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A NEW WESTERN HINDUISM
Hinduism never seemed to be something foreign or
alien to me or inappropriate to my circumstances living in the West.
It is the very religion of nature and consciousness in the broadest
sense, which makes it relevant to everyone.
For me true religion and spirituality comes from
nature. It arises from the ground. The soul in nature lives beneath
the earth, in the soil, dwelling in the roots of plants and
sustaining the vegetable kingdom. The fire at the center of the
Earth that upholds geological processes on the planet is a form of
the Divine fire that dwells within our hearts.
The most important insights
that have come to me usually occur while walking in nature,
particularly hiking in the high mountains. In the wilderness nature
can enter into our consciousness and cleanse our minds of
human-centered compulsions. I think that liberation is like
wandering off into nature, climbing up a high mountain, and not
coming back to the lowlands of human society.