Entry from US English dictionary
(In Vedanta) the prime material energy of which all matter is composed.
- In its lower forms bhakti is based on the three gunas of prakriti or modes of material nature.
- If the Vedas are a response to the phenomena of nature or prakriti, the Vedanta is preoccupied with the principle of consciousness or Brahman.
- The jivatma or spirit is, because of its involvement in the material world or prakriti, ignorant of its true divine nature and the essential unity of all creation.
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