The text reveals how the elements of our body dissolve and how this is felt through our senses. According to Buddhism and Eastern religion, our body is made up of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. As each element dissolve there is a sense-experience to go with it: “The five inner elements of flesh, blood, body heat, space, and consciousness are dependent on the five outer elements of earth, water, fire, wind, and sky. At the time of death, the five inner elements gradually dissolve into one another.”
“The earth element, which corresponds to the flesh of the body, dissolves into water. At this time the body becomes very heavy and we feel as though we cannot move.
The water element, which corresponds to the blood of the body, dissolves into fire or heat. At this time we feel very dry because the water in the body is evaporating…The fire element, which corresponds to body heat, dissolves into air or breath. At this time the heat leaves the body and we feel cold. The wind or air element, which corresponds to space, dissolves into consciousness. At this time we can no longer inhale or exhale; we can no longer breathe.”
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