Yoga today is accepted across globe as a beneficial practice. It is widely misunderstood as a form of exercise for weight loss. The benefits are infinite and weight loss or good health is only a small by-product only.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word which when translated into English means “union”. Union with what? With the ultimate or God or Infinity. It cannot be explained but has to be experienced. It is like explaining the taste of Mango to someone who has not even seen the fruit.
Origin of Yoga is as old as the starting of mankind. A proper documentation is done by saga “Pathanjali”. His compilation is called “Yoga Suthra”. Yoga science is based on “Sthoola” (Physical) and “Sookshma” (Astral or minute) components. For example Sthoola denotes our physical body and Sookshma is our subtle body or soul.
Shape of the bricks are same but we can design any type of building or house using them. So bricks are the basic elements for buildings , bridges and all structures.
According to Yoga the basic elements of all universe (Not limited to our small Earth !!! ) are the “ Pancha Bhoothas”. Pancha means Five(5) and Bhoothas means Elements.
What are they ?
Space / Ether
Science of Yoga says all living , non living , universe and astral bodies are associated with these 5 basic elements. Pancha bhoothas are arranged or “designed” to form all the above mentioned forms, including human beings. Billions of permutations and combinations are possible with these 5 elements and that is the reason why we see so much variety in this world and across universe.
Human form is also a combination of Panchabhoothas and when this balance is disturbed we feel the effect in the form diseases – either physical or that which affecting our mind.
Knowingly or unknowingly these 5 elements are associated with our daily life in many ways.
Few examples are stated here:
If you observe daily rituals in a temple it is closely associated with Panchabhoothas.
Fire – Lamp
Air – Dhoopam Stick / Agarbatthi / Blowing of Conch (Shankhu)
Space – Flowers
Earth – Offering to Deity ( Prasad / Fruits )
Water – Theertham
Five fingers in each hand represent Panchabhoothas. When we say Namasthe, all fingers touch together. Indirectly we are doing Yoga, to bring together the 5 elements. This is a Yoga Mudra. ( Will soon post a separate article elaborating about Yoga Mudras and their healing effects)
Panchabhoothas are also linked to our body
Fire – Hunger / Desires
Air – Breathing
Space – Mind / Thoughts
Earth – Physical body (Muscles , Bones, Organs )
Water – Blood
In Vassthu Shasthra (Ancient Indian science/architecture for designing Buildings) 5 elements are represented at the following positions :
Fire – South East
Air – North West
Space – Center Portion
Earth – South West
Water – North East
When we harmonize 5 elements in our house or building through Vasthu , peace and prosperity prevails at that place.
So when we try to understand these basic elements and keep them healthy and balanced all the superficial symptoms (Which modern Medical science calls as diseases) can be completely avoided.
By balancing the 5 elements we can live a peaceful life free of medicines and ailments.
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu !!!!