Five TattvasSkt., pancatattva; five qualities
Although India does have a term for the 'Five Elements' (Skt., mahabhutas) as they are known in Western Alchemy, the major 'elemental' system is known as pancatattva; speaking of nature's qualities rather than elements in the sense of substances. Although this constitutes a marked difference in philosophical conceptualization, the tattvas are usually regarded as equivalents to the five elements known in the West (a system that has actually heavily borrowed from the East). The 5th Western element ether then corresponds to the space in the Indian tattva's and in the Tibetan system deriving from it.
In Sikh Kundalini Yoga, practitioners are able to utilize knowledge of the Tattvas for spiritual empowerment. Through mantra and yogic breathing, practitioners can and do manifest seemingly magical transformations in their daily state of BEing by commanding the Tattvas within their light (etheric, energetic) bodies.
Five Tibetan Elements