By Swami Harshananda
Ādiśakti literally means ‘Primeval Power’.
The source and sustenance of all creation whether at the level of matter, mind or life, is one. It is called Śakti (power or energy). A cyclic theory of creation (sṛṣṭi), preservation (sthiti) and destruction (pralaya) goes on eternally. It is the Śakti of God that is responsible for this. This Śakti is usually conceived as a female deity, as the Consort of God. Since she is the original source, she is often called ‘Ādiśakti,’ the Primeval Power.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore