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What does “Four Gross Elements” mean? Why do people use “gross” before the word “elements”?
Four gross elements are:

(1) earth element 土 , which has the basic quality of hardness and the function of protection;
(2) water 水, which has the function of gathering and storing wetness;
(3) fire 火, which is the nature of heat and has the function of warming;
(4) wind 风, which has the function of giving life to all living things.

It is thought that when these are gathered, material substance is produced; therefore they are called the 'forms of creatability.' In the explanation of Buddhism, the objects of consciousness of earth, wind, fire and water are provisional elements, since the true elements are imperceptible.
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