All originate from akasa
The following statement from Mupdaka Upanishad of Atharva Veda reiterates the statement of Narayan opanishad referred above. Etasmat Jayate prnaomanahindriyani ca KhamVayurJyotirapahPrithivi Visvasya Dharini
Narayanat Prano Jayate ManamsarYendriyani ca Kham vayurjyotirapahpsithivivisvasya dharini Narayanopanishat The two statements are identical in their contents. Their meaning essentially is given as follows: 'From this, originates the vital force, mind and all the senses, space, air, fire, water and earth that support universe' The evolutionary order of elements is also stated in more explicit way in Bramb.inandavalli of Taittriyopanishat in Krishna Yajurveda in the following statements(9).
Tasmat va Etasmit Atmana akasaha Sambhutaha akasat Vayuhu, vayoragnihl, Agnerapaha Abhyahprithivi,Prithivyaosadhayana Osadhibhyonnam, Annat Purushahe The meaning of the statements is as follows: From that verily, from this self (Atman)-is AkZa.a(ether) born; from -115a, the air; from air the fire; from fire the water; from water the earth; from earth the plants; from plants the food; from food the man,
It is given in the statements above that, the production of elements begins from the all pervading Atman (Bramhan). Then the first element —Akasa is born, here akasa refers to absolute space (which is mistaken for vacuum).This most subtle element ;k;i'a is qualified by sound as its property or guna. Then from IkIi"a, air comes into being with two properties or gunas namely touch which is its own and the sound property of .;ka'a already evolved. Then from air, fire came into being having three properties composed of two preceding and property of form which is its own. Then from fire was born water with four properties, comprising its own property of taste and the three preceding one. Then from water, earth came into being with five properties namely smell, taste, form, touch and sound.
Then from earth the herbs, the food and the man came into being. Although, it is noted above that vayu(air) came from akasha (ether) and so on, but truly the Niiyu is born from Atman assuming the form of akasa as Iki(a is only an effect with Atman as source and cause. The same is true in regard to birth of the other elements for which Atman is the causal source(9). Thus, the element property relationship can be written from subtle towardi gross manifestation as below
It is seen from the above tabular representation that the most subtle and the first element namely ether or absolute space or ~kasa has only one guQa or property, which is sound or sabda. The rest of the elements accumulate the previous properties with the most gross element namely earth or prithivi which has all the five properties which correspond to the five senses. The akasa having sabda (sound) as its only property is also referred in several literature. In reference , the information given in table above , is identically given in sutra form. The akasa- sabda is relationship is given by 'Sabdalkagugamakasam’ .
Thus the statements referred above traces the evolution of the great elemental powers which have brought forth the external as well as the internal universes, that is the world that is outside man as well as the one that is within him. The world outside is referred from cosmological point of view, however, so far as the inner world is concerned, as per yoga, their evolution takes place in the chakras which are strung in the zushumna, hence the saying that the chakras are abode of the elemental powers.