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According to Vedic literature, creation takes two energies.  One energy is represented as masculine, and it's called shiva.  The energy is represented as feminine, and it's called Shakti.  In stories, they are portrayed as a god and goddess.  Shiva represents consciousness and Shakti represents power.  When Shiva and Shakti got together, they danced and the universe was created.

The energies of Shiva and Shakti are not so much opposites as they are complementary.  Just as we have all three doshas in our composition, we each have masculine and feminine energies within us as well.  It is the union of these two energies that allows us unlimited potential.

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