In the story of Buddha's life, as I heard it told recently by John Tarrant, there is a place in the story where Siddharta having renounced everything familiar is challenged by Mara who insinuates that he stands with all the demons in favor of Siddharta's destruction..'And who will stand for you?' Mara asks smugly, expecting to seal his victory. Bhuma Devi, the Hindu goddess who embodies the Earth, signals that she will stand! And so she does still. The Earth stands for us as we transform in whatever form we struggle, whatever spiritual path we are wandering without usual markers.