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.

Introduction to the Exercises

The first exercise concerns concentration on the 'light' (SHINES) with simultaneous repetition of 'loaded names'. The individual sits in a comfortable posture and attends to seeing a kind of 'light' (or something of a SHINES)1. The eyes may be closed, but need not be, and an appearance would be 'sighted' with the inner eye.

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Vocalization explained in Topology

Being specific, 'vocalization' begins at a tetrahedron (four points at the same distance from each other, or also, a three-sided pyramid), because a geometry, or topology of five points of the same distance to each other is no longer comprehensible by pure imagination alone (namely, imaginary, or as a SHINES).

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NDE and ARE - VID - EOR

Exercise that doesn’t negate the intellect may spare us one or the other ‘fusion’ or ‘echo-experience’ with the ‘master’. Such is only to be left aside in the end anyway and culminate in the subsequent ‘assignment’.

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Perception of Sound and ARE - VID - EOR

The SPEAKS, perception of the ‚sound’, is to be exercised separately in Surat Shabd Yoga, and this is also the way I’d like to represent it (2nd exercise) when I offer direct guidance for practice. As Sawan Singh clearly stated, though, the SPEAKS can accompany the first exercise).

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Sex and ARE - VID - EOR

Let’s not forget, that desire, for example, is not even meant when concerning the Other’s sexuality, nor the word ‚sex’ (sexual) in the sense of its common usage. The flamboyant illumination of ‘!!SEX!!’ creates much ado, but it’s ‘big smoke with no fire’.

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Transference

The 'Soul' - A Signifier of 'Light' (SHINES) / 'Sound' (SPEAKS) or "Name of the Father"

Such phenomena can also be explained from a different viewpoint. Taking the position of the 'symbolic', the word-like, believing to meet someone again in such intimacy as in a déjà vu produces a strong idealizing and idolizing transference.

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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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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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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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