Chi Kung to Awaken the Subtle Body
Human beings have three bodies:
- Gross Body (Asthule Sharira)
- Subtle Body or Astral Body (Linga Sharira)
- Causal body (Karana Sharira)
The Atma (individualised consciousness) is different from these three bodies.
You have three bodies:
1. Astule – Gross body: Your flesh, bones, organs, cells, saliva and blood
2. Suksham – Subtle body: Various kinds of energy, prana, chi which are not recognised by western physiology
Antakaran - Mind:
Hau – psychological space “I” space
Hau-mai – self ref loop – identity-body complex
3. Karan – Causal body of infinite stillness, which is the body when you get in touch with through meditative practice
By working out all the three bodies, you are simultaneously exercising your inner, conscious experience.
All three bodies exist simultaneously right now, in waking consciousness.
Every time you enter subtle states through thoughts, meditation, visions or emotions, you re animating your subtle body
Every time you rest in silence or pure awareness and release to infinity, you are attuning your causal body
1. The Physical Body (Astule Sharira)
This body is composed of the five elements (e.g. earth, water, fire, air and ether), that is, with molecules and atoms. With this body one experiences birth, growth, change, decay and death. It is believed that during sleep, one transcends this body. The sheath associated with this body is the Annamayakosa Kosha (Gross Physical Sheath). It is composed of food, and will return to the food cycle after death.
2. The Subtle/Astral Body (Sukshm Sharira)
This body is composed of 19 elements: 5 organs of action, 5 organs of knowledge, 5 pranas and 4 inner instruments. With this body, one experiences pain and pleasure. There are three sheaths associated with this body.
The first, the Pranamaya Kosha (Vital Sheath is composed of the 5 pranas (each corresponding to a chakra, a region in the physical body) and the five organs of action. Hunger, thirst, heat and cold are experienced in this sheath.
Second is the Manomayakosa Kosha (Mental Sheath) which is composed of the mind, subconscious, and the 5 organs of knowledge. In this sheath one experiences thinking, doubting, anger, lust, depression and delusion.
Finally, there is the Vijnanamayakosa Kosha (Knowing Sheath). This third sheath is composed of the intellect (buddhi, which analyses) and the ego (ahamkara, self-assertive principle). Both discrimination and decision-making occur in this sheath.
3. The Causal Body (Karana Sharira)
This body is composed of karma and samskara. It is a record of all the previous actions one has performed. The causal body is composed of the Anandamayakosa Kosha (Blissful Sheath) Non-dual awareness, experiences bliss, joy, calmness and peace.