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Ritanveshi Yogayan Foundation- Vibrate with Nature Feb 2020

 

VIBRATE WITH NATURE

The elements, constituting body and mind, for the transmission of the Atma shakti. It is also known as tattwa. Shuddhi means 'purification. According to tantra, the body, and mind are composed of five primal elements known as earth (Prithvi), water (apas), fire (Agni), air (Vayu), and ether (akasha). These tattvas are the manifestation of the primordial 'Shakti', and it is due to them that this entire universe exists. Of course, we can understand each tattwa in its gross state as earth, water, fire, etc., but here the word tattwa or element applies to something much more subtle than that. These five tattvas comprise particular pranic vibrations of the one Shakti, just as white light is broken up into the different colors of the spectrum. In the body, earth tattwa represents solidity from the cellular structure; water tattwa, fluidity- blood, lymph fluid, etc.; fire tattwa, heat - appetite, digestion, thirst; air tattwa, motion - expansion, and contraction; ether tattva, subtle vibration, and emotion. The tattwas, as part of the mind and psyche, arouse the sense of smell, taste, sight, touch, and sound. From this level, they connect to the corresponding organs, nerve plexus, and energy centers or chakras.

In tantra, the practice of Tattvas shuddhi is used for transforming the pranic flow of the tattvas back to their original unmanifest form as primordial 'Shakti'. As long as the prana flows outward through the sense organs, awareness will be engrossed in the external world. However, if we can realize these tattwas or pranic flows operating in their subtle form, independent of external stimulus, then the experience, knowledge, and illumination can arise from the inner dimensions. The purpose of this practice, as in all tantric practices, is to free the consciousness from its attachment to external objects in order to realize the true inner nature.

The first step towards this is the purification of the basic physical, mental, psychic, and pranic structure. In yoga, there are various forms of purification that are meant to achieve this: prana shuddhi, Nadi shuddhi, vak shuddhi, manas shuddhi, etc., but the practice of tattva shuddhi, as described in the ancient tantras, covers the entire range of man's existence.

In the process of awakening, the vital capacity of the tattwas, particular characteristic signs of perfection arise. In tantra, these are known as siddhis. In occidental countries, they have been called supernatural, occult, or magic powers, but it must be understood that these powers arise from within you as a result of your own effort to intensify and concentrate your mental and pranic energy. In Patanjali's Yoga Sutras (3: 45) it says that "By Sanyama or concentration on the gross, basic, subtle and interpenetrating states, and the purpose of the bhutas, mastery over them is attained."

Awakening of the tattvas develops sensitivity to subtle vibration and to the higher faculties of clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, and intuition. In the Gheranda Samhita (3: 59-63) it says that "Concentration of the prana for two hours in the earth tattwa brings steadiness; in water tattwa, destroys unbearable sufferings and sins; in fire tattwa, eliminates the fear of death; in air tattwa, gives the experience of flying in the air; in akasha tattva, opens the doors to liberation."

The tantric texts also enumerate other attributes associated with the awakening of the tattwas. Earth tattva is responsible for levitation, freedom from disease, and the creation of astral smells. Water tattwa removes the fear of water. It equalizes the Prana Vayu and gives knowledge of unknown sciences, the power of astral traveling, and the ability to create various taste sensations. Fire tattwa gives material wealth, detachment, the ability to transform base metals into gold, discover medicines, and enter another's body. Air tattwa gives knowledge of the past, present, and future, fulfillment of desire, contact with astral entities, the ability of psychic healing, inner peace and harmony, compassion. Ether tattva gives knowledge of the Vedas, longevity, endurance without food or water, psychic projection faster than the speed of light. These are the powers that are associated with the tattvas but they should not be delved in as it is very easy to be misguided by the phenomena of the subtle realm. It is necessary to put them aside and conserve your energy to arouse an even subtler awareness - that of the atman.