When Devi or Lakshmi asks their male consorts; it means the feminine attitude is asking.
Why this emphasis on the feminine attitude?
Man and woman are not only different physically, but they are also psychologically different. Sex is not a difference in the body alone; it is a difference in psychologies also. A feminine mind means receptivity; total receptivity, surrender, love.
A disciple needs a feminine psychology too; otherwise he will not be able to learn. You may ask, but if one is closed then one cannot ask questions. Actually, You can ask a question and still remain closed. Then the answer cannot penetrate you. Your doors are closed; you are dead. You are not open.
A feminine receptivity means a womb-like receptivity in the inner depth, so that you can receive. And not only that; much more is implied.
A woman is not only receiving something, the moment she receives it, it becomes a part of her body. A child is received. A woman conceives; the moment there is conception, the child has become part of the feminine body. It is not alien, it is not foreign. It has been absorbed. Now the child will live not as something added to the mother, but just as a part, just as the mother. And the child is not only received: the feminine body becomes creative; the child begins to grow.
A disciple needs a womb-like receptivity. Whatsoever is received is not to be gathered as dead knowledge. It must grow in you; it must become blood and bones in you. It must become a part. It must grow!! This growth will change you, will transform you; the receiver.
Every Hindu temple has in centre the Garbha-Gudi; Which means the womb-temple. The central sanctum sanctorum is basically designed to receive the energy and qualities of the deity who is consecrated in the temple; which is then to be received by the devotees and has to be grown inside of him or her, just as a child grows in the mother’s womb.
That is why Agama Shastras use this device. Every treatise starts with Devi or Lakshmi asking a question and Shiva or Vishnu replying to it. Devi is Shiva’s consort, his feminine part.