Praśastapāda

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Prasastapada, PraZastapAda, Prashastapaada


The Vaiśesikasutras of Kaṇāda or Aulukya who preceded Buddha has a commentary called Praśastapādabhāsya or Padārthadharmasañgraha by Praśastapāda. This commentary is more like a long independent essay on the Vaiśesikasutras than a regular bhāṣya.

The theories discussed in this commentary are:

  • Several terms and concepts of the sutras
  • Doctrine of creation
  • Dissolution
  • Number
  • Atoms in a molecule
  • Transformation of colors by heat
  • Etc.

Praśastapāda was the earliest writer on the Vaiśesikasutras after Kaṇāda and must have lived in the 5th or the 6th centuries A. D.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore