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Tejas (P. tejo; T. me; C. huoda) translates as fire. It is also called tejodhātu (fire element). It is identified as one of the four primary elements (mahābhūta).
Tejas (fire) has the property of heat.
- The fire element (tejodhātu) has the characteristic of heat, its function is to mature or ripen other material phenomena, and it is manifested as a continuous supply of softness. Both heat and cold are modes in which the fire element is experienced.
The Khenjuk states:
- The fire element is heat and [its function is] ripening.
- Bhikkhu Bodhi, ed. (2000), A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, Pariyatti Publishing
- Mipham Rinpoche (2004), Gateway to Knowledge, vol. I, translated by Kunsang, Erik Pema, Rangjung Yeshe Publications