Today we speak about developing prana awareness. In tamas or ignorance, we falsely identify ourselves with the physical body (gross body awareness). You identify yourself as a human creature subjected to aging, disease, and death. We are not aware of any subtle energy part of us that gives us a lighter experience of feeling, a different identity.

We carry a body (a kosha, a layer) inside of this one. There are five layers or sheaths:

  1. This gross layer, the physical body, is called annamaya kosha (food body).
  2. Inside we carry a body of energy, prana. This subtle body is called pranamaya kosha, which is the driving body for the physical. We are wired to drive prana through this body, through nadis and chakras.
  3. We carry another layer: manomaya kosha. This is a different kind of prana. When we work the mind, imaging, thought power, that is in the manomaya kosha.
  4. When you start the process of analysis, introspection, reasoning, we use another layer: vijñānamaya kosha. This is the processing or knowledge layer. That takes us on another part of the journey, the bindu journey.
  5. The final layer is anandamaya kosha. That is the bliss layer.

And beyond these, there is the Self.

The most important here is that we need to become aware of the energy sheath or layer that drives the physical body actively (the pranamaya kosha).  This is exciting to feel! We begin to feel like our hands are hands of light, and we begin to feel the power behind the voice. You start to respect how you speak because you can be channeling energy through the voice, positive or negative.  The voice is an expression of prana. The quality of your thoughts can give you another experience of prana. And the prana and apana of the breath can give you another experience of prana. And then there is the prana of activity, movement that we begin to experience with our karmendriyas. In meditation, using the pranaapana principle can take us deeper into these different layers until we can reach anandamaya kosha.

Guruji hopes that we can uncover these layers and observe them in these 40 Days. He is praying for those sincere souls who are ready and really understand what he is doing, so that we can create a powerful energy field that can help to awaken others.

Developing prana awareness requires a huge level of observation because you can miss it! You may know that picture that you can see two things in. If you see one, you don’t see the other, and you have to shift the way of seeing. Gross body and subtle body are the same. Open up your awareness and move from one field to another. And then you can even observe subtle and still observe the gross at the same time.

When Guruji came back from India, he was excited about all these energies he was experiencing and he got back into teaching. When he stood in front of a classroom, he was no longer stressed but it was hugely different. He could channel love through his voice and inspire the classroom. He could draw on the chalkboard using the energy. It was not just him involved in the teaching but the energy through him. That was a hugely liberating experience. The energy became the teacher.

After the 40 Days in 1978, it was a bit different. Now he was strongly established in the crown and even more energy sensitive. Prana awareness was there hugely after the 40Days because the witness had deepened and consciousness had shifted, and he was very much caught in the anandamaya kosha. He had to learn again how to come back into the lower levels of being. Now he can traverse every level fearlessly and happily. This is possible for all of us!

Summary

  • In ignorance we falsely identify ourselves with the physical body but we have deeper energy layers within us that give us a different identity. There are five layers:
    • This gross layer, the physical body, is called annamaya kosha.
    • Inside is the subtle body called pranamaya kosha, which is the driving body for the physical.
    • Another layer is the manomaya kosha related to working the mind, imaging, and thought power.
    • The next layer is the vijñānamaya kosha that we use for analysis, introspection, reasoning.
    • The final layer is anandamaya kosha. That is the bliss layer.
  • Seek to develop more prana awareness. This is a matter of shifting your consciousness. Seek for example to experience the energy:
    • Behind voice and speaking,
    • Behind activity and movement,
    • Behind thoughts of different quality
    • And the prana and apana of the breath.

Enjoy the practices!
Love,
Prabha

(Each day, I’ll try to give some notes and a short summary of the main practices outlined in Guruji’s morning talk, shortly after the program finishes!)

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