Friday, April 25, 2008

Our true nature and our home

I remember reading Liberation through Hearing in the Intermediate State (which is the correct title for The Tibetan Book of the Dead) for the first time while on retreat about 14 years ago in South Africa. And I thought this passage was truly beautiful and consoling:

Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns; the original nature of your own mind. The natural state of the universe unmanifest.

Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it. It is your own true nature, it is home

-Tibetan Book of the Dead

Interestingly, there are many parallels in the Christian Scriptures and those of other religions as well.

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