The 9 Layers of the Consciousness

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There are following 9 Layers of the Consciousness from the Gross Body Consciousness [GBC] to the Net Body Consciousness [NBC]:

•1.         The Physical Body:

It is also called the ‘ANNAMAYA KOSHA'. Its location corresponds to the MUULAADHAAR CHAKRA where the earth element exists.

•2.         The Ethereal Body:

It is also called the ‘PRRANNAMAYA KOSHA'. Its location corresponds to the SWAADHESHTHAANA CHAKRA where the water element exists.

•3.         The Astral Body:

It is also called the ‘MANOMAYA KOSHA'. Its location corresponds to the MANNEPURA CHAKRA where the fire element exists.

•4.         The Causal Body:

It is also called the ‘KAARANNAMAYA KOSHA' or the ‘GYAANAMAYA KOSHA'. Its location corresponds to the ANAAHATA CHAKRA where the air element exists.

•5.         The Super Causal Body:

It is also called the ‘AANANDAMAYA KOSHA'. Its location corresponds to the VESHUDHE CHAKRA where the sky element exists.

•6.         The Kaeevalya Body:

It is also called the ‘BRHMAANANDA KOSHA'. Its location corresponds to the AAGYAA CHAKRA.

•7.         The Aatma Tatva [Self Element] Body:

Its location can be taken to be the SAHASTRAARA CHAKRA [thousand petals' Lotus].

•8.         The Parama Aatma or the Paramaatma Tatva [Super-Self Element] Body:

Its location can be taken to be the Brhma Aperture or the Guru CHAKRA through which the fully enlightened spiritual soul breaks through finally out of the physical human body.

•9.         The Sarva Aatma or the Sarvaatma or the PARAMAA Tatva [Supreme-Self or the Absolute Element] Body:

It is the final supreme consciousness or the supreme light. The soul breaks through the Guru Chakra or the BRHMAANDA to merge into this final light forever. The soul loses its separate identity after merging successfully into the Sarvaatma or the PAARAMAA Tatva. The Supreme Consciousness and the individual soul become one. The Soul comes to have the feeling of itself being the universe. The seed hymn [Beeja Mantra] for this location is ‘Sm'.

Different spiritual guides/masters have given different sequences of the Consciousness. It suffices to say that the soul gets final liberation forever only after breaking through the BRHAMAANDA.

 Note:

•1.         The Mathematical Formula

GBC = 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9

NBC = GBC- [1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8]

 Or

NBC = The Sarvaatma or the PARAMAA Tatva [Absolute Element]

•1. The position of the first 5 koshas given here is as per the scheme of the Koshas given on Page number 558, Hindi language edition, year 2009, of the Shreemada Daevee Bhaagawata, code number 1133 published by Gita Press Gorakhpur. It says that the first 5 Koshas always exist in the Sthuula Shareera [Physical Body], Sukshma Shareera [Astral Body] and the Kaaranna Shareera [Causal Body].

•2. Some of the Sheva [Shiv] Yoga masters teaching the Yoga presently have a different view. In the opinion of one such influential Yoga masters, every Kosha itself has all the 7 CHAKRAS right from Muulaadhaara to the top Sahastraara Chakra. This is in sharp contrast to the position of the first 5 koshas as given in the Shreemada Daevee Bhaagawata. The author of the present article subscribes to the view propounded in the Shreemada Daevee Bhaagawata.

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