Shiva & Shakti-The Balancing Power of the Cosmos

The infinite Shiva has many forms and of these diverse forms, the Ardhanarishvar form is just amazing.

In this unique avatar, Shiva is consciousness– the masculine energy while Shakti is the motivating power– the feminine energy

The masculine power and the feminine Shakti – These primal energies are known as Purusha (Consciousness) and Prakriti (Nature).

Prakriti & Purusha

  • Prakriti (Shakti) means power, drive, energy, change and transformation– which is nature.

This nature is the reason behind the existence of the maternal energy. The mother gives nourishment, security, and warmth to her children. When a child is born, the mother nurtures it with the sap of life and raises it while sacrificing a lot.

  • Purusha (Shiva/the Consciousness), however, is the fixed, infinite, and silent observer.

This male energy lacks desires of his own, into which Prakriti infuses her own nature to bring balance in the cosmos.

The Celestial Consciousness

Thus, Shiva and Shakti are manifestations of the universal celestial consciousness – where there are two primal energies, the feminine energy, and the masculine energy. The left side is Parvati, and the right side is Shiva.

But their splitting gives rise to the duality within the lives of human beings that results in a sense of lacking. So, the one part constantly strives to re-unite with the other part.

The Balance

Shiva and Shakti exist within every human being as the masculine and feminine energies.

Within Purush there lies a strong proclivity towards the feminine energies, and within Prakriti a strong tendency towards the masculine energy.

So, when Prakriti and Purush unite, knowledge, the knower, and the thing of knowledge, all turn in a single energy giving the required balance to the cosmos.

I wish for all the blessing of the Divine Mother who lives within you as energy and vitality, and the blessing of the Divine Father who resides within you as consciousness and knowledge. May they always take care of you, protect you and guide you, and in their infinite love lead you to the cosmic consciousness.

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