5 Koshas Annamaya Pranamaya Manomaya Vijnanamaya Anandamaya — lifeinvedas.com

What are the 5 bodies in yogic system

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What are the five bodies

You are a composition of five kosha (sheaths) or five bodies discussed below:

  1. Physical body or Annamaya kosha
  2. Energy body or Pranamaya kosha
  3. Mental body Manomaya kosha
  4. Wisdom body Vijnanamaya kosha
  5. Bliss body Anandamaya kosha

Physical body or Annamaya kosha

You are enveloped into five Koshas or sheaths.

  • The outer most body is Annamaya Koshas or a physical body.
  • The physical body is based on food and survives due to the food otherwise it starts to decay.
  • Annamaya kosha is made up of five elements earth, water, air, fire, and sky.
  • The Annamaya kosha is your outer sheath visible to you until you alive in this physical world.
  • When Annamaya kosha destroys due to age factor, diseases or accidents you leave this physical body and enveloped yourself into the bodies made up of rest of the four sheaths.
  • The five components of physical sheath dissolve in their sources like earth, water, air, fire, and sky until the time of next birth.
  • This Annamaya kosha or physical body is like a cloth you wear and leave the cloth when destroyed.
  • Therefore, it proves you are not a physical body. The Annamaya kosha or physical body is a gross body while rests of the four bodies are more and more subtle bodies made up of subtle components.

Mental Body or Manomaya Kosha

  • Five organs of knowledge (“Gyanendria”) and mind make this manomaya kosha or mental body.
  • The manomaya kosha or mental body is your ego or “I” (“Ahankar”).
  • The mental body creates “Mineness” in the relations (e.g. my son, my wife, etc.) and worldly objects (My car, my house, etc.).
  • The manomaya kosha or Mental body creates your “I” and supports physical body to take birth again and again infinitely until liberation to fulfill desires and ego or “I”.
  • The manomaya kosha comprises of your thoughts good and bad both, desires, feelings, revenge, Karmas and much more what you have collected throughout your soul journey of thousands of births.
  • If this body or The manomaya kosha exists only then you deserve to acquire a physical body.
  • When this body manomaya kosha dissolves you become disqualified to attain physical body and get the liberation.
  • The mental body is responsible for all your birth and death.
  • This is a subtle body and no one can see this body except the people those who have a sixth sense.
  • As your physical body becomes sick and healed the same this mental body or manomaya kosha also becomes sick and healed.
  • The manomaya kosha or Mental body directly reflected through the physical body.
  • You think, feel, sense, talk, sad and please all due to your mental body.
  • The physical body is a tool to enjoy The manomaya kosha or mental body.
  • The manomaya kosha also dissolves before the liberation through the grace of divine Guru and the spiritual knowledge.

Energy body or Pranamaya kosha

  • The energy body is also called prana body or Pranamaya kosha
  • The entire universe is filled with the Prana Shakti.
  • Prana is shakti which is the counterpart of consciousness or God.
  • Individual being is also filled with Prana Vayu.
  • Prana Vayu works as a fuel in the physical body and mental body.
  • Aura confined all around the physical body is the proof of this energy body.
  • Aura can be seen with the help of Kirlian photography or via sixth sense.
  • All your mental sheath or manomaya kosha and Annamaya kosha or physical sheath are linked together due to the energy body or Pranamaya kosha otherwise the physical body or Annamaya kosha is only a bunch of clay that can’t do anything and the same mental body is a bunch of thoughts and Karma that also can’t do anything without the help of energy body or Pranamaya Kosha.
  • The physical body or Annamaya kosha can’t talk, walk, feel or sense. This is the energy body or Pranamaya kosha which is a root cause of all your activities (Manomaya Kosha) in this physical world.
  • This energy or Pranamaya kosha is a carrier which makes every action possible in the world.
  • Pranamaya kosha or energy body forces you to leave the physical body when the body is destroyed and the person leave the physical body and he or she is called died in the eyes of the physical world, but remain alive in the subtle world.
  • The mental body or manomaya kosha needs love, reverence, respect, food, water, shelter, etc even after the death of physical body.
  • “Physical death ends a physical life, not a relationship.” Relationships remain to continue even after the end of the physical body too.
  • This is the energy body which is seen as a ghost after the death of a physical body.

Bliss body or Anandamaya kosha

  • Anandamaya kosha is the innermost sheath which is the subtlest sheath among the entire outer sheaths.
  • It is a causal body. Supreme energy reflects via this causal body.
  • When all four sheaths destroy this causal body starts to reflect in the form of love and care towards the humanity as in the case of mother Meera.
  • In this state, you know that it is Supreme Being who is pervading all around inside the body. Ignorance vanishes completely.
  • This is the highest state when the ego and “I” dissolve completely. In this state “I” transformed into the “You” or Supreme energy.
  • But all this is possible while living in the physical body only not after leaving the physical body for example Lord Buddha.
  • All we rest on different levels of consciousness.
  • All those whose consciousness rest on an Annamaya Kosha identify themselves with the body which is based on food.
  • All those who identify themselves with the power like a sportsman have their consciousness level on Pranamaya Kosha.
  • Sometimes people have consciousness on Manomaya Kosha. These people identify with an analytic mind. A person identifies himself with the subtle world.
  • When the consciousness rests on the higher level of kosha like vijnanamaya kosha, the person identifies with the bliss or highest order of pleasure.
  • When consciousness rests on the Ananadmaya kosha for example in the case of Mother Meera the person enjoy the company of God every time, everywhere and every ways.
  • Anandmaya kosha is the last sheath when aspirant enjoys the absolute Bhrama or God and in the end, dissolve in the absolute consciousness and obtain liberation.

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Mamta Rajshree

Mamta Rajshree

Life coach, counselor, healer and editor of a website lifeinvedas.com. Please visit website www.lifeinvedas.com email: lifeinvedas@gmail.com www.lifeinvedas.com