Panchkosh energy layers of the Soul

The human body is made of five energy enclosures called the Panch-Kosh. These are the Anna-mai-kosh, Praan-mai-kosh, Mano-mai-kosh, Vidnyan-mai-kosh and the Anand-mai-kosh. These 5 sheaths create Conscious Intelligence, humans are the most conscious of the living forms on earth because all five of these sheaths are complete and present enclosing the jivatma/individual soul. Only when you are aware of these sheaths can you consciously and intelligently dissolve them and re-experience your Reality/Parabrahma.

Everything on earth is alive, from the mountains, rivers, plants, animals and of course us humans, but the degree of life consciousness in each of these forms is different and the difference lies in these Kosh/sheaths.

Panchkosh energy layers of the Soul

Anna-mai-kosh – The sheath of ‘Matter. This is the sheath of the lowest possible consciousness. It is also called the Sthool Sharir. Sthool means physical, dense, dull, dim etc. Sharir means body or manifestation. Energy slowed down to such an extent that it becomes ‘matter’. The rocks, soil, metals, mountains are just matter, they are alive but the intelligence is extremely dim. These forms of life have just this one layer thus appear to be ‘non-living’ and ‘non-conscious’. They do not have ‘karma‘ operating at this lowest level of intelligence. You can ‘wake’ stones using your own energy, programme them and use them.

Sthool sharir is the function of the Ascendant lord. This planet primarily decides how your physical material body is going to be like.

Praan-mai-kosh – The dimension of ‘vital energy‘. This is the next higher level of intelligence and consciousness. Vital energy/pran is active in this layer. Plants and the ‘mindless’ animals like worms etc have 2 conscious layers, the Anna-mai and the Praan-mai. They are alive and grow and do some activities related to ‘movements‘ of the material body. They have no mind. Karma starts operating from this layer, but this is a life form where the soul endures (bhog yoni). No new karma is created but the karma created earlier is rebalanced here. You keep a garden and take care of your plants, here too karma is operating!

Mano-mai-kosh – The dimension of the ‘Mind’. In the next stage of evolution this third layer of the mental processes adds to the material and vital bodies. Animals. Conscious animals which reproduce by producing shukla/sperm and shonita/ova have a ‘mind’/Mann. The praan/vital energy from the universe is used to animate and move the material body, the vital body and the processes of the mind. This mind is however at the very basic stages of evolution and works at the survival levels. In this layer too, the soul endures under situations which rebalance the karma and cannot actively work to create new karma. Nature/Prakruti’s laws operate. You love your pet, that is also a karma which is being resolved.

Vidnyan-mai-kosh – The dimension of ‘Discrimination’. The fourth stage of evolution is the addition of the power of discrimination/Vidnyan. The power to differentiate between two things, between desirable/non-desirable, good/bad, (Yukta aayukta vishishtha gnyan) is called Vidnyan. Normal humans have this power of mental discrimination and have reached the 4th stage of intelligence. They have access to the 4 layers/ kosh of consciousness. Here self-ego makes its first appearance. The human soul thinks that it is different from other persons, and also different from the Parabrahma. Here now with this intelligence of discrimination, the jivatma can create new karma if it acts with a sense of self.

These three layers, Praan-mai-kosh, Mano-mai-kosh and Vidnyan-mai-kosh together form the ‘subtle body’/Sookshma Sharir. Organisms like plants, animals and common humans are bound by the rules of karma, but they do not have an understanding of it. They are bound to rebalance karma by actively going through the associated experience. When the soul leaves the body it takes with it this Sookshma sharir, the baggage of Karma. When you travel astrally in your dream/swapna states you are travelling in your sookshma sharir. Sookshma means intangible, precise, accurate, subtle, strict, acute which it has to be as it maintains a record of karma among other things.

Sookshma sharir is the domain of the Moon. The power and position of your birth Moon, the sign he occupies and the results he is capable of giving. This ‘astral body’ is your Moon. In Indian /Vedic Jyotish the Moon is given importance just for this reason.

