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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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.

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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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Primal Principles and Sound, Light

The WFAE addresses the fact, that tones and sounds emitted from our environment are substantial for the human's well-being and mental constitution. The members of the organization are occupied, for example, with quietness, of which there are said that over 800 instances exist in Japan alone.

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Shame, Guilt and Signifiers

Freudian libido contains just this type of reincarnate energy, the 'fleshly' type, the 'carnity'1, genuine, as in a structure of desire which originates in an earlier past, combines the scenic and rhetoric with strong, upright symbols that are unconscious.

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Father Figure and Rich Woman

Lets make a mixture from all of that and find a new declaration! Freud centred his psychoanalytic theory on the figure of the dead father. When Oedipus kills his father, or devotees disdain their religion founders, a father-personality dies and people are left with the resulting. Subsequently, the father-figure is elevated to a god.

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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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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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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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