Though our stream has had no water from the reservoir for nearly a year, with rain and run off the stream beds are quite moist. Happily there is enough water to support the birth of one of the lotuses whose roots lie dormant in the mud.
This carpenter bee is happy too, about to load up on the pollen to take back to her babies in some hole she bored deep into a tree or into the side of our buildings.
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.