By Swami Harshananda
Padārtha literally means 'object, category'
This word is used in several senses such as the meaning of a word an object and a category. The last one is a technical term used in the Vaiśesika Darśana and comprises seven padārthas.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore