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.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.