Silence Unheard: Deathly Otherness in Patanjala-Yoga / Edition 1

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Explores the experience of yoga in the Yogasutra of Patanjali.
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...this concise but well documented and densely argued study sheds a new light on the Yogasuμtra and its commentaries, disclosing an unfamiliar and striking landscape to the reader.— Indologica Taurinensia

"This is a beautifully written book that breaks from the usual scholarly conventions in order to struggle deeply and honestly with the sheer 'otherness' of a classical Indian text, Patan jali's Yogasuμtra. Grinshpon does not 'look away' from the psychological realities of the text. He does not explain the difficulties away or try to tame the text through some socialized or moral assumption-he lets it stand as a symbol of silence and death and unconscious samaμdhi, all radically 'other' to any socialized reader. Nor does he artificially separate the text, censor it, or ignore it by halves; instead, he insists on its wholeness, on the integrity of the yogic universe, and on the impossibility of entering that universe through anything other than a great sacrifice."— Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Kaμliμ's Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791451021
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2001
  • Series: SUNY Series in Hindu Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Yohanan Grinshpon is Lecturer in Indian Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by David Shulman


Introduction: Challenges of an Oxymoronic Genre

1. Eight Characteristics in Search of the Yogasutra: The Lively Banalization of Yogic Deathly Silence

2. Daily Life in Samadhi: The Dying Yogin's Real Life and a Plea for Holistic Presentation of the Yogasutra

3. The Yogasutra and the Dying Yogin's "Lively Interior"

4. Causality, False Linearity, and the Silent Yogin's Presence in the Yogasutra

5. Untying the Knot of Existence: Liberation, Deathly Silence, and Their Interpretation in Patañjala-Yoga

6. The Dying Yogin's Challenge; Homelessness and Truth

The Essential Yogasutra; An Exercise in Rereading as Rewriting




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