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Pranayama:
108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
                                           
    Meditation for Yoga Sutra 1.41   
                           
Sitting Practice to Savasana
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Welcome to the Dathun: 

 

A "dathun" (dah-thoon) is a retreat of several days for intentional study

and practice, usually introspective in nature.

With daily practices, a dathun is a time of integration, a time to harvest and make the practices and teachings your own.

Today's Practice: Sutra 1.41
Living Samadhi Practice Roots
Reflective Heart

Sutra 1.41 begins the Layers of Samadhi Experience grouping of sutras. These sutras describe the how and whys of Samadhi as a yogic state. The first step is to realize the indestructible, transparent nature of the refuge of the Heart. 

Breath Study Day Twenty-One: July 21
Begin with 108 Breaths: Sweet & Simple
Breath 108 Inhales and 108 Exhales. 
You may want to use a Mala to accompany your practice. 
You could begin in another way if you wish, or do less
Sweet & Simple Breaths as inspired. 
Experiencing the Heart as Pure Crystal
(Devi, 2010) 
If you like, take this practice into your 108 Breaths: 
Sit quietly and allow your focus to move to your Heart Center. 
Breathe from, to, and around your Heart. 
Imagine your heart as a pure crystal. 
Appreciate its clear reflective quality. 
Allow your heart to be washed with any emotion
that presents itself; perhaps these emotions
maybe reflected in color near the pure crystal
of your heart. 
Notice if the crystalline structure is damaged or enhanced 
by the color washes of emotion or change. As the Heart space is 
like the eye of a hurricane, clear and calm, a sanctuary of peace. 
Does the Heart Crystal hold any color or does it stay true 
to its pure reflective nature? 
Remember your true divine nature, your pure crystalline heart,
as you meditate upon 108 Pure Heart Breaths. 
Yoga Sutras Day 21: July 21
(Note for Mobile Users: An Archive of the Sutra Teachings can be found on the DeskTop Version at July Dathun Links Archive) 
 
For Day 21, we will explore Sutra 1:41: Living Samadhi in the Roots of Reflection 
Sutra 1.41 begins the Layers of Samadhi Experience grouping of sutras. These sutras describe the how and whys of Samadhi as a yogic state. The first step is to realize the indestructible, transparent nature of the refuge of the Heart. 
Here are three translations of Sutra 1.41: 
"As a naturally pure crystal appears to take the color of everything around it yet remains unchanged, the yogin's heart remains pure and unaffected by its surroundings while attaining a state of oneness with all. This is Samadhi." (Devi, 2010) 
"Just as a pure crystal is capable of true reflection, so too is the Yogi when inner balance is attained. Then the Yogin becomes the knowing, knower, and known, as one." (Swami Kriyananda, 2013) 
"The yogic heart and mind becomes as transparent as a gem, and reflects all around it; the perceiver, the the senses that are perceiving, and that which is being perceived. " (Bouanchaud, 1997)
The dimensionality of the heart is vast! How do this sutra explore this connection with the vastness? 
What IS samadhi, as a living state of being in this crystalline, reflectiveness? 

For Sutra 1.41, consider the following (if you like): 

 

What have I been told about this teaching?

What have I been told about the Micro and the Macro? 

Throughout the Dathun, we have been encouraged to 

make these sutras our own, gently sorting out

what you have been told they mean from

what they actually mean to you. 

What have I been told about this teaching? 

 

pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember....feel.....breathe

Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.

 

How do I relate to this teaching on my own?

(pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember.....feel.....breathe.

Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal. This is 

the essence of the Dathun; what is my knowing of this teachings? 

My work centering around this sutra,

within my mind, my heart, and my body knowing? 

How does this teaching feel as a body awareness?

(pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember.....feel.....breathe.

Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal. 

Going From Here:  

 

(some options, as you like, feel free to use others as inspired):  

Sit in Open Awareness Meditation for several moments.

Sparkle in Your Divinity

 

Do several Sweet Breaths and/or 

move to an Asana practice. 

After an Open Awareness Meditation or other practice,

lie down for Savasana.

