I would like to point out an error in this article. In the article it is stated that yogis believe that the being is made up of a total of 3 bodies.
In yogic philosphy it is believed that the being is made up of 5 bodies or energetic sheaths called Koshas.
The first is the drop of divinity at our core
the next is the karmic body - our karma w/everyone on the planet
the next is the astral body where things like spirituality and creativity originate
the next is the mental/emotional body
finally the 5th is our physical body.
The astral body is the intermediary between our higher and lower selves, as the heart chakra is the intermediary between our higher and lower chakras/higher and lower aspects of our nature.
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There seems to be some confusion with the information presented on this page, not aided by the above comment. In yoga philosophy are 2 energetic models: that of the 3 ''bodies'' (Sharira), and the 5 sheaths (pancha kosha). The three bodies are: Sthula Sharira (Gross body), Sukshma Sharira (Subtle body) and Karana Sharira (Causal Body). The five sheaths are: annamayakosha (''food'' or physical sheath), pranamayakosha (energetic sheath), manomayakosha (''mind'' sheath), vijnanamayakosha (''understanding'' sheath) and anandamayakosha (''bliss'' sheath). The two systems do fit together - most commonly the food sheath is seen as being equivalent to the gross body, the bliss sheath to the causal body, and the subtle body being equivalent to the middle three sheaths, however different authors disagree about the placement of the energy sheath in the sharira system. A good explanation can be found in Feuerstein''s ''The Yoga Tradition''. Hope this helps.
The system of five ''sheaths'' originates in the Taittiriya-Upanishad. The translations of the list I gave in the previous post can be noted in the translation of the following passage...
Tait Up 2.8: He who is here in a man and he who is there in the sun-they are one and the same. After a man who know this departs from this world-he first reaches the self (atman) that consists of food, then the self that consists of lifebreath, then the self that consists of mind, then the self that consists of perception, and finally the self that consists of bliss (Olivelle, 1996, p.189). These are the ''sheaths'' which are commonly agreed upon in both yogic and academic circles. The three ''bodies'' (shariras) are also common to Vedanta and Samkhya (Yoga) philosophy. Karma is said to reside in the subtle body (sukshma sharira), as it moves with one from life to life.
Thank you very much for this article. very informative, but yet simple to follow. I have read it several time and finally decided I need to save a print for myself.