Points of Controversy

6.8. Of the Four Elements as Visible

Controverted Point: That the four elements are visible.

The discourse is verbatim identical with Kv6.7, each of the “four elements” being substituted for “space.” The opponent’s rejoinders are severally as follows:

Andhaka: But do we not see earth, a stone, a mountain? water? fire blazing? trees waving in the wind? The eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue, the body? anyone advancing, retreating, looking forward, looking backward, stretching forth, retracting?