mathematics , mysticism......
S Krishna
mahadevasiva at hotmail.com
Mon May 19 21:58:23 UTC 1997
Messrs Thillaud and Fosse write:
>From: "Dominique.Thillaud" <thillaud at unice.fr>
>To: Members of the list <indology at liverpool.ac.uk>
>Subject: mathematics ?
>At 11:46 +0200 19/05/97, Lars Martin Fosse wrote:
>>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
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>>ancient Indians had a thing about mystique.
Two things:
1. If the number 3 is sacred i.e. concept of Trinity, Shiva is three eyed
,etc,it must be remembered that in conventional Indian folk wisdom, the
number 3 also has negative connotations i.e. the vanavaasa of Rama,
Lakshmana and Seeta become so complicated because there were three of them
involved or the family of Ravana, Vibhisana and Soorphanaka came to grief
because there were they were three of them . This is also reflected in the
Hindi saying "Teen Tigaada,Kaam Bigaada" i.e. Anything with three people
involved in it is going to be unsucessful. According to Vaastu Shastra, a
house that is built on a triangular shaped plot of land
(Trikon~a) brings the occupants nothing but grief. In other words,
if there is a sacred interpretation, there exists an evil aspect/
interpretation to the number three.
2. I get the impression that Dr Lars Martin Fosse implies that there
is something special ONLY about the number three. IF this is what
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he intended, I would like to say that the ancient Hindus seemed to
have had a mystical interpretation for every postive integer i.e.
1 represents God, 2 represents any God and his/her consort i.e.
Parvatiparameshvarau, Seetaramau, Lakshminarayanau , 3 represents
the Trinity, 4 represents the 4 Yugas, 5 represents the Panchabhootas, 6
represents the Shadrtu( 6 seasons) and the
worship of 6 dieties( according to Shankaracarya), 7 represents
the Saptarshi( 7 sages)...........ad infinitum. The point I am trying
to make is that any postive integer can be interpreted
mystically/linked to a fact of nature. The mathematician Srinivasa
Ramanujan is supposed to lectured once on the mystical significance of
the number series 2**n -1, where n is a positive
integer. His claim was that one can derive all important aspects
of Bhuloka from this number series.
> Mathematics in India are represented by many very good scholars, as
>RAghavan NarasiMhan from Bombay, laureat of the Fields Medal (the eqivalent
>of the Nobel for the mathematicians).
Isn't Dr M.S.Narasimhan of the TIFR also into the same kind of thing? Dr M.S.
Narasimhan, from what I remember, also got the
Fields MEdal and the Padma Bhushan a few years ago.
Some other poster said something about the no 7 not being
mystically important....Well on the auspicious side, you have
the Saptarshi and the Sapta Samudra... I don't think that
there is any negative aspect attached to this number, excepting
in Andhra Pradesh where the number 7 ( pronounced as "Edu")
sounds pretty much like the verb Edu( to weep). I was told that
this is a reason for some people going out of their way to avoid using the
word "seven" during a Subhakaaryam( i.e. auspicious occasion).
With all this talk about mathematics, what is a single word for
"Unmathematical" ( i.e. adj) in Skt?...probably desribes me,
I guess:-)
Krishna
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