And now for a lesson on the koshas

“Different from the physical sheath is the vital sheath. This is encased in the physical sheath and has the same form. Through this the senses perform their office. from this men and beasts derive their life. This determines the length of life of all creatures. He who worships the vital sheath as brahman lives to complete his span of life. This sheath is the living self of the physical sheath.

Different from the vital sheath is the mental sheath. This is encased in the vital sheath and has the same form.

Words cannot express the bliss of Brahman, mind cannot reach it. The sage who knows it, is freed from fear.

The mental sheath is the living self of the vital sheath.

Different from the mental sheath is the intellectual sheath. This is encased in the mental sheath and has the same form.

All actions, sacrificial or otherwise, are performed through the intellect. All the senses pay homage to the intellectual sheath. He who worships intellect as Brahman does not err; he does not identify himself with the other sheaths, and does not yield to the passions of the body.

Different from the intellectual sheath is the sheath of the ego. This sheath is encased in the intellectual sheath and has the same form.

Beyond all sheaths is the Self.”

Taittiriya upanishad.

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