This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Mimansa

The name of the fifth darshana means ‘profound thought’ or ‘inward reflection,’ which pertains directly to the study of the shruti. Taken in this sense, as the art of determining the precise meaning of the Veda, Mimansa includes both the fifth and six darshanas. Considered in this way, they are given the names Purva-Mimansa and Uttara-Mimansa, which means first and second Mimansa. Alternatively, the first can be called Karma-Mimansa, since it deals with action, while the second is called Brahma-Mimansa, since it deals with knowledge of Brahma, which is the point of view of pure matephysics. It is this second Mimansa that constitutes the Vedanta, and this is how we will refer to it from here onward, while we will reserve the term Mimansa for the Karma-Mimansa. As usual, the exposition of the darshana in question is attributed to a name, which in this case is Jaimini.

Mimansa proceeds by setting before itself a question and then enumerating various incorrect responses to the question, which are then refuted before a conclusive answer is provided. This method mirrors that of the Scholastics, most notably St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologica.

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