Author: Mohan Lal Sandal
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120811291
The first ever attempt to translate the main text of the Sutras in a simple but lucid language highlighting the exact import of the system.
Purva Mimamsa, theistic from the outset, is one of the six systems of Indian philosophy. Based on the Vedas and Brahmanas, it represents the practical side of Vedic religion. As such Purva Mimamsa First Inquiry, or Karma Mimasa Inquiry concerning Works, founded by Jaimini, discusses the scared rites and the rewards accruing from their performance. Holding the authority of Veda as absolute and eternal, the system emphasizes that articulate sounds are eternal, and that the connection of a word with its sense is inherent in the word or the sentence itself, but is not affected by usage and thus paves the way for correct interpretation of the word or sentence even in the daily routine of human affairs.
The author had the unique advantage of consulting Dr Kunte, who had also translated the Sutras up to Chapter VI independently. He has provided an elaborate introduction detailing the importance of the principles of Mimama in solving problems of interpretation.