But even the shAkta schools cannot place Shiva and Shakti as two separate things. Because Shiva and Shakti are like the lamp and its light, the flower and its fragrance, honey and its sweetness, milk and its whiteness, word and its meaning.
Thus they cannot be separated from each other. Even though the credit for the spandanaM is given to Shakti, it is not as if She and He are separate. This mutual dependence of the two should be kept in our mind always.