Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hinduism The active manifest power that creates the universe.
  • n. Hinduism The consort of the male expression of the divine, especially of the god Shiva.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Meaning sacred force, power or energy, it represents the Hindu concept or personification of the divine feminine aspect, sometimes referred to as 'The Divine Mother'. Shakti represents the active, dynamic principles of feminine power. In Shaktism, Shakti is worshiped as the Supreme Being. However, in other Hindu traditions, Shakti embodies the active energy and power of male deities (Purushas), such as Vishnu in Vaishnavism or Shiva in Shaivism

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the female or generative principle; wife of Siva and a benevolent form of Devi

Etymologies

Sanskrit śaktiḥ, from śaknoti, he is strong.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit शक्ति (śákti, "power, energy"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the virtual world of Second Life, an online community, Tanya goes by the name Shakti (ph), and the band is Space Junkie.

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  • This is not light-weight approach, even though on the surface it can look like a bunch of people in tie-dyed pants, playing with hula hoops and saying the word Shakti a lot.

    Texas Shiva

  • Shakti is just happy to try and scale the fence (impressive for such a ... portly ... pussy) or lie down in the flower bed and look happy.

    February 2nd, 2006

  • In a project called Shakti Amma empowered woman that started in 2002, HUL tapped an existing network of women's micro-financing groups, in which women get loans to buy something that can help them earn an income.

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  • The Shakti is our reliable and ever-present guide to our ancestors and holds them in Her womb, not only to produce another being but as a continuation of the history and legacy of the ancestors of Her culture.

    Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar

  • When demonic forces create imbalance, all god unite and becoming one divine force called Shakti or Durga.

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  • When demonic forces create imbalance all god unite becoming one divine force called Shakti or Durga.

    Durga Puja going on : the symbol of justice

  • Shakti Rubber Mat "Shakti" is Sanskrit for Power: Designed to help yogis practice strength, stability and grace, the Shakti Mat is constructed of 100% natural rubber with a stabilizing core that prevents bunching and stretching, as well as a fabric-like, slip-resistant texture.

  • At these meetings devotees go forward to receive spiritual experience from a touch by the open palm of the hand, often to the forehead, by the guru in what is known as the Shakti Pat or divine touch.

    Cerulean Sanctum

  • And being artists, they painted their vessels in brilliant blues, whites, and golds, often inscribing a well-chosen name on the bow such as Shakti, Athena, Mermaid Lightning, Madame Picasso, or Madame Picasso's Revenge.

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