Translated by Swami Madhavananda, 96 Pages, Paperback.
The Purva-Mimamsa is one of the six systems of Hindu philosophy which have come down to us from antiquity. They fall into three groups, viz., Nyaya and Vaiseshika, Samkhya and Yoga, Mimamsa and Vedanta. Each has its special field of inquiry, where it zealously defends its findings, but in other matters it is content to borrow from the others. The word "purva" means initial, and "mimamsa", a reasoned conclusion. The system is so called because it aims at a rational settlement of the doubtful points in the initial or ritualistic portion (karma-kanda) of the Vedas, while the Uttara-Mimamsa or Vedanta deals with their final or philosophical portion (jnana-kanda), consisting of the Upanishads.