The Bardo Ritual for the Journey of the Soul
What is the Bardo?
In Tibetan Buddhism, bardo is the central theme of the Bardo Thodol (literally Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State), the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Bardo has four literal meanings:
between two states of consciousness;
intermediate or transitional state;
Simply put, the Death Bardo is the after-death journey of the soul on its ascension to the higher spheres. The Bardo is the state of consciousness into which every soul passes as it makes the transition from life on Earth to spirit life. It is the in-between consciousness into which you will pass immediately before death and remain for an interim after death, lasting anywhere from a flash of seconds to three days.
The Bardo has three phases. The first is the dawning fo the Clear Light of the Void. The second is the viewing of the Secondary Light. The third is the lonesome Valley of Judgment. We initiates and mystics strive constantly during our meditations and prayers to raise kundalini and experience the ultimate illumination. But just prior to the death of our physical form, the kundalini rises naturally. The natural release of this awakening creative force results in the three phases of the Bardo.
To assist souls on the Bardo journey, a recorded Bardo ritual may be played. Mystics who belong to Mystery Schools, such as Astara or the Rosicrucians, will often read a specially prepared Bardo ritual or play a recorded Bardo ritual to guide the departing soul through the veil, helping the soul avoid an encounter with the dwellers on the threshold - the thoughtforms of the traveler's own mind, created through the years of the life just ended. The words are carefully planned to soothe away fear, to help guide the consciousness into full awareness of the approaching Clear Light; to bring to remembrance the importance of concentrating upon the Light; or to help attain liberation or salvation - at the time of passing.
Below is a recording Earlyne Chaney's version of the Death Bardo Ritual for Astarians. To learn more about the Bardo and the experience of death and dying, click the links below to purchase Astara's Book of Life - 3rd Degree and The Mystery of Death and Dying by Earlyne Chaney.