Nectar Pot – Its Story and Vision
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Whenever devotees from all over the world would visit our sanga, they would ask me to copy recorded lectures, kirtans, soft books and other nectar for them. Since I have a large collection I ended up spending countless nights copying data unto hard-discs.
One day I started calling the discs Nectar Pots, because ultimately we should relish all this nectar in the nectar pot of our heart. Krsna steals butter from the gopis‘ pots and He relishes the prema-rasa in the nectar pots of His devotees‘ hearts.
Once they started relishing the nectar, they came back begging for more and wanted the latest nectar and I spent extra time cross-checking what they already had and what not. So the idea was to take Nectar Pot online. I purchased the domain nectarpot.com and was planning to keep on uploading nectar. Due to other commitments, this hasn’t taken off yet and I have used the domain for personal publications, which could easily be shifted to a sub-site.
In fact, that was the idea – that every member has an account and a personal platform with a profile that contains all their skills (e. g. expertise in a particular field of bhakti, language, healing, professional skills, etc), interests ( e. g. Hindi kirtans) needs (e. g. looking for Bangla to English translator in India), publications, links, etc. The Nectar Pot Bee Dance algorithm then acts like bees who come to the hive and show-dance to others where some newly discovered nectar matching their profile is waiting for them. Giving and taking is both nectar in bhakti, so both will be suggested to the members. Similar algorithms are used by platforms like LinkedIn.
Through Buddy Press we can have a dedicated Gaudiya social media platform without all the downsides of Facebook et al, and through open source Wiki we can have our own Gaudiya Wiki. However, we will tailor it in such a way as to minimize conflicts. Instead of putting edit against edit, we will provide parallel versions of Wiki entries on the same topic, allowing for a coverage of all stakeholders‘ opinions. This will provide an interesting one-stop research tool.
Every entry has a blog attached where Nectar Pot members can comment (contesting comments are limited to one comment with a link to a separate article and blog dedicated to debate, unless the creator invites debate). Membership is free but binds one to follow guidelines and etiquette, allowing admins to warn members, delete comments and suspend accounts.
The Nectar Pot library will systematically categorize all Gaudiya and related media in one space and provide links to where the nectar can be found, be it on other websites, Google drive or YouTube, etc. It will be searchable and browse-able by category. All member profiles (if permission is granted by the member) will be searchable too, so I can e. g. search for an English speaking parikrama guide in Assam. Of course, if I enter the same as a need then the Bee Dance algorithm will automatically find it or notify me once it becomes available.
Life is short, so I’m sharing this here with all devotees. In case I happen not to see this come to fruition, others hopefully will. Radhe-Syam!