We are continuing to look at the Samkhya philosophy which argues for the source of all manifestation arising as phenomena coming from one indivisible permanent molecule that has three qualities. These qualities or constituents are pain, pleasure, and neutrality. The Buddhist scholars however will argue that if an object has three aspects, it cannot be primary, permanent and unchanging. If an object does manifest three qualities that are not stable, it is mutable and therefore cannot be a primary or permanent cause of pleasure, pain or neutral sensation.
Here cloth is given as an example of a primal cause, which Samkhya philosophers maintain holds a quality of pleasure that is experienced through contact with it. However, it has already been imputed here that an object or a result arising out of causes and conditions can only have arisen from previous causes and conditions and do not rest solely with an independent entity. There is always an interactive agency. Nothing can manifest from a static permanent object. A sensation of pleasure, pain or otherwise from touching a cloth can only be a response, designated by the predisposition of what or who is making contact.
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