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Meditation for Yoga Sutra 1.50
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 1.50
Arriving in the
Center of the Center
Breath Study Day 30: July 30
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.
Suggested Breathing Method to accompany
the 108 Sweet Breath Practice:
5 by 5 Breathing
Allow each inhale to be about 5.5 seconds in length;
each exhale is about 5.5 seconds in length.
This is called Coherent Breathing
(Nester, 2020) (Brown & Gerbarg, 2012).
It is thought to synchronize breath with
inherent cardiovascular (Mayer)
rhythms, resulting in a sense of wellbeing.
You may enjoy this audio of Dr. Richard Brown guiding a Coherent Breathing Session. you could do this before your 108 Sweet Breaths for today, and then take this blissful breath pattern into your Mala navigation. Or use this as you find most useful.
For today, try "Ha" Breath. This is standing, "fierce" practice is fun and sitrring;
I like to think of it as Energetic Centering, a kind of shaking you up so you can calm to center in meditative bliss:
Yoga Sutras Day 30: July 30
(Note for Mobile Users: An Archive of the Sutra Teachings can be found on
the DeskTop Version at July Dathun Links Archive)
For Day 30, we will explore Sutra 1:50:
Arriving in the Center of the Center
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
Sutra 1.44 teaches how the 3rd layer of Samadhi is a combination of reflection AND falling away into spontaneous clarity. The two swirl and spiral together, preparing us and holding us in bliss.
Our practice with this sutra is to notice the two coming together, and preparing us for a deeper experience of Samadhi.
Sutra 1.45 shows us the empowerment of contemplation, a gateway to beyond what we may believe is possible to know, to perceive, to be in the landscape of our everyday being.
The Beyond is within.
Sutra 1.46 tells us the "samadhis" explored so far have "seeds" or elements that can help us explain or experience our living, daily consciousness deeper. These seeds contain our thoughts, feelings, our relational connections, and more. However, the states of samadhi so far explored are impermanent and somewhat fleeting. From here, the Samadhis are more ethereal.
Sutra 1.47 asks us to pause and explore the wonders of Nirvichara, the luminescence of consciousness. Just simply pause and sparkle.
Sutra 1.48 brings us to dwelling within the next layer of Samadhi, true spiritual wisdom, Ritambhara Prajna; "direct spiritual perception dawns." (Devi, 2010)
Sutra 1.49 teaches us how Ritambhara Prajna, direct spiritual awareness, differs from other types of knowledge. Ritambhara Prajna could be thought of as the Knowledge Beyond Knowledge.
This sutra goes on to identify types of knowledge: personal experience, inference, and insights from others (Devi, 2010). In modern times, this is called "Knowledge Theory" (Oliviera & Henriques, 2019). Types of knowledge are identified as received, subjective, procedural, and relative. There is also a priori knowledge (knowledge from before) and a posteriori (knowledge known after); and there is tacit knowledge (what you know is what you know, a kind of knowledge difficult to describe or teach). And what do we do with this knowledge? It informs our intelligence, of which there are two forms; (1) crystalline intelligence is the ability to use knowledge and experience to relate and create independent or any type of knowledge. Crystalline intelligence comes from (2) fluid intelligence, which is our ability to relate to unique information without prior experience. In other words, the more we are conscious of being within moments of direct spiritual awareness (Ritambhara Prajna), we develop a fluid intelligence of this experience. This fluid intelligence develops our crystalline intelligence, giving you the ability to co-create, relate, and interact with and within direct spiritual awareness.
Sutra 1.50 tells us at long last, the "Center of the Center" is arriving from within. Soften and welcome yourself home! "Center" or "Sanctuary" could be another description of Ritambhara Samadhi.
Here are several translations of Sutra 1.50:
"When experiencing Ritambhara Samadhi (Knowledge of Your Center), all previous Samskaras (impressions or "life tangles", patterns of energy) are left behind and new ones are prevented from taking hold." (Devi, 2010)
"Within Ritambhara Prajna, all other energies fade into clarity." (Swami Satchidananda, 1978)
"Born of this luminous wisdom is a subliminal impression that dissolves all reflective and reactive impressions from arising." (Mukunda, 2002)
"The awareness, "I am free!", which comes with this highest Samadhi, eliminates all other impressions." (Swami Kriyananada, 2013)
Journaling or Sitting Contemplation:
How do you experience "direct spiritual experience" becoming a "center of the center" for you?
Taking this further, how does the phrase "Center of the Center" move through your total being? How does it move through your senses? How does it move through your body; does it move differently through the body than it does the mind?
Is it possible to sense how this inquiry moves through your sympathetic nervous system? Your parasympathetic nervous system?
For Sutra 1.50, consider the following (if you like):
What have I been told about this teaching?
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!
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.
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:
Brown & Gerbrag. (2012). The Healing Power of the Breath. Shambala. Boston.
Miller-Karas, E. (2015). Building resilience to trauma: The trauma and community resiliency models. Routledge.
Moondeva. (2020). Sutra 1.36: Lotus of the Heart.
Oliveira, M., Curado, C., & Henriques, P. L. (2019). Knowledge sharing among scientists: A causal configuration analysis. Journal of Business Research, 101, 777-782.
Roche, L. (2008). The Radiance Sutras. Syzygy Creations, Inc. Marina Del Ray, California.
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.
Welcome Images. (2020). Mitosis: Confocal Micrograph.
Reference for Video:
Ephemeral RIft. (2016). The Wind in the Trees. Youtube:
Yamauchi, Samyak. (2005). What is an Intuitive Painter? OPB.org. YouTube: