अङ्गित्वानुपपत्तेश्च ॥ ८ ॥
aṅgitvānupapatteśca || 8 ||
aṅgitva-anupapatteḥ—Owing to the impossibility of the relation of principal (and subordinate); ca—and.
8. And because the relation of principal (and subordinate) is impossible (among the Gunas, the Pradhana cannot be active).
The Pradhana, according to the Sankhyas, consists of the three Gunas (constituents), Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas, which are independent of each other and in a state of equilibrium before creation. Creation begins when this equilibrium is upset and one Guna becomes more predominant than the other two. Equilibrium cannot be upset without any external force, nor can the Gunas, which are absolutely independent in the state of Pradhana, take of themselves a subsidiary position to another Guna without losing their independence. Hence creation would be impossible.