The word ‘tattva’ translates as element, something which is created and not the Creator. Everything that is created is composed of elements or tattvas, which are 16 in number. The first five tattvas – Prithvi (earth), Jal (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (air) and Akash (ether) pertain to the Bhuloka, or earth as we know it. Earth element pertains to the sense of smell and the survival instincts and is controlled by the Mooladhar chakra, located at the base of spine. Water pertains to sense of taste and need for procreation and is governed by Swadhishthan chakra. Fire pertains to the sense of sight and needs for physical power and status in society. It is the property of Manipoorak chakra, situated in the navel region. Air element is responsible for the sense of touch and for the experience of love. It is the property of Anahad chakra, corresponding to the chest region. Ether element pertains to the sense of hearing and expression of higher creativity. It is governed by Vishuddhi chakra, situated at the throat pit. For a normal earthly being, engaged in the pleasures of the five senses, these five elements are enough. There is no need for him/her to access the sixth element.
The Vedic sciences are a perfect science because they deal in all aspects of Creation, not just the physically manifested creation (vyakt) that you see around you but also the unmanifested creation (avyakt). Human being becomes a part of vyakt as well as of avyakt. From avyakt, vyakt manifests and both are two parts of the same composite whole.
The Vedic sciences are real and so is the gyan which they give, tried and time-tested over thousands of year vis-à-vis the modern sciences which do not stand to the test of time and always come with the law of ceteris paribus, that is, all other things being constant.
Let us pick up a basic aspect of the vedic sciences, which is, healing and health of the human body. Diets which pertain to red meat, especially of cows which eat plastic wastes, garbage and hospital waste and also the milk from such cows, are highly toxic and acidic in content. They say that you become what you eat, by eating these foods your body tends to get a highly acidic form. In 1912, a Frenchman Alexis Carell conducted an experiment where he kept chicken cells, which normally live for 6-7 years, alive for nearly 20 years in an alkaline solution. The cells died only when one day his assistant forgot to change the water and the content became acidic. It was concluded that human cells, just like chicken cells, can also go on forever provided the environment they are living in is non-toxic.
Toxicity is not just in the food we eat; it is also a function of negative emotions and wrong lifestyle, or, in other words, an anti-yogic lifestyle. These factors contribute to acidic nature and ultimate destruction of the physical body through pain and disease. Disease happens because of the environment, not because of the nature of cell, which is balance. The solution lies in consuming alkaline diets and gradually converting your body from acidic to alkaline. Then the lifespan of cell would increase and the diseases, which the body is going through, will be reversed.
Another tool given by the vedic seers is that of yagyas. In a yagya, it is important to ensure that the samidha (wood) and samagri is pure and ghrit or cow’s ghee is procured from cows whose calf is not weaned, else they will have toxicity and the gods will not accept it. Mantra which the Guru gives you, depending on the kind of yagya you want to perform and the siddhis that you are looking for, has to be siddha by the Guru otherwise the mantra becomes fruitless and the manifestation of thought will not happen.
A clear cut sign of success of yagya is the appearance of the devpurush. It can be in the form of Om, a divine syllable or god or goddess or even form of your Guru. When these manifestations happen and the yagya is smokeless, you will know that the yagya is successful. At Dhyan Ashram, we click pictures of yagyas and you will notice that they are not edited or morphed. Also there is no smoke emitting from the fire. These indicate purity of the sadhak where the bhav (thought), which is most important, is also there. These five composites make the yagya complete where divine manifestations happen which can be used for good health, purification of environment or for your upliftment.
So a pure composition of yagyas and keeping the body alkaline results in good health and ensures you do not die in pain but leave the body in happiness, with satisfaction in what you’ve done, at will, into higher dimensions. The Vedic sciences should be taken very seriously because they are the basis of the entire manifested and unmanifested Creation.