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Sabara Bhashya – The first and most popular commentary on Mimamsa Sutra of Sage Jaimini

Sabara Bhashya is the first and most popular commentary on Mimamsa Sutra of Sage Jaimini. He arranged all the sutras in twelve chapters and subdivided them into adhikarana and padas.

According to Mimamsa Sutra of Sage Jaimini, Dharma consists of duties enjoined in Vedas as conducive to one’s welfare.

Sabara in his Bhashya removed all misconceptions regarding this system and interpreted it on a logical basis.

The Sabara Bhashya not only explains but also discusses and illustrates the principle enunciated by Sage Jamini.

Karma is the central concept of Sabara Bhashya not Brahman.

Sabara states that signification of words are to be determined by common usage and not by Vedic usage.

He also states that the interpreter of Vaidika Vakya has to take care that he does not leave out any word or words unanalyzed, that he takes into account the significance of each and every word in the text that he is interpreting.

Sabara Bhashya categorically states that instead of reading the Vedas for their own stake, they are to be studied with a purpose.

He does not accept the concept of Ishwara as a supreme god residing independent of his creation.

Sabara Bhashya is popular because of the simple language used and examples from daily life and popular epics to explain important aspects.