Analytic Psychocatharsis

... combining meditation with science


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.

Primal Principles and Primal Forces

When speaking here of primal principles and primal forces, don't imagine these terms to have been abstract constructs with Kirpal Singh. For him, 'light' and 'sound' were immediate experiences, yes, and even psychically experienced phenomena, really very similar to the psychoanalytic drives (especially their 'primary process'1). When sitting in meditation in a dark room for a longer period of time, your mood, body image, awareness of yourself 'light up' to the point of 'light-like' visibility and of something that begins to 'sound', as if the thoughts you have become transparently clear and audible. Surely, such an experiment may require much time and sound guidance,

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ARE-VID-EOR A Knotted Structured

Silently repeating this FORMULA – WORD within constantly engages the process of the SHINES / SPEAKS in correspondence to the principle of repetition.


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Identification with the Symptom

[The expression:] ('through the eyes') might sound strange to the western intellect, but means: 'spiritual', mental, through inner, mutual consent up to identification. Psychoanalytically: Identification with the symptom. The analyzed individual is not to identify with the analyst's Ego,

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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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The Mental

So, face to face with Kirpal Singh, you could be that ‚fortunate spectator', who clings to himself with an invisible thread of gazing, a spectator, who wears himself out in a pure gaze. Here, a spectator would happen across his previous identification with an (invisible) gaze instance.

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Phallus Symbol and Transference

In the beginning is quantity, or manifold, as the founder of set theory, G. Cantor, expresses it. Kirpal Singh found out immediately from his 'master' in Beas, that both of the primal principles, the SHINES and the SPEAKS, are not only theoretically substantial, but can and must be experienced in practice.

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Introduction to Formula Words

This comparative study of western and eastern 'spirituality' or 'psychology' (whatever you may call it) centers around such FORMULA-WORDs which are quite similar to Sanskrit mantras. They each bear several meanings in one formulation and correspond to the scientific term 'unconscious' as well as to the exercises in Laya Yoga. This study culminates in an independent and new method which can connect the East and the West in an ideal way.

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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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Relation of Primal Transference to Primal Repression

We only need to return to yoga, in order to gain a further understanding how primal transference and primal repression are related to another. It is not only the 'vrt' in Vritis, nor 'nada', nor 'mantra' that attempt getting to grips with the two basic principles by taking the perspective of symbolics and of the word-like.

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