The whole universe is comprised of Five Elements-
Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Sky or Space.
Our body is also made up of these five basic elements of nature. The five elements are related to our five senses of Smell, Taste, Hearing, Touch, Sight.
The five elements within the body and the five elements outside, if in harmony, leads to health, monetary growth and happiness. Vastu is a bridge between Man & Nature. Our life is fully dependent upon theory and practical interplay of five elements though
These elements are collectively known as ‘Panchtatva’ or ‘Panchmahabhoot’. Ayurveda ensures accurate balance amongst all the elements in the body.
Five Elements of Vastu
- Aakash (Space): Sky is infinite and limitless. It is related to our sense of hearing i.e; word, syllable and noise. A person is able to understand the meaning of a word only when he hears it, similar is the case with space. When any undertaking takes place in space then only the earth is capable of receiving light, heat, energy etc.
- Lord Shiva is the dominating deity of Aakash.
- Devotional songs and instrumental tunes are recommended to maintain balance between space and hearing.
- In Ayurvedic perspective, space is present all-around and it makes easier for other elements to interact.
- Vayu (Air): Air represents a cheerful, amiable, gentle, neat, courteous and perceptive person. Music, art, balance, extension and expansion are implicit in air. If balance of air is disturbed, it affects the lungs, kidneys and blood disorders.
- It is related to sense of touch. Philosophers have bifurcated quality of air into two parts: word and touch.
- Lord Vishnu is the dominating deity of air.
- In Ayurvedic perspective, air enables flexible biological movements through the inflow of oxygen.
- Agni (Fire): Agni represents light and heat of fire, lightning, volcanic heat, energy, seasons and other such aspects of the Solar System. It also represents enthusiasm, passion and spirited vigour.
- The sun is the most vital source of energy and light. It is the soul of the universe.
- The Fire element is related to our sense of sound, touch and sight. An increase in the fire element leads to love of power and rashness. To maintain the balance between fire and sight, watching and allowing morning sun’s rays to an entrance is required.
- In Ayurvedic sense, fire provides radiant energy enabling metabolic and chemical actions within the body.
- Jal (Water): Those under the influence of the water element are likely to be having varied emotions: Love of novelty, sociable nature, fondness for home life, imaginative, flexibility. The element has been categorized into four parts: touch, word, appearance and juice i.e. taste.
- Lord Indra and Brahma are the dominant deity of the element.
- In Ayurvedic sense, water embodies physical quantities, biological functions and energetic properties of human body.
- Bhumi (Earth): Human beings have a natural and emotional affinity with the Earth. The Earth revolves around the Sun and has a gravitational and magnetic force. Earth is the only element linked to all five senses of taste, sound, touch, smell and sight, and thus exerts the maximum influence on us. Throat, intestines and knees are affected by the Earth element.
- In Ayurvedic sense, Earth is the element through which we consume food and later, returns again to the Earth.