Bhuta Shuddhi – cleansing the five elements

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Bhuta Shuddhi is a process to cleanse the five elements within our system. Sadhguru explains that cleansing the five elements within is the basis for achieving ultimate health and wellbeing.


Duration: 5 min


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Bhuta Shuddhi – cleansing the five elements

The following is an unedited transcript of Sadhguru's video. For better readability, breaks and highlights have been added by the editors.

There is a whole system of yoga called Bhuta Shuddhi, which means “purification of the elements”

What you call as ‘my body’ is just a manifestation of five elements. Earth, water, fire, air and space. If you know how to organize these five elements properly, if you know how to keep these five elements within yourself, then there is nothing more to life. In terms of health, well-being, perception, knowing, everything, enlightenment, everything is handled, if only you know how to keep these five elements properly.

The most fundamental practice in the yogic system, which is the basis of everything else that we are doing, is called as ‘Bhuta Shuddhi’. Bhuta shuddhi means, you know, bhuta means pancha bhutas or the five elements. Shuddhi means to cleanse that. If you learn to cleanse the five elements in the system, that’s all there is. All other yogic practices are an extract from the five, from the pancha bhuta system of yoga.

If you do a certain level of cleansing for the elements, then you attain to what’s called as bhuta siddhi, that means you have mastery over the elements. If you have mastery over the elements, you not only have mastery over the body, over the mind, over the very creation.

Seventy-two percent of your body is water. If this 72% of water in your body becomes sweet, you would be quite a wonderful person, isn’t it? Yes? Another 12% is earth. If you make that sweet, 84%, very good percentage, isn’t it? Another 6% is air. That’s easy, because we can control the air and create various situations. Yogic practices are there to make the air behave in a sensible way within you. 90%! Another 4% is fire – You can keep the fire as it is because after all you live in a society, hmm? You need to burn somebody a little bit, isn’t it? And you’re married, so sometimes you need some firefighting, isn’t it?

Another 6% is akash or the space. Today once again, phenomenal amount of research has gone into what is akash. They’re talking about what’s called as akashic intelligence. Your ability to sit here is simply because the akashic energy, the space is holding you in place. So the highest intelligence in creation has been recognized as the space. It is doing things which you cannot imagine. It is throwing up creation just like that. So there is a way to treat it within you and outside of you.

So knowing this, the five elements, we produced a system through which you can take charge of the five elements within you. If these five elements are in your control, just whole life process is in your control. The very process of birth, living and death is 100% in your control, if you take these five elements into your charge. A simple process like this can change the fundamentals of one’s life, if you give yourself totally to it.


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