Understanding the concept of Five Bodies or Five Dimensions
There is a conceptual difference between koshas and dimensions. In the Panchamaya model, the word ‘kosha’ is used as a way to explain the concept of us humans, being more than just our physical body. Others refers to it as “dimensions” when applying the concept of yoga as a holistic model of healing, self-discovery and self-realization.
According to the yoga tradition, from denser to finer, we have five bodies: Annamaya (food body), Pranamaya (energy body), Manomaya (mind body), Vijnanamaya (wisdom body), and Anandamaya (bliss body). The late TKV Desikachar (1938-2016, yoga teacher and author) , explained maya as “something that is all-pervading” furthermore, disagreeing with the concept of kosha as something that separates or encapsulates which is the translation of kosha in relation to organs.
Desikachar sets his teachings apart from many commentators on the Taittirîya-Upanishad (one of the older philosophical-religious texts of Hinduism) adding that “this word is misleading, because it gives the impression that each dimension exists separately from the others.”
The imagery often associated with the concept of kosha is the layers of an onion that may be peeled away from each other or the Russian nesting dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. READ MORE…