The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo, thats an
impressive title for a book if ever I heard one. Either the writers knew something about
marketing or they werent interested in beating around the bush (or maybe both). When
this book was translated into English from the Tibetan original it was given the more
easily graspable name, The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Most Westerners know the book by this
name and categorize it as an interesting cultural-historical artifact.
Yet, the fact is that books of the dead have appeared in many
cultures and civilizations, spanning the entire history of mankind. Many cultures have
shaped their knowledge of the mysteries into books of the dead, but these texts are also
for the living. The key, as usual, is hidden in plain sight. It lies in the books
title. One must hear these readings during the lifetime, letting the spoken words resonate
with ones being and awakening one to the true reality of the present situation.
Books of the dead are typically only useful for the inhabitants
of the culture they originated from. Thats why the formulation of the Tibetan Book
of the Dead seems so alien and otherworldly to us. Yet the teachings contained in these
manuals are always the same; its only the culturally specific nature of the words
Not until the appearance of the American Book of the Dead by E.J.
Gold was there a book of the dead for the Western world. Not surprising considering our
culture is based on the pursuit of instant gratification and the constant denial of the
inevitable truth of death. (But enough ranting about the cultural milieu.)
The important thing is that the ancient technology that resonates
in all books of the dead is real. Here is a code that quietly waits for the readers
spoken word to ignite it with life and attention. Its like music. The notes on the
printed page are pretty to look at but they take on a completely different meaning and
function when brought to life.
This technology is here. However, only by putting this teaching
into action will you learn about this. As you might have noticed along your journey down
this printed page, reading about doing has no lasting effect. There is no substitute for