हस्तादयस्तु स्थितेऽतो नैवम् ॥ ६ ॥
hastādayastu sthite’to naivam || 6 ||
hastādayaḥ—Hands etc.; tu—but; sthite—being a fact; ataḥ—therefore; na—not; evam—like this;
6. But hands etc. (are also referred to as sense-organs in scriptural texts). Since this is a fact, therefore (it is) not like this (i.e. they are not merely seven in number).
‘But’ refutes the view of the previous Sutra. “The hands are the Graha (organs)” etc. (Brih. 8. 2. 8). Such texts show that the hands etc. are additional sense-organs. Therefore to the seven already enumerated, viz. eyes, nose, ears, tongue, touch, speech, and inner organ, four others, viz. hands, feet, anus, and the organ of generation, have to be added. In all, therefore, there are eleven organs. The different modifications of the inner organ, viz. mind, intellect, ego, and Chitta (memory), are not separate organs, and therefore cannot raise the number beyond eleven, which is therefore the number fixed. These are : the five organs of knowledge, the five organs of action, and the inner organ.