Narasimha on Jivatma


Annamaya Kosha, i.e. the physical system has 2 aspects: motor nerves and sensory nerves.

Manifest is something we can conceive, understand. Unmanifest is something that exists, but we don’t know it. Electricity by itself is unmanifest. It manifests in a light bulb or a fan. In the same way all energy is unmanifest until it comes in contact with an object. Manifestation of the energy is only possible when there’s an association with material things.

Who’s the one who knows the function of Vijnanamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha, Pranamaya Kosha and Annamaya Kosha? It’s another energy level which operates throughout these even in the external world. This is what we call  ‘I’ or ‘Soul’ or ‘Atman’.

We see the body as solid, but there’s movement inside. It’s like the atoms in the whole universe.

Stability exists in different ways. The sun rises every day, there’s a movement and stability.Most of the time our whole system is metastable, not stable. The metastability increases in terms of changes in the system in evolution or devolution.

This energy system or soul is called Jivatma (intelligence that is alive) in India. The liveness means movement, activity. Because of the activity of Jivamukta we can understand  the activity of the koshas and we can use these appendages of the mind to understand the external world.

Why do we want to understand the external world? Because we want to enjoy it. We like something, we want to have it. What do we do? We use our functional / motor organs to get it. We do an activity to acquire it so we can be happy. As long as there is a perfect coordination between the sensory organs and the motor functions, we are always happy.

Because of the incapability in any level or if the koshas are not in cohesion or in tune with each other, our efficiency gets stalled. Our sense organs are not perfect. Our motor nerves can’t sometimes reach what we want. Any discordination in the system causes unhappiness.

Our happiness is more often mental (we imagine things) than real. Our inner perceptions vary and change. Mostly the perceptions are manifestations of our imagination.

The basic manifestation starts with the Manomaya Kosha (feelings) with the help of Vijnanamaya Kosha (logical mind). In Vijnanamaya Kosha  the soul is basically an intelligent principle. It uses the analytical capability of Vijnanamaya Kosha to function efficiently in the world. It can manipulate the combinations, but it will not create anything new out of the box. The Vijnanamaya Kosha is used as a means by the Manomaya Kosha in all the functions of the prana.

As long as we interact with objects, we want to avoid pain and sustain pleasure. The problem is that even when our intention is to sustain the pleasure continuously, our sense organs are not capable of giving the information continuously. The alteration of break and connection are necessary for the pleasure to go on, but we don’t want the breaks. When we don’t want the breaks, it will end up in pain, because the sensation is not there. The sensory information is not coming in, because the senses have to stop sometimes.

If flexibility doesn’t exist, if understanding of our personality doesn’t exist, we are always landing into the misery and uncertainty.

These things are all controlled by Anandamaya Kosha which is the stablest kosha.

Jivatma, soul has a feedback system, constant flux going from the soul to the object. But in all these things there’s a level of stability that has to be maintained. It doesn’t change fast. Ishvara, creative intelligence looks after all other levels. Jivatma is the de-stabilizing force. In the fluctuations there’s life.

How to reach the state of least effort while alive? As long as our search is going to the external world, this state is not possible. It can only happen when we understand how to stop the activity of the koshas. On the zero level of activity, we realize ourselves and heal the other koshas.

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