Analytic Psychocatharsis

... combining meditation with science


The book offers a brief overview of the different types of Yoga and then provides a comparison with the modern science of psychology. Laya Yoga, a comprehensive physical and mental method, seems to be the best pick for such research. Laya Yoga, as it was taught by the late Sant Kirpal Singh (1894-1974) in Sant Mat (Rhadasoami, Ruhani Satsang, India), is widely known as a modern method of meditation in India. There, a yogi is no longer expected to live in the forest, or to subject himself to asceticism. He is rather free to have a normal profession, have a family and children, and is expected to include modern scientific aspects into his teachings. Kirpal Singh's Surat Shabd Yoga (his name for Laya Yoga) is also related to Patanjali's yoga. 'Yoga is chit vritis nirodha', is being in command of 'chit' (the conscious) and 'vritis' (vibrations, transformations), which Kirpal Singh set forth as being equivalent with his 'light' and 'sound' principle in meditation.

We come across such terms and principles in Psychoanalysis, the most significant form of scientific psychology found in the western world today. Especially in French psychoanalyst J. Lacan's version of Freud's drive-structure concept do we find perception drives (drive to perceive, to look) and invocation drives (drive to express, to speak) that function in the unconscious, and which are predominant. Actually, the drive to look is nothing other than 'chit', a kind of primary conscious, an immediate gaze, or better and simply put: an IT SHINES. IT SHINES means that something primarily visual, a primary visual awareness, or primary visibility is constantly at work within and around us. It is at work when images are being produced in dreams as well as in 'light' experiences in meditation, and last but not the least, this is also the most subtle of physical reality.

After all, the conscious is nothing other than a 'reciprocated gaze', a reflection, or a 'primal form' of looking or of perception. In the same way we can substitute 'vritis' with the drive to speak, which is the most substantial form of invocation: the IT SPEAKS. Lacan says: "The unconscious is structured in the same manner a language is...", it behaves like an IT SPEAKS within and around us. A combination of the SHINES and of the SPEAKS actually requires to be taken under command and setting yoga and psychoanalysis into relation with one another supplies us with a simple tool to do just that.

In Surat Shabd Yoga command is taken of the combination of the SHINES and SPEAKS by applying and reverberating mentaly Sanskrit formulations. But for a scientifc method we can use linguistic styled formulations which I call FORMULA-WORDS.

Imaginary Signifiers and Image-Gazes

So we don't need an experience of the 'astral-mental' levels. It is enough to know that there are 'image-gazes' which we have to penetrate long enough until something is established, something that guides us from the visual level to the real symbolic message.

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Overcoming Images in Memory

We don't need the 'astro-mental' levels, but illustrating them is very important for understanding the process of the method I am offering, of Analytic Psychocatharsis. Kirpal Singh recommended to first approach the deva or 'astral' level by backing the gaze up to behind the eyes.

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Gaze-Image Transference

In Surat Shabd Yoga, on the other hand, the gaze-image transference is expressly kept established and applied in reference to speaking and to rhetorical elements. It is neglected in psychoanalysis.

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Assignment through the Eyes

The term: 'through the eyes' is a mystical-metaphoric one. It attempts to express coincidence of the 'inner' and of the 'outer', a total SHINES / SPEAKS', whereby the slash, or fractional stroke ideally depicts the 'up' of the 'assignment'.

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Primal Suppression and ARE - VID - EOR

For ARE – VID – EOR (or VID – EOR – ARE, regardless of which way it is written or read) is not a mysterious name whose origin, ‘loadedness’ and rational reasoning remains obscured, but rather a knot of significance that is transparent in any direction.

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Urgent gaze and imaginary signifier

There is a story about Sawan Singh, which enlightens the process of precognition and with that, the 'urgent, sincere look' or imaginary signifier. (and with that the 'urgent gaze' or imaginary signifier.) In a small round, he once called on his devotees to confess their sins. Some replied.

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Primal Principles and Sound, Light

The WFAE addresses the fact, that tones and sounds emitted from our environment are substantial for the human's well-being and mental constitution. The members of the organization are occupied, for example, with quietness, of which there are said that over 800 instances exist in Japan alone.

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Early Influence

Gopi Krishna, an Indian pandit and employee experienced quite a miserable failure in trying a Yoga experiment similar to that of Kirpal Singh, and probably because he could not cope with paternity, or uprightness.1 It was nearly at the same time, namely in the thirties of the last century that G. Krishna exercised himself in comparable yoga practices on his own, only to fall into a severe psychosis after several years of training.

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Astral Level, Trikuti and Daswan Dwar

According to Surat Shabd Yoga's categorization, the 'astral' level ('Sahansdal Kanwal in the direction of 'Trikuti') is the level on which all spirituality is perfectly transformed to images, or is entirely expressed in visuality. In as far as it is described and 'expressed' as 'spiritual', though, it is already beginning symbolism, or already carries significance.

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