In addition to anandamaya kosha, the other four koshas are as follows:
- Annamaya kosha - the physical body
- Pranamaya kosha - the energy body
- Manomaya kosha - the mental body
- Vijnanamaya kosha - the wisdom body
Anandamaya kosha is considered to be the part of a being responsible for
unconditional love, oneness and complete unity with all beings. Also responsible for peace, love and joy in its purest and most absolute form, it is said to go beyond any emotional or physical experience.
Anandamaya kosha, like all the koshas, is interactive and dependent upon the other layers of the body. It is in anandamaya kosha that the sense of oneness, as opposed to a sense of separation from other beings, is truly realized. Within anandamaya kosha lies the understanding that separation and ego are just an illusion. This recognition is said to total compassion, love and happiness, hence anandamaya kosha being referred to as the bliss body.