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See also Devee, Shakti Peeth;
(3) Power. There are
four types of Shakti in a man's life -
some other Shakti also, tmany of them belong to gods ---
(4) In Hindu concept, God is formless, hence neither male nor female. Yet in order to conceive God, God is male, or female or both. The latter choice is more popular. His male form has all the attributes except the might which is the attribute of female. In this concept, the male is Shiv and the female is Shakti. The female has been given many names but they all represent power. With the same concept, in the humans, a female has the power if she can recognize it and use it. This power does not mean the physical power, but the power of qualities - endurance, longevity, fairness and love. By love is meant the love of mother which is the purest, most unselfish, and the strongest form of love experienced in any situation. There might be other kinds of love also which can bring great changes in a man's life.
Many people worship God in male and female as pairs, such as Shiv-Paarvatee, Vishnu-Lakshmee, Indra-Shachee, Raadhaa-Krishn, and Seetaa-Raam. But the concept of Shakti, when used exclusively, refers to Paarvatee only. The most popular names of Paarvatee used in this context are
Ambaa (the mother),
Saraswatee's Servants are 9 Tattwaatmikaa Shakti --
According to Mantra Mahaarnav, their names are --
According to Mahaanirvaan
Tantra, p 251, there are 8 Shakti --
literature gave rise to an extreme group called Shaakt with whom Shiv
became less important compared to his consort Bhavaanee (Durgaa). The
book "Mahaa Nirvaan Tantra" clarifies the true philosophy of this sect.
In this work, God is considered as the Mother of the Universe. It deals
with three attitudes - "Pashu Bhaav", "Veer Bhaav", and "Divya Bhaav".
In the last attitude the devotee is asked to breach all social
restrictions. The practical perversion of this edict resulted in
encouraging the eating of meat, consumption of liquor and freedom of sex."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 12/22/12