Written by Sri Swami Chandrashekarendra
The Vedas, as we know, contain "vakyas" and "adhyayas". How are we to
know their content, their meaning? What must we do to find out their
purpose, their message?
The rules according to which the Vedas are to be interpreted are
contained in the Mimamsa sastra. If the Vedas are the law, Mimamsa is
the law of interpretation. As I said before, when the government enacts
great number of laws, doubts arise as to their intention and
So to interpret these, the government enacts another law. Mimamsa is
such a law with reference to the Vedas. It formulates certain methods to
discover the meaning of the Vedic texts.
Six methods are mentioned: upakarma-upasamhara, abhyasa, apurvata,
phala, atharvada, upapatti. According to Mimamsa the meaning, the
intent, of the Vedic Mantras may be understood by applying these
The reader is requested to refer to chapter 34, Part Five, in which
methods of Mimamsa sastra are dealt with.