id you know that the concept of counting from 1 to 10, which seems so natural and universal, did not exist in most of the world until modern times?
Stop for a moment and try to take that in…try to imagine consciousness as you know it without our numbers…or try to imagine a modern computerized world that is running on 1’s and 0’s using something else. Did you know that the numbers we use today are called “Arabic numerals”, but they actually did not originate in Arabia?
Without the numbering system we use today it would’ve been impossible for great western minds, like Galileo, to make the mathematical study of nature that western science is based on. In fact, the idea of living in a world where the practice of numbering from 1 to 9 and the concept of zero did not exist seems almost impossible.
We don’t have to go back far in history to a time when it did not exist, at least not in our western culture. The Romans used a numbering system based on seven letters, not nine numbers, and they did not have the concept of zero. This would seem archaic today. Try doing simple division in Roman numerals!
The Greeks, who western scholars regard as the forefathers of western thinking and science, had a place marker for zero in their mathematics, but never regarded zero as a true number or mathematical concept. Greek mathematics was primarily concerned with geometry, but eventually Greek astronomers adopted a Babylonian sexagesimal, or 60 based number system, to complete more complex calculations. However, it was not the 10 based system that is today a universal concept which has enabled math, science, physics and philosophy to explode in its evolution in recent human history.
So, where did this profound, genius concept which changed human history forever and which alluded even ancient Greeks like Archimedes and Apollonius originate?
Why are they called Arabic numerals?
Yep, that’s right, India. Why then are they called “Arabic numerals”? It is said that around 800 AD Arab mathematician al-Khowarizmi, after reading translated Sanskrit texts describing the ingenious nine number system from India, wrote a manuscript on this system which was carried by merchants to Europe and then translated into Latin. Europeans mistook the Arabic translation as the original source and hence deemed its origin to be Arabic. However, it took until about the 1500’s for this10 based, place value or positional system of mathematics to finally solidify in Europe.
It has been said that what a culture knows, what it has come into contact with, it will name. Each culture’s language and symbols become a testament to its development and advancement in history. It has been stated by western scientific minds that “mathematics is the language of the universe.” If that is true, then those who developed the advanced mathematics that they are referring to must have had profound insight into the universe.
Why did the Vedic sages need nine numbers plus zero? The answer: time.
The invention of such mathematics where nothing similar existed at that time is staggering. Moreover, why did the Vedic sages need nine numbers plus zero? The answer: time. The great Rishis of ancient India knew that to truly understand consciousness time must be measurable in very large quantities in order to fathom cycles and epochs in universal terms. The Sun and the planets of our solar system are the universal “clock” by which all time is kept. Hence, an advanced mathematical system allowed an advanced astronomy and astrology which could calculate greater and greater subtleties in time and therefore awareness.
Could it be that there is a correlation between Jyotisha, the astronomy and astrology of India, using nine planets and the invention of the most advanced system of mathematics using nine numbers? The answer is an emphatic yes! To understand the matrix which is the external expression of the unified field within which we all live and think requires it. It requires a science, a subtle science, which has somehow lost it’s importance in this modern era. And what about the innovative concept of zero?
Our word zero comes from the Arabic sifr which was a translation of the Sanskrit shunya, which means empty or void. More than just a brilliant concept as a place marker in advanced mathematics, zero was used to describe the space from which all creation has come out of and will return to.
Just as the nine planets rely on space for their dance in the sky, the nine numbers rely on zero for their dance of multiplicity. It would seem that the ancient culture of India indeed knew the language of this universe.