material world around us and our body itself is made up of five elements –
Earth ( prthvi ), Water ( jalam ), Fire ( agni ), Air ( vayu ) and Ether (
akasha ) in their various permutations and combinations.
quality of Earth is smell. Quality of water is rasa or taste and that of fire
is vision. Likewise, the quality associated with air is touch and that of Ether
ritual science, water is offered directly. Lamp represents fire. Agarbathi by
its fumes represents air. Sandal by its quality of smell represents earth and
flowers represent ether.
known to act as a medium of sound like ether. When you hold a flower and chant
a mantra / stotra, it acts as a vehicle between yourself and the divinity. When
the flower is offered at the lotus feet, it is like joining the mantra with the
divinity and also thereby imparting more chaitanya to the murthy.
anything else left when you are offering with devotion all the five elements
themselves ? It is equivalent offering all your possessions and yourself in