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Re: Snippets of Hindu Science

namaste yajvan.

Originally Posted by

**yajvan**
Isn't is curious to think that adding nothing (shUnyata)

that a number increases in size? 1 + 0 is > then 9.

The more 'nothing' you add, the greater the number i.e.

10

100

1000

10000

100000

1 googol = 10^100

This can be viewed in another way: zero or shUntaya is the underlying, unmanifest reality behind all the digits of numbers; other numbers simply manifest over it, at the place of this digit zero. In other words, a single digit number from 1 to 9 manifests by addition of that many entities to the already-existing digit 0 in the unit place. So, there is a string of zeroes--000000......to infinity--lying unmanifest already, and these are 'turned on and up' by the addition of a single digit number from 1 to 9, signifying different levels of conditional reality manifest over the underlying Absolute Reality.

Zero or nothing or shUntaya is empty only in appearance. In Reality it is the chaitanya--consciousness of the ParaBrahman, ready to 'wake up' and sprout into thoughts and archetypes which are the rudiments of all creation. Once the Cosmic Consciousness of ParaBrahman is activated, it becomes the nAda Brahman, expanding into space and starting its lIlA--sport of the creation/multiplication process.

The Babylonians had a sexagesimal (base 60) numeration system; for the Mayan vigesimal system, the base was 20. Hindu sages wisely foresaw that the knowledge of the decimal number system was bound to spread among the populace, so they kept it simple with a base of 10, as humans can count easily with their ten digits (the word digit itself meaning a finger). Contrast this with the Roman numeration system adopted for centuries in Europe, where even the skills of simple arithmetic was considered a form of scholarship.

In today's digital world, we peep into the nano world within a single digit, and the credit of making this binary system of bits and bytes possible goes to pingala.

Last edited by saidevo; 16 October 2009 at 10:06 PM.

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