Shiva and Shakti


Hi ,

There are 2 types of energy in the universe , ie Shiva(Male) and Shakthi(Female) .Can u explain the characteristics of these 2 energies and how they interact .

Thanks in advance.

—Bimal, India,Cochin


Shiva and Shakti are simply different aspects of the same one God. Shiva is the still, unmoving, omnipresent God beyond Creation. Shakti is the creative force of Spirit, the energy moving out from Shiva to create the universe. Shiva’s “energy” is the divine will that manifests Shakti, which in turn manifests, sustains, and ultimately dissolves creation.

For a broader discussion of this point, see Swami Kriyananda’s book The Hindu Way of Awakening.