The study of life is Ayurveda (‘Ved’ means to know, ‘Ayur’ is life). Life has four characteristics - it exists, evolves, expresses and extinguishes. For this, it depends on five elements: the earth, water, air, ether and fire. To make it easier to understand, we can bring in the five senses and its objects: sight, smell, taste, sound and touch.
According to Ayurveda, life or existence is not a rigid compartment, but a harmonious flow. Even these five elements, of which the whole universe is made, are not tight compartments of defined objects. They flow into one another. Each one of the elements contains the other four.
The subtlest in us is space, which the mind is made up of, and the gross is the earth element, which our bones and marrows, and the skin and the structure are made of. This is further divided into three Doshas — Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Read More