1. All the Gods, indeed, placed themselves near (served) the Goddess and asked, ‘Who are you, Great Goddess (Mahadevi)?’
2. She answered: I am the true nature of Brahman. From me is the universe that consists of prakriti (manifested nature) and purusha (spirit) and the void and the non-void. I am bliss and non-bliss; in awareness (vijnana, knowledge) and unawareness I am. Brahman in Brahman is to be known. Thus, indeed, declares the Atharva scripture (shruti).