कारणत्वेन चाकाशादिषु यथाव्यपदिष्टोक्तेः ॥ १४ ॥
kāraṇatvena cākāśādiṣu yathāvyapadiṣṭokteḥ || 14 ||
kāraṇatvena—As the (First) Cause; ca—and; ākāśādiṣu—as regards ether and so on; yathā-vyapadiṣṭokteḥ—being represented (in other texts) as taught (in one text).
14. (Although) as regards (things created, like) ether and so on (the Vedanta texts differ), (yet there is no such conflict with respect to Brahman) as the First Cause, (on account of Its) being represented (in other texts) as taught (in one text).
The Sankhyas contend that though the Pradhana cannot be the First Cause according to the Sruti, yet Brahman also cannot be taken to be the First Cause taught by the Sruti. Why? Because there is conflict as regards the order of creation; for some texts say that it is Akasa that was first produced from Brahman, some say that it is Prana, others that it is fire. This Sutra says that though there are conflicting views with respect to things created, that is, as regards the order of creation, yet since it is not the main object of the Sruti to teach about creation, it matters little. The main object in these descriptions is to teach that Brahman is the First Cause, and with respect to this there is no conflict; for every Vedanta text holds that Brahman is that.