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Yoga sutra 1.7

A little look at the first Yoga Sutra …

Yoga sutra 1.7

pratyakṣha anumāna āgamāh pramāṇāni

Correct knowledge is the fruit of directly perceived experience, inference or reliable testimony

This sutra 1.7 explains that yoga prioritises the gaining of correct or valid knowledge, as follows:

  1. Firstly, there is directly perceived experience (pratyakṣha) information that is regarded as correct or valid knowledge and requires no further evidence.

  2. Secondly, there is logic / analogy / deduction (anumāna) which is used when direct experience does not allow us to reach a conclusion.

  3. Lastly, when the above methods are not available then we can turn to revealed knowledge, that is a testimony from a reliable source (āgamā) like the wisdom of an enlightened being.

Yoga, thus, gives priority to directly perceived experience.

Damian Cadman-Jones is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga™

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