Pratyaksha, Pratyakṣa: 18 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Pratyakṣa can be transliterated into English as Pratyaksa or Pratyaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: PMC: The scientific basis of rasa (taste)

Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष):—One of the four pramāṇas used in Ayurveda to test knowledge.—Pratyakṣa is the most important tool at the individual level in the absence of prior knowledge of the phenomenon. Pratyakṣa is the subjective knowledge perceived by the individual owing to an effective contact between ātma (the seat of knowledge), indriya (sensory organ), manas (mind) and artha (subject of the sensory organ) at the moment of this contact. Therefore, there can be five types of Pratyakṣa knowledge perceived through five sensory organs.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: A review on Ᾱrogya Rakṣā Kalpadrumaḥ

Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष) refers to “observational trials” which are used to look for evidence in Ayurvedic products.—[...] It is to be recognized that Ayurvedic ingredients and products are multi-component and known to work on multiple organs/targets in the body concurrently. Innovations in clinical research and clinical trials are required to test efficacy of Ayurvedic products. [...] An eminent medical pharmacologist who later researched into Ayurveda and its products, Dr. Ashok D B Vaidya, in a lecture, cites different modes of evidence namely [... viz., observational trials (pratyakṣa), ...].

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Nyaya (school of philosophy)

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Source: WikiPedia: Nyāya

Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्षाय, “perception”) occupies the foremost position in the Nyaya epistemology. Perception is defined by Akṣapāda Gautama in his Nyaya Sutra (I,i.4) as a “non-erroneous cognition which is produced by the intercourse of sense-organs with the objects, which is not associated with a name and well-defined”. Perception can be of two types, laukika (ordinary) and alaukika (extraordinary). External perception is described as that arising from the interaction of five senses and worldly objects, while internal perception is described by this school as that of inner sense, the mind.

The ancient and medieval Indian texts identify four requirements for correct perception:

  1. Indriyarthasannikarsa (direct experience by one’s sensory organ(s) with the object),
  2. Avyapadesya (non-verbal; correct perception is not through hearsay),
  3. Avyabhicara (does not wander; correct perception does not change)
  4. and Vyavasayatmaka (definite; correct perception excludes judgments of doubt).
Source: Shodhganga: A study of Nyāya-vaiśeṣika categories

Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष, “perception”) refers to the first of the four “means of valid knowledge” (pramāṇa), which in turn is classified as the first of the sixteen padārthas (“categories”), according to Gautama’s 2nd-century Nyāyasūtra (verse 1.1.3). Perception (pratyakṣa) is the most primary and fundamental of all the pramāṇas. The Naiyāyikas, maintain that all other pramāṇas depend on perception. Perception is the final test of all knowledge. Inference, verbal testimony requires confirmation by perception, while perception does not require any such confirmation. The term pratyakṣa is a compound of two terms prati, meaning before and also, meaning sense-organ. This term is used for both perceptual knowledge (pratyakṣa jñāna) and the source of perception (pratyakṣa pramāṇa).

Gautama defines pratyakṣa as that knowledge which arises from the contact of the sense-organ with its object, which is unnamable, uncontradicted and determinate. These three conditions given by Gautama have been critically and elaborately discussed by the subsequent logicians. These three terms have also created a great deal of controversy among these logicians. According to Gautama, pratyakṣa is produced by the sense-object-contact. Though this sense-object-contact accepted by Gautama as the cause of perception has been admitted by Vātsyāyana also, he maintains that sense-object-contact is not the only cause of perception.

Perception is divided into two types:—

  1. laukika (ordinary),
  2. alaukika (extra-ordinary).

Ordinary perception is again divided into two types–savikalpaka (determinate) and nirvikalpaka (indeterminate). Annaṃbhaṭṭa and Keśava Miśra, however, divided pratyakṣa directly into two types–savikalpaka and nirvikalpaka.

Laukika and Alaukika pratyakṣas are based on the way in which the sense-organ come in contact with their object. It is called laukika-pratyakṣa in which there is direct contact of the sense-organ with objects. On the other hand alaukika-pratyakṣa is that in which sense-organ does not come in contact with the object directly, but through an unusual medium.

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Nyaya (न्याय, nyaya) refers to a school of Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. The Nyaya philosophy is known for its theories on logic, methodology and epistemology, however, it is closely related with Vaisheshika in terms of metaphysics.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

1) Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष, “direct sense perception”).—The first of the five stages of Vedic knowledge, considered as a subordinate, not self-evident, proof of knowledge.

2) Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष).—The first of the three Vaiṣṇava pramāṇas.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष, “visible”) refers to a statement within a sentence which treats an act as “visible”, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. Pratyakṣa is a classification of statements, defined according to vācika (verbal representation).

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Pratyakṣa: Sanskrit for 'direct perception'. A term used in Advaita Vedānta.

Source: Vaniquotes: Hinduism

Pratyakṣa means direct perception. Direct perception, that is evidence. People with poor fund of knowledge, they want direct perception of everything.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 1

Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष, “immediate”) refers to one of the two types of approved knowledge (pramāṇa).—What is meant by direct or immediate approved knowledge (pratyakṣa)? Cognition by the soul of all objects directly without the assistance of any external media like sense organs is called direct valid knowledge.

