INTRODUCTION: THE ELEMENTS.
MULADHARA CHAKRA Earth
SWADHISTANA CHAKRA Water
MANIPURA CHAKRA Fire
ANAHATTA CHAKRA Air
VISHUDHA CHAKRA Akasha
It is said that a big Bang created the universe. When we thing about any explosion we think about a big sound. We know there are not silent explosions. In other words, the origin of everything was sound. That sound according to Hinduism was the Mantra OM or AUM.
AKASHA: THE POWER OF THE SOUND!
Now, if the above paragraph is understood, sound is vibration and the other elements come from different vibrations. In other words, everything that exists is Akasha and what we see is the condensation of it. Any element (Earth, water, fire, and air) are just modifications of Akasha, they are just different vibrations. Now we can see why everything is sounding or makes sound. Yes, because sound, Akahsa, is within everything.
The word was so important for ancient civilizations because it was a divine ability given to humans. If the word (Akasha) creates everything then it has to be really important. Nowadays people do not understand that importance and they use words without thinking of the effect of them. Sooner or later problems come because of the way we talk or because something we said; but people do not pay attention to this matter.
Each element has a philosophy and it is important to understand and practice their philosophy in order to develop the chakras.
THE ELEMENT AIR:
This element is teaching us the need of detachment. We all are attached to many things. Each attachment is something that you depend on then you are not free. People are attached to things, pets, and humans and so on. Usually they think that is love; but love is total freedom and happiness; attachment is not freedom and cannot give happiness.
One day the great Socrates went to a market with one disciple. The Master was holding something on his hands then smile and put it back. He did that several times with different items. Finally his disciple asked the reason of smiling and leaving the items back to the same place. Socrates answered that he was happy not to have those items. In other words, he was admiring them, but he did not create attachment to them. Nowadays people go to a mall and see something they like, if they do not have the money to buy it they suffer. The go to their home thinking of the thing they could not buy. That is attachment.
People think they are in love, but they suffer when they lose the person they had. That suffering is attachment. Real love has not attachment. Real love gives freedom to the other person to go at any time. It might hurt, but if it is for the good of the other person then suffering is not that painful. Attachment is thinking what the other person was giving you. Love is about the other person’s happiness.
The philosophy of the air is detachment: Real love, total freedom and happiness.
Love is simple: Love is making the other person happy. If you cannot make that person happy then other one would do that.
We have to learn to be like the wind: Free, wild and happy. Do not let others to slave you and do not be slave of anyone.
THE ELEMENT FIRE:
What does fire teaches us?
Fire is a wonderful element. It takes a long time to burn a forest, but it can do that. It does not run or get hurry to do so; but it will do it if no one stops it. The philosophy of fire is patience and calmness. Those two things bring inner control.
A person full of anger, for example, is burning inside. A person without control destroys like a fire burning a forest. Anger is beast that should be controlled in order to avoid destruction. The only way to achieve that is developing patience and calmness.
People out of rage make many mistakes. Usually diplomacy can help a lot more than anger. Think yourself: How many times did you solve a problem with anger? Maybe you will find out that on the contrary you made the problem bigger.
Sometimes a <<I am sorry> could had been enough to avoid a problem; but anger and arrogance are a really bad combo. Both of them can destroy love and friendship.
Many problems in life can be resolved with calmness and patience. If we all had those two great virtues we could have a better planet with more understanding.
THE ELEMENT WATER:
Life is not easy and we all know that. Nevertheless, usually we make it harder because we are not able to <<take the shape of the container>> where we are. In other words, there are situations in life where something happens and we need to adapt to that specific situation and we do not do that. Usually we complain, but we do not accept the situation.
Let us bring an example: A relative dies and you loved that person. We cannot do anything to bring that person back to life. This is a situation that you cannot change. So we need to adapt that that circumstance, we need to accept what we cannot change.
This philosophy (Adaptability) allows you to get adapted not just to circumstances, but to people and negative things in life.
You change what you can, but you need to adapt to whatever or whoever you cannot change. Otherwise you will be suffering and complaining for things or people you cannot change. That is a waste of energies you need to improve yourself. So do not waste your time trying to change what you cannot change.
THE ELEMENT EARTH:
You have to think what you really want in life and then go for it, as long as you do not hurt anyone in that process. Remember: A yogi spreads love, peace and harmony; plus a yogi looks forward for the good of others.
This philosophy is really easy to understand, but it is not easy to keep. Many people start a project, but not many finishes. We are always looking for motivation and we should develop self-motivation. We have to stand still until we get what we want.
The philosophy of earth is firmness, perseverance.
SUMMARY OF THE ELEMENTS:
FIRE Patience and calmness
EARTH Firmness and perseverance.
Here you have the great lessons from the four basic elements. Now, would you be brave enough to try to put them in practice? I hope you do. You can start with one and then go for the next. Which one first? That is personal. We all are different and we have to find out which one we need first. Good luck on that.
Wait!... What is the philosophy of Akasha?
THE FIFTH ELEMENT: AKASHA!
We are living in the XXI century, but we cannot talk properly. Anyone can utter any word; but just a few can say wise words.
Music is more than amazing. It effects are huge. Music has seven notes and pause that is called the eighth note. Silence has a great power in a proper situation or moment. Sometimes silence is the best choice. Wise people usually do not speak a lot, they are humble and talk the less possible teaching the most they can teach.
Sound goes through liquids, solids and wherever. You cannot stop sound! Music goes to all ages and races; it breaks the limits of beliefs and dogmas. Music can make you sad or be happy. But the most important thing is: AKASHA CREATES ALL THE ELEMENTS, BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST DIFFERENT VIBRATIONS OR MODIFICATIONS OF SOUND.
The philosophy of Akasha is life. So learn to give life to others. Do not kill other people’s dreams. Many people do not kill bodies, but they kill the will of others with their horrible and negative words. If you need to tell someone off then try to use the proper words, especially if that person is a loved one.
How many kids were traumatized by negative words? Millions, millions, millions!!!! So be gentle, think twice when you have to say something not too nice about someone. Bring life, inspiration, courage to others. Do not kill their ideas their dreams; not even if you do not like them. Everybody deserves respect and age does not matter. Respect kids, teens because they are our future. Help them to fight for what they love as long as they do not hurt other being.
USE WORDS WISELY. If you try you will find out that it is not too easy to do. Sometimes our negative emotions (Jealousy, envy, anger, etc.) betray us. Try and do your best to use words properly.
HOW CAN WE HAVE A BETTER LIFE?
Now you might understand why Bruce Lee said: "Be like the water." But a real yogi live according to the philosophy of each element. The real yogi is a Master. He understands that the elements are inside: Water, we are 75% water; fire, we have an inner fire that goes away when we die; air, we breathe; earth, the bones and muscles and Akasha, we talk.
A real master knows how to use his own elements and the elements of the whole nature. A real yogi is a Master of himself/herself.