Silence Unheard: Deathly Otherness in Patanjala-Yoga

Silence Unheard: Deathly Otherness in Patanjala-Yoga

by Yohanan Grinshpon

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791489949
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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

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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