Prabhākara

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Prabhakara, PrabhAkara, Prabhaakara


The Mīmāṅsā philosophy, one of the six systems of philosophy, is based primarily on the Purvamīmāmsāsutras of Jaimini.[1] Out of the several bhāṣyas[2] known to have existed on that basic work, only that of Śabarasvāmin[3] has survived till now.

Prabhākara lived in 8th cent. A. D. Prabhākara Bhaṭṭa or Prabhākara and Kumārila were the two most important teachers of this school who have written commentaries on the Bhāsya of Sahara. They were contemporaries. He was nicknamed as ‘Guru’. He has followed Sahara faithfully in his detailed gloss called Brhatī. His school has become known as Bhāttamata or Gurumata. There is a sub-commentary on the Brhatī by Sālikanātha Miśra, known as Rjuvimālā. Practically nothing is known of him. Tradition holds that he was a pupil of Kumārila.


References

  1. He lived in 400 B. C.
  2. Bhāṣyas means commentaries.
  3. He lived in A. D. 500.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore