Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Sakshat Mean?

Sakshat is a Sanskrit word that means "in the presence of,” "with one's own eyes,” "direct,” "visibly,” "here and now” and "obviously.” In the context of Hinduism, sakshat is often used to describe the incarnation or avatar of a deity.

The deity can incarnate directly or descend to Earth, in which case the avatar is called sakshat, or direct. On the other hand, when the deity empowers another being to be his/her representative, the incarnation is referred to as avesha, or indirect.


Yogapedia Explains Sakshat

The word, sakshat, also forms an important concept in yoga when combined with kara, which means “accomplishment.” The term sakshatkara means “realization,” “direct perception” or “making evident to the senses.” Atma sakshatkara is direct perception of atman, or inner self.

Through yoga practices like meditation, asana and pranayama, yogis increase self-knowledge and self-awareness, which, in time, leads to self-realization, or atma sakshatkara. Atma Sakshatkara is also the name of a chapter in a section of the Hindu scriptures called the "Sarvajnanottara Agama."

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