Pancha Kosha- The 5 sheaths

Value- Eternal Truth

Sub value- Purity

A long time ago…so long ago that the Gurukul system was in existence. He was called Bhrigu. After his education for many years under an able Guru, he returned home. After the homecoming and celebrations, his father Varuna asked him, “What is the ultimate Truth in you?” The son thought for some time and said, “I am sorry father, my Guru never taught me that.” Father says, “If you are unable to answer my question, your education is not complete at all”. The devastated Bhrigu asked “Oh, what should I do then? How will I complete my education father?” Varuna calmly said “Penance. It is the best form of education. Go to a forest a perform penance dear son, you will definitely find an answer to this question.”

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After a certain period of time the son thinks he has the answer and goes back to his father to share it. He says “Father, my physical body is the ultimate truth. The Annamaya Kosha. If the physical body is working fine, anything and everything is possible, I will not be able to do anything with a sick body.” The father is highly disappointed with the answer and expresses the same. The son goes back to the forest in search of the proper answer.

After some years, he returns back. “Father, I was completely wrong! What can I do with only a physical body? I need life in it! There has to be the flow of Prana in my energy channels. It is the Pranamaya Kosha which is important”. The father is again disappointed. “No son, go back and bring me the right answer this time” he said.

After some more time, after a more rigorous penance, he again comes back and shares with his father. “Oh Father, I was wrong. It is not only the Prana that is important. It is the proper mental status that I always need. I have to be mentally fit. My mind should be trained. I should be a sane person. It is the Manomaya Kosha.” “Son, it’s time you bring me the right answer now. Don’t you think?” said Varuna gloomily.

Once again he performed penance and returned joyously after realizing an answer. “Father, Father, I finally found an answer to your question. The ultimate Truth in me is that I must be aware of the right and wrongs. I must have the knowledge. It is the Vignanamaya Kosha. Am I right my dear father?” asked Bhrigu eagerly. “No” said the father flatly. “It is highly disappointing to have wrong answers after giving you four chances my child. Forget it; the answer might come your way one day, just wait for it”. “No father, give me one last chance, I want the answer as much as you want it. Please allow me one last time.”

This time, the father apparently had to wait a longer time for his son’s return. He was taking much more time than the father ever expected. Bhrigu had taken decades already. The father is worried now. He feared the worst and set out in search for his son. While searching in the forest, he saw that from some part of the forest, there was bright light emanating in all directions. When he went there and saw what it was, he had a huge mixture of emotions. He was over joyed, surprised, sad, blissed, pleased, proud, lost…all at the same time! He saw a man sitting in Padmasana (lotus posture) with Dhyana mudra in his hands. The light was emanating from his divine body. Its brightness was equal to a thousand suns. He was undoubtedly the most contented person in the universe. A glance at him would fill any person with joy, happiness and contentment. He was Bhrigu who had left for penance to find an answer to his father’s question! Varuna slowly wiped his eyes, bowed down to his own son with complete reverence and returned back home.

He knew, he knew his son had realized the answer. He knew that Bhrigu was so immersed in the answer that he forgot to return back to his father and tell him what the Ultimate Truth is. He had mastered the Anandamaya Kosha. He had realized how untrue and vulnerable the four Koshas were and how true this Ananadamaya Kosha is. He had reached Samadhi Sthiti. In complete bliss, united with the Bliss Himself…

Learning

Annamaya Kosha: The earthliest and innermost of the five sheaths or Koshas. The food that one eats feeds this Kosha. A healthy, disease free physical body is only because of healthy natural foods and Yogic practices.

Pranamaya Kosha: This is the second Kosha. Larger and subtler than the Annamaya Kosha. The air that is breathed in and out is the energy source. A healthy body includes the well-being of this sheath as well. Good energy flow in the body is only due to an evolved Pranamaya Kosha.

Manomaya Kosha: The emotional and perceptual aspects of the mind include this Kosha. One’s thoughts are food for this Kosha. Well-developed Manas is the symbol of a positively thinking and positive energy emanating mind.

Vignanamaya Kosha: The Kosha that represents the intelligence in conscious state. The ability to discriminate between right and wrong, transient and eternal, pain and pleasure, true and false, decision making skills all constitute this Kosha.

Anandamaya Kosha: The largest and the outermost and subtlest of all the Koshas. Most difficult to interpret and most difficult to understand as well. It’s a state of natural bliss and joy. This Kosha is the transcendental body. Ananda is an incarnation of Brahman himself. He is the infinite source of bliss. The Sadhaka is connected to the Supreme-Soul completely only in this state. Nothing can bring him sorrow; nothing else can bring him joy. In this state the Sadhaka is not bound by illusionary aspects like space and time.

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