I revere lions and tigers, those jungle creatures,
and the healing herbs and vines that grow in forest glades.
I revere the night sky, blue as the lotus and garlanded with stars,
and the River Ganges whose waters spread and flow.
I revere too those rocky and regal mountains, the mighty Himalayas.
Abbreviations used in the Book
A. Anguttara Nikāya; D. Dīgha Nikāya; Dhp. Dhammapada; Ja. Jātaka; Jm. Jātakamāla; M. Majjhima Nikāya; Mb. Mahābhārata; Mn. Mahāniddesa; Mv. Mahāvaṁsa; Mhv. Mahāvastu; Ps. Papañcasūdani; S. Saṁyutta Nikāya; Sn. Sutta Nipāta; Vin. Vinaya.