Sunday, June 6, 2021

Koshas of Faith


II Corinthians 4:16-5:1

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heaven

This passage strikes me as a simplistically beautiful tale of faith.  It talks about outer and inner natures and that the outer nature is wasting away.  I think of this as being our physical body.  In yoga therapy we consider all beings to have five bodies or Sheaths, we call them Koshas: Physical, Energetic, Mental, Wisdom, and Spiritual. These five sheaths intertwine into a primordial soup that makes us who we are: our body and mind, and the awareness of the body and mind. The last sheath of Spirituality challenges Christians to look beyond the outer nature to the inner nature (or sheath) and know that heaven awaits us. And our inner nature goes on through our impact on the world. And perhaps some might call this reincarnation, nirvana, or joyous heaven. Alleluia!

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