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The Five Elements

Updated: May 12, 2021


अग्नि/ FIRE

Fire purifies everything and everyone. It is the purest form of energy. Fire symbolizes birth, the union of souls and also the destroyer.

FIRE is the only element that cannot be polluted.

“What is offered into a fire is consumed by the fire and goes upward to the gods, to the sky and heavens. So the subtle parts of the offering go to the gods.”



The nurturer of life. Cleanses body and soul. A symbol of wisdom, power, grace, music, and the undifferentiated chaos that gave rise to the material world. Everything in existence was birthed from, and ultimately returns to, the metaphoric “waters of chaos” through the substance of water.


भूमि(पृत्वी) /LAND(EARTH)

“Earth” which is translated at Bhumi in Sanskrit. This element is perceived by five senses that are Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch and Sight. The physical body with muscles and bones refers to Earth.



It is associated with the breath of life and attributed to cleansing power. Air symbolizes communication, intelligence, perception, knowledge, learning, thinking, imagination, creativity, harmony, and travel. This source of life can also, at times, become a force of terrible destruction.

Air is associated with the Spring season and its corresponding direction is East. The Air symbol is an upright triangle with a horizontal line going through it.




The fifth and last element of panchmahabhuta is “space” which is translated in Sanskrit at aakash. Space is the medium of sound but is inaccessible to all other senses. And as in the human body, the Athma (Soul) refers to Space.

Aham Brahmasmi unites the macrocosmic ideas of God and universal consciousness with the microcosmic individual expression of the Self. This mantra highlights the notion that all beings are intimately connected to universal energy and cannot be separated from it.


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