The Four Paramattha Dhammas - Nama and Rupa III
The 'Visuddhimagga' (XVIII, 34) explains:

Furthermore, nāma has no efficient power, it cannot occur by its own efficient

power... It does not eat, it does not drink, it does not speak, it does not adopt

postures. And rūpa is without efficient power; it cannot occur by its own

efficient power. For it has no desire to eat, it has no desire to drink, it has no

desire to speak, it has no desire to adopt postures. But rather it is when

supported by rūpa that nāma occurs; and it is when supported by nāma that

rūpa occurs. When nāma has the desire to eat, the desire to drink, the desire

to speak, the desire to adopt a posture, it is rūpa that eats, drinks, speaks

and adopts a posture....

 

Furthermore (XVIII, 36) we read:

And just as men depend upon

A boat  for   traversing the sea,

So does the mental body need

The matter-body for occurrence.

And as the boat depends upon

The men for traversing the sea,

So does the matter-body need

The mental body for occurrence.

Depending each upon the other

The boat and men go on the sea.

And so do mind and matter both

Depend the one upon the other.

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