Analytic Psychocatharsis

... combining meditation with science

Fragmente

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.

Creatio ex nihilo

'Light'(mirroring) and 'sound' (echoing) are then the two first forms or drives of a creatio ex nihilo, and Kirpal Singh's happy 'background' is nothing else than the "good luck of the signs" as semiotician R. Barthes calls it.1 It has to do with the joy found in a certain appointment, or the delight in a revelation. Only in the sense of this 'happiness' can one speak of God.

This concept of a hypothetical One behind two actually tangible primal principles is basically nothing extraordinary in India; after all it was and is advocated by many Sufis, Yogis and mystics in India.

Weiterlesen: Creatio ex nihilo

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.

Weiterlesen: Urgent gaze and imaginary signifier

Introduction to ARE - VID - EOR

ARE – VID – EOR

is such a name. It does not originate in Sanskrit. As Kirpal Singh always said: „Sanskrit is not the lingua franca of spirituality”, stressing that the meaning of his Sanskrit names did not lie in Old Indian language, but in others, too.

Weiterlesen: Introduction to ARE - VID - EOR

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.

Weiterlesen: In the Beginning, a Sum of Signifiers

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?

Weiterlesen: Verbal Expressions - Yoga and Psychoanalysis

Precognition, déjà raconté and jamais vu

That's why Kirpal Singh's biographer, H. Dressel, also mentions, that Kirpal Singh had a 'gaze into the future'. But at the same place you will also find that he regarded it to be an illness and requested his master Sawan Singh to rid him of it.1 Thus, it could only have been a pre-cognition of the slightly 'incorrect' type - of which Freud also spoke, and which Kirpal Singh did not want to overstate. Can this kind of formulation not unite and reconcile eastern and western ways of thinking?

 

Kirpal Singh's pupils darkened their gaze considerably by constantly applying their 'déjà raconté', and this up to the point where they could hardly see anything anymore (this description is purposely gross). This put Kirpal Singh in the position of using this 'jamais vu' with them in order to recognise and seemingly influence them. Later on, I will be calling this gaze the 'urgent, sincere gaze' or the 'imaginary signifier'.2 This is the case, - at this point, it can be expressed differently, and with slightly more obligation - because such a gaze (as we also find in a cinema) is not an 'interference of multiple correct achievements', but rather an 'interference of multiple correct gazes' (perspectives of the camera, of the watcher, of the actors, of the director, etc.). These appear to be correct, as they occur 'synchronously', or even strongly linked. C. Metz associates this with 'All-Wahrnehmung' (German for: omni-perception3) in which multiple perceptions are held together through one and the same symbolic value - thus, again through an synchronous echo, a unified discourse, or self-contained message. That's why Kirpal Singh's gaze didn't only have a perceiving, but also a revealing effect! He was capable of uniting the 'imaginary' with the 'verbal' signifier, and that's what I am attempting to do in this book.

1 Dressel, H., Das Leben des Vollendeten ( The Life of the Master ) (1989), page 9

2 The signifier is a term used in linguistics, and will be explained in detail later on. For the time being it is sufficient to know that it can be understood as a trademark, or as a certification mark, that creates significance with and between words. An 'imaginary signifier' additionally provides for supporting images.

3 Metz, C., The Imaginary Signifier, Psychoanalysis and Cinema, Nodus (2000)

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.

Weiterlesen: Successorship and Sant Mat

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.

Weiterlesen: Combining three aspects of yoga

Introverted and extroverted gaze

Picture data is calculated, re-formatted and saved to computer memory in electromagnetic form, which can be regarded as an image of the original picture. To display such a digitized picture on a screen, that image is again re-formatted by calculating single points (called pixels) and projected to the surface of the screen.

Weiterlesen: Introverted and extroverted gaze

Aktuelle Seite: Home Analytische Psychokatharsis