VEDIC MATHEMATICS NEWSLETTER
ISSUE No. 86
A warm welcome to our new subscribers.
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 written by Sreenivasa Rao Ainapurapu who is an engineer by profession. He came across Vedic Mathematics in 2004 and has been fascinated by it ever since, giving many classes and courses in the United States and India.
TEACHER TRAINING COURSE POSTPONED
We regret that due to unavoidable events the next Teacher Training Course organised between the Academy and E-gurukul has had to be postponed. We are working hard to make this course happen as we know that past courses have been extremely popular and productive. We will post in the newsletter and in the home page of www.vedicmaths.org when the course is being offered again. Thank you for your patience if you have been waiting to hear about this course.
6 WEEK INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN LONDON
This course, given by James Glover, started at The Idler Academy, 81 Westbourne Park Road, London, W2 5QH on Tuesday 12th March 2013 and runs to Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 6:30-8pm. For further details see: http://idler.co.uk/academy/courses/
AWARD FOR SERVICE TO VM
Sreenivasa Rao Ainapurapu, who has been promoting Vedic Maths over many years, was presented with the NATS (North America Telugu Society) award for his “outstanding dedicated service in Vedic Mathematics”. Our congratulations and thanks to him for all his excellent efforts and inspiration to all those he comes in contact with.
TWO ARTICLES IN DUTCH NEWSPAPERS
An article has been published in the newspaper “Oegstgeester Courant" in which Dr Eric Groenendijk is interviewed expressing his concern that children are not able to calculate nowadays, and pointing out that Vedic maths can help solve this problem. If you can read Dutch see the article at:
An article was also published in Het Leidsch Dagblad.
TWO NEW JOURNAL ARTICLES
"Novel Methods for 'Reciprocal of Prime Number' using VM Osculator" by Vitthal Jadhav, January 2013
This shows a number of applications of the osculator in recurring decimals.
"Novel Algorithm for 'Nth Root of Number' using Multinomial Expansion"
by Vitthal Jadhav, March 2013
This gives a general algorithm to extract the nth root of any number. It also discusses various novel approaches to expand multinomial.
BASE MULTIPLICATION BROADCAST
Check with Sarwan about other links
ARTICLE for VM Newsletter 86
My view about Vedic Mathematics and its relation with other fields of science
By Sreenivasa Rao Ainapurapu January 2013
In my childhood I used to wonder how our saints used to compute the time of eclipses, solstices etc. Even today modern science can’t imagine galaxies spread thousands of light years. But ancient Vedic sciences mentioned about 12 zodiac signs consisting of certain stars in a constellation and based on their alignment, the influence of those stars are calculated. When I saw ‘Jantar Mantar’, a place where there are many geometric models which can exactly determine the time of the day, Solstices and much more information based on the casted shadows. Astrology (Jyotisha, one of the Shadangas of Veda) is science which is based on the movement of planets, position of stars, sun etc. with respect to earth.
If we consider the poems in Sanskrit they follow certain rules (called Chandas, one of the Shadangas of Veda) and based on those rules they are given names. If one catches the rhythm of it, they can narrate poems without any difficulty as long as they have required vocabulary. Basically the alphabets are given two states called Laghu and Guru depending on how long it takes to the say it. For example ‘ka’ is a Laghu (takes less time), where as ‘Kaa’ is Guru (takes comparatively more time), Which we can compare with binary notation. Binary system is the backbone for computer – similarly Sanskrit is backbone for many languages. Sanskrit is not like any other language, but it is superior in many ways. Even without knowing the meaning - if a Poem/Sloka is recited, it activates the nervous system, which gives tremendous strength and confidence in oneself. That is reason in olden days students used to learn slokas on goddess Saraswati (Visuddhi, an energy center located at throat in our body) and Ganapati (Muladhara, another energy center located at the base of the spine), which provides strength to memorize the lessons, sit for a long duration. If a student fails to complete the homework, the teachers used to give a punishment of 20 sit-ups holding the ears with crossed hands (now that is been promoted in modern world as Super brain yoga – search youtube for more information). By doing sit-ups the Mulaadhara energy center is activated. Similarly in dance there a is posture called ‘Mandi’, which also is used to activate the Mulaadhara energy.
If we carefully observe the above examples, our ancestors and saints provided knowledge and the strength to learn the knowledge (healthy mind) in simple practical ways. After careful study of the above scenarios, I understood that Vedas gave not only spiritual knowledge, but also knowledge in the areas like science, technology, metallurgy, aeronautics and many more. There is an organization called I-SERVE (Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas) http://serveveda.org based in Hyderabad which is dedicatedly researching on the Vedic knowledge with the help of Sanskrit Scholars.
I would like to emphasize first on the aspect of theory and then the practical aspect of it. Due to a lack of understanding of the theory behind mathematics, kids are struggling and fearing it. Perhaps that was the reason our Vedic schools followed the format of poems, slokams and ethics which helped in easy retention and in building character, which was later followed by interpretations and advanced learning. In the eastern world ‘theory is first & practical next’; in the western world ‘everything starts with a practical stand point and then comes theory’. We might need to balance this to understand in a better way.
It is hard to explain the benefits of learning Vedic Mathematics unless one experiences it by oneself. No need to say sharpness is the undercurrent while using Vedic Mathematics as they start analyzing the problem in multi-dimension. The kids shine in not only Mathematics, but also in other areas. That is the reason I thought of practically showing the strength of Vedic Mathematics by training kids in summer. After summer Mathematics club program, the participated kids start thinking in different direction rather than thinking monotonously. Some parents/teachers observe the difference in their kids/students sharpness or smartness while dealing with any kind of problem.
In the modern competitive world everything became business (in simple words – what is my investment? How much profit I am getting? Sometimes how soon I am doubling my investment?) and everyone understands only that language. So to satisfy the parents I say “Kids will benefit from these formulas, especially when they write their ACT, SAT or other competitive examinations. Since time is of essence in competitive examinations, they can save time while solving a problem and use the saved time to solve additional problems”. Only very few understand that Vedic Mathematics is not simple Mathematics, but it is beyond Mathematics.
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22nd March 2013