In most South Asian languages, shakti translates literally as power.
In Hinduism, Shakti is an aspect of Devi, and a personification of God as the Divine Mother who represents the active, dynamic principles of feminine power. Alternatively, Shakti represents the power of God, who is in Hinduism is Vishnu or Shiva. For Vaishnavites, God's power or Shakti is Yogamaya. For Shaivites, God's power is Parvati.
- Wikipedia (2004). Shakti (http://www.wikipedia.org/Shakti). Retrived Oct. 18, 2004.