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.
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 39
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 5
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras