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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

This is a well-known and popular treatise on the Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika philosophy by Viśvanātha Nyāyapañcānana Bhaṭṭācārya (17th Century A. D.) who lived in Navadvipa (in Bengal).

The author himself has written a detailed commentary named Siddhāntamuktāvali. There are 168 verses in the anuṣṭubh meter. The work deals with the following topics:

  • Seven categories (Saptapadārthas)
  • Substances (Dravyas)
  • Methods of knowledge i.e., like direct perception or Pratyakṣa
  • Mind
  • Qualities or guṇas
  • Some details about inference or anumāna
  • Some other miscellaneous qualities.