On Our Bodies, I spoke of the local bodies, the cosmic, and the Divine. There is more to this that can be explored. First some background…
There are 8 prakritis or fundamental values of our nature: the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, space), mind, intellect, and ego. These elements correspond to the koshas or subtle bodies:
|Annamaya||food body, physical||earth||smell|
|Anandamaya||bliss, celestial, causal||space||hearing|
|Chittamaya||flow, cosmic mind||–||–|
|Atmamaya||cosmic Self, consciousness||–||–|
Notice that the mind and intellect are also koshas that function in the ranges of fire and air. The intellect creates the ego by differentiating self from other. Ego doesn’t have its own kosha.
The net result is we have a personal body, mind, intellect, and ego.
There is also cosmic values of body, mind, intellect, and ego.
In The Stages of Unity, I talked about how the cosmic values of these prakritis can be integrated during the Unity stage.
Cosmic mind is the field of creation, of flowing consciousness, the 6th kosha in the above table. We see the cosmic intellect in consciousness discriminating itself in itself, the self-interacting dynamics of consciousness. This is the cosmic self, the 7th kosha. (Although consciousness is not seen as a kosha until we transcend it into the Brahman stage.)
The cosmic body, the body of all bodies arises in these upper koshas. It is like a Divine idea which expresses as the template for the form of bodies in our universe.
There is also a cosmic personality. As a person, we express aspects of that. As a whole, all of us together, we express the cosmic personality.
Consciousness is aware of itself globally and at every point. The global is the cosmic value, one point expresses as the local, personal value.
Just as we have to surrender identification with the personal ego for Self Realization, so too we have to surrender the cosmic ego, “I” sense, or cosmic Self for the Brahman shift.
But just as the ego is multi-layered (the 3 am-egos) and some values carry forward into later stages, the cosmic ego also has a value that continues, just not as the identified Self. Higher stages don’t eliminate the person nor the Self and if we do not see this, it can be a major blind spot. I’ll be writing more on this shortly.
Finally, there are also Divine values of the 8 prakriti. These are not manifest values but known by immersion.
On Waking the Body, I touched on how the body becomes immersed in pure Divinity, causing spiritual awakening for devas of the body-mind. This can trigger massive purification.
I’ve also spoken of the 7 stages of unfolding ParaBrahman. Like Unity stage, there is a progressive becoming that integrates more and more values.
We can see the 3 layers of Divine, cosmic, and personal:
|Divine||Cosmic, kosha||Universe and Personal|
|5||Liveliness||Self, cosmic ego, consciousness||–|
|4||Love||flow, cosmic body||–|
|2||Action||intellect||air > intellect & ego|
|1||Being||mind||fire > mind|
|–||shakti, energy||water > emotions|
|–||food||earth > body|
As above, so below.
Update: we could also add a “Universal” column in there between cosmic and personal. Where the cosmic is on the level of creation, the universal is on the level of our universe. The elements, for example, function on the universal level. There is also universal mind, etc.
I’ve heard it said that there is a Divine personality too, although that’s not been experienced here on that level yet.