yuga, VarNa and colour

Lars Martin Fosse l.m.fosse at internet.no
Mon May 19 09:08:51 UTC 1997

Das wrote:

>On Sun, 18 May 1997, Patricia Meredith Greer wrote:
>> And what can we make of the fact that the sum of the units 
>> in each of these numbers = 9? eg. 1 728 000 = 
>> 1+7+2+8=18=1+8=9?  This is true of so many of the "indic" 
>> numbers we come across -- the japa mala of 108 beads,etc. 
>> Are there any specific references to this number in the 
>> ancient literature? Or should we look to the 3?  
>This is NOT a scholarly opinion -- in any sense of that word :-). 
>During an idle holiday few years ago, I was fooling around with
>various "indic" numbers, calculations etc.  They *seemed* to be 
>based on trinary logic.
>A rudimentary example is how easy it is to factor numbers - 108
>is (3**3) x (2**3) --  of course, if you like symmetry and sequences
>you can also multiply that by (1**3)!  That would make 3 factors, 
>3 numbers in a sequence and 3 cubes.  The other number mentioned 
>1,728,000 can be trivially split as (2**3) x (3**3) x (2**3) x (10**3).  
>[ By the way, "a**b" means "a" raised to the power of "b".]
>Bizarre?  Certainly.  But most numbers that I looked at had the 
>"thread of 3", interwoven in it.

Nice to see some mathematics on this channel! Actually, I think that your
observation is well worth looking into. The number 3 is sacred, and the
ancient Indians (and not only them) had a thing for mystique. Indologists
with an interest in mathematics or numerology might find something of
interest here. One caveat: Beware of drawing uncritical solutions!

Lars Martin Fosse

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