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Antahkarana Chatushtaya … Bliss sheath

Antahkarana Chatushtaya or fourfold inner subtle tool

Above figure describes Antahkarana Chatushtaya of our current discussion … Antahkarana Chatushtaya is also termed as Bliss body, Bliss sheath, Causal body, Anandmaye Kosha and is also written as Anandamaya Kosha… Ultimately the outermost orb is found to be of very vast expanses and due to this reason; it has been painted such in above figure …

This is the final layer of illusion that need to be crossed over so as to self realize your own inherent nature (i.e. innermost essence or Atman) … And from this stage, is self realized the innermost meaning of the Sanskrit phrase of Chetan Brahma (or consciousness is Absolute and which also means as “Conscious being is the Absolute and it also means as “Absolute is naught but infinite consciousness) …

 

In above figure …

  • Consciousness (Chitta) is depicted in its white colored state and just as it was during those primordial stages of original origination of Maker’s Makings … And since at this time the consciousness did not have any seeded states in it (i.e. the colored impressions or Samskaras were not there at this time), so these colored impressions are also not shown in above figures consciousness orb (i.e. orb of Chitta) …
  • The mind is depicted in a state after it has already gotten unioned to the very subtle, white cloud like ninth sphere of Maker’s Makings … Thus the orb of mind is also depicted in a white color only …
  • And the colors as shown in above painting are not exactly the same as they actually are …

 

EE-1 … Regarding above figure …

Inside the heart there is a small cavity which is like the top part of a Shivalingam … This is of a size which is slightly smaller than that of the top phalange of the thumb … Above figure is self realized within that thumb shaped cavity of heart …

That cavity is full of light which as such is closely similar to what has been shown in above figure …

And thus what was told as Antahkarana Chatushtaya in Vedas, is regarding that cluster of lights which are self realized in that thumb shaped cavity of heart …

 

EE-2 … What Antahkarana Chatushtaya … Fourfold inner subtle tool …

The word Antahkarana Chatushtaya means “fourfold inner subtle tool” … This also means the “fourfold inner subtle light” as light itself is the root of all that is and thus it eventually is to the ever same pristine light that is present within each aspirant, that all philosophies of any of the triple times have been referring to …

This topic is one of the Veda Bindu i.e. this topic eternally stands as one of the pristine points (or bases) of self realization of Vedic knowledge …

And since Vedas itself are the root of all knowledge, of all “subtle” knowledge systems that ever manifested during any of the triple times, so this topic is also one of the primary points of all philosophies of any of the three times …

This is because of the fact that without the state that is discussed in this topic, a microcosm can neither be complete and nor can it be based within and upon fullness of allness …

And in absence of fullness of allness within the microcosm (aspirant), that aspirant cannot be deemed to have reached an evolutionary ripeness and rightness to exit out of the allness of Maker’s Makings … Thus to “be liberated” the self realization of this topics knowledge, stands paramount during the entirety of the triple times …

Due to this reason this state of our discussion is also referred to in almost everything that relates to self realization and also in almost all that relates to realization of allness … There has never been any knowledge system that has not referred to what comes under the four primary parts of Antahkarana Chatushtaya of Vedic lore’s …

Some knowledge systems have adopted one part of it and others have adopted some other parts of the same knowledge of Antahkarana Chatushtaya … And yet the fullness of this knowledge only rests in the Vedic Guru Shishya Parampara …

And since it rests only within the Vedic Guru Shishya Parampara and simultaneously rests within Veda Sampradaya, so the only way to have it is through entering into the authentic lineage of holders of Vedic knowledge (But beware of fraudsters when searching for a Guru, as most of the ones who teach these days and thus are posing as Guru’s of these severely degenerate times, are not even fit to be students of my Pujya Gurujan) …

 

EE-3 … Describing Anandmaye Kosha or Anandamaya Kosha or Bliss sheath or causal body or Antahkarana …

Anandmaye Kosha, which means as the Bliss sheath or bliss body, is another name of Antahkarana Chatushtaya, which is to be discuss here …

The word “Antahkarana” is made up of two words … Antah Means Inner … Karana means tool and it also means root-reason… And Chatushtaya means fourfold …

