These days people love to discuss theories and hypothesize about all these imagined possibilities. These imaginings are not real though, and have people floating in their own heads, unconnected to reality. Direct perception deals only in actuality and is often uncomfortable for those who have been drifting in never never land for too long (which is all their years up until now for many people). Even our formal schooling and education weakens us in this domain, by telling its pupils “what” to think and not “how” to think. We are taught to memorize instructional material (memorization being the LOWEST cognitive process according to even Benjamin Bloom’s taxonomy), while we are subtly and tacitly encouraged to “ignore” our senses (because if our senses tell us one thing but the book another, we are supposed to assume the school text book is right and our senses are wrong). To “ignore” our senses can cause nothing but “ignorance” and we should not comply. Our senses are a fundamental part of our intelligence.
Patañjali even orders these criteria for “correct perception” with pratyakṣa (which is DIRECT SENSORY INPUT) as FIRST, because of these three, it is the most important, followed by inference (anumāna), and THEN third party testimony like spiritual texts, books, and teachers/gurus/leaders that “should” be trustworthy (āgamāḥ).
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