|Vata consists of air and ether; air is
its active side and ether or space its medium or field of movement. Pitta consists of fire and water; fire
is its active side, water or oil is its field of combustion as fire cannot
exist directly in the body without destroying it. Kapha consists of water and earth; water is its active
force and earth its container.
Yet the biological humors are not the same as the elements. They are forms of the life-force working
through and animating the elements. They are different aspects of the soul. The elements
in themselves are inanimate. They are never really alive but can be activated by the biological humors
like a wire is by an electric current.
This life force is reflected from the
soul, our eternal being, upon the physical body by the lens of the mind. Hence embodied life is
always temporary. What comes from the inanimate elements and is formed of them must return to
them. Similarly the life-force which comes from the eternal must eventually return to it.