Adi means Primordial and Shakti means Power. So Adi Shakti means Primordial Power of God.
“Today we are going to do the Puja of Adi Shakti. It’s a difficult subject to talk about Adi Shakti, because it’s not easy to understand that Adi Shakti is the power of Sadashiva. Sadashiva is the God Almighty, She is His breath, as some people call it. Some say She is the desire and some say that She’s the entire power of Sadashiva, and Sadashiva cannot do anything without Her powers. This subject has been described by many people in various books in different ways. But actually we need not go to the background of the creation of Adi Shakti, for that at least you need seven lectures. But we’ll come to the point where Adi Shakti started working on this Mother Earth. The first thing is we must know, that She created a Kundalini in the Mother Earth itself and She created Shri Ganesha out of the Mother Earth, it’s very interesting. So the Mother Earth becomes a very important thing for us. If we do not know how to respect the Mother Earth, we do not know how to respect ourselves. The expression of Adi Shakti within you is the Kundalini, no doubt. That is the reflection of Adi Shakti in you. But the reflection in the Mother Earth is also expressed, as you all know, in different places, different countries, different cities, as the manifestation of chakras and Adi Shakti’s creations. It was very important first to create a very holy Mother Earth for human beings to be born on there.
So the reflection of the Adi Shakti as Kundalini first was on the Mother Earth. Kundalini is, we should say, is a wee part of the Adi Shakti, or we can say that, She is the desire, pure desire, of the Adi Shakti. So Adi Shakti is the desire, complete desire of Sadashiva; and Kundalini, Adi Kundalini is the desire, complete desire of Adi Shakti.” (H.H.Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, extract from Shri Adi Shakti Puja, Cabella, Italy, 25/5/97)
“The reflection of Adi Shakti within you is the Kundalini. Whatever is created on this Universe and in many Universes is the work of the Adi Shakti. Now many people believe that there is one God—it’s true, there’s one God—God Almighty. But He has His own powers which he can embody into someone and can get His own manifestation expressed. So first of all He created the power of Adi Shakti. When it was created, then there was a sound, the sound that we call as OM—logos or anything you call it; the primordial sound—and these three powers came out of that sound, as aa, oo and ma [a, u, m]— om [aum]. The Adi Shakti is the one who embodies the desire of God Almighty. The desire of God Almighty comes out of His compassion and for His own expression, for His own manifestation, for His own reflection. I would say that He must be tired of loneliness so He must have thought of creating a partner who will manifest His desires.
Thus, the power of God Almighty separated from Him and formed an embodiment of His compassion, His desire to create. They say in Sanskrit Chitvilas, the enjoyment of the Adi Shakti. Chit is attention. The attention has its own joy and to manifest that joy of our attention; She created all the universes, She created this Mother Earth, She created all this nature, She created all the animals, She created all the human beings and She created all the Sahaja Yogis. This is how the whole creation has worked out.
At this juncture, one may ask that “Why did She not straight forward create human beings?” That was the idea of God Almighty, just to create human beings. But Adi Shakti, being the Mother, She had Her own way of expression. She thought She must create the mirrors for God Almighty to see His face, to see His image, to see His character and that’s how this long range of evolution took place. This evolution had to work out this way because they had to know from where they come. We must know that we come from nature. Even nature should know it comes from the Mother Earth, and Mother Earth herself has her own Kundalini—and she too is not just a dead earth, but she knows, she thinks, she understands and she regulates.” (H.H.Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, extract from Shri Adi Shakti Puja, Talk at Cabella, 8/6/96)
Shri Shiva wanted to witness Himself
This was in Frankfurt in 1988. Shri Mataji was there for the first visit. Shri Mataji went into a small room in the evening after the public programme, when She returned to the ashram.
‘Bring me a piece of paper and a pen,’ Shri Mataji said. ‘I want to show you something.’ Then She started drawing. She started off with a dot.
‘See, this is Shri Shiva,’ She began. ‘When there is one, it is just a dot. There is nothing else existing. But then Shri Shiva wanted to witness Himself, in the sense that there needed to be another. So there can be a mirror and he separated Himself from His Shakti. But because the love between Shri Shiva and Shri Shakti is so deep, the Shakti kept coming back when She was pushed out.’ So Shri Mataji then drew a circle around the dot, and went a few more times round and made the circle like an ellipse. And the ellipse is there because the Shakti wants to come back to Shri Shiva, and He pushes Her out again.
‘Go create!’ He said. So that is why all the circular movements in the universe are not perfect circles but ellipses and that is one of the manifestations of the love between Shri Shiva and Shri Shakti.
Once She had accepted what She had to do, She separated Herself into three: Shri Mahakali, Shri Mahasaraswati, Shri Mahalakshmi. They started on the subtle level, started manifesting on the subtle level, started manifesting. There was not yet any material creation. The causal bodies for anything that exists are these three powers, and then Shri Adishakti created Shri Ganesha, the fourth one.
First Shri Mataji explained the Om. The one line is Shri Mahakali, the bottom one is Shri Mahasaraswati, and the other is Shri Mahalakshmi. Then there is the bindu (dot) of Shri Shiva. Then She said that the creation went into the material creation also, you see that on the left side is hydrogen, and on the right side is oxygen and in the central channel is nitrogen, and in the mooladhara is carbon. And with these four atoms you can create amino acids, and these amino acids are the basic building blocks of life.
Shri Mataji wrote this down on the paper”. (by H. Reininger)
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