The pure, clear white light…

The following is one of my all time favorite passages from “The Tibetan Book of the Dead”.

“Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns; the original nature of your own mind.  The natural state of the universe unmanifest.  Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it.  It is your own true nature, it is home.”

Tibetan Book of the Dead

It is so very comforting to me…

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  1. very soothing and true. thats the ultimate goal of every human soul.


  2. I agree, Trisha. I get a little shiver through my body every time I read it. It hits me right in the heart chakra…


  3. Beautiful Gayle, thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. So this is your all time favourite quote? What is Tibetan Book of deads?


  5. I’m not sure if it’s my all time favorite quote. But from this particular book it is. The “Tibetan Book of the Dead” is a book of writings that are read to the dying. It is used as a guide to help their soul travel through the lower realms of existence and to not be afraid of the sometimes fearsome entities that may try to frighten you and keep you locked in a lower consciousness (they are all illusions). It also guides you through the beautiful realms and teaches the dying not to become attached to those realms either. In this way, students of this teaching learn the impermanence of life and the value of unattachment. Since hearing is usually the last sense to go before death, these words were spoken in the ears of the dying to help guide their souls to a higher plane of awareness before death and then upon their rebirth, they would be farther along the path to liberation.

    An amazing book, filled with compassion for the dying.


    • What a beautiful concept. I wish I could read this book. Most of the people are scared of death and the realm beyond it, there is no doubt in that.

      is it an ancient book? I guess so.


  6. It is a beautiful concept. I have a “pocket” sized book that I bought through Shambhala Publications. Shambhala has a series of “pocket classics”–I have many of these small-sized books. It costs very little to buy one of these small versions. Go to and see if you would be able to purchase one from there if you would like. Mine was translated by Francesca Fremantle and Chogyam Trungpa.

    I believe it is a very ancient text.


    • This is a very wise idea to share these books/knowledge at an affordable prize. I will check on it for sure.

      Its such a peaceful topic to write a book upon.


      • It’s a very important topic to write about and like you said, Trisha, many fear it. But the more we are comfortable with discussing and accepting it, the freer we will become.


      • price becomes a big factor for book lovers these days. the price of books have become so pinching these days..


      • Trisha, some book stores online will offer used books at a much discounted price. Check them out. I’m going to be looking into that too for books that I may want to purchase.


      • i will for sure. i always prefer reading from books than reading online.


      • I prefer having a book too. Reading online is not much fun for me. I like to purchase books that mean a lot to me and that I may want to reference over and over. Others I don’t mind borrowing from the library.

        Good luck with finding some good books at good bargains!


      • books bring back so many memories. i love to hold one in hand and read at leisure. no preparations for that, no waiting, just go, pick it up and read. there lies the difference.


      • Reading brought me such pleasure when I was a child–it’s one of my favorite memories. And I’ve kept up my love of reading today.

        I hope those new “reading machines”, like the Kindle–will not make books obsolete one day.


      • i think it will take time before books/newspapers (may) get obsolete. we wont be around to see it for sure.

        there was a time when epapers tried to push away newspapers and take their place, despite all conveniences they failed.


      • Our newspaper here has lost customers too but there’s too many of us “oldtimers” who still like to get their news that way.

        I would miss books so much if they were to go–I’m sure it will not be in my lifetime too.


      • books will stay, just like newspapers did. i read both. the news on net, and the newspaper.


      • I get most of my news from the good old-fashioned newspaper–then catch some on TV too.


      • mine is newspaper+internet.
        they show so much violence and gore in tv that i never watched news in tv.


      • Yeah, I don’t like gore either. I can get overwhelmed too by the massive amount of negative news on TV so I can go looking for more happier stories online. 🙂


      • the last job i did, i sat in the chamber of my bosses, they had a lot of free time so they had a television in their chamber.

        just like most of the men they watched news or sports. God its a horrible experience to sit and listen to all those doom stories with vivid description and laced with excited commentary, some times theatric.


      • What is this fascination with men and graphic news and sports, sports, sports? Yawn…

        The attorney I worked with for several years would sometimes have free time for us but we would play games on the computers–or he would let me bring a book and read when my work was caught up. Gosh that was a great job, but he became seriously ill and had to close his practice. Poor man… and poor me. 😦


      • men just adore sports. i personally never watch sports. my watching sports was a rare exception. i loved playing very much but never loved watching it.


      • My favorite sport to watch is golf. I played on a women’s league many years ago with one of my sisters and my mother. We had such a good time. I never became that great at playing, but I had fun.


      • i dont even understand golf. i loved tennis and world cup football.


      • I do like to watch tennis too but don’t care for football at all.


      • i love only world cup football matches.


  7. Funny, I am studying the TDB now. Didn’t expect to run into it on Rally! Not that there’s anything wrong with that … Do love this quote too.


    • Interesting, Jamie. I’m so inspired by this book and that quote in particular. It’s nice to know another kindred spirit.


    • Jamie, I saw on your blog that you are affiliated with Amnesty International; I have been a supporter for years. You may also be familiar with the International Campaign for Tibet of which I have been a member for many years. It was through them that I received two free tickets to a private lecture with the Dalai Lama in Washington, DC several years ago.


  8. The gap is always calling us as this is the stream of energy with transparencies…as we have discussed this it is the state of eternal bliss…enjoy my Dearest Bodhirose(+)


  9. I love when those veils are lifted and the world can be seen clearly in it’s illusory state and nothing holds me to it. Thank you my dearest friend, Dominic, for all your support and love. I appreciate you…



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