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Brainstorm: Online Gaudiya Vaishnava services - Your insights sought
Madhava - Sat, 04 Jun 2005 20:45:51 +0530
The World Wide Web is undoubtedly a media playing an increasingly important role in influencing the views and lives of people, playing a crucial role in their search for both information and entertainment. The beautiful tradition of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu deserves to be well represented in the ever-evolving modern world, new avenues of broadcasting and inspiration need to be established.
Here's what we have currently covered:
- Moving images - Lake of Flowers Productions
- Audio - Raganuga.Com, upcoming at Lake of Flowers Productions
- Still images - Raganuga.Com, upcoming at LOFP
- Static information - Gaudiya.Com, Raganuga.Org and the such
- Interactive information - Gaudiya Discussions, some private forums
- Source texts - Gaudiya Grantha Mandir
- Sites for individual traditions - Krishnacaitanya.Com, Madrasibaba.Org and the such
Additionally, there are some budding projects in various stages of completion or currently frozen due to lack of resources:
- Gaudiya Encyclopaedia - An extensive information resource in a searchable database online.
- News - The structure for the site is coded together, however we lack a network of contributors.
- Gaudiya introductory kit - A bundle containing a small book, a CD and some pictures, freely available, ordered online. With an introductory website.
- Online study groups - A prototype version has been rolled out to a limited audience, we are looking into broader education in various scriptures along with lessons in Sanskrit and Bengali.
- Organization - The online presence of a pan-Gaudiya mother organization to facilitate and support all of the above (currently being registered).
- Calendar - An online Vaishnava calendar, needs to be locally customized and linked to information on the events noted.
With all of the above, somehow I feel we've barely scratched the surface. I'd therefore like to hear any and all ideas our good audience may come up with. What would you like to see online?
Kamala - Sat, 04 Jun 2005 23:12:55 +0530
As part of the online study group programme, I'd like to see correspondence courses because I like to read texts and write essays about them in various ways (such as "compare and contrast", "historical analysis" etc.)
It might even be fun to include "comprehension" exercises - with a text, then multiple choice questions to see if we've understood the text properly. Professionals in many fields must gain a certain amount of "CPD" or continuous professional development points each year from completion of such exercises - so why not Vaisnavas!
I'd also like to see people do "pastoral role play" exercises, that is write about how they might approach a real world situation using devotional insights, such as assisting junior family members through difficult challenges, or resolving work-related problems calling for the development of sattva-guna qualities. This might seem a bit mundane, but in my opinion there has been insufficient focus in some devotee communities on supporting eachother as devotee-friends, or developing the "pastoral" side of being a guru or spiritual teacher to others. I feel that weaknesses in these areas can lead to problems focusing on sadhana and in maintaining harmonious relationships with other devotees.