"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?
From memory, I think earth refers to solidity, water refers to cohesion, fire refers to heat, and air refers to movement.
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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
The Great Sage did thus proclaim With many a diverse chosen name Vipassanā stilled and purified, That to Emergence is allied.
Saṃsāra-cycle’s swamp of pain Is vast and terrible; a man Wisely should strive as best he can, If he would this Emergence gain. (Visuddhimagga XXI)