The Vedic Eight
It has been said that the rejection of the true source of science has left religion blind. It has been further noted that the mind operates at an infinite level in order to perform even the simplest of functions. Some say the key to understanding these mental tasks may rest in numbers which have an abstract quality as well as a numerical quantity.
Numerologists, as well as most scientists and engineers have long since known math is an exact language and to a great extent a unique if not fuzzy form of spiritual communication.
Here in the West we are used to what is called conventional math which is distinct from any spiritual systems. Vedic math which many believe is far more orderly or systematic has no such stigma. In fact it is quite the opposite the tendency is to have a harmonious association or oneness with those things spiritual. So rather than math being deliberately rooted in the practical the tie is more with matters intuitive, imaginative, creative and divine.
The magic of numbers can be found in the Vedic counting system with a concept called the disappearing nine, where nine equals zero as well as other high order functions. Vedic math has a very lyrical order system involving geometry, trigonometric deduction, multiplication, square root and the manipulation of sophisticated matrixes. Some of the systems are quite complex and far beyond the scope of this text or its author.
For this article perhaps it is even a bit ambitious to present the basics with some clarity, none the less to this end here is a quick review of deciphering, the square and subtraction using Vedic calculating techniques.
To find the square of 85 we can use what is called the principle of “By One More Than the One Before”. The rule takes 8 because it is the first digit and multiplies 8 (8+1), which is 8 x 9, which equals 72. Then it takes 5 which is the second digit and multiplies it 5 x 5 which is 25. Therefore 85 is the square root of 7,225. This method is only good for numbers ending in 5.
There are as many as 16 of these conceptual formulas describing ways to solve mathematical problems. They have been written down in books titled Vedic Sutras. In the case of subtracting a number from 10,000, there is the “All from 9 and the last from 10”, rule. For example, subtract 5,888 from 10,000. Each digit in 5,888 is subtracted from 9 except the last one. It is subtracted from 10. The answer is 4,112.
Vedic numerical manipulations appear to be poetic and at the very least ideological and/or conceptual. It has been said “Vedic mathematic is the software for the cosmic computer that runs the universe”. Is it a wonder why many think India in the coming decades will out perform the rest of the world in producing our future computer programmers. They have begun to incorporate teaching these Vedic concepts as a part of their general educational curriculum.
Well let’s get back to the title of the text, “The Vedic Eight”. Which brings us to what is a Vedic number? This can be approached from two perspectives. First is the simple reduction of conventional numbers to their Vedic counterpart. Second, a more advance technique in deriving the Vedic root using a concept called the disappearing 9.
The simple conventional reduction, take for example, the number 1876, a year marking the 100 anniversary of the declaration of independence of the United States. The Vedic equivalent of this number is 1+8+7+6 equals 22; 2+2 equals 4. Therefore, the Vedic equivalent to the number 1876 is 4. It is left up to the reader to find whatever significance they wish to deduce from the reduction of the year 1876 to the Vedic number 4.
Now let’s look at the disappearing 9 approach to reducing the same number. 1+8 equals 9 and in Vedic reduction 9 equals zero. Therefore, 7+6 equals 13 and 1+3 equals 4.
In the case of the disappearing 9 or 9 equals zero, the rule always stands true when reducing conventional numbers to a Vedic counterpart. This puts quite the significance on the number 8 in the Vedic reduction system since 0 equals zero and 9 also equals zero, (See the Factoidz article, “What is the Significant of the Number Eight” written by this author). Top this with the base 8 system which engineers refer to as the machine language and the number gains even more prominence.
Call it superstition, call it a coincidence, if these little tidbits about the number 8 have not converted you over yet, here are a few more. The people of the United States in their infinite wisdom and in this our hour of great need have taken it upon themselves to make a historic and profound change in the body politic. They have chosen to make this momentous transformation by electing our 44th president, Barack H. Obama. The Vedic number for 44 is 8.
Here is another tidbit our 35th president of the United States was John F Kennedy. 3+5 equals the Vedic 8.
Here is another tidbit or 26th president of the United States was Theodore Roosevelt.
Our 17th president of the United Sates was Andrew Jackson, the father of the imperial presidency.
Our 8th president was Martin Van Buren also Secretary of State under Andrew Jackson, said to be the real architect of the imperial presidency.
If President Obama is the embodiment of these men I believe the country is in great hands and America without a doubt has risen up to live out the true meaning of its creed. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
If you do not recognize the words they are part of the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, 1776 which is a Vedic 3.