Astral travel and ‘out of body’ experience

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Astral travel, is a term used to describe an intentional out-of-body experience. In this talk, Sadhguru explains what exactly is 'astral travel', and if it is possible for a human being, or just a hallucination

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Astral travel and ‘out of body’ experience

The following is an unedited transcript of Sadhguru's video. For better readability, breaks and highlights have been added by the editors.

See these things were done for a certain purpose. It’s called ‘parakaya pravesha’. There have been schools, which have been fundamentally focused towards this in India. Simply for entertainment, it’s not worth exploring those things. Because it takes enormous effort to get mastery over those things, and in the end, what? What do you achieve? It is of no spiritual consequence.

See most of the people, I know that a lot of stuff going on here. In United States everybody is doing astral journeys. It’s just hallucination. Okay. You lie down and just imagine that you’re flying here or flying there, that’s not it. Unfortunately everything becomes ridiculous, when all kinds of people start handling it.

There are five kinds of bodies. Physical body, mental body, energy body, etheric body and bliss body

What is being referred to as ‘Astral’ is – there are five kinds of bodies. Physical body, mental body, energy body, etheric body and bliss body. These are five dimensions of the body.

The physical body is that which you can obviously see, is an accumulation of the food that we have eaten. So, the type of food that we have, definitely has an impact on what type of body you gather. The next one is the mental body – when we say mind, we are not referring to any one particular part. Every cell in the body has it’s own intelligence. So, there is a whole mental body. And, these two are like – this is your hardware, that is your software. Your hardware and software are no good, unless they are plugged into quality power. So, the third later of the body is the energy body. The first three – the physical, mental and the energy body – are physical in nature. They are just getting subtler, but they are still physical in nature.

The 5th layer of the body, which is referred to as the bliss body, is totally non-physical. And the 4th, which is known as the etheric body – the nearest word, we call this ‘vigyanamaya kosha’, the nearest word or the common word that is used is ‘etheric’. It doesn’t describe that. This means, it’s transitory in nature. From physical to non-physical.

What is being referred to as astral body is – leaving the physical body, mental body, energy body and the bliss body intact, and just allowing the etheric body to float around. That means you can conduct your activity here, because your physical body, mental body, energy body is intact. But just allowing the etheric body to go. That’s a certain kind of mastery. You can’t just psych yourself into it. It needs enormous sadhana, for a person to do that.

Now, leaving the body when we say – we are just allowing the pranic body to move out, which is much simpler. It is a much simpler thing to do. And, it is more concrete thing. Compared to etheric body, Pranic body is physical. It’s more physical kind of presence. It’s energy, but it’s a physical energy. Etheric is a transitory energy, it is neither physical nor beyond. It is a transition. Bliss body is totally beyond the physical.

Every street corner they are doing ‘Astral Travel’ these days. That’s just hallucinations

So getting the Pranic body out and putting it back is easy, and it’s a much stronger experience because a physical part of you goes out and gets back. Etheric body needs much more sadhana, because that is not even in your experience. It is not something that you can touch, unless you are in a certain level of sadhana and intensity within yourself. But every street corner they are doing ‘Astral Travel’ these days. That’s just hallucinations.

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