रचनानुपपत्तेश्च नानुमान ॥ १ ॥
racanānupapatteśca nānumānam || 1 ||
racanānupapatteḥ—Because of the impossibility of design; ca—and; na—not; anumānam—that which is inferred.
1. And that which is inferred (viz. the Pradhana of the Sankhyas can) not (be the First Cause) because (in that case it is) not possible (to account for the) design (found in the creation).
In the preceding portion the Sankhyan doctrine has been refuted here and there on scriptural authority. Sutras 1-10 refute it through reasoning independent of the Vedanta texts.
The inert Pradhana does not possess the intelligence that is required for creating such a diverse and well-designed world as this, and so it cannot be the First Cause.