There is wealth of Essays on different Topics here.
How do I read a post made some time ago?
I always read all the comments first!
Why? It seems backwards. You don’t know what the commentators are referring to in the original post!
Well, I do because:
- The comments are usually short, expressing the feelings of the commentator, the gratitude, why this post is important, if there is any basic information missing in the post, questions etc.
- Besides giving me valuable information quickly about the original post, the comments prepare me for reading the original post in a favorable mood. In other words they offer me a chance to be part of the sanga Nitai.co
- When I later read the post (or hear the audio or view the video) the comments will highlight some things for me, that I could miss otherwise.
- When I read the original post and really like something (and I am looking for the like-button) then I might remember that a commentator already expressed that liking or feeling. That will again help me to feel part of the sanga while reading the original post. This is my sanga! (or I feel the lack of oneness with this family Nitai.co).
- When I read the original post and want to make a comment, an original contribution to this Topic, I will remember if someone already made a similar comment. That will create a connection with that commentator already when reading the original post.
- If I on the other hand read the original post first, neglecting the comments, then it is very likely that I will feel lonely, and this is biggest obstacle in devotee internet communities. The A of the ABC is a preliminary faith and the B is sanga. Maybe it is appropriate to use Madhurya kadambini’s explanation:
A. First you come in contact with Bhakti - sraddha. A Vaishnava who gives you the preliminary faith (the faith that he or she wants to offer me something valuable): The title of the original post, the authors name.
B. You enter the sanga that is cultivating that valuable commodity (harinama etc.): The comments of the original post.
C. You connect with that Vaishnava and ask for his permission, his grace: The original post.
- Furthermore by neglecting the comments, there is a certain risk I will continue to neglect them after reading the original post ( being too much absorbed in the original post or absorbed in my misunderstanding of it ).