PRINCIPLES OF TANTRA – PART II – SRI YANTRA

PRINCIPLES OF TANTRA – PART II – SRI YANTRA
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FROM INTRODUCTION

 

SAKTI

 

In the Sanskrit language the word Sakti is feminine. It must not, therefore, be supposed that that which is denoted by it is feminine. There is no word in the English language which conveys the exact meaning of the word Sakti as it is used in the Hindu Spiritual Science. It is neither for nor energy of physical science. The word Power may be used to designate it.

Power or Sakti is the root of all existence. It is from Sakti that universes are evolved; it is by Sakti that they are sustained; and it is into Sakti that they are finally resolved. It is the same as Parabrahman.  Parabrahman is Existence ( Sat), Consciousness ( Cit), and Bliss (Ananda). By Sakti is denoted exactly these three aspects in the One without a second. Cit is the Power, and the two other aspects go along with it; for without consciousness there would be neither existence nor happiness. Sakti, then, is essentially absolute Satcitananda.

Within, so to say, the womb of Sakti, is Maya or Prakriti, the matrix of the universe which, during cosmic inaction or Mahaprlaya is potential and latent, even as fire is latent within wood. Maya or Prakrti is not a non-reality, nor a state of equilibrium of certain things; nor is it a something-nothing, something little (yatkincit), an idea (bhava). It is as immutable and permanent as the triple aspects already mentioned. It enfolds, to use chemical phraseology, a triad of Gunas or Reals which, mutating and combining, make up the appearance of the ever-changing world, and which, in Mahapralaya, are withdrawn within the bosom from whence they emerged. Maya or Prakrti it must be understood, is ever in association with Cit, be it in Mahapralaya or in evolution; for there is only One without a second, and Prakrti must be an inseparable part or power of it.

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