(Pṛthivī Tattva): The Earth element, one of the pancha bhutas (five material elements that compose the material Cosmos). It is the grossest of the material elements. According to Kashmir Shaivism, there are thirty-six tattvas (categories of existence). Prithivi is the thirty-sixth (the most material) and Shiva (Pure Consciousness) is the first (the subtlest)—essentially, our journey to Pure Consciousness begins from Earth.