What are tattva?

What are tattva?

The tattvas are five elements that make up our physical world and shape our experience: earth, fire, air, water and ether.  Each person has a dominant tattva, or an element, which expresses itself most strongly in our constitution and personality.  Balancing the tattvas can be complicated.  Sometimes you must increase earth and decrease fire in order to balance air, for example.  Crying and being highly emotional?  Your water tattva is likely out of balance, and you should try drinking some water to bring it back into alignment.

What is the single best practice to balance the tattvas and maintain an elemental equilibrium?  Kirtan Kriya.

Yogi Bhajan said that if all his teachings were lost and we only balanced ourselves using Kirtan Kriya, we would be able to live with grace and strength.

For a full explanation of Kirtan Kriya, click here.

Mirabai Ceiba’s beautiful new album, Cycle of Life, has a wonderful version of Sa Ta Na Ma for use during Kirtan Kriya.

This information about the tattvas and more can be found in the book Transformation: Mastering the Self.

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Ramdesh Kaur, MA, is an IKYTA Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher trained by Gurmukh. She writes extensively on yoga, spirituality and mantra. She hosts the show "Spirit Voyage Radio with Ramdesh" on Unity FM, one of the Top 100 Itunes Podcasts, and leads Spirit Voyage's 40 Day Global Sadhanas, which bring together 20,000 meditators from 65 countries. Before working with Spirit Voyage, she was the residential Kundalini yoga teacher at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India in the Himalyan foothills, and has a Master's Degree from the Courtauld Institute in London. She is the author of "Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart" with Karan Khalsa and has three best selling guided meditation CDs "Journey into Stillness", "Relaxation Meditations", and "Stress Relief Meditations" (with crystal singing bowl master Ashana) all available on Spirit Voyage, ITunes and Amazon. She teaches at festivals internationally and leads powerful personal creativity retreats in Mexico with her partner Harnam Singh, an accomplished mantra musician. www.ramdesh.com


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