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Shiva and shakti are like ink and the word

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    SHIVA AND SHAKTI: Tantra considers the universe to be a manifestation of pure consciousness. Through this process of manifesting, consciousness divides itself
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 28, 2004
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      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.

      For more information:
      http://www.swamij.com/kundalini-awakening.htm

      In loving service,

      Swami J
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