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.