Qyxxql Merlin (qyxxql_merlin) wrote,
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Gandhi's Salt Satyagraha Walk in Second Life...

Please forgive the delays with my blogging...I really prefer the direct contact and experiences afforded by living within the Metaverse and reflecting on this whole metaphysical journey is just to remind myself that I have a duty and a responsibility to report on my findings to others with the limited amount of experience that words themselves can transmit.

I had such an amazing experience earlier today though that I feel that I should not waste any reflective time and report on it now...



Earlier today I was part of a wonderful walk with the avatar of MahatmaGandhi Chakrabarti. Gandhi in real life is Joseph Delappe and he is re-enacting the original Salt March to Dandi in the hopes of achieving virtual enlightenment.

He used a real treadmill to cause his avatar to walk across all the various islands and properties of Second Life - public and private.

His physical self had actually walked 240 miles by the end of the walk. I was fortunate enough to walk with Gandhi for the final 3+ miles.

His performance/spiritquest was broadcast and documented at Eyebeam Gallery in New York...

You really should visit his wonderful blog at http://saltmarchsecondlife.wordpress.com

Here are some more pictures for you...



We had assembled on Sugar Seville's Odyssey Island and as a reward, we earned our own walking sticks...some might call them staffs...Gandhi was going to reach his quota of 240 miles today. I guess at the time we had assembled he had already walked 237 miles over the previous 2 weeks or so...

This is another angle of the assembly...





I think enough of us had finally assembled to follow Gandhi on his culminating journey...



...it was not long before Second Life itself had more grid-failure problems and I had difficulties restoring my own remote connection so by the time I had returned, only Gandhi and Cinco Pizzicato was left...



After about a mile of walking through difficult terrain, we discovered this lovely Italian plaza area...I am not sure what the Italian name was for this architectural feature but it was elegant and gorgeous, nevertheless...



I am pleased that I was able to capture the energy between us as walkers. We did not speak that much during our walkabout. I really think we had an intuitive rapport that was bordering on the telepathic.



Here we are negotiating at the base of the stairs over our next travel destination. I recommended a virtual Hajj pilgrimage and Cinco Pizzicato - our other walking companion - seemed to agree with us...



Words cannot describe the virtual elation I felt when standing this close to the Kaaba. I almost felt as if I was tresspassing on this sacred ritual space...I knew that we had to begin following the arrows to emulate the necessary circular counterclockwise rotations around the Kaaba's perimeter.



Out of respect for our Brothers and Sisters in the Muslim community, we followed the arrows to make sure we are circling the Kaaba in the correct direction...



This portrait was taken right at the moment that Gandhi had completed his 240 mile trek...This was quite the endurance ritual. I hold Mahatma Ghandi in very high regard...
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