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By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Adyasakti, AdyAZakti, AAdyaashakti
- Primordial Energy
- the sum total of cosmic energy, which gives birth to all forms of energy and all states of matter and which makes possible all modes of existence, and which is conceived as the Mother Goddess, who is the substratum of all manifested existence, the primal cause behind all causes and effects, the original state of energy-consciousness, the sum-total of which is constant and unchanging, but which transforms itself into all forms of energy and manifestation, action and reaction, who becomes the evolutionary drive, the life-force and instincts in all of nature and life, and with whose energy creation, preservation and annihilation are performed. (synonym: ādiśakti).