Friday, March 6, 2015

The Cosmic Energy, Shakti and Siva

"Shakti and Siva are One." Amrita Patel

Shakti is transforming, manifesting
herself in five specific ways as described in the Siva Sutras: Chitta--awareness; Ananda--bliss; Icha--desire; Gyana--knowledge; Kriya--action. For the one in growing self awareness, Shakti arises in consciousness as an element of passion. Passion isn't personal, however another may prompt awareness of its present possibilities. Passion as described in the Sutra is universal; it is the particles of light-giving life. In Christian terms, this passion is described as the Christ, who is the light of the world.

As a part of the cosmic energy Shakti
is but one power, one part of light. Its energy is inspired by spirit and its drive is creative. Shakti in creation brings forth Siva in traditional Hindu view of the creative functioning of the world. Inspiring passion, the ordinarily abstract and unconscious Siva is made manifest by the dances of Shakti. The energy borne of the cosmic pair, passionate love, is energy that makes every thing new, every being renewed, innocent in expression.

Siva is all awareness, silent and intuitive. Siva as a part of cosmic energy described in tradition, creates, destroys or empties, protects, covers, reveals. Siva is present in life's processes. The miracle of the process in revelation is that the love energy borne by Siva, and directly in the world by Shakti, is like a miracle, revealing a divine shift, love itself manifesting in peacefulness, joy and a sense of the whole.

Siva is also known as "Pashupati,"
Lord of creatures. To this end, Sri Chakra worship is witness to the unity of Shakti and Siva. It is a symbol of the infinite as well. Sri Aurobindo writes:

"This is the knot that ties together the stars;
The two who are one and the Secret of all power,
The two who are one are the might and right in things "

For Aurobindo, this scripture and others demonstrates that Shakti and Siva are One, writes Amrita Patel in his literary book, Perspectives on Sri Aurobindo's Poetry, Plays and Criticism.

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