# mathematics , mysticism......

Patricia Meredith Greer pmg6s at server1.mail.virginia.edu
Wed May 21 17:07:50 UTC 1997

```On Tue, 20 May 1997 00:07:56 BST sac51900 at saclink.csus.edu
wrote:

>  S Krishna <mahadevasiva at hotmail.com>
>  wrote:
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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.
>
> If there is one number that can be called the mystical number
> supreme in India, it is SUnya = 0.  Whole philosophies
> in Buddhism, Tantric Hinduism, Jainism, etc. are constructed
> around this number and concept.  At the recent Seminar on SUnya
> (Feb. 97) held by INSA and IGNCA in New Delhi,  the topic was
> explored in depth and many interesting papers were presented.
>
> Regards,
> Paul Kekai Manansala
>
It seems to me that the 9 is closely related to the 0,
since it in effect acts as a zero when added to any other
number -- eg.  7 + 9= 16 = 1+6 = 7.  I would be very
interested to read the papers to which you refer -- do you
know how I could get hold of them?
Thanks!
Patricia
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Patricia M. Greer
Department of Religious Studies
Cocke Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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