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A NEW WESTERN HINDUISM
is a religion of the Earth. It honors the Earth as the Divine Mother
and encourages us to honor her and help her develop her creative
potentials. The deities of Hinduism permeate the world of nature.
For example, Shiva is the God of the mountains, while Parvati
is the mountain Goddess. Shiva dwells in high and steep rocky crags
and cliff faces. Parvati rules over mountain streams,
waterfalls, and mountain meadows with their many flowers.
Hiking in the mountain country one can find
natural Shiva lingas. Beneath high rocky peaks that take the form of
a linga, a basin naturally forms as a mountain lake that becomes the
yoni. In this way Shiva and Parvati manifest everywhere in nature.
They dont belong to a single country or book only. It is
not necessary to live in India to be a Hindu. In fact one must
live in harmony with the land where one is located to be a true