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~Akasha Tattva~

Akasha tattva is one of the five tattvas or elemental forces of nature in Hinduism and tantrism. Akasha tattva is the element of ether or space. It is also known as the spirit tattva.

The word tattva means “fundamental principle” or “truth.” Akasha is a Sanskrit word that means “sky,” “either” or “space.” It can also refer to the Hindu god Brahma.

Akasha tattva is the tattva that provides a connection to the universe and the divine. This tattva is associated with the vishuddha (throat) chakra, the first of the three spiritual chakras.

~Ether~

Ether is the first of the five elements of the universe as described by Ayurveda, a sister science of yoga. Ayurvedic teachings state that the universe is composed of five elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth. Ether is considered to be the most subtle of the five elements.

Ether is sometimes referred to as space because it is the space that the other elements fill. Ether has the properties of lightness, airiness and spirituality. It has also been equated by some with the concept of consciousness. Yoga practice can help increase one’s awareness of ether.

The Sanskrit name for ether is akasha.