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Shiva Lives in Rochester

A jogging professor of sociology experiences the power of Shiva atop Pinnacle Hill in New York.

On my daily run the morning before Thanksgiving, I installed a bell on a tree atop Pinnacle Hill in honour of Lord Shiva. I had returned the afternoon before Thanksgiving around 4 pm and showed my wife the bell, insisting that it wouldn’t be long before the devotees arrived. “How will they know it’s here?” she asked. “They just will”, I replied.

Thanksgiving morning, as I headed towards the hill crest, I came upon a deer atop the hill. It just looked at me. I slowed as I approached the top and was greeted by prayer flags. Sometime between Wednesday late afternoon and Thanksgiving morning, prayer flags had been installed alongside my bell at the approach to the summit of Pinnacle Hill. “Happy Thanksgiving, the devotees have arrived”, I shouted to my wife as I returned home.

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