Meaning of Shiva and Shakti Thangka

Thangka painting depicts Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati (aka Shiva and Shakti). Shiva is the great yogi. He symbolizes male energy and it is the primordial energy, which represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism. Shakti on the other hand represents the female energy and is the personification of the creative and sustaining energy.

The painting symbolizes that despite the gender we associate ourselves with, we actually encompass both male and female qualities. When we fail to acknowledge our vast energetic system we may feel chronically out of balance. One of the goals of yoga is to bridge the gap between the masculine and feminine and reach the central channel which is called Shushumna Nadi that provides us a clear and joyful mind for meditation and self-realization.