Analytic Psychocatharsis

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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.

Combining three aspects of yoga

In this manner Kirpal Singh was able to combine the three aspects of Yoga (physical, mental, spiritual) without producing confusion or excess effort caused by too many exercises of the physical and mental type. It already becomes clear, that a system aiming to encompass all aspects would be very complex, rigid and cumbersome, as is the case with most forms of Yoga.

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Universal Discourse

Such dialogism, or discourse, is completed in the next level, in ‚Bhanwar Gupha'. Here Kirpal Singh's Surat Shabd Yoga seems similar to Hegel's philosophy, where ‚absolute knowledge' represents the culmination point. This, though, only means that any discourse closes absolutely free of any contradiction.

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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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Speaks and Assignment of the Other

At this point we have also to deal with another scheme which concerns the SPEAKS, the symbolic order and 'assignment' of the Other. As stated above, a SPEAKS in yoga refers at first to the external teachings, it is nothing other than echo-discourse.

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Transference requires Dissolution

Demands to love or to merge, idealizations need to be interpreted as infantile aspirations, as pre-mature sexual desires, so that the one being analyzed becomes independent, clarifies his desire and speaks his word in life himself. The act of dissolution releases the follower into the role of the teacher.

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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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Double-Take Gaze

There must have been a phase of multiple perception during the transition from animal to human being, "a deviation of the identical"1, or simultaneous multi-layer picture perception. It could lead to a 'super perception' and finally, to an so called omni- or synchronal perception.

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Primal Transference and Signifiers

... confirmed by a contemporary paper by E. Seifert.1 She shows that transference is a primal form and has hallucinatory properties in the deep and intense occurrence that I have called primal transference. Everyone has a little of such a primal transference inside, else we wouldn't be human.

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Verbal Expressions - Yoga and Psychoanalysis

This dialogic seductive assumption, which he offers us while listening until he can give an acceptable interpretation – isn’t it located at the same level at which the Sat guru promises to let us see God, were we only to follow a few rules he set up?

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