Dissolution of the elements

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PadmaVonSamba
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Dissolution of the elements

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Earth, water, fire, and air are terms used to describe the dissolution of the body towards the time of death.
I’m curious about whether the “fire” element is even regarded as part of the composition of cold-blooded animals such as reptiles, fish, and amphibians.
Any thoughts on this?
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Re: Dissolution of the elements

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Well, according to this character, if you scroll past the Hinduism to the Buddhism section...:

https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/mahabhuta
. Fire element (teja-dhātu)
Internal- fire elements include those bodily mechanisms that produce physical warmth, ageing, digestion, etc.
Presumably even if they don't "produce physical warmth," the creatures in question experience ageing and digestion...and then there is the ever-enigmatic "etc" category.
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Re: Dissolution of the elements

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PadmaVonSamba wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:15 am Earth, water, fire, and air are terms used to describe the dissolution of the body towards the time of death.
I’m curious about whether the “fire” element is even regarded as part of the composition of cold-blooded animals such as reptiles, fish, and amphibians.
Any thoughts on this?
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that name does not exist."
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Re: Dissolution of the elements

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Thanks. That’s kind of what I was wondering, the extent of functions suggested by “fire” element.
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