Easvan and Devi had darshan with Bodhinatha on Sivaratri morning. They have since flown home to California. Thank you Easvan for all you contributions to the Aadheenam, and the word among some of the monks is that Devi is one fabulous cook!
In Patanjali's comments on the niyamas he speaks on religious action, kriya, bringing about samadhi and attenuating the kleshas. We think we have to be detached from that which we are attracted to but we also need to overcome aversion. It's easier to be finite, to have a past and a future than to be infinite, without past and future, so, we're clinging to life. The kleshas are the root source of karma. Quiet mental activity produced by the kleshas through meditation and achieve santosha, peace of mind. "Men of discrimination see sorrow in all experience."