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From the Publisher...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"