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.

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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Light, Shine as a Representation of Object 'O'

Why the need for a detour through 'astro-mental' levels in yoga and for exaggerating transference so much, that it leads to a general 'fusion with the master' during meditation, even to an erotic mania? When mystic, Angelus Silesius, lets his eye fuse with God's, then one can correctly assume a 'perverted enjoyment'.1

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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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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.

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On Incarnation

Just as an Oedipus complex in its pathologic form in psychoanalysis calls for dissipation1, it is in the same way the goal of all meditation to finally terminate reincarnations.

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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.

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Astral Level, Trikuti and Daswan Dwar

According to Surat Shabd Yoga's categorization, the 'astral' level ('Sahansdal Kanwal in the direction of 'Trikuti') is the level on which all spirituality is perfectly transformed to images, or is entirely expressed in visuality. In as far as it is described and 'expressed' as 'spiritual', though, it is already beginning symbolism, or already carries significance.

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Gaze-Image and Primal Scene

During meditation such image-gazes can emerge, and be disturbing. But were we to return to the 'main star' as a single vector of the SHINES, and would it be simultaneously possible to maintain attention (the same effect of the Master´s 'gaze-image' or darshan),

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The Gaze and its Image in Psychoanalysis

The gaze and its image, this dissociation of gaze and eye, has yet to be properly described in psychoanalysis, because the gaze in psychoanalysis has basically been faded out.

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