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Article Published In Vol.5 (Jan-Feb-2017)

Scientific Air: An Element

Author : Dr. Bhola Mishra, D.Lit.

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According to modern science, air which is the most important element among pancamahabhuta, regarded as a basic element. It means that it has its own separate atom which forms directly by its own Separate atom. But according to Sanskrit literature, it is not so truth. Here, air is not a basic element because it has not its separate atom. It is creative. It forms due to the presentation of Prana means energy. Regarding pancamahabhuta there have been a lot of opinions which are sufficient for the preparation of air. According to Viasensika literature there are only four elements: Teja, vayu, apa and prthavi. Whereas including Tanmatra samkhya navates Akarr’s the fifth elements among pancamahabhutas. For easy understanding, I would like to divide the opinions regarding basic elements into three parts:
 Firstly it would be the base of pancikaranam method.
 Secondly, it would be the root of Trivratkaranam.
 And thirdly: air is not a basic element but only a created element.
Almost, Aranyaka, upanisada and some other places of Sanskrit literature; it has been clearly stated that there are five elements, which have their own separate atoms and they have been formed directly by their own separate atoms. But in the method of Trivrta karanam, in which the idea of sathpath Brahmana is more important and chhando, ayopanisada is also attached with the main idea that there are only there. Tej, apa and prthavi are the basic element other than that for akasa and vayn are causative. Thirdly, on the whole it has been stated that akasa and vya are not a basic elements. Because they have not their separate atoms means (hence) it has been clearly stated in Rigveda, purnsa sukta that air is the production of energy so, it is not directly, attached with any atom.

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