So Antahkarana Chatushtaya means the “fourfold inner subtle tool” …

The light of Antahkarana is having four orbs and each of these four orbs are also in the shape of the top portion of a Vedic Shivaling

 

These four orbs are as follows

  • The innermost orb … This is of a blue color … This denotes Ahumkara i.e. the I’ness (this is also termed as Ahamkara) … And it finally merges to Ahum Naad as was depicted in an earlier topic of “Aghora face of Sadashiva” …
  • The next outward orb from the innermost orb of Ahumkara (or Orb of I’ness) … This is of a very subtle white color … This orb denotes Chitta i.e. the consciousness … This orb holds various impressions (or Samskaras) which also are of various colors and their further shades … These impressions denote the four merits i.e. the accumulated merit (Sanchit Karma), destined merit (Prarabdha Karma), currently underway merit (Kriyamaan Karma) and future merits (Agami Karma) … The colors of these impressions are dependent upon the subtlety or grossness of desires, thoughts, emotions and deeds that are undergone by an aspirant so as to generate these impressions … Lighter colored impressions denote higher subtlety …
  • The next outward orb is of a very subtle yellow color … This orb denotes the Vijyana or in other words it is also termed as Buddhi i.e. the essential-knowledge or intrinsic-intelligence …
  • And the outermost orb which can also be self realized to be of very vast proportions as compared to the other three orbs, is the orb of Manas or Mind …

Continuing with above bullet point … The color and characteristics of this orb of mind (i.e. Manas) is dependent upon the evolutionary standing of the aspirant … Depending upon the state to which the mind is united at any time, is the characteristic (and color) of the orb of mind at that time …

Continuing with above paragraph … As such, if the aspirant is the one who has realized the ninth sphere of mother nature (Para Prakriti or very subtle white nature or cloud nine) and thus that aspirants mind is already resting within unity to that white nature (Para Prakriti), then the mind orb of such an aspirant would also be self realized to be of a very subtle white color …

Continuing with above paragraph … And the same shall be for all other states … Like when the mind rests in unity to the blue colored Ahum Naad, then the orb of mind of our discussion is of a blue color … And when the mind is in unity to the orangish-red colored ALA Naad, then this mind orb is of a orangish-red color … And when the same mind is in union to divine world of Idandra Deva (or in other words, divine world of Devaraja Indra), then this orb of mind would be found to be of a yellow color … And when in Sadyojata face of Sadashiva (which is also addressed as the pristine abode of creator or Brahmaloka), then the same orb of mind hall be of a diamond white color … etc-etc … Thus as is the characteristic of the state in whose unity the mind rests, is the characteristic of the orb of mind at such a time …

Continuing with above paragraph … This change of color of mind is because the mind is very adaptive to change and these changes of minds characteristics also come in purviews of the statement “Ganga Gaye Ganga Raam, Yamuna Gaye Yamuna Das … I.e. when in the Ganges, then of the Ganges and when in the Yamuna area, then like the Yamuna” … Thus as is the characteristic of state in whose purviews the mind rests, is the color and characteristic of the mind orb at that time …

Continuing with above paragraph … In above painting the mind is shown of a white color as this is how it was realized whilst within union to the ninth sphere of macrocosmic nature (Para Prakriti) which is like a very subtle white colored cloud like state …

All these orbs are a part of “Maa Prakriti (i.e. mother nature)” and that too whilst she is in self realized within any of her pristinely pure divinities (i.e. in her states as Shakti or Devi or Motherly principle) …

 

EE-4 … The finality of Anandmaye Kosha …

Anandmaye Kosha, which means as the Bliss sheath or bliss body, is another name of Antahkarana Chatushtaya …

The finality of anything is when it merges to its own parental state …

As also a fact that the merger of anything (or any state) to its own principal or parental state is only after that thing (or state) has reached back at its original purity as was prior to the time when it had temporarily separated from its own principal or parental state …

The finality of each of these four parts of Antahkarana Chatushtaya are the four cardinal faces of Sadashiva

Thus basis above, when these four cardinal faces which itself are a part of the “five faces of Sadashiva (that is also addressed as Pancha Mukha Sadashiva in addition to being addressed as Panch Brahma)” are self realized, then these orbs merge to their respective macrocosmic principal states which itself are the four cardinal faces of Sadashiva and their deities …

