Vācaspati Miśra

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(10th century ce)

A philosopher who wrote empathetic and influential commentaries on texts from a number of traditions, notably Advaita Vedānta, Nyāya, and Sāṃkhya-Yoga. Among these were the Bhāmati (a subcommentary on Śaṅkara's Brahmasūtrabhāṣya), the Nyāyavārtikka (‘Gloss on the True Intention of the Elucidation of Nyāya’), the Sāṃkhyatattvakaumadi (‘Moonlight on the Sāṃkhya Tattvas’), and the Tattvavaiśāradi, a gloss on Vyāsa's Yoga Sūtra commentary. Such was his versatility, he was characterized as ‘sarvatantrasvatantra’—‘independent master of all systems’.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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