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Element 2: Air

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Element 2:  Air

 

 

Touch sensation relates to this element. Flowers blossom when the summer breeze touches them. We feel the cool breeze in winter and heat waves in summer. The touch sensation of the air makes us feel cool or hot. Another characteristic of air is sound. Sound travels through air. In the stormy season the sound of Omkar is heard at Mukthi Nilayam. This element air is connected with skin; it is through the skin that we experience the sensation of touch. This is the first sensation we feel; a new born baby knows the difference between his mother's touch and other's. Touch feeling is also the cause for birth, but when we touch God, it gives freedom from birth.

 

Air is polluted when something touches it. In the same way, touch feeling causes the pollution of attachments. People live by this sensation from birth to death. Touch soothes man in pleasure and pain. But all these are temporary. Only by touching God, can we get permanent peace. How to touch the divine ? Through wisdom. One should remove ignorance realizing that everything in this world is illusion. Then alone wisdom will be born. Touching the divine with wisdom, gives bliss. In Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna tells Krishna that it is easier to harness the wind than to control the mind. If we tie our mind with the Lord, it will come under control and the outside will not touch us. Like a chaste woman, one should feel shy to touch other things. We should be very aware and sensitive to the touch of the world.

Touching the divine with wisdom, gives bliss. In Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna tells Krishna that it is easier to harness the wind than to control the mind. If we tie our mind with the Lord, it will come under control and the outside will not touch us.

Work, action, fear, shyness are the characteristics of the element air in the human body. Without the action or movement of air, human beings cannot live. People cannot do any work in the absence of air. Like this, without the touch sensation of the skin, we cannot be born. One can live life without the other sensory organs but not without the skin. He may be born deaf, dumb, blind or handicapped but one cannot be born without skin. Prahalada was able to feel the presence of the divine everywhere as he only touched God. In the same way, when we touch worldly things with desire, it causes rebirth. The mind is faster than air, in a minute it can touch thousands of things with thousands of feelings. This touching pollutes the air.

Shyness and fear are linked to the element air, the skin registers these feelings. Skin's nature is sensitivity to touch. This is seen more in women as the sense of shyness. We should feel shy when we utter falsehood. When someone hurts us, instead of hurting him back, we should help to correct and make him feel shy about his act. Saint Thiruvalluvar says "one should make the evil doers shy by doing good to them". Shyness is an innate quality. This quality is important for women. In those days, women were shy to come in front of men. Women were like this in our family. We would not go to the street in the open. Before my marriage, I did not speak with other men except for the elders in the family. I was very shy.

From childhood I was afraid of things and people of the world. I was very sensitive and would cry often. I was afraid of the dark, the night time, death, old age and disease. This childhood fear made me think deeply; I wanted to escape from disease, old age and death. I thought about many ways, but in the end, I realized that attaining God is the only sure way.

Fear showed me God. It showed me the way to reach God along with the physical body. Fear defiles air but if we turn it towards God, it purifies air. Everyone has fear of old age, disease and death; they want to escape from these. They use vaccines against disease and try many ways to escape from old age. They are replacing old faulty eyes, they use hearing aids for defective ears, artificial teeth are in place of damaged teeth and dyes cover grey hair. These however, are no means of escape! The only way is to cling to God. We should attain God.

Every second of my life, I am exercising air's qualities like work, action and speed. All my actions centered on God and the touch feeling only for God, give me much strength.

Air has great power. The sons of the wind god, Bhima and Hanuman are powerful. Hanuman even lifted the Sanjeevini hill. The wind that blew on the Sanjeevini hill had the power to resurrect man. When baby Krishna was in the cradle, an asura came in the form of a storm. All the gopis and gopas were frightened and ran away. The asura stole Krishna. All went in search of him; at last, Krishna was found playing on the asura's dead body. The wind has the power to even lift the Lord!

Every second of my life, I am exercising air's qualities like work, action and speed. All my actions centered on God and the touch feeling only for God, give me much strength. My aspiration for attaining Swami gives me the power to lift Him. The Asura lifted God in air-form but was killed because he was evil. But my thirst for reaching God gives me the power and swiftness to lift Him and bring Him down from the heavens. It gives me the power not only to tie Him with myself but also to tie this world with Him.

If we purify our fear, shyness and touch sensation like this, then air will be purified.

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