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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.

Danger in the Quest

My attempt is to write a comparative study of Kirpal Singh’s yoga with psychoanalysis. However, I am going to continue to reach far into the West. Would this still be justified? I do think so, because I have kept an open ear to the East and to India for so many years.

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Kirpal Singh, light and sound principle

Kirpal Singh was born on the 6th of February, 1894 in Sayyad Kasrab, a small town in Punjab, India. But just this first sentence could be wrong. Namely, that Kirpal Singh's way to express it is: physical birth is not decisive, but rather the second, 'astro-mental' birth, known in India as a 'spiritual' one. And that this spiritual birth is not represented by a single moment in a lifetime, but is manifested very early and repeatedly in the course of a lifetime.

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Lucid Dream and Auto-Erotism

Kirpal Singh mistakenly perceives a face with an image of the gaze, with a gaze-image. Saying that he erred with these two aspects is not detrimental at all for his greatness. I only mean to say, that in this case he does not express himself quite that scientifically nor intellectually precise, which we do expect in psychoanalysis.

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The visual, imaginary System

Let's contemplate the consideration of those with the left bracket (arrows in fig. 8) encircled areas.) It starts with the Visual, the SHINES. Attention then, which is directed inward in a much stronger manner in Surat Shabd Yoga, is initially a pure erection mainly on the side of the SHINES.

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Successorship and Sant Mat

Whoever was able to envision himself as a 'successor', as a legitimate 'successor', had to prove himself through an ability to pass on equal level work to mankind. Nowadays it also needs to be proven with additional scientific work.

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Brief Biography on Kirpal Singh

Kirpal Singh (1894 - 1974) was one of the most renowned religious scientists and Yoga teachers in India. The reason I apply his life and his teachings here, in order to compare yoga and psychoanalysis, is because he had the best oversight of the subject. Indeed, he authored the most profound book that covers all of the prevalent types of yoga and mystics.1

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Applying the Light and Sound principle to Yoga

We only need to apply the 'light' (reflecting, mirroring) / 'sound' (echoing) principle - written with the stroke in between1 - as a guideline in Yoga practice (exercises) and teachings (theories) from the beginning on, and try to also compare all of these terms with psychological scientific cognizance. Theory and practice are also closely related to one another in occidental sciences. Freudian psychoanalysis is not feasible without knowledge of its therapeutic practice. Vice versa, Freud's biography would be of no value without the decisive stages in his research. May the reader so have the understanding that this book doesn't describe single events of Kirpal Singh's life, but rather the substantial aspects of practice and theory of Yoga, and partially draws relations to western science, as well as engages in discussions of these. How else should you go about writing a biography of such a great person and producing science at the same moment?

H.-U. Rieker also provides an ideal overview of the Yoga systems in his literature (Fig. 2). He uses simple structures common to all Yoga literature, i.e. by arranging physical, mental (emotional) and spiritual forms of Yoga. The diagrams displayed here show Kirpal Singh's Yoga mainly in the vicinity of Laya Yoga, which means: in the area of pure spiritual exercises, in which there is, however, a close relation to ethical behaviours (Dhyana, Karma). To avoid spiritual (mental) overexertion, Kirpal Singh, however, called on his devotees to keep to strict vegetarian nutrition and to preserve positive feelings to the teacher.

 

1 The stroke stands exactly for what Yoga describes as 'Bindu', as in having a visually (Single Eye) or symbolically (Logos) connecting property (Old Indian: bhindan). In Psychoanalysis we make a distinction between the imaginary, the symbolic and the real. The real is not reality, but it is like a 'Bindu', a connecting property which really happens.

Gaze-Image and Darshan

A face is only the frame of a ‚gaze-image'. However, just as any frame provides for a picture's true form, for its stay, or setting, it may be the face in the 'gaze-image' that provides for orientation. There are faces in which we are only mirrored, and which seduce us to positive or to negative emotions and only entangle us in dialectics of physiognomy.

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In the Beginning, a Sum of Signifiers

The bible says: „In the beginning was the word ..." (in John). But what sounded there, what did he, it, they, or all of them say? Something of the sort of the 'fiat lux' announced, an announcement of 'light', the second signifier. This is the only way it can work. There can't be a voice in the beginning. That would be foolish.

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