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.
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.