Part two of our story about our visit to Los Angeles for the Adobe MAX conference:
There's nothing quite like being in a theater with 5,000 nerds of various types from all around the world: the publishing type, the art type, the programming type.
In previous years, Adobe has held this conference in several venues across the globe. This year they held it solely in Los Angeles, and the Convention Center proved to be the perfect place. There were about 300 separate sessions and hands-on learning labs spanning only three days. Here, Palaniswami peruses the schedule-at-a-glance to check which room our next session is going to be in. Everyone was asked to choose their sessions and labs in advance via a special Adobe Flash-driven (of course) online application, which kept track of which participants were attending which sessions and events, all in real time. This data was encoded on our badges, and to get into a session we had to present our badge at the door. No, there was no printed list. Is that real time? They had little devices they held up to our badges to see if we were registered for the session!
On Tuesday we had lunch with eight devotees and friends of the monastery who live in Southern California. Sheela and Ravi Rahavendran (center) came up from Carlsbad. Nancy Walder (right) lives in LA.
Sitting between Palaniswami and Senthilnathaswami here is Prasanna Kodapadi, who works as a video compositor for a local Eastern-religious TV station.
On the left is Greg Rogers. He recently discovered The Master Course and signed up for the 2010 Kauai Innersearch. Now he finds himself in the beautiful world of Hinduism, surrounded by kindred souls, being led onto the path by Lord Ganesha. To Senthilnathaswami's right is Diksha Katir, a long-time devotee of Gurudeva, from San Diego. His wife, Usha, was also there, but she was behind the camera.
There's Nancy Walder, and on the right Yatrika Shah-Rais, from Los Angeles.
It was truly a delight to enjoy a couple of hours of down-time having satsang with our Hindu friends in the middle of this very intense high-tech learning experience.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
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