! Do not long for it! Have faith in that dazzling bright yellow light!
Aim your one-pointed willpower toward the Lord Ratnasambhava and
make the following prayer:


" Hey! When I roam the life cycle driven by strong pride,
may the Lord Tarnasambhava lead me on the path
of the clear light of the equalizing wisdom!
May his consort Buddha Mamaki back me on the way,
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the spiritual between,
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

By praying in this way with intense faith, you will dissolve into
rainbow light in the heart of the Lord Ratnasambhava couple and you will
go to the southern pure land Shrimat and attain Buddhahood in the Body
of Perfect Beatitude.


THE FOURTH PERIOD


Hey, immortal one you who was called _____! Listen without
wavering! In this fourth period, the red light that is the purity of the
element of fire dawns. At this time, from the red western world of
Sukhavate, the red Lord Amitabha appears before you seated on a peacock
throne, carrying a lotus, in union with his consort Pandaravasini, attended
by the male Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri and the female
Bodhisattvas Gita and Aloka - a group of six Buddha deities in a
background of rainbows and lights.

the red light of the Discriminating wisdom, purity of the
conceptual mosaic, red and piercing, dazzling and clear, adorned with
drops and droplets, shines from the heart of the Amitabha couple, precisely
penetrating your heart center, unbearable to see with you eyes. Do not fear
it!

At the same time a soft yellow light of the hungry ghosts realm shines
before you, penetrating your heart in parallel with the wisdom light. Do
not indulge in it! Abandon clinging and longing! At that time, under the
influence of the fierce passion, you panic and are terrified by that brilliant,
energetic red light, and you want to flee it. You feel a liking for that soft
yellow light on the hungry ghosts realms and you approach it.

But at that time you must fearlessly recognize that brilliant red,
piercing, dazzling clear light as wisdom. Upon it place you mind, relaxing
your awareness in the experience of nothing more to do. Or again be
gladdened by it with faith and reverence! If you can recognize it as the
natural energy of your own awareness, without feeling faith, without
making prayers, you will merge indivisibly with all the images and light rays
and you will become a Buddha.

If you do not recognize it as the natural energy of your own
awareness, then pray and hold your aspiration for it, thinking, "It is the
light ray of the compassion of the Lord Amitabha! I take refuge in it!" It
is the tractor-beam of the light rays of the compassion of Lord Ambitabha -
have faith in it! Do not flee it! If you flee it, it still will not leave you! Do
not fear it! Do not be enticed by that soft yellow light of the hungry ghosts
realms! It is the path of the instincts of the transgressions you have
accumulated by your fierce attachment! If you cling to it, you will fall into
the hungry ghosts realms; you will experience the intolerable suffering of hunger
and thirst, and it will be an obstacle blocking the path of peace and
harmony. Without clinging to it, abandon your instinct for it! Do not long
for it! Have faith in the dazzling bright red light Aim your one-pointed
will toward the Lord Amitabha couple and make the following prayer:


"When I roam the life cycle driven by strong passion,
may the Lord Amitabha lead me on the path
of the clear light of the discrimination wisdom!
May his consort Buddha Pandaravasini back me on the way
and deliver me from the dangerous straits of the spiritual between
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

By praying in this way with intense faith, you will dissolve into
rainbow light in the heart of the Lord Amitabha couple and you will go to
the western pure land Sukhavati and attain Buddhahood in the body of
Perfect Beatitude.


THE FIFTH PERIOD


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Listen without
wavering! In this fifth period, the green light that is the purity of the
element of wind dawns. At this time, from the green northern Buddha-land
of Prakuta, the green Lord Amoghasiddhi appears seated on an eagle
throne, carrying a vajra cross, in union with his consort Samayatara,
attended by the male Bodhisattvas Vajrapani and Sarvanivaranaviskambhin
and the female Bodhisattvas Gandha and Nartya - a group of six Buddha
Deities in a background of rainbows and lights. The green light of the All-accomplishing wisdom, purity of the creation mosaic, green, piercing,
dazzling and clear, adorned with glistening drops and droplets, shines from
the heart of the Amoghasiddhi couple, precisely penetrating your heart
center, unbearable to see with your eyes.

Not fearing it, knowing it as the natural force of the wisdom of
your own awareness, enter the experience of the great, unoccupied
equanimity, free of attraction to the familiar and aversion to the alien!

At the same time a soft, envy-made red light of the titan realm
shines upon you together with the wisdom light ray. Meditate upon it with
attraction and aversion in balance. If you are of inferior mind, do not
indulge in it! At that time, under the influence of fierce jealousy, you panic
and are terrified by that brilliant, piercing green light, and you flee it in
alarm. You enjoy and are attached to that soft red light of the titan realm
and you approach it. But at that time you must fearlessly recognize that
brilliant green, piercing, dazzling clear light as wisdom. Upon it relax your
awareness in the experience of transcendence with nothing to do. Or again
pray and increase your love for it, thinking, "It is the light ray of the
compassion of Lord Amoghasiddhi! I take refuge in it!" It is the All-accomplishing wisdom, the light ray of the tractor-beam of the compassion
of Lord Amoghasiddhi - have faith in it! Do not flee it! If you flee it, it
still will not leave you! Do not fear it!

Do not be enticed by that soft red light of the titan realms!
It is the path of destruction from the negative evolutionary actions you
have committed through your powerful jealously! If you cling to it, you
will fall into the titan realms; you will experience the intolerable suffering of
interminable fighting, and it will be an obstacle blocking the path of
liberation. Without clinging to it, abandon your instinct for it! Do not long
for it! Have faith in that dazzling bright green light! Aim your one-pointed
willpower toward the Lord Amoghasiddhi couple and make the following
prayer:

"Hey! When I roam the life cycle driven by strong envy,
may the Lord Amoghasiddhi lead me on the path
of the clear light of the all-encompassing wisdom!
May his consort Buddha Samayatara back me on the way,
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the spiritual between,
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

By praying in this way with intense faith, you will dissolve into
rainbow light in the heart of Lord Amoghasiddhi couple and you will go to
the northern pure land Prakuta and attain Buddhahood in the Body of
Perfect Beatitude!


THE SIXTH PERIOD


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Listen without
wavering! Up until yesterday, the visions of the five Buddha-clans
appeared to you one by one. Though they were clearly described, under
the influence of negative evolution you were panicked, and still up to now
are left behind here. If you had already recognized the natural shining of
one of the wisdoms of the five clans as your own vision, it would have
caused you to dissolve into rainbow light in the body of one of the five
Buddha clans and to attain Buddhahood in the Body of Beatitude. As it is,
you did not recognize the light and you are still wandering here. Now,
behold without distraction! Now the vision of all the five clans and the
vision of the joining of the four wisdoms have come to escort you in their
direction. Recognize them!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! The purity of the
four elements is dawning as the four lights. In the center the Vairochana
Buddha couple as described above appears from the pure land All-pervading Drop. In the east the Vajrasattva Buddha couple with retinue
appears from the pure land Abhirati. In the south the Ratnasambhava
Buddha couple with retinue as described above appears from the pure land
Shrimat. In the west the Amitabha Buddha couple with retinue as
described above appears from the lotus-heaped pure land Sukhavate. In
the north the Amoghasiddhi Buddha couple with retinue as described
above appears from the pure land Prakuta, in a rainbow light background.

Hey, immortal one you who was called _____! Outside of those
five Buddha-clan couples appear the fierce male door guardians Vijaya,
Yamantaka, Hayagriva, and Amertakundali; the fierce female door
guardians Amkusha, Pasha, Sphota, and Ghanta; and the six Lord
Buddhas: Indra Shatakratu, the Buddha of the gods; Vemachitra, the
Buddha of the titans; Shakyamuni, the Buddha of the humans: Simham
the Buddha of the animals; Jvalamukha, the Buddha of the hungry ghostss; and
Dharmaraja, the Buddha of the hells. Also appearing is the All-around-goodness Samantabhadra Father-Mother, the general ancestor of all
Buddhas. Altogether the host of the forty-two deities of the Beatific Body
emerges from you own heart center and appears to you. Recognize it as
you own pure vision!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Those pure lands
are not anywhere else - they abide in your own heart within its center and
four directions. They now emerge from out of your heart and appear to
you! Those images do not come from anywhere else! They are
primordially created as the natural manifestation of your own awareness -
so you should know how to recognize them!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Those deities, not
great, not small, symmetrical, each with ornamentation, color, posture,
throne, and gesture: those deities each pervaded by five mantras, each of
the five circled by a five colored rainbow aura; with male Bodhisattvas of
each clan upholding the male part and female Bodhisattvas of each clan
upholding the female part, with all the mandalas arising simultaneously
whole - they are your Archetype Deities, so you should recognize them!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called ____! From the heart of
those five Buddha-clan couples, four combined wisdom light rays dawn in
your heart center, each extremely subtle and clear, like sun rays woven
together in a rope.

Now first, from Vairochana's heart center, a cloth of the frightening
brilliant white light rays of the reality-perfection wisdom dawns connecting
to your heart center. Within that light-ray cloth, white drops glisten with
their rays, like mirrors facing toward you, very clear, brilliant, and
awesomely penetrating, with each drop itself naturally adorned with five
other drops. Thus that light-ray cloth is adorned with drops and droplets
without limit or center.

