“Right understanding comes from direct perception, inference, and valid authority.”
How do we know God exists? Most of us can’t speak from personal experience. So, should our knowledge come from interpretation or assumption? Wow this Sutra is awesome!
The author of Demystifying Pantanjali tells us “When it comes to a simple earthly matter, valid authority may come to us by a phone call or a radio report. But when it comes to spiritual matters- like, “Does God exist?”- true perception is rare; without true intuition, perception is not always reliable.
The take away:
God must be consciousness!
Valid authority is the most important of all.
Do Not Take Advice From Men