Nice definition, Richard, thanks for posting.
 

     On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 4:17 PM, "'Richard J. Williams' 
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      On 10/28/2014 1:19 PM, Share Long sharelon...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife] 
wrote:
 >
  
    Richard, I got a different understanding about Shakti.   
 >
 In Hindu philosophy "shakti" is personified as the active aspect of the 
ultimate reality while in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist tantra the active aspect 
is symbolized as the impassive aspect. You can see this clearly in the Hindu 
and Tibetan iconography.
 
 So, let's review what we know about "tantra". 
 
 The prefix "tan" in Sanskrit means "to elaborate" and "tra" which means "a 
tool". So, tantra is a set of tools for the attainment of self-realization. 
Tantra is whatever is used in the pursuit of the attainment of spiritual 
reality, for example" mantra, yantra, puja, pradakshina, etc. Tantra is thus a 
toolbox that provides the means for spiritual practice.  
 >
 
    Shiva is pure consciousness, silent. Shakti is prakriti, active.
     
 > 
      
 
Shakti is defined as defined as "energy".  Are you saying energy is an 
illusion?  I guess BP, Exxon, Shell are all illusions?
 >
 Shakti as defined by Hindu and Buddhist teachers is transcendental "pure 
consciousness." However, science doesn't recognize a "force" that enters into 
the material world and causes change at will. A force would imply an external 
animator and an  intelligent change agent. 
 
 Energy and BP, Exxon, and Shell are all parts of the physical world. You have 
confused the transcendental with the material. Drop another  quarter and try 
again.
      
 
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