An accurate metaphor would be the controlled National Forest fires that firemen intentionally use to burn away patches of forested American land such as Pisgah, Yosemite and Yellowstone. Forest fires are essential for the survival of the forests. It is the immense heat of the flames that break open certain seeds that are encased in protective shells. These destructive fires clear out the under brush and rotting foliage so seeds can take root in the fertile soil. The forest fires get rid of big, dead timber to clear the way for the smaller, growing trees to get a chance at some nutritious sunlight. This process microcosmically mirrors the macrocosmic cycles of creation and destruction.
Since it is Shivarati, there is obviously no greater mantra to chant on this auspicious day than the Om Namah Shivaya mantra. For this reason I am featuring a Swiss kirtan group called Prema Hara below. I've recently gotten into their kirtan music after meeting them at my local ISKCON. They have been living an austere life on the road providing audiences with kirtan all over the US for the past ten years. I have been listening to a CD of theirs on repeat for the past few months.
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA.