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Thus, there is no dualism between spirit and matter. Its corresponding force center is Muladhara Chakra. It is produced by Rasa tattva the medium for taste sensations. Jala can assume any form, or we can say it contains all the possible forms. That is why it has been a symbol of the non-manifested, unlimited potentialities and the transcendence. Its basic state is passive and it can become the receptacle of various impressions and energies for example, the Holy water is sanctified by the descent of the Holy Spirit.

Other symbols associated with Jala tattva are: the power of purification, the subconscious mind , empathy , sexuality, abundance, power to dissolve, regenerate, the medium where the human life appears amniotic fluid , the birthplace of life on our planet primeval ocean and the mythical chaos and formlessness that precedes creation. Waters exist before and after any cycle of creation. The linear flow of water as a river signifies the flow of time.

Water immersion signifies the ritual regression to the original principle, reincorporation into the undifferentiated [2]. Some of the qualities of fire are: solar, masculine, dynamic, restless and extroverted. Tejas is associated with the digestive fire, passion, intuition and the uncreated light of consciousness Prakasa. Traditionally it has been associated with a number of animals, both real and mythical: lion, fox, horse, salamander, phoenix and dragon.

The tattvic form of Tejas is the upwards pointing triangle and the tattvic color is red. The concept of agni fire is associated with the concept of soma nectar forming a complementary pair. Soma is fuel to agni and it quenches its continuous thirst. From their union a new creation is born, and vice versa, the pair agni - soma appears everywhere there is a creative process. For example in a loving couple, passion is agni and the loved one is soma.

In the human body, digestion is agni and food is soma. In the tantric sexual alchemy, there is the pair tejas agni - ojas soma. Even on a larger scale, in a star, the atomic fire is agni and the hydrogen fuel is soma. When one looks carefully we can find a soma for any agni. In the human psychic, agni acts as desire and intentional will, and soma is whatever is the object of that desire or will.

The symbolism of air contains among other: masculine, yang, mobile, dry, subtle and elevated. It is a symbol for freedom, open spaces, intellect, mind, the ability to fly, penetrate anywhere like air does , intangible and elusive like the wind. Breath symbolises life, to breathe is to assimilate spiritual power.

Its tattvic shape is the circle, the color is blue. It is invisible, all pervading - a symbol of the spirit. It appears empty yet it contains huge energies the energy of the void. Aether is associated to the sky, has no qualities hot or cold, wet or dry, no odor and is unchangeable.

Its form is the ovoid. We cannot actually perceive the reality, all we can access are limited "bands" of information that form a description of reality. In such a state an enlightened being can perceive the world beyond the five senses direct perception , in a state of diversity in unity and unity in diversity. As their name says, karmendriyas are karman indriyas, that is internal organs that create karma. They are connected directly to the manas tattva and represent its solar, active function.

Correct control of this lower energy leads to a huge increase in spiritual power. When it is disturbed, many conditions my occur such as: stubbornness, greed, fear and anxiety [5]. Upastha tattva means the power of procreation and sexual enjoyment, or the generative organ [6]. Differentiation and complementarity related to the sexual organs Upasta tattva is the most differentiated organ in the body, between man and woman.

Even the English word sex , coming from the Latin sexus, is related to the original meaning of division. Thus sex divides humanity in two and defines our most fundamental psychological traits. The other fundamental characteristic of upasta tattva is its complementarity. The male sexual organ lingam and the female sexual organ yoni are complete only in sexual union.

The sexual union depicted in the Yab-Yum posture represents not only the creative act on the human level, but also on a cosmic level. On a tangent note, the duality-complementarity principle also appears in physics: the wave-particle duality and the space-time couple are just the most prominent. Physicists talk about symmetry and symmetry breaking as fundamental in the structure of the universe. Symbolism of the androgyne Having both the male and female sexual organs, the androgyne represents perfect equilibrium and completeness.

Even if not on a physical level, the androgyne is completed in the tantric sadhana by awakening the spiritual force of the body Kundalini and uniting it with the principle of consciousness.

In this state there is perfect harmony of the yin and yang and absorption into the Absolute. Tantric practices related to the sexual organs Besides maithuna and the tantric sexual union, there are a series of exercises meant to develop and control the sexual energies.

One such exercise is yoni mudra. Between the seven force centers it is associated with Manipura Chakra [7] and in the hierarchy of 36 tattvas it is a superior octave of tejas tattva.

Subtle anatomy of the feet Feet acting as grounding conduits: the continuous contact of feet with the ground is a symbol of relying onto and being a part of the sphere of earth.

