25 - Maharishi's Vedic Mathematics


ISSUE No. 25

Vedic Mathematics is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are introduced to the beautifully unified and easy Vedic methods. The purpose of this Newsletter is to provide information about developments in education and research and books, articles, courses, talks etc., and also to bring together those working with Vedic Mathematics. If you are working with Vedic Mathematics - teaching it or doing research - please contact us and let us include you and some description of your work in the Newsletter. Perhaps you would like to submit an article for inclusion in a later issue or tell us about a course or talk you will be giving or have given.

If you are learning Vedic Maths, let us know how you are getting on and what you think of this system.


This issue’s article is taken from the Introduction of an article by John F. Price entitled “Maharishi’s Absolute Number: The Mathematical Theory and Technology of Everything”. This was published in ‘Modern Science and Vedic Science’ Vol 7, No. 1 (1997). You can see this article in full at http://mum.edu/msvs/v07/number.pdf. It is well worth reading: please let us know what you think about it. We hope to have a further article later on Maharishi’s Absolute Number.


Mathematics provides the language and the tools to study precision and orderliness through the careful definition and analysis of abstract mathematical concepts and to apply the results of this analysis to understand and quantify the orderliness of the physical world. Mathematicians usually explain that the goal of mathematics is to increase our understanding of this orderliness in its theoretical and its applied values. This article introduces Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics and the Absolute Number and shows that they do not just provide another step towards this goal through an increment in our understanding of orderliness. Rather, together they complete all areas of mathematics through providing full knowledge of the entire range of orderliness and hence of the entire range of all the laws of nature governing the universe. Even more importantly, Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics and the Absolute Number provide a technology for everyone to live in full accord with these laws and gain their support for every aspect of life, individual and collective, to become mistake-free and lived in complete coherence and harmony.

In order to see the profundity of Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics and the Absolute Number, it will be necessary to consider two defining and central historical themes of mathematics; we call these sensory-based mathematics and intellect-based mathematics. Roughly speaking, sensory-based mathematics is mathematics that uses the senses to count and measure physical objects to generate and validate its statements. In contrast, intellect-based mathematics or modern mathematics uses the logical abilities of the intellect to form chains of deductions leading to universally accepted mathematical results, the theorems of mathematics.

Inherent weaknesses in these two types of mathematics limit their power to benefit mankind, but these weaknesses can be overcome through Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics and the Absolute Number. The major weakness of sensory-based mathematics is that it cannot deal with the abstract concepts essential for today’s mathematics and its applications. For instance, this type of mathematics cannot deal with the concepts of infinity and infinite processes, concepts which run throughout modern mathematics. The weaknesses of intellect-based mathematics are more subtle. One problem is that it must proceed using discrete steps, whereas the laws of nature that govern the universe are instantaneous and all-encompassing. Another problem is that intellect-based mathematics can only passively observe and describe the laws of nature and therefore can never fulfill the goal of providing a technique for everyone to gain the spontaneous support of all the laws of nature by living in full accord with them.

When examined from the perspective of Maharishi Vedic Science, sensory-based and intellect-based mathematics can be seen as steps leading to the fulfillment of mathematics in Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics and its central component, Maharishi’s Absolute Number. Maharishi Vedic Science presents the essential insight that the entire universe is the expression of a fundamental, unified field of pure intelligence, of pure consciousness. The laws governing the eternal self-referral or self-interacting dynamics of this field Maharishi refers to as the Constitution of the Universe. (See Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 1996, pp. 77–149) for a full discussion of the discovery of the Constitution of the Universe within the structure of this unified field.) It is this dynamics that gives rise to all the laws of nature that structure creation and guide its evolution. In his Vedic Science, Maharishi explains how evolution for human life incorporates the development of higher states of consciousness in which the experience of self-referral, pure consciousness is increasingly integrated into daily life so that life becomes in harmony with the Laws of Nature and mistake-free. “Life according to natural law,” Maharishi (1986) explains, “will always be orderly, evolutionary, and nourishing to everyone” (p. 98). In the highest state of consciousness, unity consciousness, the field of pure consciousness is experienced to be the underlying reality not only of one’s subjective nature, but of every specific area of activity (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 1995a, p. 506). Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics is the mathematics of this field of pure consciousness. “Vedic Mathematics,” Maharishi (1996) points out, “is the mathematics of the absolute, self-referral field of pure consciousness, where everything is simultaneous, where everything is simultaneously administered on the level of perfect order” (p. 372).

Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics is not a branch of mathematics such as geometry or analysis, but a totally new level of mathematics. It provides the means to describe the totality of all the Laws of Nature and is, at the same time, the structure of pure consciousness actually responsible for their harmony and orderliness. “Vedic Mathematics is the structuring dynamics of Natural Law; it spontaneously designs the source, course, and goal of Natural Law—the orderly theme of evolution” (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 1996, p. 338).


 “Transcendental Meditation,” Maharishi (1996) writes, “is the blissful exercise of Vedic Mathematics, and Yogic Flying habituates the mind to float in the bubbles of bliss, developing invincibility—the ability to accomplish anything—the characteristic quality of a Vedic Mathematician” (p. 395).


  The main text on Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics is “ Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Defence” by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. ISBN 81-7523-000-2. It is referred to extensively in the above article and is published by Age of Enlightenment Publications, 1996. This book can be purchased at http://www.maharishi.co.uk.




