While the pandemic kept everyone indoors in 2021, a group of Acaryas from the New York Sector decided to start a pracar project called ‘The Meditation & Service Show.’ Gradually the project has been taking form with lots of activities on social media like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Dada Satyamitrananda, Dada Dayashiilananda, Didi Ananda Acira, and Didi Ananda Hitaprabha conducted the first online retreat successfully on March 10 – 13, 2022, with 25 participants. They introduced basic classes on Kiirtan, meditation, and Asana, as well as philosophy and vegan cooking classes. Online classes have been an instant hit since the pandemic, but the students can look forward to in-person retreats in Ananda Kanan on July 13 – 17 and California in October.
The latest effort by this project is the weekly interactive Talk Shows that are live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, called The Meditation & Service Show. Here some guests are invited into a virtual studio, and topics related to meditation, tantra, and service are discussed. A musician is also invited to play a few songs and some Kiirtan. The guests can interact and ask questions. Seven shows have already been created, and many more are planned in the near future.
Anyone interested to participate or view the shows is welcome and can connect with us on our Facebook page and group: The Meditation and Service Project: https://www.facebook.com/MeditationServiceProject