28 - The Absolute Number


ISSUE No. 28

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 follows on from the article on Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics in Issue 25 of this newsletter. The article, by John F. Price, is 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).


The Absolute Number, recently discovered and described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, fulfills the historical goals of mathematics by giving complete understanding of the entire range of orderliness and precision studied by mathematics. It provides a means of fathoming and perfectly quantifying the entire field of all the laws of nature governing the universe. Even more importantly, it provides a technology whereby everyone can live in full accord with these laws so that every aspect of life, individual and national, is lived mistake-free with complete coherence and harmony throughout the world.


Maharishi’s Absolute Number is a central feature of his Vedic Mathematics. Its defining role is that it is a common basis and source for all aspects and concepts of modern mathematics.

“The mathematical precision and order maintained in the universe and calculable through the utilization of mathematical structures and number systems that serve to express the precise theories of different disciplines of modern science can now be seen as having their common basis in the field of the Absolute Number—the unmanifest catalyst of all numbers, number systems, and mathematical structures that quietly initiates (from the unmanifest field of intelligence—the field of the Cosmic Mathematician) all number systems and mathematical structures and their expressions in the entire, ever-expanding universe.” (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 1996, p. 381)

Maharishi’s Absolute Number is, however, more than just another mathematical concept. “The most important characteristic of the Absolute Number in Vedic Mathematics,” Maharishi (1996) explains, “is that it is a meaningful living reality, not just a notion or concept, and therefore does not depend on the intellect” (p. 625). This means that Maharishi’s Absolute Number is a field that supports all aspects of modern, abstract mathematics but which is, at the same time, able to be directly experienced as the field of pure intelligence. The qualities of Maharishi’s Absolute Number of orderliness and mistake-free precision can spontaneously develop in each individual through the regular direct experience of this field.

In this way, Maharishi’s Absolute Number is both a timely answer to the weaknesses of modern mathematics described above and a natural completion of the knowledge initiated and developed by modern mathematics. It also has qualities leading to benefits that go far beyond anything possible through modern mathematics. For example, Maharishi’s Absolute Number has the organizing power necessary to be the foundation for a totally new concept in the defense of a nation which creates a level of invincibility so powerful that it even prevents the creation of an enemy. Maharishi (1996) explains, “My Absolute Theory of Defence has its basis in invincibility, which is characterized by the self-referral dynamics of consciousness, the eternal, unbounded, unmanifest, neverchanging state of eternal Unity, which stands for the Absolute Number.” (p. 634).

Maharishi’s Absolute Number also has the precision and order necessary to form the basis for Maharishi Master Management which provides perfect management by engaging the managing intelligence of Natural Law.

These excerpts are taken from the Introduction to the article: you can see the article in full at http://mum.edu/msvs/v07/number.pdf.

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.





We are delighted to announce that James Glover will be touring India in December and giving courses and talks etc. on Vedic Mathematics. James Glover is head of mathematics at St James Independent School, London where Vedic Mathematics has been taught successfully for many years. Below are details of when and where these courses take place, and contacts for further information. If we get more details we will update the Calendar at www.vedicmaths.org or send a newsflash.

1) Mumbai = December 7th  James Glover Opens the Annual Book Exhibition at Motilal Banarsidass bookstore & will do book-signing; Contact person: Cowsie, Tel # 2492-3526 or 2498-2583

2) Bangalore = December 8th to 11th at School of Ancient Wisdom, contact-person: Ram Menon # 558-6837 / 768-2181 & 768-2182

3) Hyderabad = December 12th; Contact-persons: Anil Vithlani # 474-2034 & 475-2418; Ravundra Nath # 626-3331 or 98480-34590; Ravi Agarwal # 726-1009 or 354-4935

4) Nagpur = December 13th to 15th; Contact-person : Alka Sahni # 545637 / 550906 / 531363 / 98230-75758

5) Mumbai = December 16, 17th & 18th, Contacts as in # 1

6) New Delhi = December 19th to 22nd, Contact-person : RP Jain # 2391-1985/2391-8335 / 2393-2747 / 2397-4826


Following the item in Newsletter 26 we now have a fund for locating the missing books written by Sri Bharati Krsna Tithaji. More offers of contributions will be welcome and donors to the fund will be the first to get a copy of the books if and when they are recovered. No contribution should be sent until the lost volumes are found.


Vera Stevens, a Vedic Mathematics teacher in Australia sends us the following account.

Vanuatu (formerly the New Hebrides) was a wonderful experience. this was my second trip, the first one being in June for two weeks when I taught in four different village schools. The teachers asked me to come back as the children sit an exam at the end of class 6 which determines whether or not they go to high school. The curriculum is very tough and the children are disadvantaged to some degree as the paper is in English which is not their mother tongue. I taught my basic numeracy and once that was established, moved into vertical and crosswise, multiplying near a base and vinculum. It was so well received and there are now two study groups of teachers who will stay in contact with me, I hope and maybe buy your books to use as text books. I am very happy

with the outcome so far and there is a possibility of a trip to Papua New guinea in the future.


Manohar K. Nair is a VM tutor in Mumbai, India. He is working as Manager Operations in a company, but has been very actively involved in conducting Vedic Mathematics Seminars and workshops (Mumbai) for some time now. Any person who wishes to know more about it can contact him or his partner at  022- 527 8819, 022- 527 8821.


A student in Ghana, Africa would like to contact people in the same country who are on this mailing list. Please send an email to if you are in Ghana and would like to make contact.


If you teach Vedic Maths in the city of Ajmer in Rajasthan State in India please send us an email at as we have heard there are many people there who want to learn.


The courses and talks advertised in the previous newsletter went as planned and were all very well received. An article in a mathematics magazine, presentations at mathematical conferences and further invitations are planned.



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 or details about a course/talk etc. 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
Issue 25: Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics
Issue 26: Foreword
Issue 27: Mathematics with Smiles: The Vedic Way

To subscribe or unsubscribe to this Newsletter simply send an email to that

effect to

Please pass a copy of this Newsletter on (unedited) to anyone you think may be interested.

Editor: Kenneth Williams

Visit the Vedic Mathematics web site at



21st November 2002


English Chinese (Traditional) Dutch Finnish French German Hindi Korean Russian Ukrainian