Types of Body
- "What are the components of the physical body?"
Guru - "The physical body is composed of five elements, viz,
earth (Prithvi), water (Apah), fire (Tejas), air (Vaayu) and space (Aakaash)."
Disciple - "What are the seven primary essences (Sapt-Dhaatu) of the physical body?"
Guru - "Chyle (Ras), blood (Asra), flesh (Maans), fat (Med), bone
(Asthi), marrow (Majjaa) and semen (Shukla or Veerya), are the seven
primary essences of the physical body."
Disciple - "What are the Shad Bhaav Vikaar (six modifications of the body)?"
Guru - "Asti (existence), Jayate (birth), Vardhate (growth),
Viparinamate (change), Apaksheeyate (decay), Vinaashyate (death), are
the six modifications or changes of the body."
Disciple - "What are the links with which this body is connected?"
Guru - "The body (Deha), action (Karm), love and hate (Raag-Dwesh),
egoism (Ahankaar), non-discrimination (A-Vivek) and ignorance (A-Gyaan)
are the seven links of the chain of Sansaar (world-experience) . From A-Gyaan
is born A-Vivek. A-Vivek is non-discrimination between the
real and the unreal. From A-Vivek is born Ahankaar or egoism; from
egoism is born Raag-Dwesh (liking and disliking); from Raag-Dwesh arises
Karm (action); and from Karm the body or the Deha is produced. If you
want to free yourself from the pain of birth and death, destroy your
ignorance (Agyaan) - the root cause of this Sansaar (world-experience),
through the attainment of the Knowledge of Brahm (Shivam) or the
Absolute. When ignorance is removed, all the other links will be broken
by themselves. This physical body of yours is the result of your past
actions and is the seat of your enjoyment of pleasure and pain.
Disciple - "Why is the body called Shareer or Deha?"
Guru - "Because the body decays (Sheeryate) on account of old
age, it is called Shareer and because it is cremated or burnt (Dahyate)
it is called Deha."
The Subtle Body
Disciple - "What is the composition of the subtle body?"
Guru - "The subtle body is composed of nineteen principles (Tattwa),
viz, five Gyaan Indriyaan or organs of knowledge, five Karm Indriyaan or
organs of action, five Praan or vital airs, Manas or mind, Buddhi or
intellect, Chitta or the subconscious and Ahankaar or the ego. It is a
means of enjoying pleasure and pain."
- "When will this subtle body get dissolved?"
Guru - "It gets dissolved in Videh Mukti or disembodied
The Causal Body
Disciple - "What is the causal body (Kaaran Shareer)?"
Guru - "The beginningless ignorance that is indescribable is
called the causal body. It is the cause of the gross and the subtle bodies."
- "How can I transcend the three bodies?"
Guru - "Identify yourself with the All-pervading, Eternal Aatmaa
(Shivam). Stand as a witness (Saakshee) of all experiences. Know that
the Aatmaa is always like a king-distinct from the body, organs, vital
breaths, mind, intellect, ego and Prakriti - the Witness of their attributes."