Bhasya is a commentary on Hindu sacred texts, especially the sutras, which are compressed and aphoristic. The bhasyas are significant to their comprehension. They represent a natural application to the campaign against avidya (ignorance) as the great impediment standing in the way of enlightenment and release (moksa). They share no one single meaning, so the bhasyas may represent various schools of interpretation. A.G.H.


Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 142