From the heart of Vajrasattva, the mirror wisdom, a cloth of blue
light rays shines brilliantly upon you connecting to your heart center, on
which shining blue drops like turquoise bowls facing down toward you,
adorned by other drops and droplets, all shine upon you.

From the heart of Ratnasambhave, a cloth of the equalizing wisdom
yellow light rays shines brilliantly upon you, on which golden drops like
golden bowls adorned by other golden drops and droplets face down and
dawn upon you.

From the heart center of Amitabha, the discriminating wisdom red
light cloth shines brilliantly upon you, on which radiant red drops like coral
bowls facing down to you, endowed with the deep luster of wisdom, very
bright and penetrating, each adorned by five natural red drops - all these
shine upon you adorned by drops and droplets without center or limit.
These also shine upon you connecting to your heart center.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! These all arise
from the natural exercise of your own awareness. They do not come from
anywhere else! So do not be attached to them! Do not be terrified of
them! Relax in the experience of nonconceptualization. Within that
experience all the deities and light rays will dissolve into you and you will
become a Buddha!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Since the exercise
of the wisdom of your awareness is not perfected, the all-encompassing
wisdom's green light does not shine.

Hey, immortal one you who was called _____! These are the
visions of the four wisdoms in combination, the inner passageway of
Vajrasattva. At that time, you should remember the orientation previously
given by your spiritual teacher! If you remember that orientation, you will
trust those visions, you will recognize reality like a child meeting its
mother, or like the greeting of a long familiar person; and you will cease all
reifying notions. Recognizing your visions as your own creations, you will
trust your being held on the changeless path of pure reality, and you will
achieve the samadhi of continuity. Your awareness will dissolve into the
body of great effortlessness, and you will become a Buddha in the Beatific
Body.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Along with the
wisdom lights, there also arise impure, misleading visions of the six species;
namely, the soft white light of the gods, the soft red light of the titans, the
soft blue light of the humans, the soft green light of the animals, the soft
yellow light of the hungry ghostss, and the soft smoky light of the hells. These six
arise entwined in parallel with the pure wisdom lights. Therefore, do not
seize or cling to any of those lights. Relax in the experience of
nonperception! If you fear the wisdom lights and cling to the impure six-species life-cycle lights, you will assume a body of a being of the six
species. You will not reach the time of liberation from the great ocean of
suffering of the life cycle. You will experience only trouble.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! If you lack the
orientation given in the instruction of the spiritual teacher, and you fear and
are terrified by the above images and pure wisdom lights, you will come to
cling to the impure life-cycle lights. Do not do so! Have faith in those
dazzling, piercing pure wisdom lights! Trust in them, thinking, "These
light rays of the wisdom of the compassion of the Blissful Lords of the five
clans have come to me to hold me with compassion - I must take refuge in
them!" Not clinging, not longing for the misleading lights of the six
species, aim your will one-pointedly toward the five Buddha-clan couples,
and make the following prayer:

"Hey! When I roam the life cycle driven by the five strong passions, may the Lord Victors of the five clans lead me on the path of the
clear light of the four wisdoms in combination!
May the supreme five Consort Buddhas back me on the way,
and deliver me from the impure lights of the six realms!
Delivering me from the dangerous straits of the between,
may they carry me to the five supreme pure lands!


THE SEVENTH PERIOD


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! You continue to
wander in the between! Listen without wavering! In the seventh period, a
five-colored, rainbow light will dawn to purify your instincts by immersion
into reality. At that time, from the pure land of the angels, the Scientist
Deity host will come to escort you. In the center of a mandala wreathed in
rainbows and lights, the unexcelled Scientist of evolutionary development,
Padmanarteshvara, will arise, his body lustrous with the five colors, his
consort the Red Angel wound round his body, performing the dance of
chopper and blood-filled skull bowl, striking the gazing posture toward the
sky.

From the east of that mandala the Stage-contemplating Scientist
will arise, white, his expression smiling, his consort the White Angel wound
round his body, performing the chopper and skull-bowl dance and the
gesture of gazing into space. From the south of that mandala the Lifespan-master Scientist will arise, yellow with beautiful signs, his consort the
Yellow Angel wound round his body, performing the chopper and skull-bowl dance and the gesture of gazing into space. From the west of that
mandala the Great Seal Scientist will arise, red with a smiling expression,
his consort the Red Angel wound round his body, performing the chopper
and skull-bowl dance and the gesture of gazing into space. From the north
of that mandala the Effortlessness Scientist will arise, green and smiling
fiercely, his consort the Green Angel wound round his body, performing
the chopper and skull-bowl dance and the gesture of gazing into space.

Positioned outside of those scientists, the infinite Angelic host
arises in order to escort the vow-holding devotee, and to punish the
breakers of vows; they are the eight death-ground Angels, the four classes
of Angels, the three holy place Angels, the ten holy place Angels, the
twenty-four holy land Angels, and the Heroes, the Heroines, and the
warrior deities, along with all their defenders, the Dharma-protectors. All
wear the six human bone ornaments, carry drums, thigh-bones trumpets,
skull drums, human skin victory standards, human skin parasols and
pennants, singed flesh incense, and play infinite different kinds of music.
They fill the entire universe, rocking, dancing, and shaking, all their musical
sounds vibrating as if to split your head open and performing various
dances.

Hey, immortal one, who was called ____! Spontaneously purifying
instincts in reality, the five-colored wisdom light striped like colored
threads wound together dazzles, shimmers, and shines steadily, clear and
brilliant, startlingly piercing; from the hearts of the five Scientist Lords it
blinds your eyes and penetrates your heart center. At the same time the
soft green light of the animal realm dawns together with the wisdom light.
At that time, under the influence of your instincts, you fear the five-colored
light and flee from it, enticed by the soft green light of the animal realm.
Therefore, do not be afraid of that energetic, piercing, five-colored light!
Do not be terrified! Recognize it as wisdom! From within the light comes
the thousand rolling thunders of the natural sound of teaching. The sound
is fierce, reverberating, rumbling, stirring, like fierce mantras of intense
sound. Do not fear it! Do not flee it! Do not be terrified of it! Recognize
it as the exercise of your own awareness; your own perception. Do not be
attached to that soft green light of the animal realms. Do not long for it! If
you cling to it, you will fall into the delusion-dominated realm of the
animals and you will suffer infinite miseries of stupefaction, dumbness, and
slavery, without any time of escape. So do not cling to it! Have faith in
that penetrating, bright, five-colored light! Aim you will one-pointedly
toward the Lord Scientist Master Deity host! Aim your will with the
thought:

"This Scientist Deity host with its Heroes and Angels has come to escort me to the pure angelic heaven! O, you must know how beings such as me have accumulated no stores of merit and wisdom. We have not been taken up by the grip of the light rays of
compassion of such a five-clan Deity host of the Blissful Buddhas of
the three times. Alas! Such am I! Now, you the Scientist Deity host,
from now on do not neglect me no matter what! Hold me with the
tractor-beam of your compassion! Right now draw me to the pure heaven
of the Buddha Angels!

Then you should make the following prayer:

"May the Scientist Deity host look upon me!
Please lead me on the path with your great love!
When I roam the life cycle driven by strong instincts,
may the Hero Scientists lead me on the path
of the clear light of orgasmic wisdom!
May their consort Angel host back me on my way,
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the between,
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!"

When you make this prayer with intense faith, you will dissolve into
rainbow light at the heart center of the Scientist Deity host and without a
doubt will be reborn in the perfect Angel heaven realm.


THE EIGHTH PERIOD


Hey, immortal one who was called _____! If you can hear me, it is
because you continue to wander in the spiritual between! Listen without
wavering! The peaceful between already dawned, but you did not
recognize the light. So now you still must wander here. Now in this eighth
period, the Heruka Fierce Deity host will arise. Do not waver! Recognize
them!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! The great, glorious
Buddha Heruka appears, wine maroon in color, with three faces, six arms,
and four legs stretched out, his front face maroon, his right face white, his
left face red, his entire body blazing with light rays. His eyes glare, fiercely
terrifying, his eyebrows flash like lightning, his fangs gleam like new
copper. He roars with laughter, "A la la," and "Ha ha ha," and he makes
loud hissing noises like "shu-uu."

His bright orange hair blazes upward, adorned with skull crown and
sun and moon discs. His body is adorned with black snakes and a freshly
severed head garland. His first right hand holds a wheel, the middle an ax,
and the third a sword; his first left hand holds a bell, the middle a
plowshare, and the third a skull bowl.

His consort Buddha Krodhishvari enfolds his body, her right arm
embracing his neck, her left hand offering him sips of blood from her skull
bowl. She clucks her tongue menacingly and roars like thunder.

Both are ablaze with wisdom flames, shooting out from their
blazing vajra hairs. They stand in the warrior's posture on a throne
supported by garudas. Thus they arise manifestly before you, having
emerged from within your own brain! Do not fear them! Do not be
terrified! Do not hate them! Recognize them as an image of your own
awareness! He is your own Archetype Deity, so do not panic! In fact, they
are really Lord Vairochana Father and Mother, so do not be afraid! The
very moment you recognize them, you will be liberated!


