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.

Opposite Signifiers

Something has been missing in practice as well as in psychoanalytic theory ever since Freud. It happens to be the psychoanalytic processing of exactly something that has to do with the two 'highborns'. For these, as mentioned above, Freud would have required one more working life.

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Precognition

The phenomenon of precognition may best be explained with an event most people have experienced: the déjá-vu (already seen or experienced). The experience of living through an incident exactly the same way as in the past is accompanied by an unnoticed insistence of a 'jamais raconté' (never been told) in the unconscious.

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Sant Mat and Visions

At this point a serious problem arises, one that plays a large role in the life of a Yogi: how are you to recognize a teacher to be competent and authentic? Faqir Chand was one of the most resourceful Sant Mat Gurus through his candid reports on the lowlights of Guru Systems. Indeed, he plainly demonstrated why even a 'vision' of a competent Guru by far is no guarantee for spiritual development.

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Metaphysics and God

The term 'light' and 'sound' alone has an overly mystical/mythic ring to it. In addition, these terms are too contradictory. Contrary to those terms, the expression mirroring is often used in psychoanalysis and describes earliest identifications (as in: seeing oneself as being identical to, or knowing oneself as being identical to), and may be considered a consequence of the unconscious scopic-drive). Repetitive effects of the echo are also found in major psychoanalytic contexts of compulsions to repeat1 (a consequence of the drive to dispose of, to invocate, and to speak).

Subsequently, in psychoanalysis we assign a second life to the human being by earliest identifications (mirroring) and repetitive compulsions and theorize these two aspects in a dualism of 'powers', drives, i.e. the Freudian Eros-and Death-Instict or in Lacanian terminology the urges to look, or speak,. Analogous to this, Kirpal Singh speaks of 'light' and 'sound' as of extroverted primal principles, primal forces, primal powers of God ('God-into-expression-powers') thus, putting this duality under the roof of comparative religious teachings.2 In doing this, he slightly soothes rough mysticism, nor does he need to submit to a restricted religious denomination. However, yoga and psychoanalysis do have highly similar aims, though their ways may vary.

Kirpal Singh regards God as being a very real, though simultaneously also absolutely splitted being, who can only be recognized in these two alienated primal principles­. God, the Absolute, the Metaphysics, is projected, comes to being solely in the form of those two attributes.3 There is no personal, nor in any way graspable, God - only the two primal powers or primal principles have come to exist.

 

1 This is to be understood as an unconscious and mostly unaware obsessive repetition of behavior, affects and thoughts which lastly deal with the process of symbolization

2 Such and similar denotations are found in almost all Yoga systems.

3 Singh, Kirpal, Die Krone des Lebens (The Crown of Life), H. E. Günther Verlag (1974), pages 158-162. At the same time, Kirpal Singh proves, that this applies to all religions. Also, in monotheism, God has segregated himself from his negative part (Satan).

 

Science and Sectarianism

Modern sciences that not only focus an objects, but sciences that are concerned with the subject, such as psychoanalysis, are increasingly taking over the tasks of such wise and great personalities as Kirpal Singh. Nowadays, we can no longer establish solely on direct faith, no matter how such faith was represented by a strong personality.

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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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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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An Explanation of the Master's Gaze

The look into the 'master's' eyes, 'darshan' in India, shines. A devotee's 'concerns', his complexes, are simply outshined. Transference is accelerated to the point of primal transference, to rapture or ecstasy of love.1 When practicing Yoga, however, one then must deal with the usual suppression in which a SPEAKS occurs, meaning dispelled wishes express themselves and must be processed.

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Causality and Sound

This imaginary signifier, Lyotards pulsating Matrix / Figure1 hasn't been sufficiently established, and so, thanks to Sant Mat, I will establish a new approach here. Namely Sant Mat applies it more often - but even much more uncritical. The guru's 'astro-mental'2 form represents a strong point of reference. Here, the mainstay is imagery.

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