Apas Tattva

Definition - What does Apas Tattva mean?

In Hinduism and other philosophies with roots in India, apas tattva is the water element present in the body and in all matter. The name comes from the Sanskrit apas, meaning “water,” and tattva, which means “reality,” “thatness” or “truth.”

Apas tattva is associated with the svadhisthana (sacral) chakra, which is the center of creativity, sexuality and pleasure. When this chakra is balanced, the yogi feels a sense of wellness and abundance. Apas tattva is represented by a purple half circle or silver crescent.

Yogapedia explains Apas Tattva

There are five tattvas, or elemental forces of nature. In addition to apas, those tattvas include:

  • Akasha (ether or space)
  • Aayu (air)
  • Agni (fire)
  • Pritvi (earth)

In the traditional Indian medical system of ayurveda, apas tattva represents water as the protector of the body and provider of basic nourishment. When balanced, apas tattva cools the body and soothes inflammation and pain. It also regulates the body's liquids, including blood, bile, mucus, urine and saliva.

Apas tattva also is associated with kindness and compassion.

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