|Hiking along Patrick's Point State Park|
|Kali Yantra-Painting on Cotton Courtesy of the British Museum|
Like the yantra from the British Museum, the scene was both formal in its geometric boundary lines and personal: in one case the fragrance, the trees and the stream gurgling below, in the other, the image of Kali mounted over a demon underneath which lies an inert Shiva.
The multiple correspondences between nature, the abstract and the personal is not just limited to the religions of South Asia, but, from time to time, can also be discovered in the Western tradition. The 13th century Theologian Saint Bonaventure wrote in his "The Soul's Journey into God":
Sometimes give voice to confused words;
Man passes there through forests of symbols
Which look at him with understanding eyes.