All established Sahaja Yogis, have access to Sahaja Yoga collective practice via the internet.
A Brief History of the Beginning of Online Meditations
Since the mid-2000s, yogis & yuvas have been working on different methods of conducting online meditations. These meditations can be accessed by anyone with a computer and an internet connection. This is a very simple and easy way to meditate collectively without having to travel anywhere. It has also been noticed that we connect together through meditation regardless of being in the same physical space. Such method is also very appreciated by those who do not live close to other yogis and aren’t able to meditate in collectivity frequently. Online meditation first started about 3 years in the form of Skype conference calls. Real time online communities were still new at the time and Skype provided a free and easy way to connect to each other.
A few of the Yuva Shakti were meditating together from time to time and these experiences were vibrationally amazing. There are, however, a few disadvantages to using Skype. It can only sustain 24 people on a free conference, there are lag issues sometimes and everyone but the lead has to have their microphones off to avoid massive feedback. The main problem, though, was that there was not a regularly followed schedule of these programs. There were no new developments for online meditation in 2007 until almost the end of the year. Then development of meditation programs on online radio started. The website was sahajayogaradio.org and meditations were conducted on Monday evenings. Different yogis were taking turns and for the first time these programs were on a regular schedule. However, there were still some issues. There was a limit to the number of people who could listen in to the programs and no way interact with each other using this service.
Once again, lack of continuous commitment brought this medium an end. In mid-2008 a new service was experimented for use. It is called ustream and is an online service, which was developed by 2 Iraqi war veterans. It was discovered and recommended by Canadian Yogis and currently there are frequent programs conducted through this service. At first it was only tested among the U.S. yogis but now hundreds yogis from all over the world attend different meditations tailored for different groups of people. America was given a chance to do something amazing because internet is Vishnumaya and it has proven to be a great success so far.
As for the future, it is to utilize the concept of “crowdsourcing.” There are new systems being developed. We will see spontaneous online meditations happening. Whenever the need arises paramchaitanya will alert yogis about the problem and in respect of their geographical location in the world, using things like facebook status updates they will quickly organize in a temporary group of yogis and use group voice chat programs to have a dynamic meditation. In effect, we are using current and upcoming technologies to help us to get to the ultimate state of collective consciousness, where we will not need to use anything to communicate with each other.