发布日期:2017-04-08 16:17

Questioner: What is the astral body? And are such things as astral travel possible?


Sadhguru: There is a lot of talk going on about astral journeys nowadays. People lie down and just imagine that they are flying here and there; that is not it. That is just hallucination. Unfortunately, everything becomes ridiculous when all kinds of people start handling it.



There are five dimensions or sheaths of the body. The first sheath or the first layer of the body is called annamaya kosha or the food body, because what you call as physical is just a heap of food. The second is called manomaya kosha or the mental body. Today doctors are talking about psychosomatic diseases. If you have tension in the head, you can get an ulcer in the stomach. Whatever is happening to the mind is happening to the body because what you call as mind is not in any one place. Every cell in the body has its own intelligence. So there is a mental body – this is manomaya kosha.

身体有五个层面或鞘。身体的第一个鞘或第一层叫做annamaya kosha或食物体,因为你所说的“身体”只是一堆食物的积累。第二个叫做manomaya kosha或心智体。如今医生们在谈论心理引起的疾病。如果你的脑子里有压力,你可能会得胃溃疡。发生在你头脑里的东西同时也发生在你的身体上,因为你所称的头脑并不只存在于一个地方。身体里的每个细胞都有它自己的智能。所以有一个心智体-这便是manomaya kosha。


Right now, the only things that are in your experience are your body, your mind, and your emotions. And you can infer that if these three things have to happen the way they are happening, there must be an energy that makes them happen. Without energy, all this cannot be happening. For example, a microphone amplifies sound. Even if you don’t know anything about the microphone, you can infer that there is a source that powers it. The third layer of the body is the energy body, or the pranamaya kosha.

现在,你所能体验的东西只是你的身体、头脑和情感。并且你能够推断出,身体、头脑和情绪以现在这种方式发生,背后肯定有能量在推动。没有能量,这些都不会发生。举个例子,麦克风是用来扩大音量的。即便你没有关于麦克风的任何知识,你仍然能够推断出有一个源头给其提供了动力。身体的第三层是能量体,或pranamaya kosha.


The fourth is known as vignanamaya kosha or the etheric body, and the fifth as the anandamaya kosha or the bliss body. We are referring to everything as body in yoga so that you can understand it as a physical entity. Though the last two are not physical, still we are referring to them as “body” because yoga is a method, not a philosophy. We are seeing how to employ a specific method to make use of certain things.

第四个被称为vignanamaya kosha或以太体,而第五个被称为anandamaya kosha或极乐体。在瑜伽里我们把一切都称为身体,是为了让你能以物质实体去理解它。尽管最后两个不是物质层面的,但我们仍称之为“身体”,因为瑜伽是一种方法,而不是一种哲学体系。我们关注的是如何通过一种特定的方法来利用一些东西。


What is being referred to as astral travel is, leaving the physical body, mental body, energy body and the bliss body intact, and just allowing the etheric body to float around. This means you can still conduct your physical activity in the world because your physical body, mental body and energy body are intact. That is a certain kind of mastery. Physical body, mental body and energy body are physical. Bliss body is totally beyond the physical. Etheric is a transitory energy, it is neither physical nor beyond – it is a transition. Etheric body is not something that you can touch unless you are in a certain level of sadhana and intensity within yourself. You cannot just psyche yourself into it. It needs enormous sadhana for a person to do that.



So, are such things possible? Yes, but it’s not for entertainment seekers. It takes a little more. But what is the significance? Why do you want to leave your body and travel? If someone shoots you in the head, anyway you will travel without your body! The time for that will anyway come, sometime. What is the hurry now? Unless there is a specific purpose, it is not worth exploring simply for entertainment because it takes an enormous effort to get mastery over those things, and in the end, what do you achieve? It is of no spiritual consequence.



There have been schools which have been fundamentally focused towards this in India – it’s called parakayapravesha. There are certain systems of yoga where they are completely focused towards astral travel and things like this. But all that mysticism is gone in most of these places. Nothing much is left there. All the astral travel going on in every street-corner these days is just hallucination.