Today I got to attend a devotional gathering, an interfaith prayer service, in the World Religions Library, near the Lotus Temple…. in Second Life.
Ok, a little context…
I first visited Second Life a number of years ago, and found it a bit challenging to navigate, but on my last visit there I had found an interfaith World Religions site, and had logged out finally while there. This morning, while reading news and such on my android phone, something made me think of Second Life again, and so I checked to see if the Android client was any good. Well, turns out I had awhile back purchased, for a simple $3.00, the Lumiya app, and so I reinstalled it and voila, I was back at the interfaith site.
Turns out there were a couple of people there setting up for hosting their 3rd annual World Religions Day observance this evening from 5-7 PM “Second Life” time (aka California Time).
So I took a stroll through the gardens, and visited the Lotus Temple…
I met a couple of the folks active in maintaining and hosting this site, and hung out for some conversation in an open reading / conversation space. Yes, there really is a cat playing around on the carpet…
I went back to the library site, where my newly met friends were setting up decorations of flowers for the evening prayer meeting, kept them company for awhile, and even helped out a bit with a sound check.
I came back in the evening for the observance, sat in the front row, and listened to a panel of speakers representing a number of faiths, who spoke about the role and understanding of prayer from various points of view. Some lovely readings where shared from various faiths. It is a beautiful and peaceful space, rather like being in a temple or holy ground, and the program for the evening was inspiring and at times moving.
Here are a couple of snapshots I took of the location of the program.
So, you might want to check it out some time. There really is a small replica of the Baha’i Lotus Temple from New Delhi, India, a Baha’i Center, a library, and locations for prayer and conversation around the grounds. The grounds are verdant, and surrounded by water, and you will faintly hear the the sounds of birds and frogs.
There are prayers and study weekly on Friday evenings.
In order to get sounds (to talk and to listen to others speak), and for a few other features, I downloaded and used a free PC client (Firestorm) to attend in the evening.
To get to the site, you can teleport to the
UUtopia Library of World Religions, UUtopia (146, 81, 22)
I’m not on Second Life much, but I may visit this location more often in the future.
Thank you for the post and pictures, Carl. It was a pleasure to meet you, and I hope to see you again soon.
It was wonderful seeing you there, and also at the subsequent Interfaith Prayer Circle at the Ashram. Your photography is quite good! See you around!