Question: Is the vital a form of energy?Sri Chinmoy: Sometimes we use the term 'vital energy.' But the vital proper is a sheath. It is an inner sheath. When we say mind proper, it is a mental sheath that we are speaking of. When we say the physical, it is the physical sheath. When we speak of the vital after death, we have to say that the vital is a sheath.
Sri Chinmoy, Perseverance and aspiration, Agni Press, 1976