(Dedicated to those of you, whom are close to death or connected to a close relative, or friend, that in your eyes and consciousness-field is about to die.)
Make no mistake. This body, your present spiritual residence of ignorance, desire and the will that executed said desire and descended the consciousness of your Spirit/Mind into its conditioned abode, is going to die. End. Cease to exist in its born and regenerated spatio-temporal form.
When death comes to your present consciousness – as much as you lie to yourself every second of the day and night that it wont, it certainly will. It will arrive as easily as you willed your own birth into your mother´s womb. Or keep willing any thought or action on a daily basis, taking the outcome for granted as it unfolds, never contemplating the inevitable consequences.
Perhaps you forgot your moment of physical birth from that womb, then… perhaps not. What is essential is that the very consciousness that experienced that pain of being pressed out into a world of conditions and the false bright light signifying this world, so will the very same consciousness experience the pains of death and the false bright lights signifying its [bardo]world.
Yet… in the midst of these lights, which your transmigrated consciousness will inevitably experience as fluently and lucidly (as it used to experience dreams during its corporeal existence), any of the myriad phenomena that will be pouring against it, like a vast crushing wall of water from a great bursting dam (your million times stronger sub-consciousness known as the Alaya-Vijnana receptacle) of infinite storage capacity, is nothing but the same phenomena presented to it during its corporeal existence. though now millions of times stronger, subtler, and deceptive, as there are no filters to suppress their blissful or horrifying appearance as there used to be during the worldly existence of your consciousness.
Remember: if you realize your water-ness nature and become one with this water-ness, then no [water form] wave can harm or affect you. But if not, then you are locked to a defiled consciousness that whether it is walking through a material world, or bardo world, is subject to an array of conditions, all leading to countless destinies of sheer uncertainty and inevitable suffering.
Know then that all this is nothing but the LIGHT of Mahayana, your true nature, unfolding itself to you without limitations. Lift a stone and there IT IS, take a step and there it is again, as it is behind a single thought, emotion, memory or breath. Let the wise take heed in this dharma and practice accordingly.
All the ignorance your Spirit decided to build as a house of its liking during its corporeal existence (and pass through), is now the very DIVIDER of this luminous Light (Buddha Mind) that is its very true nature if PERCEIVED and ACCEPTED as purely SUCH (eg. Unborn, pure, undivided by thought or sensation).
The Mind masters of the past knew this and pointed directly to this light and Pure Unborn Mind within each Spirit. For this light is not a light found in the world, nor in the body or its defiled consciousness, but solely and absolute, in the Unborn Consciousness of your true self. Your Buddha Nature.
If your present Spirit choses to cultivate this dharma on a regular basis which is the pursuit, discovery and study of this Light, then the approach and passing through what is known as DEATH, will not take place, as the immortal element of the Buddha-dharma is already at hand and used as a ticket to ride that pure mind-stream that leads straight into the deathless shore of Nirvana.
If not…well, go back and read this article and its instructions again.
Remember; the great mystery of your own true nature is not beyond the purview and capacity of your own pure consciousness. We are talking about the REAL dropping everything at hand and recalling (by means of one-pointed contemplation) the REAL; its own true self.
Beyond this [undivided, pure] LIGHT, your Mind and Spirit needs nothing, and is affected by nothing that affects the defiled sentience and consciousness of those caught in the six realms of ignorance and suffering, be it men or gods.