And when this realization leads to the “seedless absorption or seedless trance (Nirbija Samadhi)”, then all these orbs get absorbed into that seedless-ness that is entered into by that aspirant …

And it also is through that seedless absorption (Nirbija Samadhi) that the aspirant enters into the Nirvikalpa Samadhi (absorption into that who is without alternates i.e. absorption in the non-dual Brahman) which itself is of the supremely conscious, central located Ishana face of Sadashiva who pervades all the other faces which in turn are pervading all that is ever known as the Maker’s Makings …

 

EE-5 … Stages of self realization of Anandmaye Kosha …

Below discussion is how I had seen it during the current transmigrated incarnation, so I can say that this is how it was for me …

But at the same time, the stages of below discussions may not be applicable to everyone as other aspirants may even self realize the above painted figure (or even its slightly varied state) through some other paths or stages of direct cognition … But yet the end result would be of the same realization as far as the knowledge of Antahkarana Chatushtaya of our current discussion is concerned …

 

Stage 1 … The self illuminating inverted Shivalingam inside the head …

 

Inverted Shivalingam in head
Inverted Shivalingam in head and which is located in the Shivarandra or secret crevice of Bhagwan Shiva … It is the light of this Shivalingam that falls on the thumb like pit of heart so as to illumine the Antahkarana Chatushtaya

 

When the inverted Shivling that is present in the top of head (i.e. inside the skull bones) and is located within the Shivarandra (as was discussed in the earlier topic of “Nirgunyana“, which itself is a part of the path of “Pancha Randra”) gets self illumined, then the pristine light of this inverted Lingam enters into the Antahkarana Chatushtaya of the heart region and illumines the Antahkarana Chatushtaya …

This inverted Shivalingam is already discussed in an earlier topic of “Shivalingam within”, but for easy reference, its figure same is shown in above painting …

 

Stage 2 … Orb of I’ness (Ahumkara) and orb of consciousness (Chitta) …

When this light of this inverted Shivalingam (which is located at the top of brain and inside the skull bones of the head region) gets projected unto the Antahkarana Chatushtaya of the heart, then below is what gets realized in the initial stages …

 

I'ness and consciousness orbs of Antahkarana Chatushtaya
Union of I’ness and consciousness orbs of Antahkarana Chatushtaya or fourfold inner subtle tool and when looking at these two orbs after resting in the orb of Ahumkara or orb of I’ness

 

Regarding above figure …

This is as it is self realized within the thumb like pit of heart but only after the light of our discussed Shivalingam gets projected to the heart so as to “initially” illumine the Antahkarana Chatushtaya …

Following are the parts of above figure …

  • Blue part is the orb of Ahumkara (or the orb of I’ness) that each microcosm is blessed with and that too from within the supreme genius of Maker’s Makings …

But the blue color in above figure is much lighter than what is depicted there …

And as a general guideline, lighter is the blue color, lesser is the aspirant based upon I’ness (Ahumkara) and thus greater is the evolutionary standing of that aspirant within the macrocosmic hierarchies …

And also a fact that as an aspirant evolves, the blue colored part of above figure (i.e. I’ness of Ahamkara) also keeps getting subtler …

 

  • The surrounding white part is the orb of Chitta (or orb of consciousness) … This is a very subtle white colored orb which surrounds the entire orb of Ahumkara (as discussed in above bullet point) … This is the white colored orb that is shown to be enveloping the blue colored orb of I’ness (Ahumkara) …

This orb of consciousness has many-many microcosmic seeded states present within it … These seeded states are of different colors which relate to different types of deeds, thoughts, emotions and desires … These seeded states are the impressions (Samskaras) that were earned by an aspirant till the time (of self realization of these impressions) …

Lighter are the colors of these seeded states (seed like vibratory states of impressions or Samskaras), subtler are the deeds that were done to originate them … Subtle deeds mean those deeds, thoughts, emotions and desires which are based upon oneness to allness and her each part (which means as being upon Brahmand Dharana) …

These seeded states or merits or impressions (or Samskaras) relate to the four primary merits as were discussed earlier and have also been stated below for easy reference …

