Form the subtle sheath. The outermost and gross covering is the physical body. The Self fitman is covered Yoga Trikonasana Pose by these three kinds of sheaths. YogarSja’s commentary on verse 24 The negation of the divine nature of pure consciousness through self-contraction is called the tinava mala. This is the innermost sheath, like an alloy in gold, because it exists as identified with the very being of the Self.
The group of six sheaths kaHcukas constituted by the tattvas, beginning with mllylt and ending with vidyil, is the subtle veil of the Self, like the integument in a grain of rice. It gives rise to the expei ience of knowership and doership, which is rooted in duality. This group is collectively known as the mlylya mala. The outermost covering, which is similar to the outermost husk in a grain of rice, is constituted by the physical body, made up of gross substances of skin and flesh and so on. This constitutes ktlrma mala, the third mala.
Equipped with the physical body, he thespiritual monad becomes subject to the accumulation of the residual impressions of meritorious and demeritorious deeds. In this way, the Self, infinite by nature, becomes covered by the three kinds of sheaths-the subtlest, the subtle, and the gross-and becomes contracted like ether in a jar; he is thus given the name of pasu fettered being. Yogarilja’s introduction to verse 25 Being subjected to these three kinds of rnalas or defilements mentioned above, the subject the Self appears limited.