Our mouth and nose dry up completely. All warmth sweeps away,
usually from the feet and hands toward the heart. Our breath is
cold as it passes through our nose and mouth. It becomes more
and more difficult to perceive anything outside of us as sound
and sight are confused. For the individual dying, Kalu Rinpoche
writes: "the inner experience is of being consumed in a flame,
being in the middle of a roaring blaze, or perhaps the whole world
being consumed in a holocaust of fire."
The fire element is dissolving into air. So the secret sign is
of shimmering red sparks dancing above an open fire.
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From Tibetan Book of Living & Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche