Prakriti is the Vedic name for the mutable aspect of manifest existence. The term is derived from the Sanskrit pra, meaning “beginning,” and kriti, meaning “creation.” It’s also translated as “nature” or “source” and the primal matter made of three aspects called the gunas. It’s important to know that matter is also eternal – it is not created or destroyed – but has the ability to shift forms. Within the ability to mutate and change we are able to learn more about both Prakriti and Purusha, if we are able to become aware of the subtle qualities around us.
If we look at our human experiences in these constructs we can see that the vehicle of mutable experience (the body) teaches us about ourselves both as changeable and eternal.
From the institute of Vedic studies:
“Prakriti is the essence of all observable qualities in terms of time, space and karma. It is the seed of all qualities but has no specific quality of its own. As such, it is exceedingly subtle. It is the essence of all experience but itself indescribable. To reach the level of Prakriti is to reach the original force behind all creation.”