the mountain proclaims how to live in this world: "be strong, endure, stand tall & reach to the sun in adoration." the tree whispers soft how to live in this world: "lift up into the light, plunge into the earth. share it all freely. give yourself endlessly & generously." the flower declares how to live in this world: "seek the light & drink from the sweet moist earth. unfold your splendor in passionate color & fragrant essence." the bird calls to me how to live in this world: "sing deeply from the heart in jubilation. cast yourself into the embrace of the wind -- go where it takes you with calm acceptance." these noble beings (my teachers & gurus) channel my Lord Shiva in their purity. thus i honor them. i bow to them. i bow.