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WHAT ARE THE THREE BODIES IN A MAN
(From the book Shamati by Kabbalist Y. Ashlag)
Man is made of three bodies: A) The inner body, in which the holy soul is dressed. B) The Noga shell. C) The serpent's skin. In order to save one from the two outer bodies, so that they do not interfere with the holy one, and in order for one to be able to use the inner body alone, one must contemplate solely on things related with the inner body. That means that one's thought should always be occupied to the singular authority, meaning, "There is none else beside him". That is He performs and will perform all deeds and that there is no creation in the world that can detach one from the sanctity. And because one refrains from thinking of those two bodies, they perish and die, as they have no nourishment and nothing to sustain them with, because the thoughts we think of them are their nourishment. Thus it is said: "in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread" for before Man sinned, his livelihood did not depend upon the bread. That is he didn't have to attract light and livelihood. But after the sin, when Man had been affixed to the serpent's body, then life had been tied in with the bread, that is nourishment. Each time they (lights) must be attracted anew, and if they (the two bodies) are not nourished, they die. This had turned out to be a great correction, in order to be saved from those two bodies.
Thus one must try with all one's might not to think thoughts that concern them (perhaps that's what our sages meant when they said that to contemplate sin is worse than to commit it). Thought is their nourishment. That is the thoughts one thinks of them are what gives them life.