Shakti by Jaswant Khalsa
Acrylic on four archival panels
36” x 48” (18” x 24” each)
The origins of Shakti, the Hindu concept of “Divine Mother”, penetrate deeply into India's prehistory. It’s earliest known appearance was in Indian Paleolithic settlements more than 20,000 years ago. As it’s most known today, “Shakti” resurfaced and was expanded in Sanskrit tradition within the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Vedic text. The Vedas, containing hymns, philosophy, and yogic guidance, are the most ancient Hindu scriptures.
Shakti is the divine power that underlies creation and manifestation. Shakti is the concept or personification of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as “The Great Divine Mother.” On the earthly plane, Shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though also present in males in potential, unmanifest form. Shakti energy is both responsible for creation and the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation.
Shakti also embodies destructive energy such as death, degeneration, and illness, and auspicious powers such as nature, the elements, music, art, dance, and prosperity. Shakti may be personified as the gentle and benevolent or the terrifying force destroying evil and conquering the forces that threaten the stability of the universe.
This Sanskrit mantra is commonly used to call upon the Divine Mother.
Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo!
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo!
Prithum Bhagvati, Prithum Bhagvati, Prithum Bhagvati, Namo Namo!
Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo!
Primal Shakti, I bow to Thee!
All-Encompassing Shakti, I bow to Thee!
That through which Divine Creates, I bow to Thee!
Creative Power of the Kundalini, Mother of all Mother Power, To Thee I Bow!