Sāṃkhya Kārikā verse 4

दृष्टमनुमानमाप्तवचनं च सर्वप्रमाणसिद्धत्वात् । त्रिविधं प्रमाणमिष्टं प्रमेयसिद्धिः प्रमाणाद्धि ॥ ४ ॥

dṛṣṭam-anumānam-āpta-vacanaṃ ca sarva-pramāṇa-siddhatvāt | tri-vidhaṃ pramāṇam-iṣṭaṃ prameya-siddhiḥ pramāṇāt-hi ||

“The means to right perception
involves direct observation,
inference and authentic authority.”

dṛṣṭa - seen, looked at, beheld, perceived, viewed, observed, noticed; visible, apparent, observable; considered, regarded; treated of; appearing, manifested; occurring, found; experienced, suffered, endured; seen in the mind, devised, imagined, learned,anumāna - inference; the act of inferring or drawing a conclusionāpta - a credible or authoritative personvacana - the act of speaking , utterance; statement, declarationca - andsarva - whole, entire, all, every one; altogether, wholly, completely, in all parts, everywherepramāṇa - right perception, a correct notion; a means of acquiring; measure, scale, standardsiddhi - accomplishment, performance, fulfilment, attainment, success; the hitting of a mark; coming into force, validity; any unusual skill or faculty or capability; the acquisition of supernatural powers by magical means or the faculty so acquiredtrividha - three foldiṣṭa - wished, desired; liked, beloved; chosenprameya - to be ascertained or proved; to be measured; the thing to be proved or the topic to be discussedhi - indeed, truly; because

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“The means to right perception
involves direct observation,
inference and authentic authority.”