THE NINTH PERIOD


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Listen without
wavering! You continue to wander in the spiritual between! Now in the
ninth period the Lord Vajra Heruka of the Vajra-clan will arise before you,
emerging from within your brain. He is dark blue, with three faces, six
arms, and four legs stretched out. His front face is dark blue, his right face
is white, his left face is red. His first right hand holds a vajra, the middle a
skull bowl, and the third and ax; his first left hand hold a bell, the middle a
skull bowl, and the third a plowshare.

His consort Buddha Vajra Krodhishvari enfolds his body, her right
arm embracing his neck, her left hand offering him sips of blood from her
skull bowl.

Thus they manifest before you, having emerged from within your
own brain! Do not fear them! Do not be terrified! Do not hate them!
Recognize them as an image of your own awareness! They are your own
Archetype Deity, so do not panic! In fact, they are really Lord Vajrasattva
Father and Mother, so have faith in them! The very moment you recognize
them, you will be liberated!


THE TENTH PERIOD


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! You continue to
wander in the spiritual between! Listen without wavering! Now in the
tenth period the Jewel-clan Heruka, Lord Ratna Heruka, will manifest to
you, emerging from within your mind. He is dark yellow, with three faces,
six arms, and four legs stretched out, his front face dark yellow, his right
face white, his left face red. His first right hand holds a jewel, the middle a
khatvanga staff, and the third a club; his first left hand holds a bell, the
middle a skull bowl, and the third a trident.

His consort Buddha Ratna Krodhishvari enfolds his body, her right
arm embracing his neck, her left hand offering him sips of blood from her
skull bowl.

Thus they arise manifestly before your eyes, having emerged from
within the southern part of your own brain! Do not fear them! Do not be
terrified! Do not hate them! Recognize them as an image of your own
awareness! They are you own Archetype Deity, so do not panic! In fact,
they are really Lord Tatnasambhava Father and Mother, so have faith in
them! The very moment you recognize them, you will be liberated!


THE ELEVENTH PERIOD


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! You continue to
wander in the spiritual between! Listen without wavering! Now in the
eleventh period, the Lotus-clan Heruka, Lora Padma Heruka, will manifest
before you, emerging from within your mind. He is dark red, with three
faces, six arms, and four legs stretched out, his front face dark red, his right
face white, his left face blue. His first right hand holds a lotus, the middle a
khatvanga staff, and the third a rod; his first left hand holds a bell, the
middle a skull bowl filled with blood, and the third a small drum.

His Consort Buddha Padma Krodhishvari enfolds his body, her
right arm embracing his neck, her left hand offering him sips of blood from
her skull bowl.

Thus they manifest before you, standing in sexual union, having
emerged from within your own brain! Do not fear them! Do not be
terrified! Do not hate them! Feel delight! Recognize them as an image of
your own awareness! They are your own Archetype Deity, so do not
panic! In fact, they are really Lord Amitabha Father and Mother, so have
faith in them! The very moment you recognize them, you will be liberated!


THE TWELFTH PERIOD


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! You continue to
wander in the spiritual between! Listen without wavering! Now in the
twelfth period, the Lord Karma Heruka of the Karma-clan will manifest
before you, emerging from within your brain. He is dark green, with three
faces, six arms, and four legs stretched out, his front face dark green, his
right face white, his left face red. His first right hand holds a sword, the
middle a khatvanga staff, and the third a rod; his first left hand holds a bell,
the middle a skull bowl, and the third a plowshare.

His Consort Buddha Karma Krodhishvari enfolds his body, her
right arm embracing his neck, her left hand offering him sips of blood from
her skull bowl.

Thus they manifest before you, standing in sexual embrace, having
emerged from the north of your own brain! Do not fear them! Do not be
terrified! Do not hate them! Recognize them as an image of your own
awareness! They are your own Archetype Deity, so do not panic! In fact,
they are really Lord Amoghasiddhi Father and Mother, so have faith in
them, feel deep reverence for them! The very moment you recognize them,
you will be liberated!


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! You continue to
wander in the between! Listen without wavering! The eight Gauri
goddesses will emerge from within your brain and appear to you! Do not
fear them! From the east of your brain appears to your east a white Gauri,
her right hand holding a corpse as a club and her left hand holding a blood-filled skull bowl. Do not fear her! From the south, a yellow Chauri, aiming
a bow and arrow; from the west, a red Pramoha, holding a crocodile
victory standard; from the north, a black Vetali, holding a vajra and a
blood-filled skull bowl; from the southeast, an orange Pukkasi, her right
hand holding intestines, her left feeding them into her mouth; from the
southwest, a dark green Ghasmari, her left hand holding a blood-filled skull
bowl and her right hand holding a vajra, with which she stirs the blood and
feeds it into her mouth; from the northwest, a pale yellow Chandali holding
a body and head across her shoulders, her right hand holding a heart and
her left hand feeding herself with the corpse; from the northeast, a dark
blue Shmashani, feeding on a headless body; all these eight holy-ground
Gauri goddesses emerge from within your brain and appear to you
surrounding the five Herukas! Do not fear them!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Listen without
wavering! After that, the eight Pishachi ghouls of the holy lands will
appear to you! From the east a dark maroon, lion-headed Simhasya,
crossing her arms over her chest, holding a corpse in her mouth, and
tossing her mane; from the south, a red, tiger-headed Vyaghrasya, crossing
her arms downward, staring hypnotically and gnashing her fangs; from the
west, a black, jackal-headed Shrgalasya, with a razor in her right hand,
holding and feeding on intestines in her left hand; from the north, a dark
blue, wolf-headed Shvanasya, lifting a corpse up to her mouth with her two
hands and staring hypnotically; from the southeast, a light yellow, vulture-headed Grdhrasya, carrying a corpse over her shoulder and holding a
skeleton in her hand; from the southwest, a dark red, hawk-headed
Kankhasya, carrying a corpse over her shoulders; from the northwest, a
black, crow-headed Kakasya, with a sword in her right hand, eating lungs
and hearts; from the northeast, a dark blue, owl-headed Ulukasya, eating
flesh and holding a vajra in her right hand and a sword in her left hand; all
these holy-land Pishachi ghouls emerge from within your brain and appear
to you surrounding the five Herukas! Do not fear them! Recognize
whatever arises as the creativity of your own visionary awareness!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Listen without
wavering! The four Door-guardian goddesses will emerge from your own
brain and appear to you, so recognize them! From the east of your brain, a
white, horse-headed Ankusha, with an iron hook in her right hand, and a
blood-filled skull bowl in her left hand, will appear to your east. From the
south, a yellow, pig-headed Pasha holding a noose; from the west, a red
lion-headed Shernkhala, holding an iron chain; from the north, a green,
serpent-headed Ghanta holding a bell; these four Door-guardian goddesses
will emerge from your brain and appear to you! Recognize them as being
your own Archetype Deities!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Outside of these
thirty fierce Heruka deities, the twenty-eight Ishvari goddesses with their
various heads and their various implements will emerge from within your
brain and appear to you. Do not fear them, but recognize them as the
creativity of your own visionary awareness! At this time when you have
arrived at the crucial moment of cessation, remember the instructions of
your spiritual teacher!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! From the east, the
dark maroon, yak-headed Rakshasi holding a vajra; the orange, serpent-headed Brahmi holding a lotus; the dark green, leopard-headed Maheshvari
holding a trident; the blue, mongoose-headed Lobha holding a wheel; the
red, mule-headed Kumari holding a javelin; the white, bear-headed Indrani
holding an intestine-noose; these six eastern Yoginis emerge from your
own brain and appear before you! Do not fear them!

From the west, the dark green, vulture-headed Bhakshasi holding a
club; the red, horse-headed Rati holding a human torso; the white, garuda-headed Mahabali holding a club; the red, dog-headed Rakshasi holding a
vajra razor; the red, hoopoe-headed Kama aiming a bow and arrow; the
red-green, deer-headed Vasuraksha holding a vase; these six western
Yoginis emerge from within your brain and appear before you! Do not fear
them!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! From the north,
the blue, wolf-headed Vayavi holding a banner; the red, ibex-headed Narini
holding an impaling stake; the black, boar-headed Varahi holding a tusk-noose; the red, crow-headed Rati holding a child's skin; the green-black,
elephant-headed Mahanasi holding a fresh corpse and drinking blood from
a skull bowl; the blue, serpent-headed Varuni holding a serpent-noose;
these six northern Yoginis will emerge from within your brain and appear
before you! Do not fear them!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! The four outer
Door-guardian Yoginis will emerge from within your brain and appear
before you! From the east, the white, cuckoo-headed Vajra holding an iron
hook; from the south, the yellow, goat-headed Vajra holding a noose;
from the west, the red, lion-headed Vajra holding and iron chain; from the
north, the green-black, serpent-headed Vajra holding a bell; these four
Door Yoginis will emerge from within your brain and appear before you!
All these twenty-eight goddesses arise naturally from the creativity of the
self-originating bodies of the fierce Herukas- so you should recognize them
as Buddha-wisdom!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! The Truth Body
arises from the voidness side as the peaceful deities! Recognize it! The
Beatific Body arises from the clarity side as the fierce deities! Recognize
it! At this time when the fifty-eight-deity Heruka host emerge from within
your brain and appear before you, if you know that whatever arises is
arisen from the natural energy of your own awareness, you will
immediately become nondual with the Heruka Body and become a Buddha!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! If you do not
recognize that, you will cling to superficial reality, feel fear and hate, and
flee these deities. You will go down again into excessive misery! If you do
not recognize them, you will perceive the whole Heruka Deity host as if
they were Yamas, Lords of Death, and you will fear the Heruka deities.
You will hate them! You will panic! You will faint! Your own visions
having become devils, you will wander in the life cycle!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! These mild and
fierce deities at most will be as big as space, at medium will be as large as
Sumeru, the planetary axis, at the least will be as large as eighteen times the
height of your own body-so do not be afraid of them! All visible existence
will arise as lights and deities! And all visions arising as lights and deities
must be recognized as the natural energy of your own awareness. When
your own energy dissolves nondually into these natural lights and deities,
you will become a Buddha!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! What you see and
perceive, whatever terrifying visions occur, recognize them as your own
visions! Recognize the clear light as the natural energy of your own
awareness! If you so recognize, there is no doubt you will become a
Buddha right away! The so-called "instantaneous perfect Buddhahood"
will have come to pass! Remember this in your mind!