 The vedic mathematics workshops in Mumbai will start from 25th July to 2nd August.The total No.of  workshops expected is 10 in different places that includes S.N.D.T. College,Tolani College, Rotary Club, Activity School, Bhavan's College & different groups of C.A. & Students.

In Pune it will start from 5th to 8th & will be at least 6-7 workshops in different places. Mr. Manish Soni from Baroda, Mr. B.A.Naik, Mrs.Rajeshwari Sharma & others from Mumbai will be the experts of Vedic Mathematics .

The exact date & venue will be let known very soon.

 It would be very convenient for all your readers of VM newsletter / website if they are able to establish much easier & faster contact with us for workshops as follows :

 1) At Mumbai-RP Jain or Cowsie # (022) 498-2583/ 492-3526

2) At Pune-RP Jain or Shukla # (020) 448-6190 / 717-1748

3) At Nagpur- Alka Sahni # (0712) 550906 / 531363 / 545637 / 98230-75758

4) At Delhi - RP Jain # (011) 393-2747 / 397-4826 / 391-8335/1985 /579-2734/5180


 The latest news about courses is posted on the calendar at http://www.vedicmaths.org

We will let you know about further details as we get them.


 From Dr S. K. Kapoor.

It is privilege to share with you that new contents have been uploaded on website:

http://geocities.com/vedicmathematics. It is about the beautiful aspect of Vedic Mathematics availed by Vedic scriptures for organization of knowledge has been taken up under the head

"Scriptures Formats" and the same has been uploaded as "Scriptures Formats" 1 to 33. I hope this would of good interests for the advanced students and scholars of Vedic mathematics and Vedic<


 In my book Goldbach Theorem, as an Appendix is included the evaluation report of my works (titled "Transcendental Basis of Vedic Mathematics") which earned for me Veda Ratna Award  from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore. Now this has been added on website www.geocities.com/vedicmathematics for the information of the persons interested in Vedic mathematics.


 Plans are being formulated to produce a CD-ROM on Vedic Mathematics. If you have any interest in being involved with this, especially if you have expertise in this area, please contact us at


 To examine some of the patterns in recurring decimals  an excel spreadsheet was developed by David Gilbert listing the decimals fractions of 1/N for N=1...100, giving the number of digits in the repeating part, the factors of N, and showing where there is a complement from 9. File size is 40KB. If you would like a copy of this send an email to David at


Following the article in the last newsletter Dr Abhijit Das has sent this method for multiplying by 7.

 If you look at the first 10 products of the seven times multiplication table they are 7,14,21.28,35,42,49,56,63 and 70.

 Now see the first digits: 0 is the first of the first product (07), 1 is the first digit of the second product and so on. Now if you just look at the first digits of the first ten products they are


To multiply a 2-figure number, 'pq', by 7 the answer is in two parts.

First part: Multiply p by 7 and add the number in the qth position of the above sequence.

Second part: Multiply 7 by q and put the last figure of the result onto the number found in the first part.

So for 7x23:

Find 7x2 and add the figure in the 3rd position in the sequence:


Then fnd 7x3 which is 21 and append the 1 to 16 to get 161.

So 7x23=161.


 This book may be of interest:

"A modern introduction to Ancient Indian Mathematics" by T.S.Bhanu Murthy.

ISBN 81-224-0371-9. Publishers: Wiley Eastern Limited, 4835/24, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi 110 002.

We have not seen this book but understand it contains algebraic proofs of the VM methods shown in B. K. Tirthaji’s book “Vedic Mathematics”.


 The email course advertised in the last newsflash is going strong with over 200 people taking part. The lessons are interesting and there are lively discussions going on.



 If you want to know about Vedic Mathematics Workshops or research in India send an email to Mr R. P. Jain at


 Your comments about this Newsletter are invited.

If you would like to send us details about your work or submit an article for inclusion please let us know on

Previous issues of this Newsletter can be copied from the Web Site: www.vedicmaths.org

Issue 1: An Introduction
Issue 2: "So What's so Special about Vedic Mathematics?"
Issue 3: Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji: More than a Mathematical Genius
Issue 4: The Vedic Numerical Code
Issue 5: "Mathematics of the Millennium"- Seminar in Singapore
Issue 6: The Sutras of Vedic Mathematics
Issue 7: The Vedic Square
Issue 8: The Nine Point Circle
Issue 9: The Vedic Triangle
Issue 10: Proof of Goldbach's Conjecture
Issue 11: Is Knowledge Essentially Simple?
Issue 12: Left to Right or Right to Left?
Issue 13: The Vinculum and other Devices
Issue 14: 1,2,3,4: Pythagoras and the Cosmology of Number
Issue 15: A Descriptive Preparatory Note on the Astounding Wonders of Ancient Indian Vedic Mathematics
Issue 16: Vedic Matrix
Issue 17: Vedic Sources of Vedic Mathematics
Issue 18: 9 by 9 Division Table
Issue 19: “Maths Mantra”
Issue 20: Numeracy
Issue 21: Only a Matter of 16 Sutras
Issue 22: Multiplication on the Fingertips
Issue 23:India’s System of Mental Mathematics
Issue 24: The Sign of Nine

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12th July 2002


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