bhumir apo ’nalo vayuh
kham mano buddhir eva ca
ahankara itiyam me
bhinna prakritir astadha
"Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego—all together these eight constitute My separated material energies."
Bhinna prakriti astadha = prakruti is expanded in eight ways. God creates, with the divine approval of Thayar. It is like the peacock dancing with the feathers fully spread at the sight of the pea-hen. The Lord is the Peacock and Thayar is Pea-hen and spreading feathers is the Creation. Like a seed sown germinating and a sprouting up, which becomes a small plant with leaves and later grows into a tree with branches, leaves and fruits. This seed for creation is called Moolaprakruti. It is a body of Sriman Narayana. He transforms this Moolaprakruti into various aspects and later after Maha pralayam, all are taken back into His body. First Prakruti transforms into Mahaan. It is something like the germination seen on a seed. Mahaan nourishes our gyana. Mahaan expands into Ahankaram, which is our ego, pride and give the feeling of 'I-am-atman'. Ahankaram branches into three - Saatvika ahankaram, Raajasa ahankaram and Tamasa ahankaram. What these three are, will make us to understand the sloka. We will see it next day.