Hey immortal one, you who was called _____! If now you do not
recognize the light, and if you cling to terror, all the mild deities will arise
as black Mahakala guardians! All the fierce deities will arise as Yama
Dharmaraja deities! Your own visions having become devils, you will
wander in the life cycle!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! When it happens
that such a vision arises, do not be afraid! Do not feel terror! You have a
mental body made of instincts; even if it is killed or dismembered, it cannot
die! Since in fact you are a natural form of voidness, anger at being injured
is unnecessary! The Yama Lords of Death are but arisen from the natural
energy of your own awareness and really lack all substantiality. Voidness
cannot injure voidness!

Except insofar as they arise from the natural creativity of your own
awareness, you must firmly decide that all that you see- the mild and fierce
deities, the Herukas, the animal-headed angels, the rainbow lights, and the
Yama deities- none is substantially, objectively existent! Once you
understand that, then all the fears and terrors become liberated on the spot,
you dissolve into nonduality and become a Buddha! If you so recognize
them, you must feel intense faith, thinking, "They are my Archetype
Deities! They have come to escort me through the straits of the between!
I take refuge in them!"

Be mindful of the Three Jewels! Remember whoever is your
Archetype Deity! Call him or her by name! Pray to him or her, "I am
wandering lost in the between - by my savior! Hold me with your
compassion, O precious deity!" Call on your spiritual teacher by name,
praying, "I am wandering lost in the between - be my savior! For
compassion's sake, do not let me go!" Feel faith in the Heruka Deity host,
and pray to them:

When I wander in the life cycle driven by powerful instincts,
may the host of mild and fierce Lords lead me on the path
of the clear light that conquers terror-visions of hate and fear!
May the fierce Ishvari goddess hosts back me on the way,
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the spiritual between
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

Now that I wander alone, apart from my loved ones,
and all my visions are but empty images,
may the Buddhas exert the force of their compassion
and stop the fear- and hate-drawn terrors of the between!

When the five lights of brilliant wisdom dawn,
fearless, bravely, may I know them as myself!
When the forms of the Lords mild and fierce arise,
bold and fearless, may I recognize the between!
Now when I suffer by the power of negative evolution,
may the Archetype Deities dispel that suffering!
When reality crashes with a thousand thunders
may they all become OM MANI PADME HUM!

When I am pulled by evolution without recourse,
may the Compassion Lord provide me refuge!
When I suffer due to evolutionary instincts,
may the clear light bliss samadhi dawn upon me!

May the five main elements not arise as enemies!
May I behold the pure lands of the five Buddha-clans!

Thus you should pray with intense reverence and faith! It is
extremely important, since your fear and terror will thus disappear and you
will surely become a Buddha in the Beatific Body! Do not waver!


BOOK II

Orientation to the Existence Between

With deep reverence I bow to the Deity host
of Spiritual Mentors, Archetypes, and Angels!
I pray you to free me in the between!


Basic Introduction

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! You continue to
wander in the between! Listen well, and keep this in your mind! In hell,
heaven, and the between, the body is born by apparition. But when the
perceptions of the mild and fierce deities arose in the reality between, you
did not recognize them. So after five and a half days, you fainted with
terror. Upon awakening, your awareness became more clear, and you
immediately arose in a likeness of your former body. As it says in the
Tantra:

Having the fleshy form of the preceding and emerging lives, senses
all complete, moving unobstructed, with evolutionary magic powers, one
sees similar species with pure clairvoyance.

Here "preceding" means that you arise as if in a flesh-and-blood
body determined by the instincts of your preceding life. If you are radiant
and have traces of the auspicious bodily signs and marks of a mythic hero,
it is because your imagination can transform your body; thus, that
perceived in the between is called a "mental body"

At that time, if your are to be born as a god, you will have visions
of the heavens. If you are to be born as a titan, a human, an animal, a
pretan, or a hell-being, you will have visions of whichever realm you will be
born in. "Preceding" here means that for up to four and a half days you
experience yourself as having a fleshy body of your previous life with its
habitual instincts. "Emerging" means that you begin to have visions of the
place where you are heading for rebirth. So much for "Preceding and
emerging."

Therefore, do not follow after every vision that happens. Do not be
attached to it! Do not adhere to it! If you are stubborn and attached to all
of them, you will roam in suffering through the six realms. Up until
yesterday, the visions of the reality between dawned for you, but you did
not recognize them. So you have had to wander here now. So now, if,
without wavering, you can develop recognition, the spiritual teacher's
orientation can open your awareness of the clear light, the naked, pure,
vibrant void. Enter into it, relax into the experience of nonholding,
nondoing! Without having to enter a womb, you will be liberated.

If you do not recognize the light, then meditate that your spiritual
teacher or Archetype Deity is present on the crown of your head, and
devote yourself totally with a strong force of faith. It is so important! Do
it without wavering, again and again!



Powers and Problems of a Between Being

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Listen without
your mind wandering! "Senses all complete, moving unobstructed" means
that even if in life you were blind, deaf, crippled, and so on, now in the
between, your eyes clearly discern forms, your ears hear sounds, and so
forth. Your senses become flawlessly clear and complete; so, "senses all
complete". Recognize this as a sign that you have died and are wandering
in the between! Remember your personal instructions!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! What is
"unobstructed" is your mental body; your awareness is free from
embodiment and you lack a solid body. So now you can move hither and
thither everywhere, through walls, houses, land, rocks, and earth, even
through Meru, the axial mountain; except through a mother's womb and
the Vajra Throne at Dodhgaya. This is a sign that you are wandering in the
spiritual existence between, so remember the instructions of your spiritual
teacher! Pray to the Lord of Great Compassion!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! "With evolutionary
magic powers" means that you, who have no special abilities or
meditational magic powers whatsoever, now have magic powers arising as
the result of your evolution. In a split second, you can circle this planet
with its axial mountain. You now have the power just to think about any
place you wish and you will arrive there in that very instant. You can reach
any where and return just as a normal man stretches out and pulls back his
arm. But these various magic powers are not so miraculous; if you do not
specially need them, ignore them! You should not worry about whether or
not you can manifest this or that, which you may think of. The fact is you
have the ability to immediately manifest anything without any obstruction.
You should recognize this as a sign of the existence between! You should
pray to your spiritual teacher!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! "One sees similar
species with pure clairvoyance" means that beings of the same species in
the between can see each other. Thus if some beings are of the same
species, all going to be reborn as gods, they will see each other. Likewise,
other beings of the same species, to be reborn in whichever of the six
realms, will see each other. So you should not be attached to such
encounters! Meditate on the Lord of Great Compassion!

"With pure clairvoyance" refers also to the vision of those whose
pure clairvoyance has been developed by the practice of contemplation, as
well as to the vision of those whose divine power of merit has developed it.
But such yogis or deities cannot always see between-beings. They see
them only when they will to see them, and not when they do not, or when
their contemplation is distracted.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! As you have a
ghostly body, you encounter relatives and familiar places as if in a dream.
When you meet these relatives, though you communicate with them, they
do not answer. When you see your relatives and dear ones crying, you will
think, "Now I have died, what can I do?" You feel a searing pain, like a
fish flopping in hot sand. But however greatly you suffer, tormenting
yourself at this time does not help. If you have a spiritual teacher, pray to
your spiritual teacher. Or else pray to the compassionate Archetype Deity.
Do not be attached to your loved ones - it is useless. Pray to the
Compassionate Ones, and do not suffer or be terrified!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Driven by the swift
wind of evolution, your mind is helpless and unstable, riding the horse of
breath like a feather blown on the wind, spinning and fluttering. You tell
the mourners, "Do not cry! Here I am!" They take no notice. You realize
you have died and you feel great anguish. Now do not indulge in your
pain! There is a constant twilight, gray as the predawn autumn sky, neither
day nor night. That kind of between can last for one, two, three, four, five,
six, or seven weeks - up to forty-nine days. Though it is said that for most
people the suffering of the existence between lasts twenty-one days, this is
not always certain due to people's different evolutionary histories.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! At this time the
great red wind of evolution will drive you from behind, fiercely,
unbearably, terrifyingly. Do not be afraid of it! It is your own
hallucination! A frightening thick darkness draws you from the from,
irresistibly. You are terrified by harsh cries, such as "strike!" "kill!" Do
not be afraid of them! Heavy sinners will see cannibal ogres brandishing
many weapons, shouting war cries, "Kill, Kill!" and "Strike! Strike!" You
will see ferocious wild animals. You will be hunted by troops in blizzards,
storms, and fogs. You will hear sounds of avalanches, flood waters, forest
fires, and hurricanes. In panic, you will escape by any means, only to stop
short on the brink of falling down a yawning triple abyss, red, black, and
white, bottomless and horrifying.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! It is not really an
abyss. It is lust, hate, and delusion. You should recognize this as the
moment of existence between! Call upon the Lord of Great Compassion,
and pray intensely, "O Lord of Great Compassion! Spiritual teacher!
Three Jewels! I was called _____. Please do not abandon me to the horrid
states! Do not forget me!"

