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
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
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