after the festive gala celebration comes the thorough clean-up. after the inmost insight comes steady determined application. after the fall from grace & light comes the humility to struggle from the shattered scattered rubble & resolutely rise up again: what is learned from the darkness is to be gathered & shared in the light. after the sincere sadhana comes the fading of maya's mirage in Shiva's pervasive light. He is kneading the soul as if it is bread being carefully prepared for baking. He is working His light deep into the cells that i may also be a light unto the world. wherever i am, Shiva declares it a temple & i bow humbly. i pray for the trees & the birds & for the young of all who are born to bless this sad besieged world with the nectar of their sweet purity. this is the time when abundant blessings are needed everywhere, for what is learned from the darkness is to be gathered & shared in the light.