2019, Vol. 4 Issue 1, Part Y
AUTHOR(S): Shiv Jakhar
Yoga is a comprehensive holistic approach to health, happiness, and wellbeing. Rather than just addressing the physical body, yoga ascertains that there are indeed five bodies, five layers of self or being, that must be addressed for overall healing to take place. A Koshas, usually rendered "sheath", is a covering of the Atman, or Self according to Vedantic philosophy. There are five Koshas, and they are often visualised as the layers of an onion in the subtle body. Panchakoshas, are the layers of body that seemingly cover the Atman. The Tvam padartha of the Mahavakya Tat Tvam Asi is determined by the analysis of Panchakoshas that are not the atman. The Taittiriya Upanishad speaks of the human existence as being akin to the layers of an onion, which range from the large, rough layers to the fine, tender layers. As understood by Vedanta philosophy, our ‘Atma’ or soul is covered by these Koshas or sheaths; the Anna may Kosh (Food Sheath), Pranamay Kosh (Vital Air Sheath), Manomay Kosh (Mind Sheath), Vijnanamaya Kosh (Intellect Sheath) and Anandmay Kosha (Bliss Sheath). According to the yoga tradition, every one of us has five bodies, each made of increasingly finer grades of energy. And if we intend to live a fully balanced, healthy life, it tells us, all our bodies need to be kept in good condition.
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How to cite this article:
Shiv Jakhar. Panchakosha. Int J Yogic Hum Mov Sports Sciences 2019;4(1):1382-1384.