Sunday, February 14, 2010

Vehicle of Shakthi

On Friday night we celebrated Mahashivaratri and what does this festival mean to us today as individuals seeking spiritual growth.

The universe presents a picture of continuous energy flow. There is constant interchange of energy from the smallest organism to the Galaxies. There are always the polar opposites which form the actors in this play of creation. Darkness is the absence of light; silence the absence of sound. Duality in nature, the coexistence of the positive and the negative, lends meaning to the whole of existence.

Today science is struggling to understand the composition of reality. The observable universe is only 4%. Millions of ‘Black Holes’ inhabit the universe and they are all pure energy centres. There are both manifestations available to the human mind as well as reality beyond comprehension. The only thing fitting such a description is the formless, the
Nirakaar or Para Brahman. This is the swaroop or essence of Shiva. In the words of Shankaracharya: “Na punyam na paapam na saukhyam na dukham, chidananda rupa Shivoham Shivoham” – Neither good nor bad, there is no joy or sorrow, only the Universal Presence.

When Creation began, there existed one Supreme Consciousness manifested as Adi Shakti, the Primordial feminine energy. From her emerged Shiva, who symbolizes the essence of transformation of creative energy. All forms of Shiva, as
Bhairava, Mahāyogin, Nataraja, Ardhanarishvara are but mythological representations of the manifestations of the primordial energy of creation with various attributes. Perhaps the apt symbolism of Shiva portraying the undifferentiated form of primary energy is Tripurantaka where he is shown destroying the triple nature of Sthula sharira—the external embodiment, Sukshma sharira—the intellectual corpus, and Karana sharira—the consciousness or the soul. The Tripurantaka manifestation of the Lord destroys and extinguishes the tri-partite compartmentalisation of the being and merges all three essential components of man into the supreme consciousness. The lord as Tripurantaka destroys the veil of Maya, agyaan (ignorance), and affects the unision of the individual soul with the supreme consciousness.

Adi Shakti then chose to be the consort of Shiva as Parvati. While Creation (including Shiva) draws energy from Shakti, Shakti without Shiva is just pure energy that needs a vehicle to channelise itself. Complete evolution becomes a union of opposing forces. This evolution is seen as the awakening of the Kundalini or seat of energy in us. The process involves rising through the chakras, what rises up being Kundalini or Shakti. This is a semi-dormant force residing at the base chakra. Shiva seated at the highest chakra has to come down and unite with Shakti at every subsequent chakra. Samudra Manthan or churning of the celestial ocean where nectar and poison were both produced is the Kundalini’s awakening. This is a process that takes place in every human at the five chakras between
Mūlādhāra and Sahasrara.

The union of Shakthi and Shiva, representing the inseparable union of supreme consciousness and its vehicle or embodiment and symbolized by the union of Parvathi and Shiva, is celebrated as Mahashivaratri.
Let us reflect on this deep symbolism and understand the greatness of human creation.

Love to you all


  1. Pure energy needs a vehicle to manifest itself.Whenever I recite the words"Thy will be done on earth", I always pray that I may become fit to be His instrument.Moreover I like the feminist overtone of the blog.I don't mean just theoritically.If the woman in any household is out of the house,the house looks empty,as it is her energy that enlivens the entire household.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I understand your position with respect to endorsing the feminist overtone in explaining the role of Shakthi. Creation is organized in such a way that the energy is primarily a female attribute invested in all creation. The very act of being a progenitor implies that the act of energy transformation to a very highly complex level takes place only at this level. This is the reason that unmodified transfer of the energy center, the mitochondrial DNA present in every cell of the human body, takes place from mother to daughter not to the son.
    I love your comments as they evoke good dialog.