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Was the Purva mimansa an atheist school?

Technically speaking Purava Mimasma was not an nastika (atheistic) system as per definition of nastika in our scriptures. Only those which didn't accept the authority of the Vedas are called as ...
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If the Purva Mimamsa school doesn't accept the corporeality of the Devas, then how does it explain their actions?

Good question! Let's distinguish between a bunch of different issues: How the Purva Mimamsa school viewed human names in the Vedas: The Purva Mimamsa school believed that the Vedas never refer to the ...
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Did the Purva Mimamsa school believe that Brahman exists?

The Purva Mimamsa school was divided on the existence of Brahman. But one thing they all agreed on was tha Brahman (if Brahman even existed) was neither the creator of the Universe, nor the author of ...
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Did Kumarila Bhatta believe in Nishkama Karma as a valid means to Moksha?

Kumarila Bhatta believes that Karma Yoga is the only path to Moksha. Contrary to what I thought, Kumarila Bhatta did not believe that Atmajnana directly granted Moksha. Unlike Adi Shankaracharya, ...
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Was the Purva mimansa an atheist school?

Purva Mimamsa was a school of philosophy founded by the sage Jaimini whose central dogma was that the Vedas were Apaurusheya or authorless. Other schools also believed that the Vedas were Apaurusheya ...
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What was the opinion of Kumarila and Prabhakara about the Puranas?

The opinions of Kumarila Bhatta on Puranas are precisely mentioned by Ganganath Jha in his book Purva Mimamsa in it's sources - The opinions of Kumarila Bhatta on Puranas are very straight ...
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Where do purva and Uttara mimamsa sutras claim that Vedas are eternal?

Yes , Vedanta Sutras or Brahma Sutras is stating that Vedas are eternal. It's mentioned in Adhyaya 1 -Pada 3-Sutra 29 & 30 - So Badrayana the author of Brahma Sutras agrees that Vedas are ...
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What scriptures describe medicines to remove wrinkles and grey hair?

I found the answer in this excerpt from Adinatha's Khechari Vidya, an early Hatha Yoga text dated to the 15th century: [The yogin] should use equal amounts of the pollen of nirgundi, amala and ...
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How has the Vedanta school refuted Mimamsa arguments for multiple omnipresent souls?

At least argument 2 has been refuted. Vyasa discusses the size of the Jivatma in Adhyaya 2 Pada 3 of the Brahma Sutras (which you can read here) Topic-13: Soul’s Dimensions (The individual soul must ...
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If every word of the Veda is eternal, then how does it have historical references?

Swami Vivekananda has said in his various discussion of the Vedas that the spiritual laws mentioned in the Vedas are eternal. There was a time when the Vedas themselves were considered eternal in ...
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What is the context of an important Sutra from Sankarsha Kanda manuscripts?

It's speaking of different forms of Indra. I found the answer in S. Shastri's summary of the Adhikaranas (sub-sections) of the discovered Sankarsha Kanda text. Here are the relevant Adhikaranas in ...
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Do the Mimamsa Sutras of Jaimini and the Samkhya Sutras of Kapila explicity reject the existence of a creator?

The SAmkhya KArikA ( as per the most ancient MAthor Vritti) is Niriswara VAdi. That means it does not accept the existence of a sole creator Iswara. It actually neither accepts nor rejects. But, ...
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Are only samhitas and brahmanas part of Vedas according to the kalpa sutras?

what does "mantra" mean and what does "brahmana" mean? Has it been defined anywhere? The Purva Mimamsa Sutras of Jaimini, commented upon by Shabara, have defined the words "mantra" and "brahmana" as ...
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Do the Devata Kanda sutras declare that Narayana is Brahman?

Do the Devata Kanda sutras declare that Narayana is Brahman? Yes. The last three sutras are: Ante Harau Taddarshanat - Ultimately Hari is to be meditated upon Sa Vishnuraha Hi - He is called Vishnu ...
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Which schools of Indian philosophy consider the Vedas to be apauruṣeya (authorless) and which don't?

As you have stated in question, no need to provide answer for Mimansa (Pura Mimansa by Jaimini and Uttara Mimansa by Vyasa) which obviously declares Vedas Apaurusheya. Now, regarding other schools, ...
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What is meaning of the word Mimamsa etymologically?

A translation is 'revered thought'. In Chapter 13 of A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy, Chandradhar Sharma writes (https://archive.org/stream/IndianPhilosophyACriticalSurvey/Indian-Philosophy-A-...
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Why aren't all works whose authors are not known regarded as authorless (apauruṣeyā)?

Are there any refutations to this argument put forth by the Buddhist philosophers? Particularly, the one against the authorlessness of Vedas because no one remembers who their authors are? No need to ...
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Does Kumarila Bhatta say you're always reborn as the same species?

I think Kumarila Bhatta did not actually believe that souls are always reborn into the same species. Because in this excerpt from his Tantra Vartika, in the course of refuting the Jain theory that ...
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Do all Vedantic philosophies agree on the number of Pramanas?

Most Vedantic philosophies other than Advaita agree on the number of Pramanas. As I suspected, Advaita accepts the same six Pramanas as Kumarila Bhatta; here's what the 17th century Advaita ...
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How do orthodox Hindus interpret these Vedic mantras that seem to suggest that the Rishis authored the mantras?

First, your question at the end is not correct. You state "But how do those who believe that the Vedic mantras are unauthored, like the followers of Vedanta and Mimamsa do, interpret these verses?...
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According to mimamsa, if one follows bhakti yoga will that person attain Moksha?

The exact answer depends on whom you want to believe. Mimansa school has changed over the years. The later authors and commentators of the mimansa school certainly believe in nishkama karma and think ...
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How did the Purva Mimamsa school explain Gotras?

The Purva Mimamsa school seems to have had varied views regarding the nature of Gotras. In this excerpt from his commentary on the Purva Mimamsa Sutras, the Purva Mimamsa philosopher Shabara Swami ...
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Are the Nishada and Rathakara castes eligible for the Vedas and Jnana?

The Vedas is for all. Yajur Veda 26.2 states: The way I gave this knowledge of Vedas for benefit of all humans, similarly you all also propagate the same for benefit of Brahmins, Kshatriyas, ...
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Are the Nishada and Rathakara castes eligible for the Vedas and Jnana?

In the apa-sudradhikaranam bhasya of Shankaracharya He says that persons who did not have upanayana samskara, are not eligible to study Vedas and hence Upanishads which are part of the vedas. However, ...
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Where do the Vedas mention trees doing Yagnas?

Shabara's opponent's quotation in sanskrit is - vanaspatayaḥ sattram āsata, sarpāḥ satram āsata iti According to Johannes Bronkhorst in his paper "What Did Indian Philosophers Believe?", these ...
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Did Kumarila Bhatta believe in Nishkama Karma as a valid means to Moksha?

Mostly Yes. This can be validated with 2 proofs, already present in your question. [1] Some followers of Kumarila Bhatta believed that Moksha can be obtained through Nishkama Karma When a Guru ...
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What are the arguments of Purva Mimansa that says Brahmanas are Apaurusheya?

What are the arguments of Purva Mimansa that says Brahmanas are Apaurusheya? Their argument is that the entire Vedas, aranyakas and upanishads included, do not have an author because there is no ...
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