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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Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.