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Vedic Mathematics is the collective name given to a set of sixteen formulae discovered by "Jagadguru Swami" the great "Shri Bharti Krishna Tirthaji Maharaj". Each branch deals with a different branch of Mathematics

Vedic Math History

Vedic Mathematics is the collective name given to a set of sixteen formulae discovered by "Jagadguru Swami" the great "Shri Bharti Krishna Tirthaji Maharaj". Each branch deals with a different branch of Mathematics

Born in the Vedic Age, but buried under centuries of debris, this remarkable system of calculation was deciphered towards the beginning of the 20th century, when there was a great interest in ancient Sanskrit texts, especially in Europe. However, certain texts called Ganita Sutras, which contained mathematical deductions, were ignored, because no one could find any mathematics in them. These texts, it's believed, bore the germs of what we now know as Vedic Mathematics.

In fact, the use of the word Vedic as an adjective to the systems of Swamiji has aroused a certain amount of controversy. However, the followers and desciples of Swamiji have strong arguments. According to Swamiji, the word Veda means the fountainhead and illimitable storehouse of all knowledge. This means that the Vedas should have all the knowledge that is needed by a man  for his perfect all-round success. Thus the word Vedic was used by Swamiji as an adjective to his discovery       

The term Vedic Mathematics refer to a set of sixteen mathematical formulae or sutras and their corollaries or sub-sutras derived from the Vedic system. This speaks for its coherence and simplicity in handling mathematical problems. The sutras not only develop aptitude and ability but also, nurture and develop our logical thinking and intelligence and also encourage innovativeness.

The sutras being single in line phrases are easy to understand and remember. Although the sutras are in Sanskrit, the knowledge od Sanskrit language is not a must as they are very well translated. The sutras are also so beautifully interrelated and unified, that any mathematical operation can be performed in many ways using different sutras and each sutra can be applied to solve many different mathematical operations.   

It is said that swamiji discovered these vedic formulae between 1911-1918. I have used the word discovered because it has a particular significance in the context of swamijis work. unlike the other sciences , which are discovered empirically, the discovery of vedic mathematics is very intuitive. swamiji did not discover the formulae of vedic mathematics by deduction but he discovered them out of deep meditation, It is said that he had practiced meditation in deep silence around the forgets of sringeri for a period of eight years, where some higher source of intelligence revealed to him these, secrets., swamiji was a spiritually realized personality and so it was it was possible for him to gain insight intuitive revelation. swamiji also told his disciples that he had reconstructed the sixteen formulae from/ atharvaveda/ after tireless research and deep , tapas, thus, whereas one does not find the sutras in the atharvaveda, they were actually reconstructed on the basis of intuitive revelation from scattered references of some content of the atharvaveda,

Vedic math was rediscovered from the ancient Indian scriptures between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharti Krishna Tirthaji (1884-1960), a scholar of Sanskrit, Mathematics, History and Philosophy. He studied these ancient texts for years, and after careful investigation was able to reconstruct a series of mathematical formulae called sutras.

Shree Bharti Krishna Tirthaji was known as Venkatraman before he took to Sainthood. Venkatraman was born on the 14th of March, 1884 at Tinnievelly, Tamil Nadu. The Sanskrit Association of Madras, recognizing his all round proficiency & oratory abilities in Sanskrit, awarded him the title of “Saraswati” in July 1899. His academic credentials only proved his Genius, as he collected Master’s Degree in six subjects – Sanskrit, English, History, Philosophy; Mathematics & Science form The Bombay Centre of the American College of Science, Rochester, New York.

Bharti Krishna Tirthaji, who was also the former Shankaracharya (major religious leader) of Puri, India, was named Shri Bharti Krishna Tirthaji after being initiated into Sanyas in July 1919 by Shri Trivikram Teerathaji of Varanasi. Shri Trivikram Tirthaji appointed him as the Head of Dwarikapeeth in 1921. Later he headed the Govardhan Math Monastery, Puri, and Orissa from 1925 to till his Mahasmadhi in the year 1960

Bharti Krishna Tirthaji, who was also the former Shankaracharya (major religious leader) of Puri, India, was named Shri Bharti Krishna Tirthaji after being initiated into Sanyas in July 1919 by Shri Trivikram Teerathaji of Varanasi. Shri Trivikram Tirthaji appointed him as the Head of Dwarikapeeth in 1921. Later he headed the Govardhan Math Monastery, Puri, and Orissa from 1925 to till his Mahasmadhi in the year 1960.

He devoted seven years in deep meditation & study of Vedanta. He lived the life of a Sadhu from 1911 to 1918. During this period of solitude he decoded from the Atharva Veda the sixteen Sutras of Ganita Sutras with the help of lexicographs, which later went on to be compiled as the Vedic math’s. Sixteen Volumes of text written by Bharti Krishna Tirthaji on Vedic math’s, one volume per Sutra, were either destroyed or stolen by foreigners from Nagpur, where they were stored. The lost work was later reconstructed in one volume by Bharti Krishna Tirthaji based on his memory, basically as an introduction to the lost volumes.

Swamiji had written sixteen manuscripts and each manuscript dealt with each of the sixteen sutras . these manuscripts were kept by him at the place oh one oh his disciples .However, the manuscripts were lost from their of deposit . there was no other written evidence oh the sutras apart from the lost manuscripts. Swamiji was not much disturbed at the loss and said that he could rewrite  the whole chunk oh research again out oh his memory