(Śakti): “Power.” Shakti is the dynamic principle of existence, envisioned as being feminine. It is the creative power that explains how inanimate Shiva (Pure Awareness) is manifested in the Universe’s infinite forms. Therefore, Shakti and Shiva are inseparable principles. As the Shiva Purana (7:2:4:10) explains: “Just as the moon does not shine without moonlight, so also Shiva does not shine without Shakti.” Shakti is responsible for creation, and is an agent of change and destruction—she powers existence as well as liberation. The most significant form of Shakti is kundalini shakti. Shakti also refers to the personification of the female form of the Absolute.