And now let us think of a man living in the world, carrying out his actions, and dying. After his death something of him nevertheless remains here in this world which he has woven into it: Rupa, Vedana, Sanjña, Sanskara, and Vijñana. These five are the balance of his account: his personal destiny, as Rupa; the destiny of the nation into which he is born, as Vedana; the actual fact of his birth on this Earth, as Sanjña. In addition: working with Sanskara, the desire nature, and Vijñana, the consciousness. These are the five Skandhas.
- Rupa: Corporality, Actions.
- Vedana: Feeling.
- Sanjña: Perception.
- Sanskara: Desire.
- Vijñana: Consciousness necessary to the overcoming of karma.