From International Nath Order
Shakti is a Sanskit word meaning energy or power.
- The word Shakti means power. It is, according to the Tantriks the Power by which the Absolute manifests itself. The worship of Shakti therefore implies the worship of God as the Mother. In symbolism, the universe is seen to issue from a womb, as in human birth and this implies Motherhood. One who worships Shakti is called a Shakta.
Finally, shakti can also refer to the female practitioner of Tantra, the consort of the male tantric.