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Silence Unheard
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Challenges of an Oxymoronic Genre
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1 Eight Characters in Search of the Yogasūtra: The Lively Banalization of Yogic Deathly Silence
  2. pp. 13-35
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  1. 2 Daily Life in Samādhī: The Dying Yogin’s Real Life and a Plea for Holistic Presentation of the Yogasūtra
  2. pp. 37-51
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  1. 3 The Yogasūtra and the Dying Yogin’s “Lively Interior”
  2. pp. 53-64
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  1. 4 Causality, False Linearity, and the Silent Yogin’s Presence in the Yogasūtra
  2. pp. 65-78
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  1. 5 Untying the Knot of Existence: Liberation, Deathly Silence, and Their Interpretation in Pātañjala-Yoga
  2. pp. 79-90
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  1. 6 The Dying Yogin’s Challenge; Homelessness and Truth
  2. pp. 91-94
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  1. The Essential Yogasūtra; An Exercise in Rereading as Rewriting
  2. pp. 95-121
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 123-146
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 147-151
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 153-156
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