sábado, 10 de maio de 2008

Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth

"Immediately thereupon, the intermediate state begins – except for those reborn in the formless realms of infinite space, infinite consciousness, "nothingness" or peak of cyclic existence, for whom the new life begins immediately upon death. Those born within the realms of desire and form must pass through an intermediate state, during which a being has the form of the person as whom he or she is to be reborn. The intermediate being has all five senses, but also clairvoyance, unobstructiveness and an ability to arrive immediately wherever he or she wants. He or she sees other intermediate beings of his or her own type – hell-being, hungry ghost, animal, human, demigod or god – and can be seen by clairvoyants."

in Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama