Shiva and Shakti

Stretching our minds beyond our own religious concepts, I find the Vedic traditions fascinating.  Shiva is the oldest of the Vedic trinity which also includes Brahma and Vishnu (sort of Father, Son and Holy Spirit here too).  Shiva is called the god of yoga, death, cattle, dance, the moon, and all the abstract forces like beneficence and destruction.  Shiva, for me, the lord of yoga is meaningful, being a yoga practitioner, and Shiva, the lord of the dance, as he is usually depicted in bronze statues shows multiple talents (and multiple arm-age!).  Dancing in this circle, Shiva is said to have performed in the place called the “Center of the Universe”, shown in bronze by  the circle of flames which represents the cosmos,  and that the location of this place is within the human heart.  The heartbeat, the basic rhythm of soul pleasing human music, is never forgotten but what is more is that this center of the universe is regarded in each of us, where god is located, within our core, within our own self.  A connection to Shiva brings on a state of actualization and union with our own higher self.

Shiva’s ultimate universal energy could only be expressed, of course, with his female counterpart, Shakti.

Shakti, herself, the Great Goddess (Kali Ma), is realized as both the sexual partner and the innermost animating soul of man or god.  Jung has called her My Lady Soul: “Every mother and every beloved is forced to become the carrier and embodiment of this omnipresent and ageless image, which corresponds to the deepest reality in man.”

Shakti means “Cosmic Energy.”  She implies “power, ability, capacity, faculty, strength, prowess; regal power, the power of composition, poetic power, genius; the power or signification of a word or term; the power inherent in cause to produce it necessary effect…”

Shakti was also a spirit-wife, or female guardian angel, who could incarnate in human female form or remain wholly supernatural at will.  She is the epitome of the thought that “behind every successful man is a great woman”. “An important division of the ‘mythology of woman’ is devoted to showing that it is always a feminine being who helps the hero to conquer immortality or to emerge victorious from his initiatory ordeals…”

So with Shiva we have Shakti.  It is said that all things rose from the union of the two, and that to “become” the powers of both, the body and soul absorb together, bringing one into “possession of her, the cosmic Shakti, the living embodiment of the principle beauty and youth eternal, the ultimate quest”, and with Shiva, lord of yoga, or union, bringing one into contact with his own universal energy, actualization of body, and eternal bliss.



11 Responses to “Shiva and Shakti”

  1. Sarcastic Bastard Says:

    And peace to you. Interesting post.


  2. Hi!
    who did that wonderful picture of Shakti? I love it! Does the artist have more image of this kind?


  3. Aum Namah Shivaya,
    Wonderful pictures, and the snow crossing the Nataraja makes me think of the Ice lingam at Shiva’s Amarnath Temple



    beautiful and elegant pictures of sakthi. i love very much.


  5. Hi

    Beautiful writing and painting , do you who’s the artist?


  6. liked that painting… nice post…


  7. Calango_Cerrado Says:

    the second shakti picture came from the site, and yes the artist has a LOT more images of this kind, just check it out. Greetings from Brazil and peace for all 😉


  8. OMG


  9. Who is the artist? I’m tying to find more of their work


  10. The Power Cosmic is not something only super human imaginary beings can use. It rests within each sentient being endowed with the power of free will. This article brings out the matter very simply. I read something here -: .Lord Shiva is a Hindu God but the divine exists in all of us, across all religion and even beyond. Any thoughts on this?


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