Mathematics and the God Concept
Math cannot take the mystery out of life without doing away with life itself, for it is life’s mystery, its unpredictability — the fact that it is dynamic, not static — that makes it alive and worth living. – Vedicsciences.net
In ancient India, mathematics served as a bridge between understanding material reality and the spiritual conception. The mathematics of the Vedas lacks the cold, clear, geometric precision of the West; rather, it is cloaked in the poetic language which so distinguishes the East. Vedic mathematicians strongly felt that every discipline must have a purpose, and believed that the ultimate goal of life was to achieve self-realization and love of God and thereby be released from the cycle of birth and death.
Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist and futurist, says that God could be a mathematician: “The mind of God we believe is cosmic music, the music of strings resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace. That is the mind of God.”
I was therefore fascinated by the concept for a book entitled Brahmaganita which is explained in detail by Abhishek Leela Pandey, a Knowledge Expert, Senior Faculty Member of the T.I.M.E Institute in Delhi, specializing in Mathematics. According to Abhishek, Mathematics is Empirical Philosophy. In its most general form, Brahmaganita is the study of the behavior of mathematical expressions and equations. It can be commonly perceived as a connecting link between all the branches of mathematical studies.
It derives its name from Brahma, one of the Gods in Hindu trinity who is unanimously considered as the creator of the universe; and Ganita, the Sanskrit term for Mathematics. Brahmaganita is a tool for more general operations like addition and multiplication, and also to record and analyse the complex patterns pertaining to higher order functions and dimensions.
Interview session with Abhishek Leela Pandey
SN: According to the conclusions of a scientific study, it would appear that learning mathematics truly changes the human brain, in a way that is clearly visible when using medical brain-imaging techniques. What is your perspective on this?
ALP: Mathematics is wired inside a human brain from the time when Lucy (the first human female, our common ancestor) was born. The latency of this mechanism was so much prominent that few minds which were naturally favoured to decode it, grew up to become mathematicians.
Well, the evolutionary pressure on fellow humans paved a way towards development of logic, reason and language. The way mathematics has transformed itself to an abstract yet absolute art, develops, or, rather creates new nodes which were always trying to grow, inside the brain. I do not want to stereotype just humans to be well efficient with Problem Solving capability on a complex level. It is evident in many other highly developed organisms; no rhetoric intended. Yes, the brain changes, expands, convolutes and affects the persona and the super ego of Human Animals.
SN: Mathematics has a link to Brahma?
ALP: Brahma is a collective aspect of the creativity embarked in all the nooks of the Universe. Creativity without Mathematics does not exist.
SN: Mathematics and spirituality are linked. Please elaborate.
ALP: They surely are!! The ultimate aim of any mathematician was to find or at least explain the concept of God. Pythagorus claimed that the entire Universe is a combination of rightly fit Triangles. Tirathji explained how Mathematics has a relation to the commentaries by God. Ramanujan felt the presence of a divine deity which would make Theorems “obvious” to him. Trachtenberg found solace and redemption through mathematics in a prison, under Nazi Supremacy.
SN: Can everyone, including those who are not good with numbers, understand Brahmaganita?
ALP: Everyone is good with numbers. They do not know it. Brahmaganita works on the principle of self esteem on a mathematical level and that is what it aims to achieve!!
SN: Why are you so passionate about this particular explanation of Brahmaganita? How did you come up with this thought process?
ALP: Passion develops in a bilateral way. It is induced when it is rewarded. I am thankful to my students who have crafted my insanity to passion, if that’s a possibility. This thought process just came to me. I do not know the reason yet.
SN: Brahmaganita is the study of the behavior of mathematical expressions and equations. To what purpose?
ALP: To demonstrate the occurrences inside a human brain, the epicenter of the universal conscience, mathematical expressions are needed, as they are empirical and devoid of subjectivity and obscurantism.
SN: What is your ultimate aim?
ALP: My ultimate aim is in development, the way everything else is, but yes, I want to prove the existence of God, in an expression so that no one questions its authenticity. Moreover, I would tend to develop amathematical expression for Satan, so that it can be eliminated permanently.