Then a Closing and Release the Practice to the Benefit of All Beings. 

Thank you for Dathun-ing! 

Becky Morrissey

developer, sangha of one

References for Yoga Sutras: 

Bharat, Ram. (2019). A Seeker's Guide to the Yoga Sutras: Modern Reflections on the Ancient Journey. Rockridge Press. USA. 

Bouanchaud, Benard. (1997). The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjail. Sri Satguru Publications. Delhi, India. 

Carrera, Jaganath. (2006). Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Sourcebook for Study and Practice of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Integral Yoga Publications. Yogaville, Virginia. USA. 

Devi, N. J. (2010). The secret power of yoga: A woman's guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras. Harmony.

Malchiodi, C. (2002). The Soul's Palette: Drawing on Art's Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being. Shambhala Publications. Boston, MA. USA. 

Ravikanth, B. (2012). Yoga Sutras of Patajali: Nature of the Mind, the Universe, and the True Self. Sanskrit Works. www.sanskritworks.com 

Stiles, Mukunda. (2002). Yoga Sutras of Patajali. Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC. San Francisco, CA. USA. 

Swami Kriyananda. (2013). Demystifiying Patajali: The Yoga Sutras. Cystal Clarity Publishing. Nevada City, CA. USA. 

Swami Satchidananda. (1978). The Yoga Sutras of Patajali. Integral Yoga Publications. Yogaville, VA. USA. 

White, David. (2014). The Yoga Sutras of Patajali: A Biography. Princeton Press. Princeton, NJ. USA.

References for Historical Content and Research Sources: 

Miller-Karas, E. (2015). Building resilience to trauma: The trauma and community resiliency models. Routledge.

Moondeva. (2020). Sutra 1.36: Lotus of the Heart. https://soundcloud.com/moondeva/visoka-va-jyotishmati-mantra

Swami @ 48yahoo.com. (2014) Om in Various Scripts. https://tamilandvedas.com/2014/12/12/om-symbol-in-europe-2000-bce/

Zelaya, R. (2019). What is the Meaning of Om? Gaia. https://www.gaia.com/article/what-meaning-om

References for Breathing: 

Calais-Germain, Blandine. (2006). Anatomy of Breathing. Eastland Press, Seattle, WA. USA

Chaitow, Bradley, & Gilbert. (2014). Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 2nd Edition. Churchhill Livingstone Elsevier Press. 

Farhi, Donna. (1996). The breathing book: Good health and vitality through essential breath work. Holt Paperbacks.

Nestor, James. (2020). Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. Riverhead Books. New York, NY. USA. 

Oshins, Linda. (2014). Pranayama: A Compendium of Practices. Yoga On High, Columbus, OH. USA. 

References for Music: 

Davison, Peter. (1999). Music for Yoga. Gaiam / Davisounds. ITunes. 

Huff, David Lyndon. (2007). Quiet Place. New Age. ITunes. 

Kent, Rolf. (2005). Miles & Maya. Sideways Soundtrak. ITunes. 

MC Yogi (2010). Shanti, Peace Out. World Records. ITunes. 

Onenesssound. (2008). Moola Mantra. Deeksha Through Music. ITunes. 

Snatnam Kaur. (2002). Prem. World. Records. ITunes. 

Shamanic Dream (2005). Anugama. Open Sky Music. ITunes. 

Sounds of Nature: Forest. (2012). Hot Ideas. ITunes. 

Wertheimer & Kadt. (2012). Worldwide. ITunes. 

Yoga Grooves (2003). Soul Food. New Age. ITunes. 

 

References for Art: 

Beauregrad, Ellen. https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ellen-beauregard

NASA US. (2020). Hubble Telescope Image. www.nasa.com

Welcome Images. (2020). Mitosis: Confocal Micrograph. www.welcomeimages.com 

 

Reference for Video: 

Ephemeral RIft. (2016). The Wind in the Trees. Youtube: https://youtu.be/4KzFe50RQkQ

Yamauchi, Samyak. (2005). What is an Intuitive Painter? OPB.org. YouTube: https://youtu.be/HWYavceHeUU

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