Silence Unheard: Deathly Otherness in Patanjala-Yoga

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SUNY Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 156 pages
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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 Saμn3khya-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|a balance. The book provides a translation of the Yogasuμtra 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 Yogasuμtra.

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

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