bhur apo ’gnir marun nabhah
tan-matrani ca tavanti
gandhadini matani me
maha-bhutani—the gross elements; panca—five; eva—exactly; bhuh—earth; apah—water; agnih—fire; marut—air; nabhah—ether; tat-matrani—the subtle elements; ca—also; tavanti—so many; gandha-adini—smell and so on (taste, color, touch and sound); matani—considered; me—by Me.
There are five gross elements, namely earth, water, fire, air and ether. There are also five subtle elements: smell, taste, color, touch and sound.
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