July 23nd Dathun Teaching:
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108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
    Meditation for Yoga Sutra 1.43   
Sitting Practice to Savasana
               (scroll down for details)       


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 1.43
Spontaneous Samadhi
Falling Away Into Clarity

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. 

Sutra 1.42 offers the "You Are Here"

dot on the Samadhi Map:

Embodying the Living Dimensional Aspect of Awareness. 

The first layer of Samadhi reveals how our consciousness 

is a reflection of all around us. 

Sutra 1.43 reveals how the "veils" of our conditioning fall away, sometimes just for a glimpse and at other times for much longer, for an experience of Nirvitarka Samadhi, without bias, without reactions, just us in experiential relationship with all around us. 

Breath Study Day 23: July 23
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. 
"Am I Exhaling?"
If you like, here is an accompanying practice
with your 108 Breaths: 
As you exhale in your 108 Breath Meditation, 
ask yourself 
Am. I. Exhaling? 
As your exhale begins, whisper to yourself
Exhalation is transformative. 
Releases. and clarifies. 
Exhaling is a 
falling away
into clarity. 
108 Falling Away
Am. I. Exhaling. 
Yoga Sutras Day 23: July 23
(Note for Mobile Users: An Archive of the Sutra Teachings can be found on the DeskTop Version at July Dathun Links Archive) 
For Day 23, we will explore Sutra 1:43:
Spontaneous Samadhi
The Falling Away of the Veils
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. 
Sutra 1.42 teaches us to embody the living, pulsating dimensional aspects of our awareness, and know that they change as we begin to co-create and deepen our personal relationship with all around us. The names of things are more meaningful; their unique characteristics and purpose. As we embrace the kaleidoscope nature of our reality, both internal and external, we begin to be absorbed in our awareness. This is known as Savitarka Samadhi, or reflective Samadhi (Devi, 2010). 
Sutra 1.43 tells us that once you are aware of your reflective, conditioned responses, the "veils" of fall away, sometimes just for a glimpse and at other times for much longer, for an experience of Nirvitarka Samadhi
Here are three translations of Sutra 1.43: 
"When awareness merges with form, when the essence of the knowledge of the form is clearly perceived without interference from previous conceptualizations or conditioning, this is Nirvitarka Samadhi, the falling away of limited views given to you by others." (Devi, 2010) 
"When one's limiting identity, the one dependent upon the reflection of others, begins to thin so one's consciousness is freed of all limiting identity, the true self shines forth in all its brilliance, beyond the veils of external definition. This is nirvitarka (nirbikalpa) samadhi." 
(Swami Kriyananda, 2013) 
"Beyond the reflection stage, contemplation of our relationship and reactions to forms clarifies, as if our minds broaden from limited identity to perceptive relational understanding with everything around us. This clarification is called nirvitarka samadhi " (Bouanchaud, 1997)
What IS samadhi? How do the stages in the mapping model relate to your experience Samadhi? First, realizing the reflective quality of our consciousness, then secondly a layer beneath this which is entirely "us" alone? What others ways would you use to describe this? 
How is samadhi a state of absorption? Can you recall moments of being completely absorbed in a moment in time? (One might be doing an art piece and realizing an hour has gone by and you did not realize it! What might be some others for you?) 
In your studies of the Yoga Sutras, in your meditations during the Dathun, how have you experienced "nirvitarka samadhi", the falling away of the limited views of others? 

For Sutra 1.43, 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? 



Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.


How do I relate to this teaching on my own?


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?


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.

Let each exhale be a "falling away" from

what you think you know to 

what is possible to know. 


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