Śābara-bhāṣya (‘commentary by Sabara-svāmin’) The basic work of the Mimāihsā philosophy—one of the six systems of Hindu philosophy—is the Purvamlmārhsā Sutras of Jaimini assigned to 200 B. C. The earliest extant commentary on it is the Śābarabhāsya (or Śabarabhāsya) attributed to Śabarasvāmi who might have lived either during 57 B. c. or during A. D. 200. According to some scholars he was the father of the king Vikramāditya (of the Vikrama Era fame), by his kṣattriya wife. The commentary, in chaste (and ideal) Sanskrit prose, is quite voluminous, dealing with all aspects of interpretation of the Vedas. He often mentions a Vṛttikāra and quotes his views several times. Whether he is the same as Bodhāyana quoted by Rāmānuja (A. D. 1017-1137) is not certain.