Woman has two qualities – the primeval power of Shakti, the creative energy before time; and Bhakti, the devotional humility and patience of the mother. These two aspects need to be in balance for a woman to be connected with her spirit and her strength.
Shakti – in hindu tradition Durga – has 8 hands, representing her ability to perform as many tasks simultaneously. She carries a sword, standing for the power of her decisive word, and she does all that balancing on one foot while riding a tiger, also representing her fierceful and fearless strenght in motion. She carries the creative power of decision, and is in touch with her animal and primal nature.
Bhakti – represented in the christian tradition by Mary – sits in deep meditation and prayer offering herself in service for her child and for the world. Her devotion and prayer is infinite, crossing beyond borders and blessing the life of her child to be a saint. She surrenders her wish of control and power into the Infinite, remaining in a constant attitude of gratitude. Her prayer is the highest blessing to her child and to the world, totally changing their destiny. She delivers her child to God, not claiming him her own.
Very often I see women who have not found either Shakti or Bhakti in their lives. A connection must be found in order to reach our highest potential as women. The Bhakti side is often neglected and even discriminated in our pursue of equality with men. Men and women must be equally respected, but each has their own character and value, and for the woman, the devotional part is essential. Woman must be able to relax and sit and just be, instead of acting Shakti all the time. Woman nowadays suffer because they have lost the ability to relax, to be with their hearts, to be intuitive, spiritual and devotional.
Here are two short texts which I put together which talk about this.The first one is an excerpt of the book Everyday Grace – The Art of being a Woman, by Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa (original link: http://www.sikhdharma.org/pages/adi-shakti-woman-and-infinity ). The second text are excerpts of a lecture by Yogi Bhajan on the Pros and Cons of being a Woman, a lecture given at Women’s camp back in 1977.
I hope you enjoy and share it with other women. You can post comments here if you feel like.
In humble service of the Divine,