  • Sanchit Karma … Accumulated merit (or deeds) that has been accumulated across the entirety of evolutionary existence of a microcosm and that too right from the time that microcosm was begun within the Maker’s Makings, many-many and further many mega-eons ago …
  • Prarabdha Karma … Destined merit or deeds (for the current incarnation) …
  • Kriyamaan Karma … Currently undergone merit or deeds …
  • Agami Karma … Future merit or future deeds (that are yet to be undergone by that aspirant) …
  • Thus these seeded impressions (or Samskaras) also denote the end result of all that is ever undergone and earned as merit by an aspirant …

The characteristics (colors) of these impressions (Samskaras) that are present within the consciousness orb (or Chitta) of an aspirant are the primary determining factors of one’s ever changeful yet ever upwardly moving evolutionary standing within the macrocosmic hierarchies … Higher is the subtlety of these impressions, lighter is the color of these impressions and subtler are the deeds that were undergone to originate them in the consciousness orb and in such a case, higher evolved is that aspirant …

Thus to know anyone’s evolutionary standing, just study the consciousness orb and see the colors of impressions that reside there … Anybody can keep harping to others regarding his (or her) high evolutionary standing, but if the impressions that rest within his (or her) consciousness orb cannot prove so, then all such claims are proved to be none other than lies …

And white colored impressions denote the finality of evolution which as such relates to the stage where that aspirant has qualified to enter into the beyond nature or Para Prakriti or the ninth sphere of Mother Nature and which itself is the higher of all spheres of Mother Nature … Thus white color denotes the stage of entering into the finality of evolutionary standing within the macrocosmic hierarchies and thus this also denotes that evolutionary standing which is just prior an aspirant arrives at an evolutionary ripeness and rightness to finally exit out of allness and her each part (i.e. to be liberated) …

When these white colored impressions are already arrived at and thence these impressions also begin resting in the consciousness orb (i.e. Chitta), then they also enter into the blue colored orb of I’ness (Ahumkara) as shown in above figure … This is what is depicted in above figure as white specs (which denotes white colored impressions of our current discussion) that are seen to be resting within the blue colored orb of Ahumkara …

 

Proceeding further …

This part of the topic is to discuss the changes that take place in characteristics (or colors) of Chitta due to its association to one of the three primary macrocosmic attributes (i.e. Triguna) …

And at different stages of evolutionary process of an aspirant, this orb of consciousness can also be of the varied colors and characteristics and which itself are dependent upon which of the three macrocosmic attributes are related to by an aspirant at that time of observation of Chitta …

These macrocosmic attributes are of Sattvaguna (which means as the quality of neutrality of wisdom), Rajoguna (which means as the quality of action) and Tamoguna (or quality of inertia) …

The changes within the color of consciousness orb (i.e. Chitta) which itself are due to associating to any of these three attributes, are as described below …

  • White colored orb of consciousness (or orb of Chitta) denotes that the aspirant is currently associated to Sattva Guna
  • Reddish-white or simply pinkish color of the same orb of consciousness denotes that the aspirant is currently associated to Rajo Guna
  • Bluish-white or simply light bluish colors denote that the aspirant is currently associated to Tamo Guna
  • Thus depending upon which is these three macrocosmic primary qualities (or primary attributes) are associated to, is the color of Chitta at such a time …
  • And the higher of these states is deemed to be when same orb of consciousness (or orb of Chitta) is associated to Sattvaguna and thus is of a pure stainless matt white color …

 

Stage 3 … The orb of Knowledge (Buddhi or Vijyana) and of mind (Manas) …

Knowledge and Mind orbs of Antahkarana Chatushtaya
Knowledge and Mind orbs of Antahkarana Chatushtaya or fourfold inner subtle tool and when looking at these two orbs after the aspirants consciousness or observing vehicle rests within and as the orb of Chitta (or orb of consciousness) itself …

 

Regarding above figure …

This is as it is self realized within the thumb like pit of heart and that too after the light of our earlier discussed inverted Shivalingam (of the head region of the body) gets projected to the heart so as to “initially” illumine the Antahkarana Chatushtaya …

Following are the parts of above figure …

  • Orb of knowledge (i.e. orb of Buddhi or Vijnana) … This is composed of very subtle golden-yellow colored uncountable numbers of light rays that envelope the white colored orb of consciousness (or orb of Chitta) … This orb is so subtle and brightly luminous, that it initially is unbelievable …

