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CC Madhya 8.87


ākāśādira guṇa yena para-para bhūte
dui-tina krame bāḍe pañca pṛthivīte


ākāśa-ādira — of the sky, air and so on; guṇa — the qualities; yena — just as; para-para — one after another; bhūte — in the material elements; dui-tina — two and then three; krame — by gradations; bāḍe — increase; pañca — all five; pṛthivīte — in earth.


“The qualities in the material elements — sky, air, fire, water and earth — increase one after another by a gradual process of one, two and three, and at the last stage, in the element earth, all five qualities are completely visible.