Hinduism - What Is The Mimamsa Sutras?


Mimamsa Sutras is the founding text of the Purva Mimamsa school, one of the six schools of traditional Hindu philosophy.

The Mimamsa Sutras are traditionally attributed to the sage Jaimini, who is believed to have lived in the fourth century B.C.E.

The Mimamsa school was most concerned with the investigation of dharma (“righteous action”), believed to be revealed in the Vedas, the earliest Hindu religious texts.

Much of Mimamsa thought is concerned with principles and methods for textual interpretation, to discover and interpret the instructions contained in the Vedas.

The Mimamsa Sutras were elaborated in numerous commentaries, the most famous of which were written by Kumarila and Prabhakara in the seventh century.

For further information and text, see Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Charles A. Moore (eds.), A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy, 1957.

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