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What is Fluidity in any Cluster of Form?

The Blessed Buddha once explained:
What is this cluster of Form (
rūpa-khandha)= [literally 'group that can break up']?

It is just these 4 primary elements, and all the forms derived from them...
What are these 4 Primary Elements (
mahā-bhūta) = [literally 'great processes']?

These 4 Primary Elements (=~ Qualities =~ Qualia) are:
1: The
Qualia of Solidity... (pathavī-dhātu) = [literally 'earth-like' property]
2: The
Qualia of Fluidity... (āpo-dhātu) = [literally 'water-like' property]
3: The
Qualia of Heat... (tejo-dhātu) = [literally 'fire-like' property]
The Qualia of Motion... (vāyo-dhātu) = [literally 'wind-like' property]

What, now, is the element of fluidity? The element of fluidity may be one's own and internal,
or it may be external. And what is one's own inner element of fluidity? Whatever in one's own
body there is of kammically created liquidity or fluidity, such as bile, lymph, pus, blood, sweat,
fat, tears, skin grease, spit, snot, oil of the joints, and urine: This is one's own internal element
of fluidity. However, whether it be one's own internal element of fluidity, or whether it be the
external element of fluidity, such as oceans and rivers, they are both merely the same element
of fluidity...
One should understand, according to the utter reality and true Wisdom:
This does not belong to me! This I am not! This is not my self! This is a not compact substance.


One may add:
This mind-like conceptual experience of fluidity is not a 'matter-like thing out there...'
This quality is not lasting, this is not a real substance, this is thus not stable or safe...
This ephemeral is not pleasure, this fluidity is not happiness, this quality is also suffering... 
Seeing this analytic break-up of fluidity induces releasing disillusion with even very
attractive forms  of form... Whether own or other, internal or external, whether alive or
dead, whether present or not...


The 4 Primary Elements are not 'real substances out there', but more realistically:
Experienced qualities or properties appearing 'in here'... They are manifestations of form,
and not lasting 'substantial entities'! Their 'material' appearances depending on the level
of observation: Macroscopic Fluidity is a mere manifestation of microscopic cohesion!
In all forms of materiality coexists all the 4 primary elements in different degrees.
In water, the element of fluidity is domination at ambient temperature. But the element
of heat, solidity and motion is also there. The solidity in water is felt when splashing it. 
When frozen into ice, the solidity element becomes the dominant aspect,  while the fluidity
heat and element is diminished.
In stone, the element of solidity is domination at ambient
temperature. When melted into lava, the fluidity element becomes the main feature...
In forceful wind the element (~qualia) of motion dominates over the 3 other qualities.


On these 4 Primary Elements (mahā-bhūta):
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What _is_Heat.htm


Source (edited extract):
The Middle Length Sayings of the Buddha. Majjhima Nikāya.  MN 28.
Mahā-hatthipadopama Sutta: The Great Elephant Footprint Simile:
Splendid Book:

What is Fluidity: Neither Substance nor Matter!

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