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Sutra 1.7 – pratyakṣa-anumāna-āgamāḥ pramāṇāni

In the sutras 1.7- 1.11, each of the activities (correct knowledge, misperception , imagination, dreamless sleep, & memory) are defined. 

Here, in 𝗦𝘂𝘁𝗿𝗮 𝟭.𝟳, Patanjali defines what is correct knowledge. 

For November’s Sutra of the month, we will look at the following:

1. Translation of the Sanskrit;

2. Further discussion and analysis of each Sanskrit word to show you what they mean today;

3. Practical, real-world discussion of how we can use Sutra 1.7 in our personal yoga & meditation practice and beyond into our everyday lives.

 

TRANSLATION:

pratyakṣa: direct cognition/ direct experience

anumāna: inference

āgamāḥ: testimony from scholars 

pramāṇāni: the sources of right knowledge

yoga sutra 1.7

Direct cognition/direct experience or pratyakṣa

This is when you directly have an experience, feeling it with all your senses of touch, smell, sight, hear, & taste. This is the best way to learn something. If someone wants to learn to ride a bike, they will not learn by reading about it, or listening to lecture about it, they must experience it to learn how to do it. In yoga, Pattabhi Jois said “Yoga is 1% theory and 99% practice.” 

Inference or anumāna

This is when we perceive by use of our basic knowledge or logical reasoning. If we see smoke, we can assume there is fire somewhere.

Testimony from scholars or āgamāḥ

This is information from a wise source with many years of experience. This could be in written form or verbal. One should consider the qualifications the source of information to make sure that they are an expert. In yoga, an example of this type of source is BKS Iyengar for alignment in our postures. 

The sources of right knowledge or pramāṇāni

Sutra 1.7
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