Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Panchadasi-Chapter 1-Verses 35 and 36

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru. Prostrations to All.


saattvikair dhiiindriyaiH saaka.n vimarshaatmaa manomayaH .
tair eva saaka.n vij~naanamayo dhiir nishchayaatmikaa .. 35..

The doubting mind and the five sensory organs, which are the effect of sattva, make up the mind sheath. The determining intellect and the sensory organs make up the intellect sheath.


kaaraNe sattvam aanandamayo modaadi vR^ittibhiH .
tat tat koshais tu taadaatmyaad aatmaa tat tanmayo bhavet.h .. 36..

The impure sattva which is in the causal body, along with joy and other vrittis (mental modifications), is called the bliss sheath. Due to identification with the different sheath, the Self assumes their respective natures.

The mental sheath constitutes the Manas along with the five organs of perception which are the effects of the sattva part of prakriti and the intellectual sheath constitutes the Budhdhi and the five organs of perception. The Bliss sheath is the sheath where there is no duality and there is only bliss. The pure bliss is experienced during the deep-sleep state. This sheath constitutes the causal body, ignorance, which is the cause for the experience of everything else.

The three vrittis or mental modifications are priya, moda and pramoda. On seeing certain objects we get happiness, this is priya, the happiness on possession it is called moda and the happiness on enjoying the object it is called pramoda. On all the three modifications the bliss or happiness that is experienced is nothing but the bliss of ones own Self. The objects never give happiness but it is only the mind which enjoys the object makes one to feel that object is giving the happiness. Thus the Jiva through identification with various sheath, takes the nature of that sheath.

Prostrations to all

Hari Aum



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