According to panchamahabhutas theory, everything on this earth including humans are made up of five elements- earth, water, fire, air and space. Upon our death, our body dissolves to earth, fire, air and space.
The theory establishes a relationship between humans and the natural world. We are sustaining the combination of these elements through breathing air and consuming food and water. In our body, space is present in the form of various cavities such as nostrils, mouth, ears, throat, lungs and stomach. Air is present in the lungs, heart, stomach, intestines and joints. Fire is related to all metabolic activities, the eyes, intelligence and body temperature. Water is present in all blood, plasma, saliva and mucus and earth is represented by solid structures like muscles, skin, nails and hair.
This elemental similarity justifies why natural substances like plants and herbs are harmonious with human system. They can be easily digested with no side effects and have the potential to heel the human body.
The picture shows that human body is formed of five elements (Panchamahabhutas). The person is originating from earth (prithivi), hit by the lightening (agni), rain drops falling on him (jala), the wind is bolwing (vayu) and he has occupied space (akasha).
This Picture has been contributed by Mr Arjun Naorem Singh who is a practising Yoga Teacher practicing in China and who is listed as a Yoga Teacher at Ajarya Yoga Academy.