By Swami Harshananda
Yogajapratyakṣa literally means ‘direct perception born out of the practice of yoga’.
Normally, the knowledge that we get from pratyakṣa or direct perception is derived through our five jñānendriyas or organs of knowledge like the eyes and the ears. This knowledge is very limited due to various factors such as defects of the organs or external obstacles. However, when the yogi attains the state of samādhi, the powers of his mind are heightened to such an extent that he can ‘see’ anything he likes even if such an object is hidden in the ground or obstructed by impervious things like a wall or is at a great distance. This is called yogajapratyakṣa.
- Yogasutras 1.35 and 3.25
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore