@Self Proclaimed vedantists who behave like Christianity and Islam and 24/7 condemn Hindus for being Idol worshippers and blah blah blah !.
The conception of shiva & shakti in Tantra is the same as the vedic one of Purusha & Prakriti and the advaitic Brahman & Maya.
In the words of Vivekananda, "The Absolute is formles...s but energy is female. When the energy takes form, it is called Mother. Mother is the moving power, distriburbing into the waves the water-calm of the absolute." The formless infinite becomes finite in diversified creation due to shakti - the kinetic power, To quote Arthur Avalon, "Power imlies a Power-Holder. The power holder is shiva. There is no shiva without shakti or shakti without shiva. The two, as they are , in themselves one. They are each being, consciousness and Bliss.
Prayer is the path of purification of the mind and aids in developing in the individual worshiper the consciousness of being one with God. Indian hymns of prayer contain elements of auto-suggestion and self-hypnotism that help the spiritual aspirant in his upward path through Sampya, Sarupya and Sayujya, that is by creating a sense of nearness to the Divine, a desire to acquire the attributes of divinity, and ultimate identification of the individual self with the Supreme.
अन्धं तमः प्रविशन्ति ये.असंभुतिमुपसते |}
ततो भूय इव ते तमो य उसंभूत्य रतः || 12||}
Into a blind darkness they enter who worship only the unmanifested prakriti; but into a greater darkness they enter who worship the manifested Hiranyagarbha.
अन्यदेवाहुः सम्भवऄअन्यदाहुरसम्भव़.ह् |
इति शुश्रुम धीराणां ये नस्तद्विचचक्षिरे || 13||
One thing, they say, is obtained from the worship of the manifested; another, they say, from the worship of the unmanifested. Thus we have heard from the wise who taught us this.
संभूतिं च विनाशं च यस्तद्वेदोभय सह |
विनाशेन मर्^इत्युं तीर्त्वा संभूत्य.अमर्^इतमश्नुते || 14||
He who knows that both the unmanifested prakriti and the manifested Hiranyagarbha should be worshipped together, overcomes death by the worship of Hiranyagarbha and obtains immortality through devotion to prakriti.
ThirumuRai - 860:
thirumUlar aruLiya thirumandhiram
Athip pirAnum aNi maNivaNNanum
Athik kamalaththu alar micaiyAnum
cOthikkil mUnRum thoDarcciyil onREnAr
pEthiththu ulakam piNaN^gukinRArkaLE.
Primal lord (rudra), embellishing gem colored (viShNu)
and the one on the bloomed primal lotus -
when tested they are the continuation of one thing.
Those who do not realize this, differentiate and
quarrel among in the world.
1. Those who do not realize the God and
Its aspect in rudra, viShNu and brahma
quarrel among themselves as the followers
of different deities.
Aum shantih shantihi shanthi !
Aunmaa Aunm Aum Om Ityaadi Veda Satyaha Huyathe' Havihi!!