2. [I] describe or declare eight Prakritis
kathayami: declare, describe
prakritayoh:prakritis, natures, roots, radicals, originals, evolvents, first causes
By declaring that there are eight Prakritis, Kapila teaches the technical meaning of the term. Prakriti means that which multiplies, modifies, or procreates. It is the procreatrix, that which brings forth.
The eight prakritis consist of:
- the primordial Prakriti,
- Mahat or Buddhi: the principle of ascertainment or understanding,
- Ahamkara: literally, the I-maker, the principle of self-assumption or ego, and
- the five Tan-Matras: sound, touch, form, taste, and smell.