In Hinduism some rites are required to be officiated bare foot [8]. Touching the ground permits a better contact with the earth energies. The sole of the foot is seen as a microcosm of the body. All the organs and aspects are projected on the surface of the sole, forming a mystical map [9]. By massaging the sole of the foot, the healer intends to project his action on the whole body or on the diseased organ.

This practice is called padabhyanga in ayurveda and in modern times appears as reflexology. Symbol of force The symbolism of the foot derives from that of its main functions: standing and walking. Standing upright is a poise of strength, self esteem and human dignity.

Walking represents an action of domination over space. The feet contain the largest muscles and bones of the body, develop the most powerful physical force and support the whole weight of the body. Thus, reuniting the symbols of force, dignity, uprightness and domination, it is associated with the concept of vira - the heroic being.

Symbol of devotion The foot is seen in Hinduism as a symbol of devotion. A variant of this practice is venerating the feet of a deity, for example Shiva , Vishnu or Buddha buddhapada : [10] [11]. Symbol of humility Kneeling half-using the feet symbolizes submission and humility. In some monasteries, monks not only knee, but lay flat down on the floor [12] face down during prayer not using their feet at all - signifying the total submission of the individual will in front of the divine.

Symbol of purity The expression lotus feet appears in many religious texts in a devotional context. Ex: I worship the auspicious lotus feet of the Eternity called Bhagamalini. The lotus is a symbol of beauty and purity. The foot, being in contact with the ground, is considered impure but only in some contexts, because its symbolism is very complex.

Thus, the expression lotus feet is a negation of impurity, a declaration of divinity. Spiritual sacrifice In pada-yatra, the devotional pilgrimage on foot, the participants seek purification through sacrifice.

Sacrifice is considered to be a form of tejas fire , which is tattvically associated with the pada tattva feet. Symbol of domination The feet are also a symbol of domination. In the legend of Vamana , an incarnation of Vishnu , the world is completely covered in three steps trivikrama - one covered the earth human world , the second covered the sky the world of the deities and the third was placed on the head of king Bali of asuras.

The three strides represent domination over the physical, celestial and human worlds. In another symbolic representation, Nataraja Shiva is crushing with his foot the demon Apasmara a demon representing ignorance - thus affirming himself as the supreme force that dissolves illusion through his divine grace. In a related context, the feet can be a symbol of dependence.

Kali , the goddess of time and transformation is represented as standing on the inactive body of Shiva. This image symbolizes the active role of Shakti , its reliance on Shiva in as support and the fact that Shiva needs Shakti in order to manifest. Symbol of transcendence The imprint of the feet on the ground is a symbol of transcendence.

There are such sacred places of pilgrimage associated with various divine figures see Buddha footprint and Petrosomatoglyph. The foot in Hatha yoga In Hatha Yoga , the feet are considered conduits of the energies of earth. They present a number of secondary chakras and nadi. In many asana they act as a grounding pathway. The aim here is to expand consciousness by stopping the fluctuations of the mind by this simple physical device. Sacred dance Sacred dance is another complex spiritual tradition where the feet play a major role.

Here too every gesture is infused with consciousness and symbolism. As a form of art, it brings about the expansion of the consciousness for both the artists and the audience. The dynamic pose of Nataraja is a symbol of universal movement which is identical to the universal creative energy because everything in the world is movement and energy.

Acting as a mirror of consciousness, it immediately reacts to, and expresses the will. It has a complex symbolism and multiple functions. The hand can express emotions and speech. One can see through touch and speak in hand language.

From the seven force centers, it is related to Anahata chakra. Subtle anatomy of the hand A series of minor force centers chakras exist in the palm of the hand, elbow and shoulder, united by a series of force channels nadi [16]. Thus, the hand is a conduit of subtle energy.


36 Tattva Meditations for Spiritual Awakening

Overview[ edit ] Samkhya philosophy considers there exist only 25 tattvas - twenty four atma tattvas along with atman or soul. Passive Parameshwara is activated itself by Suddha Maya or divine grace Shakti of him. Like that, the universe, Prakriti is activated by ashudda Maya physical body and all aspects of universe , another aspect of divine grace - Mahamaya. The interaction of Pure Maya and Impure Maya is the Pure - impure Maya where the souls Pashus attain knowledge which leads to the existence of whole universe. One of the two aspects of the omniscient, omnipresent, conscious Absolute. It is in its pure conscious state.


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Bandha - The bondage of karma Samvara - The stoppage of influx of karma Nirjara - Shedding of karma Moksha - Liberation or Salvation Each one of these fundamental principles are discussed and explained by Jain Scholars in depth. A man rides a wooden boat to reach the other side of the river. Now the man is Jiva, the boat is ajiva. Now the boat has a leak and water flows in.

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