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By Nava Gauranga dasa
I often relish living in Kali-yuga, especially this Kali-yuga. For in this age the most fortunate souls have had an opportunity to hear of the extremely merciful incarnation for this age, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Just over 500 years ago Sri Chaitanya prophesied that His Name would be heard in every town and village.
I have had the good fortune of taking shelter under a spiritual master who instructed me to continue this spreading of Sri Chaitanya's Name in everytown and village.
We live in exciting times where the world is gradually becoming smaller, and Sri Chaitanya's vision is very tangible.
So why not take this 'in every town and village' even further. Why not into virtual reality worlds. Spiritual life is all about applying things in Krsna consciousness. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada coined the phrase 'utilization', and Srila Prabhupada called this 'dovetailing in Krsna consciousness'.
How can Sri Chaitanya's Name be heard in every town and village? Surely with today's and the futures internet technologies such can be the reality!
The virtual reality world, 'Second Life' is one such way that this may happen. 3D internet technologies are at the beginning stages of development. And in time they will be great places for meeting, teaching, and also for spiritual practice.
Presently I am in the process of organizing daily Srimad Bhagavatam classes and other spiritual activities in Second Life. Basically I am incorporating my daily spiritual practices alongside the computer. So most things like kirtan, food offerings, jaap, and scripture study , I will also perform 'in world' in 'real time'.
You may hear a sample of a Bhagavatam class I have just given tonight here: Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 7 chapter 9 verse 28.
Very soon I will be running daily classes on the Bhagavatam even if no one turns up to hear. Because I will be performing this service in my small temple room, in real life anyway. So why not put the headset on, and turn the computer on, and sing the glories of Sri GaurangaKrishna throughout the net!
It should be alot of fun, just the way spiritual life should be. My second life name is 'Nava Homewood'. Feel free to come and say hi anytime. Nitaai Sangha has a small meeting place in Second life here:
Please always chant Nityananda! Gauranga! and Hare Krishna and be happy!
in love.....Nava Gauranga dasa (Nava Homewood).
Daily Virtual Bhagavatam Classes - 3D
Nava Gauranga dasa
Wed, 15 Aug 2007 20:25:00 GMT