Is Astral Travel Possible?

Sadhguru answers a question about astral travel, and explains the fundamental construction of the body.
Is Astral Travel Possible?

Q: What is the astral body? And are such things as astral travel possible?

Sadhguru: There is a lot of talk going on about astral journeys nowadays. People lie down and just imagine that they are flying here and there; that is not it. That is just hallucination. Unfortunately, everything becomes ridiculous when all kinds of people start handling it.

There are five dimensions or sheaths of the body. The first sheath or the first layer of the body is called annamaya kosha or the food body, because what you call as physical is just a heap of food. The second is called manomaya kosha or the mental body. Today doctors are talking about psychosomatic diseases. If you have tension in the head, you can get an ulcer in the stomach. Whatever is happening to the mind is happening to the body because what you call as mind is not in any one place. Every cell in the body has its own intelligence. So there is a mental body – this is manomaya kosha.

People lie down and just imagine that they are flying here and there; that is not it. That is just hallucination.

Right now, the only things that are in your experience are your body, your mind, and your emotions. And you can infer that if these three things have to happen the way they are happening, there must be an energy that makes them happen. Without energy, all this cannot be happening. For example, a microphone amplifies sound. Even if you don’t know anything about the microphone, you can infer that there is a source that powers it. The third layer of the body is the energy body, or the pranamaya kosha.

The fourth is known as vignanamaya kosha or the etheric body, and the fifth as the anandamaya kosha or the bliss body. We are referring to everything as body in yoga so that you can understand it as a physical entity. Though the last two are not physical, still we are referring to them as “body” because yoga is a method, not a philosophy. We are seeing how to employ a specific method to make use of certain things.

Astral Travel

What is being referred to as astral travel is, leaving the physical body, mental body, energy body and the bliss body intact, and just allowing the etheric body to float around. This means you can still conduct your physical activity in the world because your physical body, mental body and energy body are intact. That is a certain kind of mastery. Physical body, mental body and energy body are physical. Bliss body is totally beyond the physical. Etheric is a transitory energy, it is neither physical nor beyond – it is a transition. Etheric body is not something that you can touch unless you are in a certain level of sadhana and intensity within yourself. You cannot just psyche yourself into it. It needs enormous sadhana for a person to do that.

There are certain systems of yoga where they are completely focused towards astral travel and things like this. But all that mysticism is gone in most of these places.

So, are such things possible? Yes, but it’s not for entertainment seekers. It takes a little more. But what is the significance? Why do you want to leave your body and travel? If someone shoots you in the head, anyway you will travel without your body! The time for that will anyway come, sometime. What is the hurry now? Unless there is a specific purpose, it is not worth exploring simply for entertainment because it takes an enormous effort to get mastery over those things, and in the end, what do you achieve? It is of no spiritual consequence.

There have been schools which have been fundamentally focused towards this in India – it’s called parakaya pravesha. There are certain systems of yoga where they are completely focused towards astral travel and things like this. But all that mysticism is gone in most of these places. Nothing much is left there. All the astral travel going on in every street-corner these days is just hallucination.

Editor’s Note: Find more of Sadhguru’s insights in the ebook “Of Mystics and Mistakes”, available on Isha Downloads.

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3 years ago

Saved as a favorite, I actually enjoy your blog!

4 years 11 months ago

Great explanation! thanks a lot Sadhguru

2 years 11 months ago

Sadhguru says it is the fourth body but all other scriptures and masters said it is the second body. How must I understand?

4 years 11 months ago

Sathguru ji please explain the experiences felt by some users of DMT. DMT is a chemical compound found in all living beings. it is activated only before birth and just before death by the pineal glands. People taking dmt as a drug experiences a complete other dimension where no time and space exist and they see some other beings and a lady who acts like a mother. They also say that they feel that they have gone to that place many many times. They experience lot of bliss peave and love. Some even felt that a 15 minute experience felt like 100 years they were there. they seem to completly leave their body and enter other dimensions which they say are extreamly beautiful. Can you explain this experiences of DMT drug and what is it?

4 years 11 months ago

Thank you, such a wonderful explanation.

4 years 11 months ago

Wow.. I have heard abt DMT before.. But this before birth or death thing is new.. Gotta search for it om google. If u have smthing more on this.. Do share it wid me pls.. God bless .. Thanku

4 years 11 months ago

searchon youtube about dmt experiences and information you will get to know lot many very very very surprising fact

4 years 9 months ago

Dear Sadhguru,
I feel it is a little rash to say that most people are hallucinating without knowing what they are really going through, just on the basis of statistics. To think, there are too many cases popping up, and too many people couldn't have attained that mastery, and hence they must be hallucinating seems to be a quick judgement. The process in itself is insightful, and it is sort after not just as mere entertainment, but as a means of seeking out something greater, to understanding something beyond tangible elements. Isn't that what we all do as human beings? seek the unknown? Astral travel is a seed that can lead to spiritual realisation and hence must be discussed and encouraged, not disregarded.

4 years 9 months ago

It seems comparable to telling a toddler there is no purpose in learning how to walk, unless the child has a place to go to. walking would be the first step, to understanding your body and it's potential, your purpose in life will be realised along the way isn't it?

4 years 4 months ago

I think an enlightened man as Sadhguru would know what really helps for enlightenment and what doesn't, while he encourages so many Sadhanas which takes us close to enlightenment he also does say what's not worthwhile for the same reason.

4 years 2 months ago

Very enlightening! Liked to read the article, Master! :)

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