SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
bhūmir āpo ’nalo vāyuḥ
khaṁ mano buddhir eva ca
ahaṅkāra itīyaṁ me
bhinnā prakṛtir aṣṭadhā
‘Earth, water, fire, air, and space, mind (manas), buddhi and egotism thus constitute My Nature, differentiated eightfold1.’
Know that this primeval matter-stuff (mūla-prakṛiti—) is the basis (or matrix) of this infinite and marvellous Universe, ministering (to sentient creatures=souls) in a variety of ways, as objects of enjoyment, instruments (or organs) to enjoy with, and regions of enjoyment, and it is of Me. It is divisible into the (chief) eight categories of (1) earth (solids), water (liquids), (3) fire (light and heat), (4) air (gases), (5) space (ether), with their distinguishing qualities, viz., odour (for earth etc., respectively), (6) of mind (manas), with its train of senses, (7) of buddhi or mahat and (8) of egotism (ahaṇkāra)2.
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