Ananda

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Ananda

5th century bc, the first cousin, favourite disciple, and personal attendant of the Buddha
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These five aspects are: (a) Annamaya Kosha (sheath of physical body that is composed of all the molecules of gross elements); (b) Pranamaya Kosha (the subtle energy that is at the base of all cellular activities); (c) Manomaya Kosha (sheath of mind/emotion), (d) Vigi'anamaya Kosha (sheath of intellect); and (e) Anandamaya Kosha (sheath of bliss).
The Vedic texts discern five sheaths--physical or material (annamaya), vital (pra'amaya), psychic (manomaya), conscious (vijnanarnaya) and beatitutdinal (anandamaya), one inside the other in the reversal order, the fifth one being the abode of the ultimate reality called atman that is characterized by this very abode, i.e., absolute beatitude.