Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
- 16: The essence of his nature is known to be free of dross and pervades the entire universe. This being the nature of the highest reality, who is the object of worship and who is to be pacified by worship?
- 17: In this way the transcendental state of bhairava, which is described or sung of, is known by means of the absolute or highest form that is Paradevi, the highest goddess.
- 18: Just as shakti, or power, is not different from shaktimaan, the holder of power, similarly parashakti, the highest power, who is the essence of the absolute and therefore identical with dharma, can never be separated from Bhairava, the possessor of dharma.
- 19: Just as the power to burn is not separate from fire, similarly parashakti is not different from Bhairava. However, it is imagined as separate in the beginning, as a preliminary step towards entry into its knowledge.
- 20: One who enters the state of shakti has the feeling of identification with Shiva, without division. Then one verily becomes like the form of Shiva. In this context, it is said that Shakti is the face of Shiva.