Mikka Mahalos for this beautiful upadesha Satguru – one feel closer to Lord Murugan simply by listening it to it. Such a comprehensive explanation of our venerable Lord, and His many faces. The description of Lord Murugan during festivals at Kadavul transports one right there – nandri. Jai Muruga!
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."