महद्वच्च ॥ ७ ॥
mahadvacca || 7 ||
mahadvat—Like Mahat; ca—and.
7. And like Mahat (the word ‘Avyakta’ does not refer to any Sankhyan category).
The Mahat according to the Sankhyas means the first-born, the cosmic intelligence; but in the Vedic texts it is associated with the word ‘Self’. Passages like “The Mahat (Great) is superior to the intellect” (Kath. 1. 8.10), clearly show that it is used in a different sense from the intellect and refer to the Self in different aspects. Similarly though the Avyakta in the Sankhya philosophy may mean the Pradhana or Prakriti, in the Sruti texts it means something different. So the Pradhana is not based on scriptural authority but is a mere inferred thing.