युक्तेः शब्दान्तराच्च ॥ १८ ॥
yukteḥ śabdāntarācca || 18 ||
yukteḥ—From reasoning; śabdāntarāt—from another Sruti text; ca—and.
18. From reasoning and another Sruti text (this relation between cause and effect is established).
From reasoning also we find that the effect is non-different from the cause and exists before its origination. Otherwise, everything could have been produced from anything. Particular causes producing particular effects only shows this relationship between cause and effect. Before creation, the effect exists in the cause as unmanifest. Otherwise, something new being created, anything could have been created from all things. The fact is, it gets manifested on creation, that is all. That which is absolutely non-existent like the horns of a bare can never come into existence. So the cause cannot produce altogether a new thing which was not existing in it already. Moreover, that the effect exists even before creation we find from such Sruti texts as “In the beginning, my dear, this was only existence, one without a second” (Chh. 6. 2. 1).