Those who have gathered merit, virtuous and sincere in Dharma
practice, are entertained with various delights and enjoy various excellent
pleasures. And those dominated by delusion, who have neither strong
virtue nor strong vice, have neither happiness nor suffering, but feel only
stupefaction and indifference.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Whatever happens
along these lines, do not crave! Do not long for pleasures or joys! Offer
them all to the jewel of the spiritual teacher! Abandon attachment to them!
Even without any visions of pleasure or pain, with only feelings of
indifference, set the mind on the experience of the Great Seal, free of both
concentration and distraction! This is most important.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! At that time,
structures such as bridges, temples, cathedrals, huts, and stupas will seem
to shelter you for a moment - but do not cling to them at length. Since
your mind lacks a body, it cannot settle down. You feel cold, you become
angry and distraught, and your awareness seems erratic, volatile, and
unsteady. Then you will have the thought, "Now I have died - what can I
do!" Your heart will feel cold and weak. You will feel fierce and
boundless suffering. The fact is you must travel and cannot be attached to
any one place. So do not worry about it, and let your mind come to rest.

From now on you have no food except for what is dedicated for
you. There is no certainty about your friends. These are signs of your
mental body wandering in the existence between. Your present joys and
sorrows are determined by your evolution. When you see your lands,
friends, loved ones, and your own corpse, and you think, "Now I have
died, what can be done?" at that time, your mental body feels greatly
stressed.

You think, "How nice it would be to have a new body!" Then you
will have visions of looking everywhere for a body. Even if you try up to
nine times to enter your old corpse, due to the length of the reality
between, in the winter it will have frozen, in the summer it will have rotted.
Otherwise, your loved ones will have burned it or buried it or given it to
birds and beasts, so it affords no place to inhabit. You will feel sick at
heart, and will have visions of being squeezed between boulders, stones,
and dirt. This kind of suffering is in the nature of the existence between.
Even if you find a body, there will be nothing other than such suffering. So
give up longing for a body! Focus yourself undistractedly in the experience
of creative nonaction!



Encountering the Lord of Death

Hey, immortal one, you who was called_____! Listen to me! This
suffering of yours comes from you own evolutionary acts; there is no one
else to blame. It is your own evolution, so pray strongly to the Three
Jewels. They can protect you. If you do not pray to them, do not know
how to meditate of the Great Seal, and do not meditate on an Archetype
Deity, then your native angel will count out a white stone for each virtue
you accumulated, and your native demon will count out a black stone for
every sin.

Then you will be worried, angry, and terrified. Trembling, you will
lie, saying, "I committed no sins!" But then Yama, the Judge of the Dead,
will say, "I will look into the mirror of evolution!" When he looks into the
mirror of evolution, all your sins and virtues will clearly and distinctly
appear therein. Your lies will not help. Yama will tie a rope around your
neck and lead you away. He will cut off your head, rip out your heart, pull
out your guts, lick your brains, drink your blood, eat your flesh, and gnaw
your bones. But since you cannot die, even though your body is cut to
pieces, you revive again. Being cut up again and again, you will suffer
immense pain.

So when the white stones are being counted, do not be afraid, do
not panic, do not lie! Do not fear Yama! Your body is mental, so even if it
is killed and cut up, you cannot die. In fact, your form is the void itself, so
you have nothing to fear. The Yama-deities are your own hallucinations
and themselves are forms of the void. Your own instinctual mental body is
void. Voidness cannot harm voidness. Singlessness cannot harm
singlessness. You should recognize that there is nothing other than your
own hallucination. There is no external, substantially existent Yama, angel,
demon, or bull-headed ogre, and so on. You must recognize all this as the
between!

Meditate on the samadhi of the Great Seal!

If you do not know how to meditate, examine carefully
whatever terrifies you and see the voidness that is its lack of objective
status. That is the Natural Body of Truth. And that voidness is not merely
an annihilation. Your triumphant, distinct awareness of the terror of the
void is itself the blissful mind of the Body of Beatitude. Voidness and
clarity are indistinguishable; the actuality of the void is clarity, the actuality
of clarity is voidness. Your awareness of voidness-clarity indivisible is
stripped naked, and now you abide in the unfabricated experience. That is
the Wisdom Body of Truth. and that spontaneously and unobstructedly
arises anywhere. and that is the Body of Compassionate Emanation.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Behold this
without wavering! Recognize it! You will definitely become a Buddha,
the perfection of the Four Bodies. Do not be distracted! This is the
borderline between a Buddha and an ordinary being. Now is the time
described as, "One instant alienated, one instant perfectly enlightened."

Until yesterday you were given to distraction, you did not
recognize what arose as the between, and you were gripped by so much
terror. If you again surrender to distraction, the cord of compassion will be
cut and you will go into the abodes that lack all freedom; so be careful!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! If you do not
know how to meditate thus, then remember and pray to the Buddha, the
Dharma, the Sangha, and the Compassionate Lords. Contemplate all the
terrors and visions as the Compassionate Lord or your own Archetype
Deity. Remember your esoteric initiation name and the spiritual teacher
who gave you the initiations you received in the human realm; proclaim
them to Yama, the Lord of Truth! You will not be injured even if you fall
off cliffs, so abandon fear and hate!



Detachment from the previous life

The present visions will propel you into the hardship of the
changing states of pleasure and pain, as if flung by a catapult. So do not
become absorbed in any visions of love or hate! Even when you are about
to be born in the higher estates, when the visions of the higher estates arise,
should the relatives you have left behind begin to make sacrifices with the
slaughter of living beings, to dedicate them to the Lord of Death, you will
have many impure visions and begin to feel fierce anger.

Conditioned by that, you will be reborn in hell. So no matter what
actions are committed among the surviving, do not become angry, but
contemplate love! Or, if you yourself have great attachment to the wealth
and possessions you left behind, or if you know that others are using your
possessions, you will feel attached to them and angry at the people who are
using them. Conditioned by that, even though you might have attained the
high estates, you will be reborn in hell or in the pretan realm. Therefore,
even if you are attached to your old possessions, you have no power to
own them anymore. They are of no use to you at all. Abandon fondness
and attachment for your possessions left behind! Totally throw them away!
Be decisive! Whoever uses your things, do not be stingy! Let go of them
in you mind! Generate a one-pointed will to offer them to the spiritual
teacher and the Three Jewels and abide in the experience of detachment
and unconcern!

When death rites, such as exorcistic food-offering rites, or other
rites that purify the dangers of the horrid states, are performed for your
sake, and, with your subtle evolutionary clairvoyance, you perceive the
performers being inaccurate, sleepy, or distracted, breaking their vows and
commitments, and acting carelessly, and you notice their lack of faith,
distorted views, fearful negative actions, and impure practices, then you
think, "Alas! These people are betraying me. They are surely letting me
down!" You become depressed, you become disgusted. You lose your
positive attitude and all respect and you become cynical and disillusioned.
Conditioned by that you will be reborn in the horrid states, and thus their
actions, rather that helping you, will harm you greatly.

So whatever your surviving relatives perform in the way of
incorrect religious rites, you must think, "Well, my perception is certainly
imperfect! How can any impurity adhere to the Buddha's Teaching? I see
these as a result of my own negative attitude, like seeing the mirror's faults
as if in my own form. The bodies of these performers are the Sangha, their
speech is the Holy Dharma, their minds are the actual Buddha - so I must
take refuge in them!" So you must respect them and project your most
positive attitude upon them. Then whatever your dear ones do for you will
definitely help you. Such keeping of a positive attitude is very important,
so do it without forgetting!

Again, even if you are heading for rebirth in the three horrid states,
when the visions of the horrid states arise, when you see the pure virtue,
unsullied with sins, performed by your surviving relatives, and when you
see the perfect physical, verbal, and mental practices of your spiritual
teachers and mentors, then, when you are compelled to rebirth, your feeling
of great delight has the invaluable benefit of lifting you up into the higher
estates just as you were about to be reborn in the horrid states. So be very
careful, as it is so important for you to construct a positive attitude of
reverence and faith and not allow any place for impure negativity of
perception.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! In short, since
your present between-consciousness is highly unstable, volatile, and
mobile, and virtuous or vicious perception is very powerful, do not think at
all about any unvirtuous practice, then adopt a positive perception and feel
faith and reverence. Pray to your Archetype Deity and to the Lord of
Compassion! With intense willpower, perform this prayer!

Now that I wander alone, without my loved ones,
and all my visions are but empty images,
may the Buddhas exert the force of their compassion
and stop the fear- and hate-drawn terror of the between!

