Each year Adobe has a major conference for developers and high-end users. This year Palaniswami and Senthilnathaswami went to LA for the October 5-7 event. More than 5,000 were there from all over the world, all greeted here by Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. The swamis learned new ways to bring Gurudeva's legacy of teachings to the Internet, new tools and ways of using the familiar Adobe tools. In this theater on the first day they saw about 15 minutes of the animated film, Avatar, a sci-fi bit of Adobe-driven humans-versus-alien wizardly directed by Titanic director James Cameron.
On the day after the conference ended, the swamis met with Madhuri Shekar who works as a digital Media Intern at Sony Pictures, and is also, we are proud to say, the Digital Dharma Editor of Hinduism Today magazine.
Next we met with Prasanna and Nalini Kodapadi. They are Master Course students recently married and deeply in love with Gurudeva's writings.
Prasanna works for a film company and Nalini is an accomplished singer immersing herself in Carnatic singing. These were wonderful meetings and a sweet break from the technical days of learning.
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Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta