THE ONE TRUTH – The Upanishads, Vedas and Tantras teach us is about the Ultimate Consciousness – BRAHMAN. The spiritual Occult disciplines leading to the Brahman are known as the Brahma Vidyas, of which Shri Vidya is the foremost and most highly regarded. It guarantees dual benefits – both Moksha (liberation of the soul) as well as Bhog (enjoyments on the Worldly plane).
The ancient Indian spiritual Tantras mention such great paths and categorise them into the Ten cosmic powers known as the Dasha Maha Vidyas. The third Vidya is known as Shodashi Vidya, also known popularly as the Shri Vidya (the most Auspicious of Wisdoms). This is the most comprehensive and all embracing in its nature and leads the Sadhaka directly to Parabrahman Rajarajeshwari Tripurasundari. This knowledge is a Tantric Shakta tradition and liberates the soul from the cycle of reincarnation by the self realisation of his or her identity with the Divine Goddess consciousness.
Being an Advaite philosophy (non-dualism), Shiv and Shakti are inseparable, since Shiva is a static consciousness, inert without Shakti’s creative force. Therefore she is dominantly superior, it is stated in the Tantras – ‘Pancha preta manch dishyani’ (the 5 devas, Brahma, Vishnu, Sadashiv, Rudra and Indra are lifeless without her).
Shivah saktyaa yukto yadi bhavati shaktah prabhavitam Na chedd evam devo na khalu kushalah spanditam api Atas twam aradhyam hari hara virinchadibhir api Pranantum stotum va katham akrta-punyah prabhavathi