39. The Physical Body

Just as there is a physical body, so there is another body that covers and remains with the fleshly body. This body is called the Aura. The physical body depends totally upon this aural body which is made of light. The physical body remains healthy as long as the aural body of light is healthy. All the desires associated with life arise not from the physical body but from the body of light, from which they are transferred and make their appearance in the physical body. When a person cats bread we see that the physical body is eating the bread. This is not true; not until the body of light has a feeling of hunger and so informs the physical body with the sensation of hunger does the person eat any bread.




What is the universe? It is a point, and this point is a divine light, and the divine light is itself a light.

Every point is the imprint of luminescence (Tajalli). When this imprint transforms itself into the divine light then it becomes Aura (Jism-e-Misali). The display of the Aura is the physical body.

The physical body is built up as a structure of bones, flesh, and muscle. The skin is a kind of plaster and color on this building. The life of the human being who is made up of veins, arteries, nerves, bones, and flesh, is nothing except senses.