pramāṇaDevanāgarī: प्रमाण Translation: right perception, a correct notion; a means of acquiring; measure, scale, standard Opposite words:viparyaya Related concepts:pratyakṣa, anumāna, āgama, citta, vṛtti
Appears inYoga Sūtra: Sāṃkhya Kārikā:
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“The perception that something is desirable is Sukha.
This perception sets in motion an urge to possess it.
This is Rāga.
Whether what is desired will give a lasting happiness is a different matter.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 7
“The means to knowledge
i.e. our method of knowing (Pramāṇa – right perception), involves a progression,
a movement from Āgama (authentic teachings),
what we hear or perceive or learn from authoritative sources;
to Pratyakṣa (through the senses) to see the fire, itself, the fact, the truth, the reality.
Such a means to know is a movement from the gross to the subtle.
In Vikalpa, we don’t have this progression.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988
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