Why are online spiritual practices so popular nowadays?
Some practices through digital media allows individuals to extend their spiritual experiences which are derived from SGS by participating in spiritual events that would otherwise not be possible to participate due to geographical limitations like streaming live ‘puja ‘not be possible to participate otherwise due to geographic limitations, like for example streaming live ‘Puja’ (‘Puja’ is considered sacred, often ritualistic involving chanting normally along with actions that include sounds of bells and drums, along with fragrant, perfumed incense sticks, flowers and oil-lit lamps) and considered as creating path for communicating with the deity of their faith through direct experience- which is possible now from any part of the world. Due to digital media capabilities, a mobile service provider in Russia has allowed placing prayers at the Wailing-Wall in Jerusalem by depositing the printed texts sent via messaging services.
This kind of remote participation is becoming quite common and are constantly finding new ways to extend to other domains of spiritual activities like being able to send and receive confessions and absolutions remotely even though there is discrepancy about the confidentially concerns with some priests; smart devices with GPS functionality has enabled users to point towards Mecca along with letting the users know the local times to pray; also some mosques are remotely able to now disable the phone (with users opting this function) for a period during regular prayer times to avoid distractions. These functions and services developed from the digital media capabilities indicate constant connectivity that monitors and addresses the spiritual needs of particular users in today’s modern world.