For most of us, when we say "Divine Mother" or "The Goddess" we are
talking about the Supreme Being as the creatrix of the universe who
expresses compassion and love in a very personal, direct, and
intimate way in the same way that a loving mother cares for her
Words fail to say who or what the Goddess is but She can be known
and experienced in a direct and personal way. This means that we
can't say for sure how big She is or where She came from or what Her
ultimate form is or why She is. What we can do is enter into a
relationship with Her, a communion that is very intimate, close,
loving and personal. She will be our best friend and confidant and
our patient teacher.
Both the creation stories in Genesis and in the Hindu Rig Veda begin
with the idea of the formless, the void, and the absolute. Then
creation arose (or is continually arising) out of this. The Rig Veda
describes this "arising" as a divine whim or play of the Supreme.
The creation that occurs is Mother (maya), the divine whim (Shakti
or power) is also Mother and the absolute formless ground of being
is, again, Mother. We can grab hold of Her skirt at any point along
this timeless expression of the Divine and, if we hold on tightly,
She will dispel our illusions and deliver us to the blissful and
peaceful realization of Divine Truth.
Maya, in Her potential aspect, is the divine power of the
Lord. She has no beginning. She is composed of the three
universal qualities (gunas), subtle, beyond perception. It is
from the effects She produces that Her existence is inferred by
the wise. It is She who gives birth to the whole universe.
- Adi Shankara, The
Crest Jewel of Discrimination Translated
by Swami Prabhavananda & Christopher Isherwood
|When the Supreme Being is thought of as actionless - neither
creating, sustaining nor destroying - I call Him by the name of
Brahman (pure absolute formless being) or Purusha. But when I think
of him as active - creating, sustaining and destroying - I call him
by the name of Shakti (Divine Mother as primal energy) or Maya (the
veiling power of the Divine Mother by which the One appears as many)
or Prakriti (Divine Mother as primordial nature which, in
association with Purusha, creates the universe).
The actionless Brahman and the active Shakti are in fact one and the
same. He, who is the Absolute Existence-Intelligence-Bliss, is also
the All-knowing, the All-intelligent and All-blissful Mother of the
universe. A precious stone and its luminosity are one and the same,
for you cannot imagine a diamond without it, and vice versa.