As most people know, there are five basic elements of earthly life: FIre, Air, Water, Earth, And Space (which some refer to as ETHER). We all have been given these elements, and in many spiritual paths, devotees petition SOURCE to balance the elements within them for maintenance of their health on all levels—physical, mental, and emotional. For example, the mantra “AUM NAMAH SHIVAYAH” (“Oh, Divine, I bow to the Transformer”) is often recited on a set of Rudraksha prayer beads.