Annamayakosha, Annamayakośa, Annamayakoṣa, Annamaya-kosha: 10 definitions


Annamayakosha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit terms Annamayakośa and Annamayakoṣa can be transliterated into English as Annamayakosa or Annamayakosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vedanta (school of philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Siva Gita A Critical Study

Annamayakośa (अन्नमयकोश) or simply Annamaya refers to the “sheath composed of food” and represents one of the five philosophical kośas (“sheaths”) through which the soul functions simultaneously in the various planes or levels of existence.—Annamayakośa is the physical or odic body, coarsest of sheaths in comparison to the faculties of the soul, yet indispensable for evolution and Self Realisation, because only with in it can all fourteen cakras fully function.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

This is the sheath of the physical self, named from the fact that it is nourished by food. Living through this layer man identifies himself with a mass of skin, flesh, fat, bones, and filth, while the man of discrimination knows his own self, the only reality that there is, as distinct from the body.

(Annamaya kośa is one of the five coverings of the Atman (kośa), or Self according to Vedantic philosophy)

Source: MahaVastu: Hinduism

Annamaya Kosha is the outer most and physical form of a human being- that is the human body. The Annamaya Kosha is made up of 5 elements (Air, Fire, Earth, Space and Water). It is nurtured and sustained by food (Ann), that’s why this is called Annamaya Kosha. In Ayurveda disease is recognised as imbalance of tridosha - Vata (Air + Space), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Water + Earth)]. Through physical body the part consciousness (Atma) manifests the core desire to experience the absolute joy. But due to the conditioning of social and academic environments a person gets programmed at the different levels of different Koshas. Thus making him experience pain and miseries. To manifest one's purpose on this planet, human beings create the structures in the form of buildings to perform certain functions. And these structures become the living or working environment for human beings.

India history and geography

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Source: Yale Journal of Music & Religion: Ritual Music in Contemporary Brahmanical Tantric Temples of Kerala

Annamayakośa (अन्नमयकोश) refers to the “physical sheath” and represents one of the Pañcakośa or “five sheaths” of the Human Body which corresponds to the Pañcaprākāra (five enclosures) of the Temple.—The five sheaths are: the physical sheath (annamaya-kośa), the vital body sheath (prāṇamaya-kośa), the mental sheath (manomaya-kośa), the intellectual sheath (vijñānamaya-kośa), and the bliss sheath (anandamaya-kośa). These five sheaths represent the physical body of the deity on the horizontal plane.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Annamayakosha in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

annamayakōśa (अन्नमयकोश).—m S The first of the five kōśa or envelopments of caitanya (the living spirit); viz. the sthūladēha or Material body. Because it is constituted of anna or Material aliment derived (in the womb) from the carnal substance of the parents. See fully under pañcakōśa.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Annamayakoṣa (अन्नमयकोष).—m.

(-ṣaḥ) The gross material body, that which is sustained by food. E. annamaya, and koṣa sheath, (of the spirit.)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Annamayakośa (अन्नमयकोश).—m. the gross body, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 209, 12.

Annamayakośa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms annamaya and kośa (कोश).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Annamayakośa (अन्नमयकोश):—[=anna-maya-kośa] [from anna] m. the gross material body (which is sustained by food = sthūla-śarīra).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Annamayakośa (अन्नमयकोश):—[karmadharaya compound] m.

(-śaḥ) The sheath made of anna 2. 2., of the essence of the elementary creation, i. e. the material creation: the lowest form in which Brahman (n.) or the Supreme Soul is considered as manifesting itself in its worldly and conscious existence.—In the Taittirīya-Upan. anna of which the material creation is made, is the product of herbs, these of earth and so on in retrogression, of the elements water, fire and æther, the latter being the first product of the Supreme Soul; it would appear therefore that Brahman (n.) as annamayakośa, in this Upanishad, is the totality of the animal kingdom only, since the vegetable kingdom precedes the creation of anna which is called also sarvauṣadha (see anna 2. 2.) and the beings (prajāḥ or bhūtāni) originating in anna, are represented as living through it (‘athonenaiva jīvanti’); but as anna on the other hand, is the essence of the elements preceding it, this form of Brahman would become in the Upanishad, constructively, the same that it is in the Vedānta explicitly, viz. the totality of the whole material creation. Yet while the Upanishad uses the terms æther, air, fire, water and earth to denote the elements in a general sense, the Vedānta distinguishes between ideal (sūkṣma) and real (sthūla) elements and makes the annamayakośa proceed from the latter which are an artificial mutual combination of portions of the former (see bhūta, sūkṣmabhūta and sthūlabhūta); and while the Upanishad contents itself with the general idea of totality, as expressed above, the Vedānta distinguishes between the conception that may be formed of the Supreme Soul as unity in this totality of the material creation (comp. samaṣṭi) and the conception that may be formed of it as multiplicity in it (comp. vyaṣṭi); as unity it is called vaiśvānara or virāj, as multiplicity viśva, in either case it is jāgrat.—The forms superior to the annamayakośa are in successive gradation prāṇamayakośa, manomayakośa, vijñānamayakośa and ānandamayakośa qq. vv. (the word kośa being supplied, in the Upanishad, by the comm. to annamaya &c.). Compare also sūkṣmaśarīra and sthūlaśarīra. E. annamaya and kośa. Also written annamayakoṣa.

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Annamayakoṣa (अन्नमयकोष):—[karmadharaya compound] m.

(-ṣaḥ) The same as annamayakośa q. v.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Annamayakōśa (ಅನ್ನಮಯಕೋಶ):—[noun] = ಅನ್ನಮಯ [annamaya].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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