The Koshas and Infinity: Physical, Energetic, Mental, Contemplative and Spiritual Implications.

Infinity operates in all facets of existence. Look at the symbol; it reveals one circle transitioning into another circle. The symbol is diagrammatic of the constant unfolding and evolving of beginning and ending into one another. Infinity interacts within the make-up of all beings on earth. Koshas are conceptual, metaphysical components that existing within the individual on five levels. They are the physical, energetic, mental, contemplative and spiritual components. They are the successively finer layers of one’s being and they exist within the context of the principle of infinity. If these aspects of one’s being were not operating on a continual basis, all beings on earth would exist as soul-less, thought-less, life-less shells.

The beginning is the end, the end is the beginning.
This is a Fractal Representation of Infinity.

The proper names of the Koshas are as follows, Annamaya-Kosha: Physical Sheath – The solid aspects of the body, i.e. organs, bones, muscles and the substances that sustain these; Pranamaya-Kosha: Energetic Sheath – The subtle energies of the, prana, chi, N/um Manomaya-Kosha: Mental Sheath – The Brain, its’ support of the body, its’ interacting with the surroundings and its’ acquisition of knowledge; Vijnamaya-Kosha: Contemplative Sheath – The attained knowledge is a vehicle for self exploration; Anandamaya-Kosha: Spiritual Sheath – The point of realizing one’s unique oneness with the Source of all Creating / Sustaining / Dissolving. In this post, the Koshas will not be referred to by their traditional names.

Walk wherever you can, Walk whenever you can.
Walking is the simplest form of exercise
Physically, the world is a continual series of beginnings and endings. Everything on earth displays ebbs and flows as a result of activities that individual engage in. There is eating, breathing, drinking, moving and, as a consequence of these acts, production of by products. These various by-products are then taken up by other organisms that utilize them for building up their own molecular constituencies, i.e. grasses, edible plants, trees bearing fruits and nuts and the like. These, in turn, are eaten by humans or other animals. When this process is properly nurtured and maintained, it can sustain itself into perpetuity.

Extending form the hips
This techniques is used to uproot/destabilize the opponent
Energetically, there are many examples of the principle of infinity. The endless crash of surf as it assaults the beach then recedes, only to come in again. Also, the migrations of air currents from highs to lows and from hot to cold. These are only a couple of examples. From a human perspective, the cycle of full and unhindered breath, inhalation to exhalation / exhalation to inhalation, is a cycle that goes on ad infinitum. Breathing provides fuel for the various systems of the body. This endless cycle of breath, when properly utilized, connects the individual to the Boundless Source that is beyond themselves.

Study and show thyself approved . . . .
Knowledge is power . . .
We interact with the world on mental and emotional levels. Feelings of hatred and love, jealousy and compassion, depression and joy, along with the Ego, are part and parcel of living as a human in the earth plane. The acts that one undertakes come back to them. The universe gives to us what we give to it. Do you smile at people, do you help others? Surely then, you have experienced others smiling at you or lending you a hand. ‘We are, told, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us’; however, this does not stop at people. Animals, lands, waters and the earth and its resources – humans interact with all of these things. If we were to treat all as we would like to be treated, humanely, civilly and sustainably, then these actions would be continuously and most graciously returned to us. Mentally, this knowledge exists within each and every human.

To live is to die to one's fears, apprehensions and setbacks . . . .
Contemplations on Life and Death
Contemplation brings harmony to the mind / body complex. Through contemplation, one can more effectively interact with and relate to their surroundings and gain insights into themselves. Contemplation / Self knowledge illuminates the path leading to that which is greater than the individual. Seekers on the contemplative / self knowledge path, by sharing their knowledge, can illuminate the path for others. Contemplation / Self-Knowledge is an journey that feeds itself. The more people know about themselves, the more comfortable they become with the limits of knowing while they simultaneously understand that knowledge is endless. Contemplation / Self-knowledge reveals the path to the true limitless, endless self.

Be still and know that I am GOD . . . .
The act of meditating is the process of realizing that mental activity drowns out the presence of GOD
Spiritually, people are one with creation. Oneness with creation exists within the human body, energies, thoughts and interactions and extends into the microcosmic and macrocosmic universes. By realizing and actualizing this, the positivity of one’s being will be evidenced in their actions. Creation is in each and everything on this earth. Every atom in this earth plane continuously vibrates in unison with the cosmos. Humans have the ability to extend beyond the trappings of the earth plane and experience the spiritually eternal dimension sof creation. Creation experiences us as well. When someone plant trees, when someone is kind to animals, when someone gives thanks for what they have, when someone selflessly helps others, their vibration rises. When one prays, sings, chants, or meditates, vibration rises. Thus, the connection to infinity is part of the human experience of spiritual essence.