Panchkosh energy layers of the Soul

Anand-mai-kosh – The dimension of ‘Happiness when the knowledge of the End of the Drama is known’. Now this is the final layer which tightly wraps the individual soul. The consciousness of this layer is available to those humans who begin enquiring into the spiritual. If you start reading about the inner self, thinking about Divinity, contemplating about Reality, practicing Dhyan etc. you will be granted access to this highest possible intelligence. This is the subtlest consciousness called the Kaaran Sharir. Kaaran in a Sanskrit word which means the ‘reasoning’ or ’cause’. Once you are conscious of this inner most layer you understand the workings of Karma. You can actively ‘burn’ your unresolved karma in the internal fires of your spiritual practice. This complete rebalancing of karma requires time, dedication and regular practice. Soon a time will come when you will gain a complete understanding of this final Kosh and be granted access to your Jivatma. But by now, as you have completed your karmic debts, your Jivatma/individual soul is not longer an ‘individual’. It has experienced and thus become the Paramatma/the Ultimate Reality i.e. Moksh.

This tightest dimension, the karan sharir is a function of your birth Sun. His position in your horoscope will determine if you will be able to access its Intelligence or not. As most humans are not concerned with spiritual growth the Sun need not be analysed on priority. But if in the off-chance you get a spiritually oriented client, do analyse his birth Sun and the results he is capable of giving. For realisation of Moksh, the ascendant lord, Moon and the Sun are required to work together so that all the enclosing dimensions are successfully unlocked.

And then there is a class of beings who do not have the material body layer. Their bodies are composed of the non-material higher layers. You must have seen them sometime or the other. Astral beings or the beings whom you meet when you travel astrally or the individual souls who have left their physical body or ghosts or the departed loved ones who reside in Pitrulok but come to this Martyalok occasionally or the residents of the other dimensions (Yaksha, Gandharva, Pishachya, Vetal etc). These beings do not have the material dimension i.e. the Anna-mai-kosh thus are residents of the ‘astral realms’.

So the Panch-kosh is how your consciousness has evolved over countless births. Your soul has gone through this process too! You have been a mountain, a tree, a crab, a dolphin, an elephant and now you are a human. If you do your spiritual practice you will further evolve. The Panch-Kosh, the five Conscious dimensions are created and then they ultimately dissolve into the Ultimate Intelligence. The final step is thus Self-realization/Moksh.

 

Panchkosh energy layers of the Soul

Aura and Pran are interconnected

There are a lot of sources on how to see auras and what do the various colors of the aura mean, it shape size etc. It is said that only living beings can have auras but then how do we see food, houses and cars having auras? And then a dead body is seen to slowly lose its aura?

Aura and Pran are interconnected

So here is the technical stuff. You are the ‘individual soul’ called Jivatma. You reside in this of five layered body called Panchakosh/ five-enclosures (lowest energy is Anna-mai-kosh, Pran-mai-kosh, Mano-mai-kosh, Vidnyan-mai-kosh and Anand-mai-kosh the highest energy layer). To maintain and operate this complex structure you/Jivatma take in pran/vital energy from the Universal source (Samashti pran). Pran is the real ‘food’ that your bodies need. This is the force which your soul uses to manifest everything that you see and do. The soul uses the pran through the agency of the mind (ajnya chakra creates the Moon). Thus the pran is ‘colored’ by the state of your mind.

Now the ajnya chakra, is from where the soul gives orders to the mind and also allocates the pran to various activities. Thus your mind and pran allocation is interlinked. If you are angry, the pran that you pull in from the Universe will be allocated to the lower Muladhar chakra. The instincts which will now arise from the muladhar chakra will be violent and disorganised. And your aura will get red streaks, the angrier you are the more red it will be.

