The scriptures speak of the one reality which is of the nature of Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence – Consciousness – Bliss). Very simple stated, “ekam sat vipra bahuda vadanti” (The truth is one but the wise speak of it differently).
This Reality has certain innate, inherent powers, which can be broadly termed as shakti. It has the power to project, sustain and withdraw the world. The Upanishads explain this with the example of spider’s web. The spider has the ability to project or create its own web out of itself, stay in it or sustain it and in the end take it back into itself or swallow it.
The Sanskrit word srishti is normally understood as creation. But strictly speaking the world is not created, it is project, like the dance of the dancer.
Source – Art of Forgiveness by Swami Nikhilananda