posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 04:22 PM
1. The Crude Mind is the Kamamaya Kosa. Kama means "desire." It is this most superficial layer of mind that is responsible for attraction & aversion
to sensory stimuli, & the physical reactions to those stimuli. It is developed naturally through physical clash, & for sadhakas (spiritual
practitioners) by following Yama & Niyama.
2. The Subtle Mind is the Manomaya Kosa. Man means "to think", & it is this layer of mind which gives the experience of pleasure & pain through
thought, memory & dreams. This kosa is developed naturally through physical clash, trial & error of applying theory to practice in the mundane world,
& in Tantra sadhana by pranayama with cosmic ideation.
This is the realm where religious theories are formulated. In many parts of the world religious ideologies claim this to be the subtlest realm of
mind, or the subtlest realm their religious leaders will permit the masses to utilize.
The next three deeper layers of mind are collectively known as the Causal Mind. Causal signifies that these layers are in the most direct contact with
the Causal Consciousness from which the mind has evolved & within which it exists. This is the intuitive layer, which gives the capacity for such
phenomena as intuitive dreams, clairvoyance, telepathy & creative insight.
3. The first layer of the Causal Mind is the Atimanasa Kosa – the Supramental Mind. Its natural means of development is through psychic churning, &
in Tantra sadhana by methods of pratyahara (withdrawal) such as shuddhis & puja.
The human mind is propelled by its Sam'ska'ras to undergo the reactions of its actions. [note: The misapporiate use of the term "karma" applies
here, "sam'ska'ra" is the appropriate term instead of karma. Karma is the performance of action, though does not necessitate creating
sam'ska'ras in the process of performing actions]. Sam'ska'ras ripe for manifesting reside in this kosa, whereas Sam'ska'ras unripened awaiting
expression reside in the Vijinanamaya Kosa. Atimanasa kosa has little muscle or dynamism of its own.
4. The second layer of the Causal Mind is the Vijinanamaya Kosa, or Subliminal Mind. Vijinana means "special knowledge," & includes many higher
qualities of mind such as viveka (conscience, or discrimination – the ability to determine right from wrong) & vaeragya (non-attachment – the
realization that it is unwise to be attached to any limited entity). The natural development of this kosa is through psychic challenges, & its
development is accelerated by the process of dharana.
True knowledge, wisdom & renunciation dominate in this sphere. These attributes are sometimes conspicuous even in pleasure-seeking persons, but there
are obstacles on the way due to influence in the realms of body, mind.
Subtler realms of human evolution, vast expanses of greater understanding, & subtle guidance in most any realm of life operate within this kosa. Most
of the talents ascribed as "paranormal" or "extrasensory perception" involve this realm called Vijinanamaya Kosa.
5. The most subtle layer of the Causal Mind is the Hiranyamaya ("golden") Kosa, the Subtle Causal Mind. Here the awareness of mind is very close to
the direct experience of Supreme Consciousness. There is only the separation of a thin veil of ignorance. Its natural development is through
attraction for the Great, & dhyana which accelerates this process for sadhakas.
In this kosa love is ubiquitous, & the feeling of unity of self & all things throughout the Universe are paramount. People who have this kosa more
conspicuous in their lives would include those who have lived long within each others embrace, such as older married people within whose company you
feel awesomely at peace & witness the resplendency of love demonstrated in their lives, even their countenance. Their hearts are aglow & you can
witness great effulgences of furtive splendors emmanate from their upper bodies as you remark about the charms and virtues of their loving partner.