SHIVA AND SHAKTI: Tantra considers the universe to be a manifestation
of pure consciousness. Through this process of manifesting,
consciousness divides itself into two parts, which, though seeming to
be separate, cannot exist without one another.
* Shiva remains as a static, formless quality.
* Shakti is a dynamic, creative aspect.
SCIENCE AND PHYSICS: Modern science also considers these two forms of
energy, though viewing them in different ways. Science includes, for
example, potential energy and kinetic energy (the energy of motion),
recognizing that they are both manifestations of the same underlying
energy. Tantra describes the unification of all as the pouring out of
the energy of consciousness through the manifestation of the static
(Shiva) through a veiling and projecting process (Shakti), creating
the levels of the universe. At the physical level, modern physics also
seeks to find a unifying source, and is in the process of explaining
this unification through quark and string theories.
LIKE INK AND THE WORD: Shiva and Shakti are inseparable and coexist,
like ink and the written word, which, though one and the same, are
different. With one pen of ink, many different words or images can be
manifested, although there remains only one container (pen) of ink. It
is that creative process of manifestation that makes the ink appear to
have different forms and meaning from one word to the next. When you
write different words, or draw both a circle and a square, you have
not created a single ink molecule, but have only rearranged the
existing molecules, creating the appearance of different words or
forms. It remains exactly what it was in the first place, which is
ink. This is not negative or merely intellectually reductionistic, but
is a most awesome, beautiful process. Similarly, the unmanifest Shiva
can manifest into countless forms through the creative appearance of
Shakti. Simple metaphors such as ink and written word can be extremely
useful to contemplate on, so as to understand the principle of the one
appearing to be two, and how these two dance together to form the
elegant complexity of manifest reality.
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