Source: JAINpedia: Jainism

Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष) in Sanskrit (Paccakkha in Prakrit) refers to “direct knowledge”, as explained in the Nandīsūtra.—The heart of the Nandī-sūtra deals with the concept of cognition or knowledge in its various divisions and subdivisions. This is also an appropriate topic for a text that transcends all categories in the Śvetāmbara canon, for it can be regarded as a prerequisite to the scriptures. First comes the list of the five types of knowledge, known from other sources as well, such as the Tattvārtha-sūtra I. 9-33. [...] The last three kinds of knowledge [viz., avadhi-jñāna, manaḥparyāya-jñāna and kevala-jñāna] are defined and dealt with as achieved directly – Prakrit paccakkha, Sanskrit pratyakṣa. This means “without the aid of the sense-organs and the mind and on the basis of the capacity of a soul alone” (cf., Pandit Sukhlalji, Tattvārthasūtra 1974: 20).

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष).—a (S prati Before, akṣi Eye.) Perceptible, present, as cognizable by an organ of sense. Pr. pratyakṣāsa pramāṇa kaśāsa?

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pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष).—n (S) Perception or apprehension; cognizance of an object of sense. Ex. śabdāñcēṃ pra0 śrōtrēṃ- driyāvāñcūna hōta nāhīṃ. 2 as ad & prep In presence of; evidently to sense. 3 ad Freely. In very truth or deed; in indisputable reality; with irresistible evidence or manifestation. Ex. mī tikaḍē pra0 gēlōṃ I went there myself, I in propriâ personâ; hā mājhā pra0 bandhu āhē This is verily my brother, my own mother's son; hā brāhmaṇa pra0 sūrya āhē.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष).—a Perceptible, present. Ex. pratyakṣāsa pramāṇa kaśālā? n Perception or apprehension. ad & prep In presence of ad Freely. In very truth or deed; in indisputable reality.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष).—a. [akṣṇaḥprati]

1) Perceptible (to the eye), visible; प्रत्यक्षाभिः प्रपन्नस्तनुभिरवतु वस्ताभिरष्टाभिरीशः (pratyakṣābhiḥ prapannastanubhiravatu vastābhiraṣṭābhirīśaḥ) Ś1.1.

2) Present, in sight, before the eye.

3) Cognizable by any organ of sense.

4) Distinct, evident, clear.

5) Direct, immediate.

6) Explicit, express.

7) Corporeal.

-kṣam 1 Perception, ocular evidence, apprehension by the senses, considered as a प्रमाण (pramāṇa) or mode of proof; इन्द्रियार्थसंनिकर्षजन्यं ज्ञानं प्रत्यक्षम् (indriyārthasaṃnikarṣajanyaṃ jñānaṃ pratyakṣam) T. S.

2) Explicitness, distinctness.

3) Superintendence, care for; प्रत्यहं लोकयात्रायाः प्रत्यक्षं स्त्रीनिबन्धनम् (pratyahaṃ lokayātrāyāḥ pratyakṣaṃ strīnibandhanam) Ms.9.27.

4) (In Rhet.) A kind of style descriptive of impressions derived from the senses. (The forms pratyakṣam, pratyakṣeṇa, pratyakṣataḥ, pratyakṣāt are used adverbially in the sense of

1) Before, in the presence of, in the sight of.

2) Openly, publicly.

3) Directly, immediately. Hence; pratyakṣatodṛṣṭasambandham is a variety of anumāna where the connection between the liṅga and the liṅgin or sādhya is directly perceived; pratyakṣato dṛṣṭasambandhaṃ yathā dhūmākṛtidarśanādagnyākṛtivijñānam ŚB. on MS.1. 1.5.

4) Personally.

5) At sight.

6) Explicitly.

7) Distinctly, clearly.

8) Literally. So pratyakṣe in the sight of, before the eyes of.)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष).—adj. (compare °kṣin; once in nearly the same meaning in Sanskrit, with gen., °kṣāḥ sarvadharmāṇāṃ Mahābhārata Cr. ed. 3.181.15), seeing before the eyes, witness to, with loc.: Lalitavistara 146.2 (°kṣo bodhisattvasya lipijñāne), 7 (verse; atra °kṣu); 257.14 (Bodhisattvasya guṇeṣu °kṣās); Avadāna-śataka ii.139.8 (guṇeṣu); Divyāvadāna 71.8 f.

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Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष) or Pratyakṣin.—: in composition, tat-pratyakṣiṇ-āṃ Jm 128.8.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष).—mfn.

(-kṣaḥ-kṣā-kṣaṃ) 1. Perceptible, perceivable, present, cognizable by any of the organs of sense. 2. Distinct, clear, evident. 3. Direct, immediate. 4. Corporeal. n.

(-kṣaṃ) Ocular evidence, apprehension by the senses, perception, (considered as a mode of proof. In Phil.) E. akṣa an organ of sense with prati indicative prefix.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Pratyakṣa (प्रत्यक्ष):—[=praty-akṣa] [from praty > prati] a See sub voce

2) [=praty-akṣa] b mf(ā)n. present before the eyes, visible, perceptible (opp. to parokṣa q.v.), [Upaniṣad; Mahābhārata] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] clear, distinct, manifest, direct, immediate, actual, real, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] etc. etc.

4) [v.s. ...] keeping in view, discerning (with [genitive case]), [Mahābhārata]

5) [v.s. ...] n. ocular evidence, direct perception, apprehension by the senses (in Nyāya one of the 4 Pramāṇas or modes of proof. cf. pramāṇa)

6) [v.s. ...] superintendence of, care for ([genitive case]), [Manu-smṛti ix, 27]

7) [v.s. ...] (in [rhetoric]) a kind of style descriptive of impressions derived from the senses, [Kuvalayānanda]

8) Prātyakṣa (प्रात्यक्ष):—[=prāty-akṣa] [from prāty > prāti] ([gana] prajñādi) mf(ī)n. perceptible to the eyes, capable of direct perception.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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