"The many-voiced song of the river echoed softly."

The Holy Ganges
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The river’s many sounds suggest the sounds of all living things, and the flow of the river, as well as the fact that its water perpetually returns, suggests the nature of time.  The river reveals the complexity of existence through sound and image, and Siddhartha meditates on these revelations in order to gain an understanding of them. He ultimately finds an internal connection with the river, which enables him to connect with the entire Universe.