Pramāṇas: the Four Authorities and Evidences of Truth

Shāstra Pramāṇas and Āpta Pramāṇas

Shāstra Pramāṇa is the scriptural evidence, the direct, ultimate authority on the Truth as it is, for it is directly from Sadashiva, the Adiguru (original Guru), the Source of all that is. In Sanatana Hindu Dharma, Veda-Agamas are the irrefutable Shāstra Pramāṇa. All knowledge currents, philosias, rituals and lifestyle systems, and Yogic sciences for humanity are in-depth systematically revealed in Veda-Agamas form the pramanas.

Āpta Pramaṇa are the the ancient  great authentic, time-tested, fool-proof compilations of experiences of Enlightened Sages called the Rishis, Siddhas, Munis, Incarnations (Avatars), the direct disciples and followers and descendants of Bhagavan Sadashiva, like the Saptarishis, Maharishis, including the Enlightened Ones such as Patanjali, Valmiki, Agastya Mahamuni, Abhinavagupta, Kshemaraja, Paramahamsa Yogananda, etc. The compiled experiences verify and expand further on the VedaAgamas, forming Āpta Pramana.

Atma Pramaṇa and Sākshi Pramaṇa

Ātma Pramaṇa are the direct experiences of the Living Avatar, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, who is respected, revered as the living incarnations by millions of people worldwide. In the space of Pure Oneness or Shuddhadvaita with Bhagavan Sadashiva, the Ātma Pramāṇas of H.H. Paramahamsa form the words of His Gurus, His own experiences, and all that He has learnt and directly experienced, and done thorough verification and authentication with the Śāstra Pramāṇa, and then presented to the world.

Śaksi Pramāṇa is the evidence of the experiences and sharings of the people who directly experience the Pramaṇas as a living, applied reality in their lives as the manifestation of His Ātma Pramaṇas.

In these series, the pramānas are presented from different VedaAgamas from the various systems or portions of the Agamas, such as the –


Jnāna Pāda or Vidyā Pāda – the knowledge section from Agamas

Kriya Pāda – the rituals sections from Agamas

Yoga Pāda – the Yoga knowledge and science sections

Carya Pāda – the enlightened lifestyle from Sadashiva


Only when all three are combined does the initiation safely culminate in Sākśī Pramāṇa – the individual disciple’s experience of the highest state and power manifestations of Yoga .

Nithyananda YogaSM as revealed by Paramahamsa Nithyananda combines all three pramanas, precisely reviving the space from which Sadashiva created this science. After being subject to years of dilution and pollution of this sacred science, the most profound intention and context of Yoga  is now being revived and transmitted as a tangible experience by Paramahamsa Nithyananda, the Avatar of Sadashiva Himself               .

“Nithyananda YogaSM is hence all about producing the experience of “Sadashivatva” – the state of Sadashiva, His qualities, His glory, His grace and His POWERS in YOU!

– Pramahamsa Nithyananda


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