MENTION THE NAME OF THREE BODIES WHERE FIVE KOSHAS RESIDE ?SEVEN BODIES-02
THREE BODIES & FIVE KOSHAS;-
Hinduism identifies man in terms of 3 Bodies, 5 Koshas (sheaths), and 3 States. Human beings have three bodies where its FIVE KOSHAS reside;
FIVE KOSHAS ;---
THE THREE BODIES;- 1-Gross Body (Sthula Sharira) 2-Subtle Body or Astral Body (Linga Sharira) 3-Causal body (Karana Sharira) NOTE that the soul is different from these three bodies.
DESCRIPTION OF THE THREE BODIES;-
1-WHAT IS GROSS BODY?-
1-Gross body is physical body that is made up of the Panchmahabhutas – the five primordial elements, i.e., -----
Akash (vacuum), Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Jal (water) and Prithvi (earth)
& is subject to a sixfold change:---
Birth, subsistence, growth, maturity, decay, and death.
2-This is the dense physical body. Gross body is simply the vehicle of all the other Principles (bodies) during physical incarnation. Annamaya & part (physical manifestation) of Pranamaya Kosh reside in Gross (physical) body.
3-Gross body needs gross food, drink and air which it gets from Annamaya and Pranamaya Kosha. At death the physical body perishes and its five constituent elements are dissolved. 2-WHAT IS SUBTLE OR ASTRAL BODY (Linga Sharira)?--
1-Subtle or astral body is where lives mind and intellect. Manomaya and Gyanamaya Kosh and part of pranamaya kosha resides in Astral or Subtle body.
2-Linga Sharira contains pranamaya kosha, movement of the pranic force directing our physical and mental activities. This movement happens through nadis or channels, conductors of energy which are controlled by the six chakras.
3-Vital sheath is a subtler sheath when compared to annamaya kosha. This is composed of vital energy. As long as this vital energy exists in the organisms, life continues.
4-This sheath is responsible for our physiological functions namely breathing, digesting, metabolizing, circulation, endocrinal, neural, skeletal, muscular etc.
3- WHAT IS CAUSAL BODY( Karana Sharira)?--
The Linga sharira (subtle body) surrounds the Sthula Sharira (physical body) as an aura of energy. The Nadis (subtle energy channels) exist in this subtle medium through a fine merger into the physical medium. This is the “vital body” and the prototype and reflection of the physical body.
2-It comes into existence before the physical body as the latter is built and formed upon and around it and it only fully fades out and dies when the very last remaining particle of the deceased physical body disappears and disintegrates. In the internal astral body there are counterparts of organs outside. They are called astral senses.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF 'ASTRAL SENSE' ?-
1-A yogi hears through astral ears and sees through astral eyes. Thus he can hear sounds from distant lands, he can see objects in distant localities. This is called Clairvoyant (clear-sighted) & clairaudience (the power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience as the voices of the dead.).
2-When a person dies, his or her gross body (sthula sharira) is burnt. This being in fact the ‘Antya ishthi’ (antyeshthi) the last sacrifice offered in fire, but the soul cannot quit the gross body without a vehicle of some kind.
3-This vehicle is the Linga-sharira or subtle body, sometimes described as angustha-matra (of the size of a thumb), invested in which the deceased person remains hovering near the burning ground or crematorium. It is the vehicle for and of Prana.
WHAT IS ''SELF''? CAN WE RECOGNISE?--
1-The Upanishadic texts reiterate the existence of a purusha (being) of the size of the thumb (angustha matram) enshrined in the interiors of the heart - "The self (purusha), that is of the size of a thumb resides in the cave of the heart.
2-The self who is the size of a thumb is a light (jyoti) without smoke." This "being" dwelling inside the heart has been equated with the ‘jiva’ or the ‘self’ which carries the consciousness and a meta-physical body (prakriti), also termed as the karana sharira.
3-Through the practices of meditation, regular self-study & enrichment of knowledge through libraries & discourses could lead towards devotion. Our mind becomes purified and the intellect can then begin to depend more and more on the pure intuitive wisdom rather than be influenced by the ego.
4-As you begin to experience this aspect of existence, you discover that the four sheaths are merely an illusion,,,, covering over the eternal self.Hence the self is different from the body, unchanging, ever pure and free from modifications. Therefore, the self is a witness of the Vijnanamaya Kosha.
NAME LOWER MIND OF ASTRAL BODY;-
This sheath is the also energy of action. This mental sheath is composed of two qualities, mana (mind) and buddhi (intellect). Mana is the rational, linear, sequential, thoughtful mind. Buddhi is the quality of discrimination which comes after knowledge, after the removal or the absence of ignorance. The former constitutes the manomaya kosha, while the latter is called as the Vigyanmaya Kosha.
NAME HIGHER MIND OF ASTRAL BODY;--
1-The Vijnanamaya kosha is the sheath of the intellect (buddhi) and intuitive knowledge/wisdom which gives us the discriminative capability that helps to differentiate between virtues & vice, good &a