Bliss Sheath

Science of Soul
(A practical exposition of ancient method of visualisation of
(Atma Vijnana)
Swami Vyas Dev Ji
Swami Yogeshwarananda Saraswati)
Published by Yoga Niketan Trust, Bharat, India

 CHAPTER V – p. 184



We shall now describe Anandamaya Kosha, the sheath of bliss. From
the point of view of the subtle knowledge

of Jiva (individual soul) the Bliss Sheath is the last. It is
named in various ways Hiranyamava Kosha (the sheath of gold),

Hrii Kamal (the lotus of the heart), Hidaya Chakra (the plexus of
the heart), Hridava Dahar (the space of the heart),

Hridaya Guha (the cave of the heart), Hridaya Pundarik (the lotus
of the heart), Anatata Chakra (centre of unstruck music

&emdash;pure creative sound essence), Hridaya Akasha (the ether of
the heart), Hrit Padma (the lotus of the heart), Karona Sharira

(the causal body), Linga Sharira (the subtlest body), Brahmapur
(the city of Brahma) and Anandamaya Kosha (the sheath

which is full of bliss).

The Nature of the Bliss Sheath.

Inside the heart is an oval-shaped space, like a small seedless
white grape. In the Puranas it is also known as Jyorir Linga,

the mass of light.

The position of the Bliss Sheath.Bliss HeartHeart as Self

In the human body, in the middle of the chest, hidden behind the
two lungs, is the physical heart, which is the reservoir of

Through blood circulation this heart supplies life-energy and
nourishment to every part of the body, from the skin to the

further it nourishes and sustains the sensory and motor nerves and
every organ and limb of the body. It is in this heart that the

Linga Sharira or Bliss Sheath abides. This is the seat of Atman,
the self. If the heart is dissected longitudinally into two

you will find an oval-shaped hollow similar to a small seedless
grape; the Bliss Sheath pervades this space. The heart is the

of blood purification; it attracts gross or impure blood, purifies
it and infuses pure blood throughout the body. With the

of the blood, the functions of knowledge and action also pervade
the entire body. The atom-like soul that is located in the subtle

area of this space uses its nearest instruments, Chitta
(mind-stuff), Ahamkara (ego-principle), Buddhi (intellect), Manas

Indriya-s (senses) and Prana (vital air or energy). Thus it
operates the entire body and fulfils the purpose of Bhoga

and Apavarga (release). This will be fully described later at the
appropriate place. If, for some reason, the mechanism of the

stops, Jivatman (the individual soul) moves out of the body,
taking with it vital energy, subtle senses and the four-fold

organ. The wheel of life stops. And thus the play (LiIa) ends.
Life persists inspite of various diseases of the heart and of the

Through brain disorder some men become eccentric, even lunatic;
still life continues. But when the heart, which is the giver of

life fails, life terminates. Why is this ? The reason is that the
lord of life abides in the heart and when the movement of the

stops He flies away from the heart.


Constitutes of the Bliss Sheath

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