The next time someone mentions that he/she logs on to the net 'religiously every day', you might do well to take him literally!
Yes, people are logging on every morning/noon/night - for their daily dose of religion and spirituality on the net.
Its strange how technology may, in fact, have subtly increased belief and religious habit amongst many.
You cant visit Tirupati because of a tight work schedule? Problem solved in more ways than one. Make your donation online (courtesy ICICI Bank payment gateway!). And get your gratification by watching some of the pujas happening at Tirupati on the net.
Never been to Shirdi and always wanted to? Go to Actve Darshan on Tata Sky and watch what's happening at Shirdi - LIVE!
Go to eprarthana.com - and customise a puja at your 'family' / ancestral temple - which you have never visited - by giving your details online. Fulfilment is in the form of a neatly packaged 'prasad' box that comes to you by Blue Dart - no less!
While this can never replace the experience of physically visiting a place of worship, technology has created a bridge that seems to have brought the Almighty closer and more accessible - in more ways than one!
And what's more wonderful is the way the so-called 'older gen' is adapting to technology and using it to their advantage. I have a spiritually learned uncle who has ingenuously created an e-group of motley individuals (children/nephews/nieces/neighbours et al) - all too busy in their lives - but who now diligently log on everyday for his daily capsule on the teachings of the Bhagvad Gita! I may never read the Gita in my life - but thanks to him, I now know a bit of what it teaches!
Now if I could JUST do my daily exercise online - Life would be perfect :-)