Journal of Indian Philosophy

, Volume 43, Issue 2–3, pp 219–255 | Cite as

Quotations, References, etc. A Glance on the Writing Habits of a Late Mīmāṃsaka

Article

Abstract

Rāmānujācārya’s Tantrarahasya, a philosophical treatise mainly dedicated to the hermeneutics and epistemology of the Pūrva Mīmāṃsā School, might be considered hardly more than a jigsaw of reused passages, since (at least) one third of it has a direct source, and (at least) a further third has its roots in interlanguage usage. It is thus a perfect case study for investigating the compositional habits of philosophical authors in pre-modern śāstra literature. The article analyses the formal aspects of textual reuse by Rāmānujācārya and draws some general conclusions regarding the author’s intellectual affiliation to Prābhākara Mīmāṃsā on the basis of the way he reuses his school’s texts as compared to the reuse of other schools’ texts. A final section discusses the possibility of generalising these results to the approach to textual reuse of the whole Pūrva Mīmāṃsā.

Keywords

Rāmānujācārya Pūrva Mīmāṃsā Textual reuse Quotations śāstra Prābhākara Mīmāṃsā 

Abbreviations

A

Brahmamitra Avasthi’s edition of the VM.

AN

Aṅganirṇaya, chapter of Pārthasārathi’s Nyāyaratnamālā. In: Śāstrin, Gaṅgādhara (ed.) 1900 and Rāmaswami Śāstri Śiromaṇi (ed.) (1937).

Aṣṭ

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī.

MBP

Bhaṭṭa Śaṅkara’s Mīmāṃsābālaprakāśa. In: Śāstrin, Mukuṇḍa 1902.

MNP

Āpadeva’s Mīmāṃsānyāyaprakāśa. In: Edgerton 1929.

MNS

Mahādeva Vedāntin’s Mīmāṃsānyāyasaṅgraha. In: Benson 2010.

MS

Mīmāṃsāsūtra by Jaimini. In: (for ŚBh ad MS 1.1) Frauwallner 1968; (for the rest) Abhyankar and Jośī (1971–1980) and Subbāśāstrī 1929–1934.

NR

Rāmānujācārya’s Nāyakaratna. In: Rāmaswami Śāstri Śiromaṇi (ed.) (1937).

NRM

Pārthasārathi Miśra’s Nyāyaratnamālā. In Śāstrin, Gaṅgādhara (ed.) 1900. See also NR.

PdhS

Praśāstapada’s Padārthadharmasaṅgraha. In Prasād Dvivedin 1984.

PrP

Śālikanātha Miśra’s Prakaraṇapañcikā. In: Śāstrin, Mukuṇḍa (ed.) (1904) and Subrahmanya Sastri (ed.) (1961).

S

Sarma’s edition of VM. In: Sarma 1990.

Śā

Subrahmaṇya Śāstrī’s edition of PrP. In: Subrahmanya Sastri (ed.) (1961).

ŚBh

Śabara’s Śābarabhāṣya. In: Abhyankar and Jośī (1971–1980) and Subbāśāstrī 1929–1934.

TR

Rāmānujācārya’s Tantrarahasya. In: Rāmaswami Śāstri Śiromaṇi (ed.) (1956).

TV

Kumārila’s Tantravārttika. In: (for TV ad MS 2.1.1–4) Kataoka 2004; (for the rest) Abhyankar and Jośī (1971–1980) and Subbāśāstrī 1929–1934.

VM I

Vākyārthamātṛkā, part I, chapter of Śālikanātha’s Prakaraṇapañcikā. In: Śāstrin, Mukuṇḍa (ed.) (1904), Subrahmanya Sastri (ed.) (1961), A, Wicher 1987 and Sarma 1990.

VM II

Vākyārthamātṛkā, part II, chapter of Śālikanātha’s Prakaraṇapañcikā. In: Śāstrin, Mukuṇḍa (ed.) (1904), Subrahmanya Sastri (ed.) (1961), A, Wicher 1987 and Sarma 1990.

VN

Vidhinirṇaya, chapter of Pārthasārathi’s Nyāyaratnamālā. In: Śāstrin, Gaṅgādhara (ed.) 1900 and Rāmaswami Śāstri Śiromaṇi (ed.) (1937).

VV

Maṇḍana Miśra’s Vidhiviveka. In: Śāstrī Tailaṅga, Rāma (ed.) (1907) and Mahāprabhulāla Gosvāmī (ed.) (1978).

Notes

Acknowledgments

I am grateful to Katharine Apostle for having corrected my English. Parts of the conclusions of this article have been discussed in Freschi (2012b) where a graphical depiction of the various fictive speakers in TR IV section 3 is also present.

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  1. 1.Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of AsiaAustrian Academy of Sciences ViennaAustria

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