The Elements of Nature FAQ
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The Ancient Elements of Nature
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The name given to the celestial or heavenly or cosmic "element of nature" under ancient european sun, is the Aether. On the life of Plato, Xenocrates writes:
The name given to the celestial or heavenly or cosmic "element of nature" under the ancient indian sun, is Akasha. In his work published 220AD, "The Life of Apollonius of Tyana", Philostratus reports:
"Are there then four" he asked.
"Not four," said Iarchas, "but five."
"And how can there be a fifth," said Apollonius,
"alongside of water and air and earth and fire ?"
"There is the ether", replied the other,
"which we must regard as the stuff of which gods are made;
for just as all mortal creatures inhale tbe air,
so do immortal and divine natures inhale the ether."
Apollonius again asked which was the first of the elements,
and Iarchas answered:
"All are simultaneous, for a living creature is not born bit by bit."
"Am I," said Apollonius, "to regard
the universe as a living creature?"
"Yes," said the other, "if you have a sound knowledge of it,
for it engenders all living things."
- The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Philostratus, 220AD.
Finally, it is noteworthy to also mention here that the entire arrangement of these elements of nature is systemetised in one (Vaisheshika = physics) of the six component disciplines of the ancient Vedic philosophical system. This will be dealt with in more detail elsewhere.
- Krishna Yajur Veda,
Svetasvatara Upanishad 2.12,
The Poems of Tukaram (p.88)