Kashinilaya

We are so vain to believe that we’ve built the most advanced society ever. Sometimes we come across with revealing and astounding news that shake off our beliefs. Finding out the existence of a calculation system many times more efficient than modern mathematics, created thousands of years ago, makes us think of ancient societies much more respectfully. This millenarian system is called Vedic Mathematics. It is found in Vedic Literature, but as happened to most of Vedic knowledge it got lost across the ages. Thanks to a very wise Indian fellow, Jagadguru Swami Shri Bharathi Krishna Tirthaji Maharaja, or just Tirthaji for short, Vedic Mathematics got reenlivened some fifty years ago. It still surprises me that so many people have not yet heard about it.

Just to give a short example I’ll show a little of VM’s power.

If we want to multiply large numbers like 999,999 by 999,998 we could simply apply a VM rule for such a case and speak out the answer mentally (that’s exactly it! No boring conventional calculation): 999,997,000,002. The trick is that for multiplication of numbers close to a base of ten (in this case, ten to the power of six) just cross add the deficiency (how much is the number away from the base) of one number to the other number, placing the result as the most significant figures, and vertically multiply the deficiencies, placing the result as the least significant figures. Confusing to explain in words, but here is a graphical hint:

(1st #) 999999 | - 000001 (deficiency, note the minus sign)

(2nd #) 999998 | - 000002 (deficiency, note the minus sign)

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[either 999999 + (-000002) or] 999997|000002 [(-000001) x (-000002)]

[999998 + (-000001) ]

Piece of cake, isn’t it? If you want to know more about VM, try the book Vedic Mathematics, written by the very Tirthaji, published by Motilal Barnasidass Publishers (can be found at Amazon.com)

There are also good sites for the topic: www.vmacademy.com

www.vedicmaths.org

Just to give a short example I’ll show a little of VM’s power.

If we want to multiply large numbers like 999,999 by 999,998 we could simply apply a VM rule for such a case and speak out the answer mentally (that’s exactly it! No boring conventional calculation): 999,997,000,002. The trick is that for multiplication of numbers close to a base of ten (in this case, ten to the power of six) just cross add the deficiency (how much is the number away from the base) of one number to the other number, placing the result as the most significant figures, and vertically multiply the deficiencies, placing the result as the least significant figures. Confusing to explain in words, but here is a graphical hint:

(1st #) 999999 | - 000001 (deficiency, note the minus sign)

(2nd #) 999998 | - 000002 (deficiency, note the minus sign)

_________________

[either 999999 + (-000002) or] 999997|000002 [(-000001) x (-000002)]

[999998 + (-000001) ]

Piece of cake, isn’t it? If you want to know more about VM, try the book Vedic Mathematics, written by the very Tirthaji, published by Motilal Barnasidass Publishers (can be found at Amazon.com)

There are also good sites for the topic: www.vmacademy.com

www.vedicmaths.org