From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Karanasarira, KAraNaZarira, Kaaranasharira

Kāraṇaśarira literally means ‘causal body’.

Vedanta, the Brahmasutras and some other scriptures state that every jīva or individual soul has three śarīras or bodies. They are:

  1. Sthula - gross
  2. Suksma - subtle
  3. Kāraṇa - causal

The kāraṇaśarira or causal body is nothing but ajñāna or ignorance. This is the root-cause of embodiment. It leads to transmigration of the atma.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore