Awakening Before Death
Understanding the energetics of the dying from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective opens a deeper comprehension of the nature of polarities and their role in awakening.
At the beginning of life when you are conceived, the white seed essence of the father’s sperm and the red seed essence of the mother’s egg merge together and spark the creation the physical body.
As the embryo further develops, the unified essence of the parents energetically separates. The father’s white essence rises to the crown of our head, and the mother’s red essence descends below the navel. This is where the two drops remain, until the time of awakening or the time of death — whichever comes first.
Awakening can occur at one of three times: before death, during death and after death. Supreme awakening, often called Diamond Body, or Rainbow Body is considered the highest manifestation of enlightenment.
At the time of death, the white seed essence of the father returns to it’s origin and descends into the heart, dissolving 32 qualities of anger that are liberated into absolute clarity. Next, the red seed essence of the mother rises into the heart, dissolving 40 qualities of attachment and clinging that are liberated into an exceedingly powerful bliss. The mother and father seed essence then merge together in the heart where 8 qualities of ignorance dissolve. Through this union, the light is created and the opportunity to realize one’s true nature arises. Merging with this light frees one from rebirth and opens the opportunity to manifest in countless Buddhafields to benefit beings.
However, it is most difficult to realize our nature at the time of death. Many beings are overwhelmed by the power and beauty of their own light and go unconscious. Meditation practitioners have an increased opportunity to remain present and merge with their light at death. You can begin your path by practicing the simple and direct methods of collapsing polarities through the four pillars of Ku Shen Meditation.