Rishi Jaimini



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Function: 
Sage
Traditions: 
Sanatna Dharma
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
Unknown
Place of Birth: 
Unknown
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Biography

Jaimini was an ancient rishi (sage), who was a great philosopher of the Mimansa school of Indian philosophy. He was the disciple of the great Rishi Veda Vyasa, the son of Rishi Parashara.

mportant works of Jaimini

Purva Mimamsa Sutras

Jaimini is most known for his great treatise Purva Mimamsa Sutras (“First Reflection”), or Karma-mimamsa (“Study of [Ritual] Action”), a system that investigates the nature of Vedic injunctions. The text founded the Purva-Mimamsa school of Ancient Indian philosophy, one of the six Darsanas or schools of Ancient Indian philosophy.

Dated to ca. the 3rd century BC, the text contains about 3,000 sutras and is the foundational text of the Mimamsa school. The text aims at an exegesis of the Vedas with regard to ritual practice (karma) and religious duty (dharma), commenting on the early Upanishads. Jaimini's Mimamsa is a ritualist conter-movement to the mysticist Vedanta currents of his day. He was commented upon by Śābara in the early centuries CE.

Jaimini Bharata

He is also considered the author of epic work, Jaimini Bharata, which presents a version of Mahabharata, which most known for its Aswamedha parva.

Jaimini Sutras

The Jaimini sutras, or Upadesha Sutras, is a classic work, rated as next only to the Brihat Parashara Hora Sashtra, to which he gave an extended commentary, thus giving birth to "Jaimini system of astrology".

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Samaveda

When Rishi Veda Vyasa divided ancient vedic hymns into four parts based on their use in the sacrificial rites, and taught them to his four chief disciples – Paila, Vaisampayana, Jaimini and Sumantu, Samaveda was transmitted to rishi Jaimini.
"He divided the Veda into four, namely Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. The histories and the Puranas are said to be the fifth Veda."
- Brahmanda Purana 1.4.21

Markandeya Purana

One of the major puranas, the Markandeya Purana, is presented as a dialogue between sage Jaimini and Markandeya.

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Astrology

NIDHI PARKASH's picture

Our Sanaatana Dharma has a shaastra called jyotish shaatra which pertains to predictions of present, past and future. Rishi means the persons whose Ajnya chakra have been opened.