Saturday, March 20, 2010

Yogipratyakṣa and the risk of subjectivism

If one allows to every individual the possibility to directly see dharma, the Veda and all spiritual mediators (Brahmans, gurus, yogins, pūjārins, etc.) become useless. Moreover, one is left with no argument against subjectivism. Everyone could claim to have seen dharma (or apsaras, heaven, ufos, etc.). Furthermore, everyone could deny to the lay people to right to confute one’s visions. If, indeed, only the expert are eligible for judging their own claims, then, no control on the epistemological content of such claims is possible. (!)

The Indian tradition has already developed its antidotes against the risks inherent in yogipratyakṣa, insofar as it:

limits the scope of yogipratyakṣa to already acknowledged contents (e.g.: the Veda as we know it and not a new Sacred Text, or the Four Noble

Truths and not a new dogma can be seen).

limits the people eligible for yogipratyakṣa (only qualified yogins, in some cases only God himself (so the Nyāya).

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