Now, when I suffer by the power of negative evolution,
may my Archetype Deities dispel my suffering!
When reality crashes with a thousand thunders,
may they all become OM MANI PADME HUM!

When I am pulled by evolution without recourse,
may the Lords mild and fierce dispel my suffering!
When I suffer due to evolutionary instincts,
may clear light bliss samadhi arise for me!



Avoiding the dull lights to block rebirth

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! If you have not
recognized the clear light by remembering what we have already said, from
now on your sense of your body from the preceding life will become vague,
and your sense of your body of emerging life will become more distance.
Then you will feel sand and think, "I am suffering so - now I will seek
whatever body come along!" Then you will move toward whatever
appears, gradually and uncertainly, and the six lights of the six realms will
dawn. The realm toward which evolution impels your rebirth will dawn
most clearly.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Listen to me!
What are the six lights? The dull white light of the gods will dawn; and
also the red light of the titans, the blue light of the humans, the green light
of the animals, the yellow light of the pretans, and the dull smokey light of
the hells - all these will dawn. these are the six lights. So your body's color
will become that of the light of the realm of rebirth.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! At that time the
essence of the instructions is very important. Contemplate the particular
light that arises as the Lord of Great Compassion! When the light arises,
hold the thought, "It is the Lord of Great Compassion." This is the
extremely profound key of instruction. this is crucial to block rebirth.

Again, meditate long and carefully that, whoever your Archetype
Deity is, he or she appears like a magic illusion, lacking intrinsic reality. It
is called the "pure Magic Body." Then, contemplate that Archetype Deity
as dissolving from the edges inward, and enter the experience of not
holding rigidly to the insubstantial, the clear light of voidness. Again
contemplate that as the Archetype Deity! Again contemplate it as clear
light! Thus meditating deity and clear light in alternation, then let you own
awareness dissolve from the edges; where space pervades, let awareness
pervade. Where awareness pervades, let the Truth Body pervade. Enter
comfortably into the experience of the ceaseless nonproliferation of the
Truth Body.


Blocking the door of the womb


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! If you have not
understood from the above, at this time, by power of evolution the vision
will arise of your proceeding upward, on the level, or downward with head
hanging. Now meditate of the Lord of Great Compassion! Remember
him! Then, as already explained, you will have visions of hurricanes,
blizzards, hailstorms, dense fogs, and being chased by many men, and you
will seem to escape. Those without merit will seem to escape to a
miserable place, but those with merit will seem to escape to a happy place.
At that time, immortal one, all the signs will arise showing the continent
and keys of instruction, so listen carefully! Even though you did not
recognize freedom form the previous keys of orientation, here even those
of the weakest practice can recognize freedom through the following keys,
so listen!

Now, here the method of blocking the womb door is very effective
and important. There are two methods of blocking that door; blocking the
entering person and blocking the womb door entered. First, the instruction
for blocking the enterer.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Clearly visualize
your Archetype Deity appearing like magic without intrinsic reality like the
moon in water. If you are unsure about your Archetype Deity, then vividly
envision Avalokiteshvara, thinking, "He is the Lord of Great Compassion!"
then dissolve the Archetype from the edges and contemplate the void clear
light transparency of ultimate nonperception. That is the profound key.
Using it, the Buddhas said, the womb will not be entered; so meditate in
that way!

But if this still does not block the way and you are just about to
enter a womb, there is the profound instruction to block the door of the
womb about to be entered. So Listen! Repeat after me the following from
The Root Verses of the Six Betweens!

Hey! Now when the existence between dawns upon me,
I will hold my will with mind one-pointed,
and increase forcefully the impulse of positive evolution;
blocking the womb door, I will remember to be revulsed.
Now courage and positive perception are essential;
I will give up envy, and contemplate all couples
as my Spiritual Mentor, Father and Mother.

Repeat this loud and clear and stir you memory. It is important to
meditate on its meaning and put it into practice. As for its meaning, "Now
when the existence between dawns upon me" means that you are now
wandering within the existence between. A sign of that is that when you
look in water you will not see your reflection. You have no shadow. You
have no substantial flesh-and-blood body. These are signs that your mental
body is wandering in the existence between. Now you must hold one-pointed in your mind the
unwavering will power. This one-pointed will is
of chief importance. It is like reins to guide a horse. You can achieve
whatever your will intends, so do not open your mind to negative
evolution, but remember the teachings, instructions, initiations,
authorizations, and inspirations you received in the human realm, such as
this Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding the in
Between, and intensify the result of all good evolutionary actions. This is
very important. Do not forget it! Do not be distracted! This is the exact
time that determines whether you go up or you go down. Now is the time
when indulgence in laziness definitely will bring on suffering. Now is the
time when one-pointed positive willpower definitely brings on happiness.
Hold one-pointed goodwill in your mind! Sustain forcefully the result of
good action!

Now is the time to block the door of the womb! As the root verse
says, blocking the womb door, remember to be revulsed! Now courage
and positive perception are essential! That time is now. You should block
the door of the womb. There are five methods to block the womb door; fix
them well in the mind.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! At this time you
will have visions of couples making love. When you see them, do not enter
between them, but stay mindful. Visualize the males and females as the
Teacher, Father and Mother, prostrate to them, and make them visualized
offerings! Feel intense reverence and devotion! Aim a strong will to
request them to teach the Dharma, and the womb door will definitely be
blocked.

If that does not block it, and you are about to enter the womb, then
visualize them as Mentor Father-Mother, Archetype Deity Father and
Mother, or Compassion Lord Father and Mother. Offer them visualized
offerings! Form the powerful intention to receive spiritual attainments
from them, and that will block the womb door.

If that does not block it, and you are again about to enter a womb,
then third there is the instruction for reversing lust and hate. There are
four modes of birth; egg birth, womb birth; magic birth, and warm-moisture birth. Egg birth and
womb birth are alike. As before, you begin
to see males and females engaged in love-making. If you enter the womb
under the influence of lust and hate, whether you are reborn as horse, bird,
dog, or human, if you are going to be male, you arise appearing to be male;
you feel strong hate toward the father, and attraction and lust toward the
mother. If you are going to be female, you appear as a female; you feel
strong envy and jealousy toward the mother, you feel strong longing and
lust for the father.

Conditioned by that, you enter the path of the womb. You
experience orgasmic bliss in the center of the union between white and red
drops, and within the experience of that bliss you faint and lose
consciousness. Your body develops through embryonic stages of
"custard", "gelatin," and so forth. Eventually you will be born outside the
mother's womb. Once your eyes are open, you realize you have been born
a puppy. Having been a human, now you are a dog. In the dog's kennel,
you suffer. Or in the pig's sty, or in the anthill, or in the wormhole, or in
the herds of cows or goats or sheep - born there you cannot return to the
human state.

Being extremely stupid, in the state of delusion you suffer various
miseries. In this way you will cycle through the hells and the pretan realms,
and will be tortured by limitless suffering. There is nothing more powerful,
nothing more terrible than this. Alas! Alas! Those lacking the holy
spiritual teacher's instruction fall down this deep abyss into the life cycle.
They are tormented uninterruptedly by unbearable suffering. So listen to
what I say! Hold my personal instruction in your mind!

Now I will teach you an instruction to close the womb door by
reversing lust and hate. Listen to it and remember it! As the verse says:

Blocking the door of the womb, I will remember to be revulsed.
Now courage and positive perception are essential;
I will give up envy and contemplate all couples
As my Spiritual Mentor, Father and Mother.

As before, you will have strong feelings of envy; if reborn as a male,
you will lust for the mother and hate the father, If reborn as a female you
will lust for the father and hate the mother. For that time, there is this
profound instruction.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! When such lust
and hate arise, meditate like this. "Alas! Such a creature of negative
evolution as myself will wander in the life cycle under the influence of lust
and hate. If I still persist in lust and hate, I will know no end to my
wanderings. I am in danger of being sunk forever in the ocean of miseries.
Now I must give up lust and hate entirely. Alas! I must hold intensely the
one-pointed will never to entertain lust and hate." The Tantras state that
this meditation itself will close the door of the womb.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Do not waver!
Hold your will one pointed in your mind! Even though you have done that,
if the womb door did not close and you are about to enter the womb, you
should block the womb door by the instruction of truthless magical illusion.
Meditate as follows: "Male and female, father and mother, the
thunderstorm, the hurricane, the thunder, terrifying visions, all phenomena
are naturally like magical illusions. However they arise, they are truthless.
All things are untrue and false. Like mirages. Impermanent. Nonenternal.
Why be attached to them? Why fear and hate them? It is to see nothing as
something. All of these are but visions of my mind. The mind itself is as
originally nonexistent as a magical illusion. So where - out there- do they
come from? Since I never understood this in the past, I held the
nonexistent to exist. I held the untrue to be true. I held illusion as truth.
So for this long time I wandered in the life cycle. If I still now do not
recognize the illusoriness of things, I will wander even longer in the life
cycle, and I will be stuck in the quicksand of various miseries. So now I
will recognize all these things as like a dream, a magical illusion, an echo, a
fairy city, a mirage, a reflection, an optical illusion, the moon in water,
lacking even a moment's truth-status, definitely untrue, and false."

Thus, holding these thoughts one-pointedly in mind, the truth-habit
erodes and as the resulting freedom is impressed in your continuum, the
deeper self-habit is reversed. As you thus deeply understand cosmic
unreality, the womb door will definitely be blocked.

