When speaking of the body-mind complex
as an outgrowth of a sperm-ovum getting together for a hip-hop
both the sperm and the ovum are the essence of the food ingested, isn't it?
And food ?
It is the essence of the Five basic elements.
At the "death" of the body-mind complex,
either through cremation, or burial
or through being fed to the vultures (in the Zorastrian faith),
the body-mind complex, returns back to
from where it merged from.........the Five Basic Elements.
What are these Five Basic Elements.?
From "That" originated Space , which is characterized by sound.
From Space, emerged Air (or Ether), having the characteristic of touch.
From Air emerged Light (or Fire), characterized by form was produced.
From Light arose Water, of the nature of taste.
From Water came out Earth
with its distinctive quality of smell.
Space has the quality of sound only.
Om, Amen, Ameer, have been the pointers to that "anhat nad", ....
.....the unstricken sound.
Air possesses the double qualities of sound and touch.
Light or Fire is said to have
the triple qualities, sound, touch and form.
Water has got four qualities- sound, touch, form and taste,
Whereas Earth is endowed with five qualities,
viz., sound, touch, form, taste and smell.
Out of all these subtle elements came into being
the great, universal, all-pervading principle, called ‘SUTRA’.
SUTRA: The total vital force before manifestation,
is the soul that pervades the universe
like a thread passing through the beads of a garland.
(The word ‘sutra’ means thread).
It is also called ‘PRANA’ for having the power of activity.
‘HIRANYAGARBHA’ is its another name.
Thus Consciousness identifying itself
with the aggregate of all subtle bodies
is known as ‘SUTRA’ or ‘HIRANYAGARBHA’,
Maya is the power of "That" by which it hypnotizes itself,
to believe that it is the discrete many.
As a consequence of which,.........
..........is the resultant sense of personal entitification,.....
......the sense of the individual self