The Aether element, also known as Akasha, is the most subtle element of the Pancha Maha-Bhutas. This element is the essence of emptiness or voidness and the space provided by it is filled by the other 4 elements; Earth, Water, Fire and Air. In Buddhism the term emptiness is used to describe the nature of all things. This idea is present in many wisdom traditions such as the non-action concept in Taoism known as wu-wei, and the Japanese Zen Koan Mu which literally means no, but implying nothingness. Properly understood things neither exist (since they vanish) nor don’t exist (since they occur) rather they are simply empty.
In Yoga we can touch into this element through contemplation of oneness and the eternal vastness of the great ocean of consciousness.
These concepts are difficult to grasp and need time of earnest exploration in order to be realised.
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