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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The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness