We had a recent visit from Richard Gaskin. Richard is a senior software developer in the LiveCode community, (see www.fourthworld.com. He is ever a gentleman, very generous with his help to others and full of intelligent insightful vision on strategies for moving forward.
Since then we have used LiveCode (see /www.runrev.com) for various in-house media production applications. Our new Himalayan Academy web site is also built on the Linux server version of LiveCode. Sevaks do transcriptions using a LiveCode desktop application, and also help with our new web site with a desktop app that allows easy remote access to our media database on the web server. The Ganapati Kulam uses an in-house app built by Brahmanathswami for their InDesign publications document revision control. And we look forward to soon releasing our first mobile app, also built with LiveCode. Shanmuganathaswami is working on that one (stay tuned.) LiveCode just just raised over 1/2 Million dollars in Kickstarter campaign and is now open source, for those who may be interested.
Richard has been very supportive via our technical lists and forums. He just got married and was happy to come to Kauai for his honeymoon and finally meet Brahmanathswami in person and include a tour of the Iraivan with wife Tiffany who is behind the camera.
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