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.

Aspects of ARE-VID-EOR

The letters dance in a circle like mirroring-scenes. After all, they are not yet language, nor words, nor sentences, but just a circular dance of symbols, or of sound characteristics of letters or of a SHINES.

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Kirpal Singh and Succession

I have been a devotee of Kirpal Singh for over thirty years now, and have simultaneously practiced general medicine and psychoanalysis for almost the same period of time. Based thereupon, I feel a distinct urge of taking on the challenge of scientifically estimating and critique the life and teachings of Kirpal Singh and yoga generally, though I may fall short of the mark because of the significance of his personality.

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Attention of the Other

Both Sawan Singh and Kirpal Singh, as his successor, were, at the end of their lives, in the position of being able to look back over a great, comprehensive social and - let us avoid the word 'spiritual' for once - psycho-theological work.

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Right and Left

Subsequently, I could say: what is left and right is a case of mathematic, grammatical or flattened articulation. I could say: right concerns correct, etymological. Right is straight, directed. In imagination, or mental dissociation, right is found on the right-hand side in the head, right in symbolism.

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Collapse of the Other's Attention

Kirpal Singh's request to his 'master' to be allowed continuance in enjoying his company and guidance through the 'vision' and voice of his master while carrying on with the 'assignment' concerning Sawan Singh's work was denied.1 Sawan Singh crisply refused the request.

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Love and Cognitive Science

A platform upon which it would be possible for both to meet could well be love, though in the form of a 'cognitive classification'1. Psychoanalysis, however, discusses a completely different type of love than plays a role in Surat Shabd Yoga.

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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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First Meeting with Kirpal Singh

I met Kirpal Singh fort he first time in October of 1972. One and a half years beforehand, in 1971, I had had my introduction into the essence of Surat Shabd Yoga. I learned of the five so-called 'loaded names' (the Sanskrit names mentioned above) without Kirpal Singh being present.

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On Incarnation

Just as an Oedipus complex in its pathologic form in psychoanalysis calls for dissipation1, it is in the same way the goal of all meditation to finally terminate reincarnations.

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