तत्पूर्वकत्वाद्वाचः ॥ ४ ॥
tatpūrvakatvādvācaḥ || 4 ||
vācaḥ—Of the organ of speech (etc.); tatpūrvakatvāt—being preceded by them (the elements).
4. On account of the pre-existence of that (viz. thd elements) (before) the organ of speech (etc.).
“For truly, my boy, mind consists of earth, the vital force of water, the vocal organ of fire” (Chh. 6. 5. 4). This text clearly shows that the organs etc. are products of the elements, which in their turn spring from Brahman. Hence they too are products of Brahman. Being products of the elements, they are not separately mentioned in texts dealing with the origin of things.