The purpose of this meditation is to generate a sincere fear of death.
I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and then began by reminding myself that when the oil in an oil lamp is it exhausted the flame will go out because the flame is caused by the oil. When the body dies in mind is not extinguished because the mind is not produced from the body.
When this body dies the mind goes to another body in the same way that a bird will go from one nest to another.
If the karma that ripens at the time of death is negative then we will be reborn in a lower realm.
I imagine is being reborn in a hell realm – being crushed, drowned and electrocuted at the same time. I tried to imagine what it would feel like. I developed a sincere fear of experiencing this. I focused on the this fear for the rest of the meditation.
May we all develop sincere fear to lower rebirth.
Practice In The Meditation Break
I will remember my fear of lower rebirth – which is just a heartbeat away.