Yet even doing that, if the truth-habit does not erode, the womb
door is not blocked, and you are about to enter the womb, again there is a
profound instruction.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Even doing that, if
the womb door is not blocked, now, fifth, you should block the womb door
by meditating on clear light. This is how to contemplate. "Hey, all things
are my own mind. That mind is voidness, free of creation and destruction."
Thinking thus, do not artificially compose your mind. Like water poured in
water, let the mind flow into its own reality condition; release it into its
own nature. Letting it relax easily and openly will decisively and definitely
block the womb door for all four forms of rebirth. Thus meditate again and
again until the womb door is blocked.



Choosing a womb


Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Listen to me! All
the previous instructions for orientation have been given to you and still
you do not understand. Now, since the womb door is not blocked, it is
time to assume a body. You have many different authentic and profound
instructions for the choosing of a womb. Hold them in your mind! Listen
well with strong intent, and hold them in your mind!

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____!. Now signs and
marks will arise about which continent you will be reborn on - recognize
them! Now you should explore where to be reborn, you should choose a
continent. If you are reborn in eastern Videha, you will see lakes and
waters adorned with male and female geese. Think of renunciation and do
not go there. If you are born there, your situation will be comfortable; but
you should not go there as the Dharma is not available there. If you are
going to be reborn in the southern Jambudvipa, you will see beautiful and
comfortable houses. If you can go there, do so. If you are to be reborn in
western Godaniay, you will see lakes adorned with male and female horses.
Turn back and do not go there. Although it is very enjoyable, the Dharma
has not spread there, so do not go there. If you are going to be reborn in
northern Kuru, you see lakes adorned with cattle or with evergreen trees.
Recognize these as signs of being reborn there. Do not go there! Though
you will have long life and much fortune there, the Dharma is not available
there. Do not go there!

If you are to be reborn as a god, you will see delightful, divine,
multistoried mansions made of various jewels. It is alright to dwell there,
so you may enter there.

If you are to be reborn as a titan, you will see a pleasant grove and
spinning wheels of fire; remember renunciation, and by all means do not go
there!

If you are to be reborn among the animals you will see caves, ant
holes, and grass huts, as if through a fog. Do not go there!
If you are to reborn as a pretan, you will see charred stumps, black
spots, dark ravines, darkness, and shadows. If you go there, reborn as a
pretan, you will experience various sufferings of hunger and thirst. So do
not go there! Remember renunciation! Be fiercely courageous!

If you are to be reborn in the hells, you will hear the songs of
negative evolution, or you will feel a helpless need to go there, and you will
have visions of an island of darkness, a black house or a red house, black
pits, and black roads. If you go there, you will be stuck in the hells. You
will experience unbearable pains of heat and cold. You will have great
difficulty escaping. You must take every precaution not to get caught
there! By any means, never enter there at all! "Block the womb door and
remember renunciation!" Now is the time when renunciation is essential.

Hey, immortal one, you who was called _____! Though you might
wish not to go on, helplessly you are chased by the butchers of evolution.
You find yourself powerless to stop, you must go on. Ahead of you are
butchers and killers to drag you along. You will feel as if you are fleeing
from overwhelming darkness, hurricanes, tempests, fearsome noises, snow
and rain, hailstorms, thunderstorms, and violent blizzards. Escaping in
panic, you will seek a refuge, and you will feel safe in the previously
mentioned beautiful houses, in rock caves, in earthen caverns, in forest
thickets, within the round blossoms of lotuses and so forth. Hiding in such
places, you will think, "I must not leave here now!" And feeling so anxious
about losing your place, you will become very attached to it. Feeling so
anxious about meeting the terrors of the between if you go out, hating
those terrors, you hide within and assume no matter what kind of inferior
body, and you will come to experience various sufferings. All that is the
sign that demons and ogres are troubling you. There is a profound, crucial
instruction for you at this time. Listen to it and hold it in your mind!

At the time when you are helplessly chased by butchers and are
overwhelmed by terror, instantaneously visualize all at one the Lord
Chemchok Heruka, or Hayagriva, of Bajrapani, and so forth, whoever is
your Archetype Deity; gigantic in size, with bulging limbs, terrifying,
furious, able to crush all demons to dust. By his blessing and compassion,
you will free yourself from those butchers, and you will gain the power to
choose a good womb. This is the authentic profound key of the
instruction; so hold it in your mind!


Hey, immortal one who was called _____! Further, the deities of
the contemplation realms are reborn by the poser of their samadhi. The
majority of the demonic types such as the pretans, by changing their self-images while in the
between, manifest various magical transformations in
bodies of pretans, demons, and ogres, and then become mental bodies just
like them. The pretans of the underworld, the pretans of the sky realms,
and the eighty thousand types of demons adopt their bodies just by
changing their self-concepts. At such a time, if you remember the import
of voidness, the Great Seal, it is best. If you cannot, you should practice
meditation on magical illusion. If you cannot do that, free of any kind of
attachment to anything, you should meditate on the greatly compassionate
Archetype Deity, and attain enlightenment in the Beatific Body in the
between.

Hey, immortal one who was called _____! Thus, if it becomes
necessary by the power of evolution to enter the womb, you should now
rely on the instruction for choosing the womb. Listen! Do not go to just
any womb door that presents itself. If, due to the demonic butchers, you
lose the power not to go, then meditate on Hayagriva. Since now you have
subtle clairvoyance, you will be able to understand the nature of all places,
so choose your place of rebirth wisely. There are two instructions, one for
transmitting your soul into the pure Buddha-lands, and one for choosing a
womb door in the impure life cycle. You should now practice the
following.

If you are the most intelligent type of person, to perform the soul-transmission to the angel
realms you should formulate the following
controlling intention: "Alas! I am sad that I have stayed here in this
swamp of the life cycle for so long, beginninglessly for boundless, countless
eons! Alas! During all the lifetimes of so many Buddhas, I have still not
been liberated! I am revulsed and nauseated by this interminable life cycle.
I am terrified of it. I totally repudiate it. I must now remember the
methods of escaping it. I must now take miraculous rebirth in the blossom
of a lotus in the presence of the Buddha Amitabha in the western pure-land
universe. Sukhavati the Blissful!" It is essential here to make great effort
to aim all your willpower in this way toward the western pure universe of
Sukhavati. Whichever pure universe you have faith in - whether it is
Amitabha's Sukhavati;abhirati, the delightful land of Akshobhya;
Ghanavyuha, the pure land of Vairochanan; Alakavati, the earthly paradise
of Vaishravana; Potalake, the earthly paradise of Avalokiteshvara, or the
lotus light palace of Padma Sambhava in Udyana, if you aim your
concentrated willpower at any one of these pure lands and hold it one-pointedly without
distraction, you will be reborn immediately in that pure
land. Further, if you wish to be reborn in the presence of the Dharma Lord
Maitreya in the Tushita heaven, just aim your will, thinking, "Now that I
am in this between it is time to visit the Dharma Lord Maitreya in his
Tushita realm, I will go there!" You will be miraculously reborn in the
heart of a lotus in the presence of Maitreya.

Again, if you cannot, or do not want to, proceed to any pure land,
and must enter a womb, there is this instruction for choosing a womb in the
impure life cycle. Listen to it! Choose you continent for rebirth as
explained already. Using your clairvoyance, enter a womb in a place where
the Dharma has spread. Caution is required, for even if you were to be
reborn magically in a heap of dung, you would get the notion that the
impure mass smelled delicious and you would be reborn in it by the force of
your attraction. Therefore you should not adhere to whatever appearance
occurs, and you must discount any signs that trigger attachment or
aversion. Then choose a good womb. And here the willed intention is
important; so you must create it as follows: "Hey! For the sake of all
beings, I will be reborn as a world-ruling emperor, or of the priestly class,
sheltering all beings like a great shade tree, or as the child of a holy man, an
adept, or of a clan with an impeccable Dharma lineage, or in a family where
the parents have great faith. I must succeed in this coming life, by adopting
a body that has great merit, to enable me to accomplish the aims of all
beings!" Aiming your will in this way you should enter the womb. At that
time, the womb you have entered should appear to you as if magically
transformed into a divine palace. You should pray to the Buddhas and the
Bodhisattvas of the ten directions, the Archetype Deities, and especially to
the Lord of Great Compassion. And you should visualize that they are all
anointing you in consecration as you enter the womb.

In thus choosing the womb door, there is always danger of erring.
Under the influence of evolution, you might see an excellent womb door as
bad. You might see a bad door as excellent. So here the key instruction
for choosing is important; do as follows: Even if a womb door appears to
be excellent, do not become attached to it. Even if it appears bad, do not
become averse to it. Enter it within the experience of the universal loving
equanimity, free of lust and hate and compulsive choosing between good
and bad. This is the authentic profound key instruction.



Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels

Hey, immortal one who was called _____! If you cannot abandon
lust and hate, and know how to choose a womb door, then, no matter what
visions come to you, say the name of the Three Jewels, and go to them for
refuge! Pray to the Lord of Great Compassion! Go forward with your
head held high! Recognize that you are in the between! Abandon
possessive love toward your dear ones left behind, your son, your
daughter, your friends! They cannot help you now. Now go to the blue
light of the human realm and the white light of the divine! Go to the
beautiful jewel house and the pleasure garden!


