George Bebedelis


No. of pages.: 58
Format: A5
Soft cover: ISBN 978-961-246-554-4
Hard cover: ISBN



The theory of the five sheaths (Pancha kośas) is contained in the Taittirīya Upanishad, one of the most important Upanishads. This theory describes thoroughly the totality of the human being and leads the spiritual aspirant to the knowledge of his real Self (Ātma-Jñāna). Sathya Sai Baba very often refers to the knowledge of the five sheaths as a primary tool for discerning the Divine Self amidst the complex of body, senses, mind, intellect and ego. In his discourse of 4/3/2000 he has said:

True wisdom lies in understanding the Constant Integrated Awareness. This Divine knowledge leads to the changeless eternal Bliss, which can be experienced only after transcending the five sheaths. Then you reach the Supreme Divine state, which is called Turīya. In order to attain this state, one should understand very clearly the nature of the five sheaths.

(Sanatana Sarathi, April 2000, p. 99)


As a guide to the clear understanding of the five sheaths, this booklet offers a concise description of their structure, based mainly on the original texts from Taittirīya Upanishad and on the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba. A parallel has been drawn to the well known tripartite division of the soul according to Plato, which helps us to better understand the inner psychological make-up of man and dive deep into the inner core of our being.

The true glory of Ātmā, the divine Self, unobstructed by any sheath, is fully realized by the aspirant when, through discrimination and detachment, self-inquiry and meditation, he no longer identifies himself with the five sheaths, but is completely absorbed in the experience of the Divine within. Untouched by the five sheaths, he breaks the bondage of ignorance, gets rid of pain, fear and death, and attains Supreme Blessedness.

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G. Bebedelis, THE THEORY

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