All that is manifest is Power (Sakti) as Mind, Life and Matter. Power implies a Power-Holder (Saktiman). There is no Power-Holder without Power, or Power without Power-Holder.The Power-Holder is Siva. Power is Sakti, the Great Mother of the Universe. There is no Siva without Sakti, or Sakti without Siva.The two as they are in themselves are one. They are each Being-Consciousness and Bliss.
Rest implies Activity, and Activity implies Rest. Behind all activity there is a static background. Sive represents the static aspect of Reality and Sakti the moving aspect. The two, as they are in themselves, are one. All is Real, both Changeless and Changeful. Maya is not in this system “illusion”, but is in the concise words of the Sakta Sadhaka Kamalakantta ‘the Form of the Formless’ (Sunyasya akara iti Maya). The world in its form and these forms are therefore Real.
Man is then as to his essence the static Power-Holder, or Siva who is pure Consciousness; and, as Mind and Body, he is the manifestation of Siva’s Power, or Sakti or Mother. He is thus Siva-Sakti. He is as he stands an expression of Power. The object of Sadhana or Worship and Yoga is to raise this Power to its perfect expression, which is perfect in the sense of unlimited experience. One mode of so doing is the Yoga here in described, whereby man exchanges his limited or worldly experience for that which is the unlimited Whole (Purna) or Perfect Bliss.
from “The Serpent Power, by Sir John Woodroffe Chapter 1, pages 23 and 24
It was Swami Muktananda in on of his books where is was speaking of Siva-Sakti, that he mentioned Sir John Woodroffe and this book, so I went to Amazon and order it, very confirming, expanding and illuminating!
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