The different organs of the body have their specific auras depending on the health status of the organ. If the organ is healthy its aura will be the same as the general body aura. But if it is diseased it will be black, brown, grey, red etc murky colors. And how does it get diseased in the first place? e.g. when you are angry, the entire body does not get red, there are temporary vivid streaks of red within the body. These streaks correspond to the brain, heart, adrenal etc organs. It takes some time for you to cool down and even longer for the ‘normal’ pran flow to be restored, during which the organ and its energy suffers. If you get angry frequently, the organ gets damaged more and more at the higher energy levels till ultimately the illness filters down the energy layers of your 5 layered body and manifests in the actual physical organ.

In its ‘resting state’, the aura is colorless which is often perceived as a pale transparent/whitish, this is seen only in newborn babies or persons about to leave their bodies. At this point of time, there are no thoughts, no mind in the body. The soul is busy settling into the body or exiting it so the mind as such does not exist.

When the soul leaves the body, the pran stops circulating in it but there remain impressions/ traces which diminish within a few hours. So a dead body has no aura. Preserved vegetables also have no pran/aura, try seeing the aura of preserved olives. But a freshly plucked mango vibrates with energy.

Aura and Pran are interconnected

If you look closely the aura, is not a smooth layer, it is like tiny spikes which protrude from your skin. In a healthy, spiritually inclined individual these tiny spikes are rigid and straight out. Also this entire layer is quite sparkly. Tiny sparkly particles move around and also out. They look like a ‘heat-wave’, a pulsating movement in a 1-2 inch layer around the body if you observe it carefully. If someone is mentally/emotionally or physically not fit then these spikes droop and twist, there are lesser sparkles and their movement is also less vigorous. You can see this with your normal eyes with a bit of practice.

Then when in contact with other objects, like a chair or another person, these sparkles get detached from you and attached to these other things/people. That is how a non-animate object gains an ‘aura’. Your favourite chair has the sparkles from your aura adhering to it, thus seems to have an aura the same as yours! A house reflects the nature of its occupants. A temple has a beautiful aura, created by successive generations of people who have prayed there with faith, ‘heaven’!. And its exact opposite is a hospital where people are in pain or dying all the time.

The aura is never still and neither is it egg-shaped as shown in popular images. Imagine a wash of water on a paper and you put drops of different water colors in it, they gently swirl, merge, cancel out each other, move in different shapes, etc our aura is just like that. The transparent ‘resting’ aura gets its color from the myriad thoughts, emotions, actions that we perform at every instant, changing. When we are excited the aura throws out flares and swirls and its shape is further influenced by presence of other living beings nearby, or electricity in the air e.g during a thunderstorm etc. Depending on the mood of the person the aura can be very beautiful or extremely horrifying to see. These temporary moods are seen as swirls of different colors superimposed on the background of the person’s natural state of mind.

Now determined and strong thoughts are seen as defined shapes within the aura boundary of the person. But when the thought takes the form of ‘intention’, it can leave the aura boundary and move out. E.g. while doing Reiki, you intend healing and use the reiki symbols to push this thought from your aura to the client. You can see the energy of this thought moving. If you get emotional about the client even for a bit, you will see your personal energy moving from your aura to his. If this happens too often you will drain yourself. And how do you know it is your personal energy? If you have learnt to see auras by now, I hope you have first of all examined your own self and aura and know its ‘flavour’!

During Reiki initiation too there is a permanent change in the aura as the Reiki symbols are inserted deep within the energy body. My advice would be to just stick with the basic Usui Reiki. You cannot predict what can happen if you get too many symbols inside your body (karuna, etc variants).

You can enhance your aura’s strength and vibrational quality. Spiritual practice is nothing but entraining your mind to a perfect high energy pattern. Doing this regularly, you are flooding your energy body including your aura with a distinct desirable idea. Your mind ‘holds on’ to this idea. And if you can ‘color’ your idea with a golden/silvery/pearly color your practice will be even more effective.

Creating an energy shield is also important. Always visualise yourself surrounded by a golden/silvery/pearly cocoon of light. You can see out from this but nothing can see you or get in it. These colors will protect your mind and emotions from being disturbed by outside influences. And if your mind is still, you have achieved it all.