The Cycle Of Samsara-Subtle Body

Sariram yad avapnoti yac capy utkramatisvarah
Grhitvaitani samyati vayur gandhan ivasayat
Srotram caksuh sparsanam ca rasanam ghranam eva ca
Adhisthaya manas cayam visayan upasevate
                                                                                 Bhagavad Gita. 15.8-9

The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas.The living entity, thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear, tongue, and nose and sense of touch, which are grouped around the mind. He thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects.



  • Mind is a bundle of SAMSKARAS (Mental Impressions).
  • Samskaras cause VASANAS (Nature of the Subconscious)
  • Vasanas direct our TRISHNA (Desires). The less aware we are, the more likely our body will act according to our vasanas.
  • Desire lead to SANGHA(Attachment)
  • Attachment motivates the DEHAM to put the EFFORT
  • That experience will lead to either RAGA or DVESHAM (Likes or Dislikes)
  • The powerful duo puts us back into the SAMSARA

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Sumi Nath

I strongly believe in the maxim 'I am what I think'. A Business degree holder taught to pose 'What's In It For Me?', is now seeking to understand the Real Self. My journey is what you will read here.

6 thoughts on “The Cycle Of Samsara-Subtle Body”

  1. Hello. Sumi.
    I was reading something on vasana and trishna, your post had tags on it.
    So. I have some insights which I have observed.
    Like, whenever I do something there is a thrust to it by mind, like there comes a suggestion then imagination starts and then feelings come, in this the person gives up and follows it.
    But, after doing or repeating this same thing he starts to make these things his second nature or his daily habits.
    For example, eating tasty food, passing time on chat and youtube, and then maybe gossip also.
    I think these are nothing but vasanas only.
    Now point is. I have started to reason these impulses or vasanas, and initially I am very overwhelmed by feelings because I have started to eliminate even small unrequired habits like watching youtube or talking on phone or maybe even seeing Instagram or like not eating junk food.
    I think the mind is nothing but a stimulus generating machine which keeps generating past experiences and propels us to follow them again and again, but when I find the reality and the purpose these vasanas serve, I think that they really don’t serve any purpose, it’s just we developed these vasanas out of ignorance and kept on repeating them and thus they became our life.

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    1. Hey Siddharth.. I am completely with you on this. It’s like a loop, never ending one. We can’t really tell which really came first, was it the Trishna or the Vasana. But either way, they continue to keep us in the loop.
      What I understood is that the mind somehow believes that it is the body that it is associated with. So it works for the benefit of what ‘IT’ thinks it is.
      But scriptures say it is not what it thinks it is.
      To practice that it can either investigate each impression and eradicate whatever ‘IT’ is not by not going with the habit or it can strengthen what ‘IT’ actually is- by practicing the latter the longing/pining for external things shall die a natural death(over a period of time).
      Sometimes like you said, burning the candle from both ends could help the mind understand faster than it could.
      I mean, cut unwanted habits and simultaneously concentrating on what ‘IT’ actually is.

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      1. I think what you wrote in last paragraph if I say it in simple terms its nothing but abhyasa and vairagya.
        I think vasanas should come first because trishna is longing or lusty desires.
        And these desires only develops after vasanas or tendencies are reinforced again and again.
        I think if I look my life very closely i think there are lots of redundant vasanas operating.
        And to replace these vasanas with pure vasanas is something I can do as I have to live in this world, excel in what I love.
        Like all great players or scholars maybe they did it unknowingly and replaced their redundant vasanas to those vasanas which are pure and which they love maybe it can be painting or cricket or books. 😁😁

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