"this is the path for you" they say, dripping devout intensity, eyes burning as they nail me to their patriarchal history. thus, religion is designed to create good faithful followers; education teaches us to memorize accepted answers. i prefer to ask deep questions in the form of humble prayers & find my answers in the sky & the curvature of flowers. i would rather walk a hillside path or sit by a quiet lake than be closed in a room to give over my mind to them to take. the price of such daring freedom is to stand outside of custom, observing with detachment when they would rather have me trust them. the wisdom of the heart will serve by the blessed grace of Shiva, whom i trust with all my lives to guide me safely through this maya.