The prayer for help from the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas

O ten directions' Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, compassionate, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-loving
- you are the refuge of beings! By the
power of your compassion, please come to this place! Please accept these
physical and visualized offerings! You compassionate ones command
inconceivable all-knowing wisdom, miraculous deeds performed with
loving compassion, and power to give refuge! O you compassionate one,
this immortal one who was called _____ is going from this world to the
beyond, leaving this world, making the great migration. She has no friend.
She has great suffering, no refuge, no protector, and no allies. Her
perception of this life is declining. She is going to another life-ream,
entering a thick darkness, falling into a great abyss, and getting lost in a
dense forest. She is driven by the power of evolution, going into a vast
wilderness, swept off by a huge ocean. She is blown away by the wind of
evolution, going to a place without firm ground, entering a vast
battleground. She is being seized by a great devil, terrified by the
messengers of Yama. She is going from on evolutionary existence to
another, without any power of her own. The time has come when she must
go, friendless and alone.

Therefore, may your companionate ones please give refuge to this
helpless one who was called _____! Protect her! Be her ally! Save her
from the great darkness of the between! Hold her back from the harsh red
wind of evolution! Save her from the great terror of Yama! Deliver her
from the great long straits of the between! O compassionate ones, do not
hold back on your compassion! Help her! Do not let her fall into the three
horrid states! Do not waver from you ancient vows! Extend your
compassion power! O Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, enfold this one who was
called _____ with your companionate art and power! Look after her with
compassion! Do not abandon her to the power of negative evolution! I
strongly pray to you Three Jewels save her from the suffering of the
between!



The prayer for deliverance from the straits of the Between


Homage to the host of Mentors, Archetypes, and Angels!
Please guide me on the path with your great love!

When I roam the life cycle driven by sheer error,
may the Oral Transmission Mentors lead me on the path.
of unwavering light of learning, thought, and meditation!
And may their consort host of Angels back me on the way,
Deliver me form the dangerous straits of the between,
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

When I roam the life cycle driven by strong delusion,
may the Lord Vairochana lead me on the path
of the clear light of reality-perfection wisdom!
May his consort Buddha Dhatvishvari back me on the way
Deliver me from the dangerous straits of the between
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

When I roam the life cycle driven by strong hated
may the Lord Vajrasattva lead me on the path
of the clear light of the mirror wisdom!
May his consort Buddhalochana back me on the way,
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the between
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

When I roam the life cycle driven by strong pride,
may the Lord Ratnasambhava lead me on the path
of the clear light of the equalizing wisdom!
May his consort Buddha Mamaki back me on the way,
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the between,
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

When I roam the life cycle driven by strong passion,
may the Lord Amitabha lead me on the path
of the clear light of discriminating wisdom!
May his consort Buddha Pandaravasini back me on the way,
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the between,
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

When I roam the life cycle driven by strong envy,
may the Lord Amoghasiddhi lead me on the path
of the clear light of the all-encompassing wisdom!
May his consort Buddha Samayatara back me on the way
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the between
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

When I roam the life cycle driven by the five strong poisons,
may the Lord Victors of the five clans lead me on the path
of clear light of the four wisdoms in combination!
May the five consort Buddhas back me on the way,
and deliver me from the impure lights of the six realms!
Delivering me from the dangerous straits of the between
may they carry me to the five supreme pure lands!

When I roam the life cycle driven by strong instincts
may the hero Scientist lead me on the path
of the clear light of orgasmic wisdom!
May their consort Angel host support me from behind,
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the between
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

When I roam the life cycle driven by strong hallucinations
may the host of mild and fierce Lords lead me on the path
of the light that conquers terrifying visions of hate and fear!
May the space-goddess Angel hosts back me on the way
deliver me from the dangerous straits of the between
and carry me to perfect Buddhahood!

Hey! May the space elements not arise as enemies
and may I behold the realm of the sapphire Buddha!
May the water elements not arise as enemies
and may I see the realm of the diamond Buddha!
May the earth elements not arise as enemies
and may I behold the realm of the golden Buddha!
May the fire elements not arise as enemies
and may I behold the realm of the ruby Buddha!
May the wind elements not arise as enemies
and may I behold the realm of the emerald Buddha!
May the rainbow elements not arise as enemies
and may I behold the realm of the rainbow Buddha!
May sounds, lights, and rays not arise as enemies
and may I behold the magnificent realm of the mild and fierce Lords!
May I know all sounds as my own sounds!
May I know all lights as my own lights!
May I know all rays as my own rays!
May I know the between's reality as mine!
And may I realize the realm of the Three Buddha Bodies!



The prayer for refuge from all terrors of the between

Hey! When the impulse of my lifespan is worn our
as dear ones cannot help beyond this world
and I must wander alone in the between
May Buddhas mild and fierce exert the force of their compassion
and clear the dense fog of darkness of misknowledge!

Now that I wander alone, apart from my loved ones
and all my visions are but empty images
may the Buddhas exert the force of their compassion
and stop the fear and hate-drawn terrors of the between!

When the five lights of brilliant wisdom dawn
fearlessly, bravely, may I know them as myself!
When the forms of the Lords mild and fierce arise
bold and fearless, may I recognize the between!

Now when I suffer by the power of negative evolution
may the Archetype Deities dispel that suffering!
When reality crashes with a thousand thunders
may they all become OM MANI PADME HUM!

When I am pulled by evolution without recourse
may the Lords mild and fierce dispel my suffering!
When I suffer due to evolutionary instincts
may the clear-light bliss samadhi dawn upon me!

When I am born by apparition in the existence between
may evil prophesies of perverse devils not come true!
When I arrive wherever by the power of thought
may fears created by negative evolution not occur!

When wild beasts of prey roar savagely
may it become the Dharma sound - OM MANI PADME HUM!
When I am driven by snow, rain, wind, and darkness
may I find the divine vision of brilliant wisdom!

May all beings compatible types in the between
avoid all rivalry and find rebirth in high estates!
When I am hungry and thirsty from intense addictions
may I not suffer real hunger, thirst, heat, and cold!

When I behold the coupling of my next life's father and mother,
may I see them as the Lord of Compassion Father-Mother themselves!
Free consciously to choose my birth, then for the sake of others
may I obtain the best body adorned with the signs and marks!

Having obtained for myself the finest body living
may all who see or hear me swiftly be delivered!
Not pursuing any negative evolutions
may I follow and develop all my existing merits!

Wherever I am born in every life to come
may I meet again my Archetype Deity of this life!
Speaking and understanding the moment I am born
may I have the retention to remember my former lives!

Knowledge great and small, average and various
may I understand it just by hearing it or seeing it!
May good luck prevail in the land wherein I am born
and may all beings be endowed with happiness!

You Victors mild and fierce as are you bodies
Your retinues, lifespans, and your pure worlds
and your superior auspicious signs of greatness
may I and all others become just like you!

By the vast compassion of the All-Goods mild and fierce
By the power of the truth of reality-perfection
and by the blessing of Tantric adepts' single-minded success-
May I accomplish just what I have prayed for!



The root verses of the six betweens

Hey! Now when the life between dawns upon me
I will abandon laziness, as life has no more time
Unwavering, enter the path of learning, thinking, and meditating
and taking perceptions and mind as path
I will realize the Three Bodies of enlightenment!
This once that I have obtained the human body
is not the time to stay on the path of distractions.

Hey! Now when the dream between dawns upon me
I will give up corpselike sleeping in delusion
and mindfully enter unwavering the experience of reality.
Conscious of dreaming, I will enjoy the changes as clear light
Not sleeping mindlessly like an animal
I will cherish the practice merging sleep and realization!

Hey! Now when the meditation between dawns upon me
I will abandon the host of distracting errors
Focus in extreme-free experience, without releasing or controlling
And achieve stability in the creation and perfection stages!
Giving up business, now one-pointed in meditation
I will not surrender to the power of erroneous addictions!

Hey! Now when the death-point between dawns upon me
I will give up the preoccupations of the all-desiring mind
Enter unwavering the experience of the clarity of the precepts
and transmigrate into the birthless space of inner awareness;
About to lose this created body of flesh and blood
I will realize it to be impermanent illusion!

Hey! Now when the reality between dawns upon me
I will let go of the hallucinations of instinctive terror
Enter the recognition of all objects as my mind's own visions
And understand this as the pattern of perception in the between;
Come to this moment, arrived at this most critical cessation
I will not fear my own visions of deities mild and fierce!

Hey! Now when the existence between dawns upon me
I will hold my will with mind one-pointed
And increase forcefully the impulse of positive evolution;
Blocking the womb door, I will remember to be revulsed.
Now courage and positive perception are essential;
I will give up envy, and contemplate all couples
as my Spiritual Mentor, Father and Mother.

"With mind distracted, never thinking, 'Death is Coming,'
To slave away on the pointless business of mundane life
and then to come out empty - is a tragic error.

Recognition of necessity is the holy teaching of the gods
so will not you live this divine truth from now on?"

These are the words of the great adepts.
If you do not put the Mentor's precept in your mind
will not you be the one who deceives yourself?

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Dedication From The Original
By John WorldPeace

"OM MA-NI PAD-ME HUM"
Om! The Jewel in the Lotus! Hum!

The mantra of Chenrazee

THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD

by
John WorldPeace

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