The Sacred Union of Shiva and Shakti

I offer obeisance to the God and Goddess,

The limitless primal parents of the universe.


They are not entirely the same,

Nor are they not the same.


How sweet is their union!

The whole world is too small to contain them,

Yet they live happily in the smallest particle.


These two are the only ones

Who dwell in this home called the universe.

When the Master of the house sleeps,

The Mistress stays awake,

And performs the functions of both.


When He awakes, the whole house disappears,

And nothing at all is left.


Two lutes: one note.

Two flowers: one fragrance.

Two lamps: one light.


Two lips: one word.

Two eyes: one sight.

These two: one universe.


In unity there is little to behold;

So She, the mother of abundance,

Brought forth the world as play.


He takes the role of Witness

Out of love of watching Her.

But when Her appearance is withdrawn,

The role of Witness is abandoned as well.


Through Her,

He assumes the form of the universe;

Without Her,

He is left naked.


If night and day were to approach the Sun,

Both would disappear.

In the same way, their duality would vanish

If their essential Unity were seen.


They are like a stream of knowledge

From which a knower cannot drink

Unless he gives up himself.


It is in this manner I bow

To the inseparable Shiva and Shakti.


Translated by Swami Abhyayananda