Anandamaya-kosha, aka: Anandamayakosha, Ānandamayakośa; 4 Definition(s)
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General definition (in Hinduism)
Anandamaya means composed of ananda, or bliss.
1) In the Upanishads the sheath is known also as the causal body. In deep sleep, when the mind and senses cease functioning, it still stands between the finite world and the self. Anandamaya, or that which is composed of Supreme bliss, is regarded as the innermost of all. The bliss sheath normally has its fullest play during deep sleep: while in the dreaming and wakeful states, it has only a partial manifestation. The blissful sheath (anandamaya kosha) is a reflection of the Atman which is truth, beauty, bliss absolute.
2) In Advaita Vedanta the Ānandamaya kośa is the innermost of the five koshas or "sheaths" that veil the Atman or Supreme Self. Unlike the next three more outer koshas, it constitutes the karana sarira or causal body. It is associated with the state of dreamless sleep and samadhi.
3) The Indian Theosophist T. Subba Row correlated the five koshas with Blavatsky's septenary principle. The Anandamaya-kosa (sheath of bliss or Karanopadhi - causal body) is here associated with the Spiritual Soul or Buddhi principle (the sixth of the seven principles)
4) In the teachings of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Himalayan Academy), the Anandamaya kosha is not a sheath in the same sense as the four outer koshas, but rather constitutes the soul itself, a body of light. As well as being the Causal body and the repository of karma, it is also the Karana chitta, the "causal mind" or superconscious mind, of which Parashakti (or Satchidananda) is the substratum. This Anandamaya kosha evolves through all incarnations until finally merging in the Primal Soul, Parameshvara. It then becomes Sivamayakosha, the body of Siva.Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
Anandamaya Kosha is part consciousness (Atma) carrying the core desire with a purpose to manifest and experience joy. This innermost core body of one's being has a pure part of Universal Consciousness (Parma Atma) experienced as eternal joy or bliss. Other functions of this Kosha (body) are co-creation like the Creator himself, peak experiences of super consciousness and sexual ecstasy (beyond normal sexual pleasures).Source: MahaVastu: Hinduism
Languages of India and abroad
ānandamayakōśa (आनंदमयकोश).—m S The fifth of the five kōśa (Obstructing cases or coverings of the Spirit or Divine particle); viz. Sensibility to contemplate its good works, and susceptibility of satisfaction or complacency from the contemplation; proneness to ascribe to itself its virtue and goodness, and to rejoice therein. With this kōśa agrees the dēha called kāraṇadēha or avidyā, as with prāṇamayakōśa, manōmayakōśa & vijñānakōśa collectively agrees sūkṣmaśarīra or liṅgadēha, and with annamayakōśa agrees sthūladēha.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
ānandamaya-kōśa (आनंदमय-कोश).—m The fifth of the five coverings of the Spirit; viz. Sensi- bility to contemplate its goodness and derive satisfaction from such contemplation.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
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