10 stories of people having supernatural experiences after dying and then coming back to life.
Translation of the Sanskrit word koa. The more commonly used term in theosophy is “body” (Sk. ar…ra). In the Vedānta system, five such sheaths (Sk. Pañca-koa) are identified:
Ānandamaya-koa or “bliss-made-sheath,” called in theosophical literature the “buddhic body.”
Manomaya-koa or “mind-made-sheath,” called kāma-manas in early theosophical literature because of the close association of thoughts with emotion or desire; it is separated into “lower mind” and “astral body” in later theosophical literature. The Vijñānamaya-kośa and Manomaya-kośa are also called collectively the “subtle body” (Sk. sukma-śarīra).
Prānamaya-kośa or “vitality-made-sheath,” also called the li‰ga-ar…ra (“matrix body”); it is called the “etheric double” in later theosophical literature.
Annamaya-kośa or “food-made-sheath,” i.e., biological body, usually called the “physical body” or, in Sanskrit, sthūla-śarīra (“gross body”).
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