Satyashri Sant Vivek
According to the Vedic Indian philosophy, Soul (Self, Atma or Bliss) is the core of the body that is wrapped inside five layers. Vedantic seers identify humans in terms of three bodies, five sheaths and three states. Holistic approach of healing refers to physical, psychological and spiritual healing because human body is a complex combination of all of them. Various aspects of human existence are categorized into layers or sheaths, starting from physical, mental to spiritual.
Body is considered to be the physical abode of the Soul or Self which is present at the core and is wrapped by the sheath of bliss. Above it are five layers or sheaths that are also referred as the internal foes which reside in the three types of bodies in a human being, namely physical body, astral or subtle body and causal or the spiritual body. One has to take five steps inside oneself and defeat the five foes to reach the Soul or Self. These five foes are Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh, and Aham (lust or desire, anger, greed, attachment, and ego).
The outermost sheath is considered to be 'Annamay Kosh', the food sheath or the physical body. It is nourished by food, so it is named 'Annamaya Kosh'. This layer relates to the physical form of Self or being. It is formed of five organs of perception or input devices through which it gathers information of the outside world. These organs are eyes (sight), ears (hearing), nose (smell), tongue (taste) and skin (touch). The other five organs are the organs of action. It is the materialistic aspect of the Supreme Self. Most individuals relate themselves with this sheath and identify themselves as body, bones, flesh, blood etc.
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