Conversation between Shiva and Shakti:
Hindu tantras are discourses between Shiva and Shakti, the male and female (static and dynamic consciousness) aspects of the Divine Creative Forces whose play creates the entire universe.
Through the following conversation one gets to know some secrets of the manifestation, sustenance and dissolution of the universe and on which if one can contemplate, one can achieve enlightenment.
Shakti: Oh Deva! From where does the creation comes and where does it return? What is the Brahma Jnana beyond creation and destruction?
Shiva: Creation comes from Void (nothingness, shunya, pure consciousness) that which is beyond words (avyakta) and returns to the same void at the time of destruction. Brahma Jnana (self knowledge, enlightenment) is the knowledge of this Void, Pure consciousness which is beyond creation and destruction.
Self-knowledge is the cause of happiness and liberation for a man, not dharma(religion), not karma (action) and not the reciting of mantra.
Just as there is potential for fire in wood, as there is scent in flower and nectar in water, so in the center of the human frame is the Void, Self, Pure consciousness, devoid of good or bad.
Shakti: Tell me of the nature of speech. How is it produced and how is it dissolved?
Shiva: Vital breath (Life force, Prana) comes from the Void, mind arises from vital breath. Speech comes from mind and is dissolved into mind
Shakti: What wants to eat? What wants to drink? What stays awake in waking, dream and deep sleep?
Shiva: Vital breath wants food. Food is consumed by fire. Vital breath is awake during waking, dream and deep sleep.
Shakti: What causes karma? What causes bad deeds? Who does bad deeds? How is one liberated from bad deeds?
Shiva said-The mind is the cause for karma and that only does good and bad deeds. The mind is stained by bad deeds. That mind, having become Pure Conscious Self, does neither good nor bad.
Shakti: How does an embodied soul (jiva) become Shiva? What is cause and effect? Speak to me, of your grace!
Shiva said- Bound by delusion is jiva, freed from delusion is Shiva(Pure Consciousness). You (Dynamic consciousness) represented by actions and reactions is cause and effect. Enlightenment is different from you.
After churning the Vedas and all the scriptures, the Yogis have extracted their essence (Butter), leaving the intellectuals (pundits) to drink the butter milk which remains.
Shakti: What is Shakti (Dynamic Consciousness) and what is Shiva(Static Consciousness). Tell me about this! Please reveal the nature of Jnana (knowledge)!
Shiva: Shakti dwells in the moving mind and Siva dwells in the steady mind. He who is established in the steady mind becomes accomplished while living in the body.
Those seated in a steady position, who meditate daily and are free of worries and imaginings, are Yogis and not otherwise, said Shiva.
Whoever hears this or reads this every day becomes pure and free of all problems and resides in the Shiva heaven.
– Guruji Sri. Sadguru Rameshji Ji