From food, surely, are they born;
All the creatures that live on Earth.
On food alone, once born, they live
And into food they shall pass.
~ Taittiriya Upanishad
In the never ending quest for self knowledge, the Upanishads shed some light on the nature of Maya (Illusion). This illusion is organised to laters which veil our True Nature.
Annamaya Kosha ~ the physical body
Anna means food. This represents the physical mass of the body and is the level that we experience matter.
Our body is based around the 5 elements:
Pranamaya Kosha ~ the energetic body
Prana is defined as the life force energy. It comprises of all the cosmic energies that permeate the universe. The Sanskrit is taken from two words Pra meaning “constant” and an meaning “motion”.
This sheath takes its name from from this energy that binds the physical and the mental body and is composed of the 5 pranas or Vāyus :
- Prana – the breath
- Apana – down and outward energy or the eliminatory energy
- Udana – rising energy
- Samana- heat of digestion
- Vyana- energy that circulates through the whole body.