Science categorize physical world in to solid,liquid,gas and energy(thermal,kinetic,nuclear,radiation etc....) when it analyze, prove that nothing more than those three state of material and energy and science has already proven the interconnection of energy and matter(in nuclear technology). Also the three state of matter is conditioned by energy.E.g when you apply heat(energy) to ice (solid) it will convert into water(liquid) and further reach steam(gas). Once we consider four great elements patavi,apo,thejo,vayo; is it an equivalent of above scientific categorization?
Earth,water,fire and air . These elements are also conditioned to energy. they can also change states on application of energy. A huge planet composed of all above elements in all forms reduces to no matter state when becoming black hole.How could we explain that? our science is still collecting admission form to get it admitted in nursery. Buddha few days prior to his nirvana ,while walking with disciples, suddenly stopped and bending down picked a fistful of soil from the ground and said 'If you consider that i have attained some thing then this is worth of this fistful of soil against the quantum of unknown which is whole of the soil of this earth". so enjoy.