A Brief Introduction to the Bardos by Patrul Rinpoche
Patrul Rinpoche: At first, when you are certain that you are going to die, you must cut all ties and attachment to this life.
Generally, whenever physically embodied beings die, they first experience the twenty phases of coarse dissolution, which are as follows:
As the aggregate of form dissolves, the limbs twitch, and the body loses its strength and power.
As the mirror-like wisdom dissolves, the mind grows unclear and hazy.
As the earth element dissolves, the body grows dry.
As the eye faculty dissolves, sight becomes unclear and the eye takes on a rounder shape.
As the object form dissolves, the body loses its vitality and weakens. Continue reading