When death draws nigh the naked splendor of the Unborn appears as the natural-elements begin to dissolve-away into empty space. What is left is the Clear-Light of the natural unbornness. This is a golden opportunity to share in the natural ambiance of the Dharmakaya—Seeing Eye to eye with the self-same face before one is born. If all goes well then the recognition dawns with the acceptance of one’s original nature. At this junction it is the prior *gnosis that is the determining factor whether or not liberation is won or experiences abject failure in severing the cycle of samsara.
[The Lankavatarian book of the dead describes the absolute necessity of such a task.]
If perchance one has diligently practiced the Great Perfection of the Unborn Mind over the course of their lifetime, then the obscuring clouds will dissolve away at the moment of death, revealing the clear light before all else. Lacking this awareness, then all hope is lost as the descent into the heavy and dim lights of the karmadhatu relays yet another sequence of rebirth. This is not a game of chance or of mindlessly hoping one’s way through all that leads to savor the sweetness of deathless suchness. Such an opportunity may not come again for millions of existences. Be forever homeward bound!