I am a Hindu sadhu (religious teacher). For the past 40 years, I have had the good fortune to call the sacred pilgrimage town of Rishikesh, on the banks of Mother Ganga – the river Ganges – in the lap of the Himalayas, my home. At a very young age, I was blessed to spend a lot of time with and be in the presence of many Hindu saints and sadhus. I was also trained by my Guru to perform many austerities in the jungles and spent over 15 years in the thick forests of northern India. That is where my view of and reverence for Nature was born.

Today, I often look back and think about those saints and ...


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