The Initial Stage of Deception
Within the Three Realms
The initial stage of deception within the three realms is the development of beings in the formless realm. Their mental bodies of contemplation, constituted of the four aggregates that are mere names, serves as support for their mental continuums. Next appear beings of the form realm, for whom bodies of the radiant five lights serve as support for their mental continuums. Finally, beings of the desire realm appear, for whom material bodies of flesh and blood serve as support for their mental continuums.
The development and formation of the aggregates is explained in the following way: The aggregate of form develops on the basis of flesh; discernment develops on the basis of blood; consciousness develops on the basis of heat; mental formations develop on the basis of inhalation; and feeling develops on the basis of exhalation.
Flesh is the basis from which the channels are produced. The channels are the basis from which energy-winds are produced. Energy-winds produce the energy-winds of both evolutionary actions and pristine wisdom. The energy-winds of evolutionary actions permeate cyclic life while (the energy-winds of) pristine wisdom permeate perfect peace.
-- Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye the Great, Myriad Worlds. Translated & edited by the International Translation Committee founded by the V.V. Kalu Rinpoche, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, 1995, pages 216, 217, & 218.