The great Prakriti is for me the womb in which I deposit the germ. From it all beings come to birth, O Barata.
prakriti is called by the Sânkhya philosophers indiscreet, and defined as the perfect balance of the materials in it; and it naturally follows that in perfect balance there cannot be any motion . In the primal state before any manifestation , when there was no motion but perfect balance, this prakriti was indestructible, because decomposition or death comes from instability or change.
The Devi-Bhagavata, expounding the sakta perspective, explicitly rejects the Samkhyan view of matter , prakriti.
In prakriti and Gunas , the concept of prakriti is used in Sankhya philosophy to explain the evolution of the universe . prakriti is defined as the ultimate unconscious primal matter or the ultimate cosmic energy, the material cause of the universe.
prakriti and maya are similar concepts. prakriti is the primal matter with the qualities of sattva , rajas , and tamas , whereas maya is cosmic ignorance with the triple powers of satva rajas and tamas.
The concept of prakriti and Maya fail to explain the Bliss aspect of the Divine .
The spirit , universal nature (whether called Maya , prakriti or Shakti ) and the soul in living beings, Jiva , are the three truths which are universally admitted by all religious sects and conflicting religious philosophies of India .
The Samkya philosophers say that of the two principles, Purusa and prakriti, it is prakriti, the creatrix of the world , that is devoid of consciousness (caitanya).
But in deep-sleep when temporarily our minds are not effective in our selves, all these tyrannies are at an end....from the body , senses , mind and intellect , all of which constitute the matter (prakriti), and is only the witness of their functions.
With me as presiding witness, prakriti gives birth to all that moves and does not move, and because of this,
A part indeed of Myself, which has been eternal jiva [the individual soul] in this world of life attracts the mind and the five senses from their place in the prakriti.
prakriti is the fundamental substance out of which the world evolves...Parkriti evolves under the influence of Purusa
Know therefore that prakriti is maya and the controlled of maya is the Supreme Lord. All this world with all its beings are but parts of Him.
...Purusha was personified as Brahma , Vishnu and Shiva while prakriti was personified as Saraswati , Lakshmi and Shakti .
The period before the split between Purusha and prakriti is Pralaya .
The word chitta is used for the moulding consciousness ; it connects the mind to the soul , manas to atma, prakriti to Purusha.
It is desire that links Purusha with prakriti.
The knowers of ancient things call this Purana Brahma Vaivarta because in it Brahman (I Khanda) and the Universe (II Khanda) are unfolded by Krishna. The actual structure of the Brahma and the prakriti khandas, is a further corroboration that in the word ‘Brahma-Vivarta’ what is meant is Brahman and not Brahma. It is the Purana of manifested Brahmin, which seems to be comprehensive of all topics of the Purana.Swami Parmeshwaranand
One should understand that the Atman is always like the King, distinct from the body, senses, mind and intellect, all of which constitute the matter (prakriti); and is the witness of their functions.