I personally never wanted to write my understanding on Yog-sutras of sage Patanjali, offcourse many reasons are behind it. But now as a need and also an inner calling is allowing me to do so. Hence, these words are coming.
Yog Sutras’ of Patanjali are truly, a scientific coding of a superme journey of any human being, from a general social animal till the opening of his last layer of inner divinity. Everything is divine, so is our body. He says that, body is not just the body as we know about it. It is more like an onion, having its own inner layers upon layers.
The very first layer, which is physical in nature is called, ‘ Annmaya Kosh’. Kosh here means sheath. We recognise ourselves through this body layer. Annmaya layer is made up of elements of earth and water. Intakes from mother earth, in the form of food, plant, eating, water, liquid etc. helps in forming of this body. Anything which can be seen with eyes like flesh, blood, bones, mucus etc., belongs to this layer of body.
Second layer of body is more subtle in nature, called as ‘ Pranamaya Kosh’ aka ‘Pranic Body’. It is also understood as bioplasmic body. This body creates the electro-magnetic field of the body. Potentially, through breathing we intake pranas from the cosmos. These alive pranic elements, merge with our body and gives life to its running system.
Third layer is called ‘Manomaya Kosh’. This layers is also known as ‘Psychic Body’. Whatever, we think, imagin or creates inside our mind belongs to this body. It contains our past memories, actions, deeds and results into our prospective courses of planning, innovations, actions etc.
Vigyanmaya body is fourth layer. Till this body it is consecutively the most subtlest availble body, thorugh which our intution works.
Fifth body is the body of bliss called ‘Ananadmaya Kosh’. Beyond this body, no other realm or state exists. It’s the last truth. The ultimate reality. The state of being established in ‘Self’. The state of ‘True Aatman’ or ‘Samadhi’ or Kaivalya. Different realised masters have given their own choice of expressions for this state. Patanjali Calls it ‘Samadhi’, the state of all solutions, where there is no worrry no question exists anymore. It is the state of being supremely conscious of everything. A state of consciousness, where nothing is left untouched. Duality of life is dropped.
Existing science knowledge is expanding its tools and other mediums of knowing the subtlest most life availability in the cosmos. In every direction, people are working but what patanjali has codified is not completely feasible to proven. Completely in the sense, upto certain extent science can prove many things but beyod that, nothing is made to know or measure that, i.e., consciousness. Only through meditation, it is possible to dweleve underneath of our own ocean of life and reach till the state of fifty body. As its not a cup of tea to walk so far and this much deep, with such a meditative approch, it is not possible by anyone, to give living answers from this platforms. One would have to work on his own self and all these things will become his or her own reality. In other way round, life of subtle can not be brought into physical realm, as they both can exist together but one can not be mixed with another. Little confusing and paradoxical , as I always say.
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