Akasha Tattva

Definition - What does Akasha Tattva mean?

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.

Yogapedia explains Akasha Tattva

The body contains each of the five tattvas, and the dominant tattva affects a person's health, according to the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda. If akasha is the dominant tattva, the person is happy and spiritually healthy, but if akasha is lacking, the person is anxious, stressed and introverted.

Collectively, the five elemental tattvas are called the panchabhuta. In addition to akasha tattva, they include:

  • Aayu tattva (air)
  • Agni tattva (fire)
  • Apas tattva (water)
  • Prithvi tattva (earth)
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