Nothing can shine that is separate
from the light of your form, O Lord
Therefore, though disguised by nature,
you remain accessible
Just as it here is certain through great insight
That you are everything
That there is nothing else
Either existent or nonexistent
So, then, be abundantly evident to me
|The tri-form leaf of the Bilva tree is sacred to Lord Shiva|
Yes, Utpala has an abundantly evident sense of humor.
The Shivastotravali and Jnaneshwar's Gita are my two favorite scriptures. The Stotravali is chanted every day by multitudes of devotees.
Shiva and Nandi statuette from GoddessGift.net.
NOTE: Shiva doesn't actually ride on the bull Nandi. His "vehicle" is also a god who brings his own symbolism to that of Shiva, embodying the serenity and unfailing repose of Shiva's constant meditation