"Turning the experience of death, bardo, and rebirth into the path to enlightenment is not a fantasy. Because we have the type of body we do, we can definitely accomplish this great aim. According to the sutra teachings, our present physical body is viewed largely as hindrance. It is decaying from moment to moment, prone to sickness, and attracts misery in the way a magnet attracts pieces of iron. In fact, the most succinct way of defining the first noble truth of suffering is to say it is the body itself. But the tantric teachings take the opposite view. Far from being a hindrance or obstacle, the human body is regarded as something most precious because it contains all the necessary equipment fro reaching enlightenment in one lifetime. It is made up of the four elements of earth, water, fire and air and the energies (prana) associated with them. And because it is born from the womb, it contains the red and white drops - from the mother and father respectively - needed for arousing the blissful energy of the kundalini experience."