Silence Unheard: Deathly Otherness in Patanjala-Yoga [NOOK Book]

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Silence Unheard maintains that the reality of PatanÅjali's Yogasuμtra is a profound silence barely and variously audible to the scholars and interpreters who approach it. Even the Yogasuμtra itself is an "approach," a voice articulating an other- a silent, beyond-speech yogin. Author Yohanan Grinshpon presents PatanÅjali as a Saμn khya-philosopher, who interprets silence in accordance with his own dualist metaphysics and Buddhistic sensibilities. The Yogasuμtra represents an intellectual's conceptualization of ...
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Overview

Silence Unheard maintains that the reality of PatanÅjali's Yogasuμtra is a profound silence barely and variously audible to the scholars and interpreters who approach it. Even the Yogasuμtra itself is an "approach," a voice articulating an other- a silent, beyond-speech yogin. Author Yohanan Grinshpon presents PatanÅjali as a Saμn khya-philosopher, who interprets silence in accordance with his own dualist metaphysics and Buddhistic sensibilities. The Yogasuμtra represents an intellectual's conceptualization of utter otherness rather than the yogin's verbalization of silence. Silence Unheard focuses on the yogin's supra-normal experiences (siddhis) as well as on the classification of silences and the ultimate goal of disintegration through gun
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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: 9780791489949
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Challenges of an Oxymoronic Genre 1
1 Eight Characters in Search of the Yogasutra: The Lively Banalization of Yogic Deathly Silence 13
2 Daily Life in Samadhi: The Dying Yogin's Real Life and a Plea for Holistic Presentation of the Yogasutra 37
3 The Yogasutra and the Dying Yogin's "Lively Interior" 53
4 Causality, False Linearity, and the Silent Yogin's Presence in the Yogasutra 65
5 Untying the Knot of Existence: Liberation, Deathly Silence, and Their Interpretation in Patanjala-Yoga 79
6 The Dying Yogin's Challenge; Homelessness and Truth 91
The Essential Yogasutra; An Exercise in Rereading as Rewriting 95
Notes 123
Bibliography 147
Index 153
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