You must have heard about five elements of nature and I am sure you have some basic understanding about it as well. Every visible thing was made up of some combination of earth, water, air, and fire. These four out of five elements were even used to describe the four temperaments a person could have. However, when it comes to body cleansing process or any other natural healing process, there are 5 elements of nature that plays a very important part of the whole ( aka HOLE we dwell in..) In this post, you will learn about those basic but very important concept of our body.
Every human body is essentially made from five elements which are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space and upon death all these 5 elements of the human body is dissolved to it’s respective element of nature, so that it can balance the cycle of nature.
Each of these five elements has its own functions and characteristic as described below:
The first element is “Earth”. This element is perceived by five senses. which are Sight, Smell, Taste, Hear and Touch. The physical body with muscles and bones refers to Earth. ( If you think earth is just the planet or ground or world we live in, you couldn’t be more wrong. Earth is the skin that covers your bones,blood , tissues and organs etc.) Earth is the external manifestation of OUR HOME.
The second most important element is “Water”. This element has no odor (smell) but can be heard, felt, seen and tasted. In the human body, blood and other fluid are refer to Water. As we all have been told or even studied, our body contains up to 60% of water. The surface of the earth also covers almost 60% of water or more, what does that tell you ? ( Our bodies, aka Planet Earth cannot survive without over average % of water which contains half air) same as the external surface of the earth we dwell on. hmmm..
The next higher element in human body is “Fire”. In human body our temperature is referred to as the fire. It can be heard, felt and seen. (Internally, our digestive system is a very good example of Fire element that helps our body digest the food we take everyday). The heat, passion and zeal that is required to do anything externally refers to the fire element. We simply cannot do without it! The combination of these elements are the cause of weather change, planetary shifts etc..
The fourth element is “Air”. Air can be felt and heard only, one cannot see air. In the human body, the oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body refers to Air. It is considered as one of the most important factor in life. As we know that the human body can not live without Oxygen which is known as Prana in Sankstrit and this is why one must do regular breathing, mental and physical exercises to keep their body’s Oxygen rich and to prevent diseases.
The fifth and last element is “Space” which is translated in Sanskrit at ‘aakash‘. Space is the medium of sound but is inaccessible to all other senses, and in the human body the Soul refers to Space.
The combination of these 5 elements of nature make up our body and will (a.k.a the wheel of life) ie “our willpower”. These elements in our body will dissolve into their respective elements upon death.
Our fascination with these elements has also led to countless theories that have been created revolving around one or more of these elements for centuries. One of such area of elemental study incorporates philosophical connections to human life, with the individual elements being associated with various personality types. The most notorious of which is Fire, is synonymous with having a fiery personality and being overly-emotional or easily triggered. The Earth type is grounded and they possess strong maternal, and protective instincts. Water types are fluid and easy-going, oftentimes they are the more balanced ones. The Air type is a rational, free-thinker who can see the big picture with more clarity than the other element types.
The elements inside and outside of our bodies are all the same. Awaken to your divinity as a whole!! We are all individually part of a bigger picture..
In my next post, i’ll be diving deep into the world behind all the above mentioned elements.
Till the next read.