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Bardo is a Buddhist term for the period that accompanies and immediately follows death. In Mahayana tradition, it is taught that during this transition light flashes before one's eyes. There is a choice between a soft, seductive white light and a blue light so intense one's eyes cannot support it. The white light leads back to the Earth plane and the blue leads to Paradise.

It is written that "...thou wilt feel born within thee a desire for that white light which is not dazzling..." but which leads back to the karmic wheel of Birth and Death again. "Therefore have no fear, have no terror of that deep blue light of dazzling, terrible and awful splendor, since it is the light of the Supreme Way" (Tucci, 6).

Tucci, Giuseppe, The Theory and Practice of the Mandala, Dover Publications, New York, 1961