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.

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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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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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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ARE-VID-EOR and Power, Loaded Names

The ARE-VID-EOR needs to be imagined as if written along a circle’s line. This FORMULA-WORD’s structure becomes visible the moment there is no correct beginning, nor end, and regardless if it is only read clockwise.

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Introduction to the Exercises

The first exercise concerns concentration on the 'light' (SHINES) with simultaneous repetition of 'loaded names'. The individual sits in a comfortable posture and attends to seeing a kind of 'light' (or something of a SHINES)1. The eyes may be closed, but need not be, and an appearance would be 'sighted' with the inner eye.

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Danger in the Quest

My attempt is to write a comparative study of Kirpal Singh’s yoga with psychoanalysis. However, I am going to continue to reach far into the West. Would this still be justified? I do think so, because I have kept an open ear to the East and to India for so many years.

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Primal Repression and the Desire to See

Between the physiological procedure of seeing and that which is called „primal repression" by Freud,1 there is a desire to see, a desire for visual sensation, and it gazes as it wants to

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Assignment and ARE-VID-EOR

After all, when it comes to such a basic and impressive experience such as near-death, then the SHINES / SPEAKS are adjacent to each other. Attention and the Other’s assignment are combined to a “Look at it!”,

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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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