Thursday, May 25, 2006

Panchadasi-Chapter 1-Verses 33 and 34

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru. Prostrations to All.


annaM praaNo mano buddhir aanandash cheti pa~ncha te .
koshaas tair aavR^itaaH svaatmaa vismR^ityaa sa.nsR^iti.n vrajet.h .. 33..

The five sheaths of the Self are those of the food, the vital air, the mind, the intellect and bliss. Enveloped in them, it forgets its real nature and becomes subject to transmigration.


syaat pa~nchiikR^ita bhuut ottho dehaH sthuulo .anna sa.nj~nakaH .
li~Nge tu raajasaiH praaNaiH praaNaH karmendriyaiH saha .. 34..

The gross body which is the product of the quintuplicated elements is known as the food sheath. That portion of the subtle body which is composed of the five vital airs and the five organs of action and which is the effect of the rajas prakriti is called the vital sheath.

The five kosas or sheaths are

1. Annamayakosa
2. Praanamaya Kosa
3. Manomaya Kosa
4. Vijnaanamaya Kosa
5. Anandamaya Kosa

Ones own very nature of Self is being seems to be veiled by these five sheaths. Since the sheaths seems to exist, the jiva seem to forget ones own nature of the Self. These are only the effect of ignorance and hence are only an illusion.

The first sheath is the sheath of food or annamaya kosa. This is nothing but the gross body which is formed by the process called Panchikarana. The next sheath is the pranamaya kosa or vital sheath. The vital sheath is formed by the five pranas namely praana, apaana, vyaana, udhaana and samaana and the five organs of action of the subtle body.

Prostrations to all

Hari Aum



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