"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?
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
Yathā bubbuḷakaṃ passe, yathā passe marīcikaṃ, Evaṃ lokaṃ avekkhantaṃ, maccurājā na passati.
One should see it as a bubble; One should see it as a mirage. Who regards the world thus The King of Death sees him not. (Dhammapada 170)