Understanding the interactions between the body / mind / spirit complex and infinity means that one must explore the manifest and un-manifest aspect consciousness. That is to say that one must bring the un-known realm of their being into the realm of the known. Bringing up the un-known can exacerbate the swings between stress and calm, fluctuation and stability; thus, causing individuals to experience, great distress, immense uncertainty and instability. The degree of oscillation between the extremes can be normalized by engaging in activities and practices intended for those purposes.

These are suggested practices and activities that will improve the aspect of infinity within all of us: Physical, good nutrition, exercise and rest, Energetic, the flow of bodily energy can be maintained by practicing yoga or tai chi, Mentally, the mind can be stimulated by reading, puzzles, and social activities, Higher knowledge comes from contemplating the presence of that higher power or energy, realizing divinity is the realization, through prayer, mantra, singing, and meditation, that one is but a microcosm of the macrocosmic, spiritual reality. These activities and practices can bolster the corporeal / cerebral / divine aspects of the individual. It is an eternal quest. Animals are already there because the live in harmony with natural law and universal order. Humans must work to re-establish, within themselves, their alignment with the principle of infinity.

Christianity and Yoga – Commonalities

Religion and spirituality are part of the everyday lives of people across the face of the earth. However, they are often seen as being mutually exclusive of each other. Barriers are often erected between the two and serve only to bury, under the opacity of dogma and doctrine, their commonalities. Commonalities between religious doctrine and spiritual practices can be bridges that lead to a more expansive and grounded realization of The One Source (TOS). Specifically, yoga practice that incorporates the precepts of yama/niyama can be a supporting aspect of the Christian journey.

TOS is an acronym for The Source of All Creating/ Sustaining/ Dissolving. As mere words cannot really encapsulate the immensity of this concept, the term GOD is what many Christians find easy to grasp. TOS, for all intents and purposes, is a more expansive and encompassing concept that references the religious and spiritual acknowledgement that everything comes from TOS. Within the context of Christianity, the Bible states that TOS created the heaven and the earth and the sea and ALL that in THEM is. TOS did this by SPEAKING reality into existence. In the case of Man, TOS formed the matter (the dust of the earth) and put the spiritual essence (the breath of life) into man (spirit and matter). From the standpoint of yoga, TOS-GOD is actually a whole that exudes the duality of nature. (i.e. subjective and objective, spirit and matter). It is this duality that is perceived as everyday reality.

The practice of yoga, to include various concepts and methodologies, promotes the observance of certain precepts. These precepts are: Yamas – Asetya, Asteya, Aparigraha, Ahimsa, Brahmacharya and Niyamas – Ishvara Pranidhana, Tapas, Santosha, Shaucha, Svadyaya. These are Sanskrit (Ancient East Indian) terms which translate to Avoidances – Non-Lying, Non-Stealing, Non-Greed, Non-Violence, Non-Sensuality and Non-Avoidances – Attunement to a GOD Principle, Austerity, Contentment, Purity, Self Study, repectively. Yama (avoidances or conduct which is controlled) are those habits that should be minimized in one’s life. They are stated in a negative sense. Niyama (Non-avoidances or conduct which is cultivated) are those practices or acts that one should increase in their lives. These same precepts and the practice of them can be found in the KJV Bible.

These precepts, yama and niyama, can be the conduit through which the Christian can find common ground on which to explore the practice of yoga. Christians (sic) approach their salvation through observing a philosophy of monotheism. Yogis strive for self-realization by harmonizing the duality that comprises existence in this plane of reality. This plane of reality is that which emanates from TOS-GOD. By one being grounded in Christianity, the connection with observing non-greed, non-violence, non-lying, non-stealing, non sensuality, purity, self study, contentment, austerity, Attunement to a GOD Principle can be a place to more comfortably see that there is an inter-connectivity between all of life on earth. One can utilize the yamas and the niyamas as a way to bring yoga into a Christianity and yoga, via , to make the practice of yoga a practice that supports and even bolsters one’s Christian beliefs.

The idea being exposited here is that neither, religion nor spirituality, has to have dominion over the other; that they can be wholly supportive of each other. Unfortunately, in a world of wrong or right, the side of the fence where one resides is usually viewed as the correct side. By allowing the commonalities between the two to bring about a melding of ideas, there could be great beneficial results from this. When practicing (true yoga), one’s breath is always, should always be, at the forefront of the practice. The breath of life is what energetically and spirituality sustains the body in the body in this earth plane. If the practice of yoga can assist in the developing the ability to breath fully and completely, then why not practice it. It is the breath of life, as was bestowed upon humankind by TOS, that connects us to that all encompassing power. The precepts of yama-niyama can serve as a source of ideological common ground between religion and spirituality, between Christianity and yoga. One can, then, more confidently stand on their religious ideals while engaging in a spiritual practice.