 

  • The orb of mind … This orb is of varied colors as the mind changes its colors and characteristics as per the state in whose envelopes it rests or in other words, as is the macrocosmic state which is unioned to by the mind, so are the characteristics of the mind, including its color …

When the mind is not yet merged to its own cause i.e. the plane of mind (or in other words, Brahmic Manas Kaya) then this orb is of the same shape as is depicted of other three orbs of our currently discussed Antahkarana Chatushtaya …

And already merged to (or absorbed into) its own parental macrocosmic cause i.e. Plane of Mind (Brahmic Manas), then this orb of mind is also seen to be of very vast expanses …

Above figure describes this orb of mind when it is already merged to its own cause (i.e. the plane of macrocosmic mind or Brahmic Manas Kaya) and then after this stage as the evolutionary process of the aspirant progresses, then the mind further unites to the ninth and thus the final, very subtle cloud like white sphere of Mother Nature (i.e. Para Prakriti) … Due to this reason, the mind which get absorbed into the ninth sphere of Mother Nature, also becomes of a very-very subtle state that is of very-very vast expanses … In above figure, this is what is shown as the vast limitless very subtle white colored envelope around the yellow colored orb of knowledge (or Buddhi) …

 

Stage 4 … The self realization of all above discussed four orbs of Antahkarana Chatushtaya …

This is what was depicted in the first figure of this topic …

And that first figure is how the entire Antahkarana Chatushtaya is self realized by any aspirant …

And since the four primary parts of Antahkarana Chatushtaya have already been discussed above, so I won’t be getting into the same discussions again …

 

EE-6 … Antahkarana Chatushtaya after a successful transit through the golden colored Vajradanda …

 

Antahkarana Chatushtaya passing through the golden colored Vajradanda
Antahkarana Chatushtaya after successfully passing through the golden colored Vajradanda

 

The golden colored Vajradanda has already been discussed in the earlier set of topics which relate to the Ashtama Chakra (or 8th plexus, which is also told as Niralamba Chakra) … So I won’t be getting into the same discussions here …

All that I can say is that after a successful transit of the Vajradanda, the same Antahkarana Chatushtaya is “closely similar” to what is depicted in above figure … By closely similar, I also mean “not exactly similar” to what is shown in above figure …

 

EE-7 … Antahkarana Chatushtaya and Anandmaye Kosha …

Antahkarana Chatushtaya itself is Anandmaye Kosha or Bliss sheath … Both are the same …

And yet Anandmaye Kosha also has a few other aspects, which I cannot discuss in an open forum like that of a mere website … These things can only be learnt through the Vedic-Yogic Guru Shishya Parampara, which itself is of the land of Bharat

 

So this part of the discussion ends here …

 

EE-8 … Other inner parts of Antahkarana Chatushtaya … The various parts of the bliss sheath (or Anandmaye Kosha) …

I also won’t be discussing this as interested aspirant would need to know them from any of the authentic Shankaracharya’s of Aamnaya Peetha (or in other words, Vedic monasteries or Vyasa Peetha) … This is just as was told in an earlier topic of “Where to go” …

But I also state that above discussed four parts are not the only parts of knowledge that relates to Anandmaye Kosha …

Due to above, interested aspirants would need to learn about this part of the topic from any authentic Jagadguru (i.e. Shankaracharya) or their appointed teachers only, as I also won’t be discussing this section of the topic …

That which is not discussed here can only be learnt whilst resting within the Guru-Shishya Parampara of Vedas … There is no other way to learn about and thence self realize such deeper aspects of self knowledge …

 

EE-9 … The final absorption of Anandmaye Kosha …

Anandmaye Kosha, which means as the Bliss sheath or bliss body, is another name of Antahkarana Chatushtaya …

This is after the completion of a successful transit through the 8th plexus (Niralambasthana) …

After a successful transit of the 8th plexus as was discussed in the earlier set of topics which were related to the 8th plexus, following is the condition of Antahkarana Chatushtaya …

