Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Scientific mantra

प्रत्यक्शानुमानागाम:प्रमाणानि

(Pratyakha anumaana agaamah pramaaNaani)

Pratyaksha: Direct observation
Anumaana: Inference
Agaamah: Authority
PramaaNaani: Knowledge

This is a shloka from Patanjali's Yogasutra about the nature of knowing the truth. PramaaNa is true knowledge, and can be obtained either by
(1) direct observation,
(2) inference from a set of events; or,
(3) on the authority of someone who has done (1) or (2).

In a concise manner, it encodes the entire method and practice of science as developed and followed by the Greeks and their intellectual descendants. Strange that the Yogasutra became a source of a lot of mysticism (and a common form of exercise) instead!

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