Mimamsa is generally believed to be the
oldest of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy and has had a
significant influence on Hindu law. Mimamsa provides rules for
interpreting the early Hindu scriptures known as the Vedas and offers
philosophical rationale for observing Vedic rituals. The Vedas are
seen as infallible and, therefore, as the authority for knowing
Kumarila is known for his
interpretation of the "Mimamsa Sutras," considered the primary source
for the study of this school of philosophy.
Although it is believed that Kumarila
Bhatta converted to Buddhism in his youth, he later returned to
Hinduism and focused on trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and
Jainism in southern India. Some believe that he did not convert to
Buddhism but pretended to in order to spy on the Buddhists.