"The four great elements, bhikkhu, are the cause and condition for the manifestation of the material form aggregate"
I cant work out how the elements are the cause for the material form, arent the four elements earth, fire, wind, water with, for example, earth just standing for skin, nail etc and so just characteristics of the material aggregate?
"You think in such three-dimensional terms, how small you have become" The Borg Queen
From memory, I think earth refers to solidity, water refers to cohesion, fire refers to heat, and air refers to movement.
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding: Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)
Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages: One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7
clw_uk wrote:I cant work out how the elements are the cause for the material form
Each of the four great primaries serves as a condition for the arising of the others and collectively they are a condition for the arising of secondary/derivative materiality (e.g., sense organs, gender, life faculty etc.).
Best wishes, Dhammanando Bhikkhu
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