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31 May 2017 Shanti Gowans
All human beings have three bodies, or three personality aspects of consciousness, namely
- the Physical body, stula sharira
- the Subtle body, the body of enjoyment, sukshma sharira, and
- the Causal Body, karana sharira.
The historical person, or the body of manifestation or form, is the physical body. It is the manifested being who is born among other human beings. The bodies of form are many, and differ from one another.
The pure, selfless, spiritual enjoyment (not to be confused with sensual pleasure) is the subtle body.
The essence, which is independent of the person realising it, is the eternally present, impersonal abstract principle that embodies the Truth behind everything. The embodiment of this Truth is the causal body.
In (Mahayana) Buddhism these three bodies (tri kaya) are called:
- Nirmana kaya, the manifestation body
- Sambhoga kaya, the enjoyment body, and
- Dharma kaya, the Truth body.
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