Vedic Mathematics is Modern, User - Friendly
12/02/2012 01:52:40 Vithal C. Nadkarni
MUMBAI:- During a lecture on Vedic mathematics, Vijay Ashar, a retired professor of statistics and decision-making, spoke of the contribution of Bharati Krishna Tirthaji, a Shankaracharya of the Govardhan Pitham at puri. The Swamiji reportedly wrote a book on the subject which interested English mathematicians.
“Some British scholars reportedly came to India for further research on Vedic mathematics. All this sparked renewed interest in the subject- the home- grown pullet had begun to fly on the wings of ‘phoren’ approval”, Mr. Ashar says.
Today, the internet features several websites devoted to Vedic mathematics. Experts say the system is also being taught in some schools in the UK, the US, Australia and Switzerland. “A great deal of research is being done, and several schools in India are also teaching it,” Mr. Ashar says. “Several books-Indian and Western- have also been published.”
“However, many people here still seem to be unfamiliar with the power and ingenuity embodied in Vedic mathematical principles,” says Nehru planetarium director J.J. Rawal. “Some confuse it with obscurantist ideas and operations associated with performances of Vedic sacrifices. What they do not know is that Vedic mathematics is a uniquely modern and extremely user-friendly system, one which is capable of eradicating innumeracy which is the bane of our age."
Internet subtractions can be performed using the second sutra of Vedic mathematics, ‘All from 9 and the last from 10’, For instance, sub-track 357 from 1,000. We simply take each figure from 10. The answer is 643. That’s as simple as that. This always works for subtractions from numbers consisting of a followed by any number of noughts.
Similarly, the first sutra-‘ By one than the previous one’- can be used to multiply two or more numbers or even to find decimal values of proper fractions under certain conditions. For instance, to multiply 9,988 by 9,912 one has to multiply 99 by 100, that one more than the previous number, followed by 88 times 12. The result would be simply 9,90,01,056.
“The beauty of the Vedic mathematical approach is that for any problem, the answer can be obtained either from left to right or from right to left,” Says Mr. Ashar. “Even as you get into the solution, you realize the deeper significance and power of the decimal system devised by the ancient HINDU tradition.