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

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

by Yohanan Grinshpon
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State University of New York Press

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

Explores the experience of yoga in the Yogasutra of Patanjali.

Silence Unheard maintains that the reality of Patanjali's Yogasutra is a profound silence barely and variously audible to the scholars and interpreters who approach it. Even the Yogasutra itself is an "approach," a voice articulating an other— a silent, beyond-speech yogin. Author Yohanan Grinshpon presents Patanjali as a Sankhya-philosopher, who interprets silence in accordance with his own dualist metaphysics and Buddhistic sensibilities. The Yogasutra 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 guna balance. The book provides a translation of the Yogasutra divided into two sections: an essential text, concerning the yoga practitioner, and a secondary text, concerning the philosopher. Grinshpon also surveys the encounters of intellectuals, scholars, seekers, devotees, and outsiders with the Yogasutra.

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ISBN-13: 9780791451021
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/30/2001
Series: SUNY series in Hindu Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.38(d)

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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