  • The blue orb of Ahumkara (I’ness) … This merges to the blue colored Tamoguna (i.e. macrocosmic attribute of Inertia) …
  • The white colored orb of Chitta (Consciousness) … This merges to the plane of macrocosmic consciousness (Brahmic Mahad Chitta) and thence merges to the very subtle white colored Sattvaguna (i.e. macrocosmic attribute of neutrality) …
  • The orb of knowledge (Buddhi or Vijyana) … This merges to the plane of knowledge (Brahmic Mahad Vijyana) and thence enters into a further union to the red colored Rajoguna (i.e. macrocosmic attribute of Action) … Thus at this stage, the yellow colored orb of knowledge also has microcosmic lighted specs of red colored Rajoguna (i.e. macrocosmic attribute of Inertia) apparent within it …
  • The orb of mind … This is the last union which happens … This orb of mind (Manas) enters into the six petalled Manas chakra that lies at the uppermost part of the thousand petalled lotus of crown plexus (i.e. Brahmarandra chakra or Sahasrara) … And then through a series of intermediary stages, the same orb of mind enters into emptiness (Shunya) and then it finally unites to the very subtle yet limitless state of Shunya Brahman (i.e. the Zero Infinite, which itself is as the Infinite Zero) which we have already discussed in an earlier topic of “As IT self expressed itself” and where we had also told that Shunya Brahman itself is the original self expression of the attributeless infinite being (who in Sanskrit language is also addressed as Nirgun Nirakaar Brahm or Brahman or Paramshiva or Parabrahman) …

 

Proceeding further …

And after above is crossed over the aspirant self realizes the next stages as have been discussed below …

At this stage, following is the condition of Antahkarana Chatushtaya …

  • The innermost orb is of a very subtle blue color … This denotes Tamoguna (macrocosmic attribute of inertia) …
  • The next outer orb is of a very subtle white color … This is of Sattvaguna (macrocosmic attribute of neutrality) …
  • The outermost orb is of very subtle reddish color which is mixed with very subtle yellow color … This is of the Rajoguna (macrocosmic attribute of action) … This is the stage when Rajoguna is in a knowledgeable state …
  • The limitless orb of mind is then emptied out i.e. united to emptiness (Shunyata) … This leads to vanishing of the mind and after this stage, only the non-lighted vast envelope of emptiness (Shunya Tattva) is all that remains as the end and outermost limitless orb instead of the orb of mind that earlier was found to be present in the Antahkarana … This stage denotes the final stage of absorption of mind into emptiness itself …
  • And after the mind gets absorbed into Sarva Shunya (emptiness), the other three attributes which as such are as other three orbs of Antahkarana Chatushtaya, also become absorbed into their own respective macrocosmic causes i.e. these also become absorbed into their respective macrocosmic principal attributes …
  • And then only does an aspirant walk free and in independence from the entirety of allness of the Maker’s Makings …
  • And just prior above bullet is self realized and its state attained by an aspirant, the figure which was depicted in the earlier topic of “Two Birds … The finality” is self realized by that same aspirant …
  • After this none of the orbs are visible in their earlier colors and characteristics as only Shunya Brahman (i.e. Shunya Anantah, which is also self realized as Anant Shunyah) is all that remains … This is the stage when that aspirant reaches a condition of absence of macrocosmic attributes within itself i.e. Nirgun Awastha is achieved by that aspirant …
  • Above state is only denoting the finally liberated state of the aspirant and if this happens whilst still alive, then it is also termed as Jivanmukti i.e. such an aspirant is deemed to have been liberated whilst still incarnated (or alive) … Such an aspirant is already isolated from allness and her each part, and that too whilst he (or she) is still incarnated …
  • Above itself is the finality of self realization of Antahkarana Chatushtaya …

Thus basis above, the self realization of the finality of Antahkarana Chatushtaya itself is the state of final liberation or Moksha (or in other words, Kaivalya) and where the term final liberation eventually means the same as Kaivalya Moksha (i.e. a state of full, final and permanent isolation from allness and her each part) …

Though there was a lot more to be discussed here, but I am again hearing the extremely subtle Brahmanaad which as such is the subtle sign from the pristinely divine fields of my Mother Nature (who in Sanskrit language is also addressed as Maa Prakriti) to stop these discussions right here …

 

This topic ends here …

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