Vedic Maths

The word 'Math' is among the most dreaded terms among the people of the age group 8-55, while researchers from across the globe have confirmed the importance of learning Math for the development of brain cells. As most things useful, like yoga, Vedic Math started getting noticed and appreciated in India, only when the Western culture started openly hailing it as India's greatest contribution to civilization.

The word 'Math' is among the most dreaded terms among the people of the age group 8 - 55. Most people wish it hadn't been invented in the first place!! In fact, the hatred is so wide-spread that whoever invented 'zero' or other such things in Math, would've actually stood a considerable life-threat had he been alive to see the repercussion of his invention today! For all those who always questioned their teachers and elder brothers in class asking why they were being taught complex equations. Here's the answer.

Researchers from across the globe have confirmed and re-confirmed that learning Math is a very important part of development of the brain cells. So it's not about why you're earning to solve Quadratic equations when you're clearly interested in a career in fine arts. It's about how much your brain can be developed in the formative years. In fact, there have been studies linked to the fact that elderly people are less likely to fall prey to old-age mental diseases such as Alzheimer's if they have, in their advanced years had a fair amount of use of Math, where they used their brain and NOT the calculator. It is now an accepted fact that Math is a life skill.

"Math is the only language and medium, irrespective of culture or language constraints, through which people and their intelligence can be estimated" - Ashima B Chhalill

Vedic Math has always been a mystery. As most things useful, like yoga, it started getting noticed and appreciated in India, only when the Western culture started openly hailing it as India's greatest contribution to civilization.

When the Vedas were written, a part of it was the Ganita Sutras, which contained mathematical deductions and all the information which today forms Vedic Math. After centuries of being buried in oblivion, they were discovered in the beginning of the 20th century, at a time when there was a great and rising interest in ancient Sanskrit texts, especially in Europe. The Ganita Sutras even though discovered, were ignored as not much traditional and obvious forms of Math can be found in them.

At the beginning of the 20th century, between the years 1911 and 1918, Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji, a scholar of several subjects such as Sanskrit, Mathematics, History and Philosophy rediscovered Vedic Math in the Ganita Sutras. After several years of extensive study, he managed to put together 16 volumes of work, which included Sutras, which were a string of Mathematical formulae thus pioneering Vedic Mathematics in 1965. Sadly, these 16 volumes were lost soon after. He then put together a single volume, which included all the main formulae and sutras which define Vedic Math today. This volume was published five years after his death.

A copy of this volume reached London in the late 1960s and was immediately hailed as a new alternative system of Mathematics. Renowned British Mathematicians such as Kenneth Williams, Andrew Nicholas and Jeremy Pickles took interest in this volume on Vedic Mathematics, extended the work of Sri Bharati Krishna Trithaji in this volume and started delivering lectures on the same in London. In 1981, the introductory volume along with the extensions by these renowned mathematicians was collated into a book titled Introductory Lectures on Vedic Mathematics. Mathematician Andrew Nicholas made several trips to India between 1981 and 1987 and renewed the concept and subject of Vedic Math among scholars and teachers in India. This is when the journey of Vedic Math truly started in the land where it was invented decades ago.

These sutras form the basis of what Vedic Math means to us today.

Ashima B Chhalill, erstwhile a banker, left the lure of big-bucks to build a career, centered around her passion - education. Her passion for education prompted her to author more than six academic books, and lead the content development for several academic institutions, from K-12 to graduation and from Post-graduation to vocational and skill-oriented education. In her spare time, Ashima loves to work on innovative learning methodologies and solutions for the education and corporate segment. Ashima is an alumna of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and is the founder of Edmission and

I have written several books on the application of Vedic Mathematics, with the sole objective of using this brilliant system to make students fearless about Mathematics. Since I have always been a student who was weak in the subject, when I discovered Vedic Mathematics, I found it extremely useful and give it full credit for helping me clear the CAT exam which helped me get into IIM Ahmedabad. As a result, I was always tempted to write books for students appearing for Competitive Exams. While working on this book, I also met several young mothers, who were always stressed on how to make their children like Math more, and fear it less. They all complained that they didn't know how to help their children out. Thus emerged the concept of a book specifically targeting school children as they too needed to know about Vedic Math.

A few months ago, I was at a party and I met a gentleman from London. We got talking and I discovered that he was a self-proclaimed 'Geek', what with his claim that he could 'understand Math better than English'! When he found out that I was on the verge of completing this book on Vedic Math, he was intrigued, to say the least. We then went on to discuss Math, the history of Vedic Math and how it is popular in parts of Europa, particularly Germany. I gave him a few Mathematical examples, which a party setting allowed, to show off to him the beauty of Vedic Math. Needless to say, he was stunned, and promised to find out more about the same. I, in turn, promised to send him a copy of this book once published.

I then moved on and met some others art the party, who had heard about the book I was working on. Sadly no one knew what Vedic Math really was even though they were all Indians. Thankfully the name 'Vedic Math' gives away the fact that it belongs to India. Besides that, they knew little else. That is the time, I realized that I was on the right path trying to popularize something which deserved fame and recognition centuries back.

This book (now e-book) is for everyone, anyone who is interested in learning the magic behind the numbers, and not just for those appearing for entrance exams, although it would be particularly useful for them.

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