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FAQ’s on Vedic Maths

1.Why do many students suffer from Maths phobia?

That’s because Maths is so perfect. 2+2 has to be 4 and not 5 or 6. That’s what scares the students. In other subjects like English you don’t have to be so perfect.

The second reason for it is lack of good teachers. Teachers through constant corporal punishments and memory based learning scare of the child from a junior class itself. Later on this very fear becomes a phobia which leads to the student dropping Mathematics in Higher classes.Also there are lot of mis-understood words in Maths which are not properly defined and thus creates a fear. Words like say Quadratics, Simultaneous, Algebra etc there meanings are not clear and hence leads to Math Phobia.

2. What is meant by Vedic Maths? Is it basically a form of mental calculation which is supposed to speed up some arithmetic calculations? Is it true that Vedic Maths decreases the fact load of the subject (eg: one can learn tables till 9 only if he’s well-versed in Vedic Maths instead)?

Vedic Mathematics has been founded by Jagadguru Swami Bharti Krishna Teerthaji Maharaja who was the Sankaracharya of Puri. He in his book ‘Vedic Mathematics’ claims that the formulae have been derived from the Parisista of the Atharva Veda which is the Branch of Veda dealing with Engineering and Mathematics. And Hence the term “Vedic” for the subject.

Vedic Mathematics equips us with mental one-line formulae which speeds up calculation by more than 10-15 times. It is a much more systematic, coherent and unified system than the conventional mathematical system. It is a mental tool for calculation that encourages the development and use of intuition and innovation, while giving the student a lot of flexibility, fun and satisfaction.

One can learn Vedic Mathematics from an early age and basic knowledge of multiplication table (though not compulsory) helps a student to better grasp the subject. The time which the student spends in calculation is greatly reduced and therefore the load and pressure of the subject comes down significantly. Through this a supposedly difficult calculation like 998 x 997 which normally takes a person anywhere between a minute or two to solve can be solved in less than five seconds flat.

3. Some critics feel that ‘arithmetic as is speeded up by application of the sutras can be performed on a computer or calculator anyway, making their knowledge rather irrelevant in the modern world’. What do you have to say to that? Do you think high school students should be allowed to use calculators?

If that be the case why have Mathematics classes in schools. There should be no classes on Mathematics and also the load on the student will be decreased. The student should only be equipped with the calculator and all of math’s problems could be solved on that.

According to a study conducted some years ago by a university in the United States , the constant use of calculators for more than twenty years by person atrophies his brain significantly. We have all met shopkeepers who use calculators to determine what 10+5 is. Don’t you find it silly?

Our Brain is a muscle. Just like the body needs exercise the brain needs it too. Through Vedic mathematics you use both the parts of your brain- the left and the right hence keeping you mentally agile even in your old age when the brain functions less.

Moreover I would like to add that some calculators are even prone to errors. Try this on your calculator 2+3 x 4 and get an answer. If your calculator shows 20 and not 14 your answer is incorrect. J Any Guesses Why?

4. How does Vedic Maths help to improve concentration?

When you use Vedic Maths you use both your left and the right brain hemisphere. The left side of the brain is the seat of language and processes in a logical and sequential order. The right side is more visual and processes intuitively, holistically, and randomly which boosts memory and concentration.

Since you are doing calculations mentally without the use of pen or paper you are actually concentrating which develops the concentration abilities.

5. Please give a few examples of the use of Vedic Maths in mathematical operations? Can Vedic Maths benefit both school students and those in the university? Also how is the knowledge of Vedic Maths beneficial to students of competitive exams (it’s said that it makes it possible for a student to know the answer without actually solving the problem)? I heard that it’s also very helpful to professionals like software developers? Who else can benefit by Vedic Maths?

I have attached a brochure for an example on Vedic Mathematical operation.

Students, Competitive exam aspirants, Engineers, Professionals, Teachers, Executives, Parents and even Businessmen can benefit from Vedic Mathematics.

It can simultaneously benefit students studying in class 4 to those preparing for their post graduate studies in the university. And to top it up they can sit together and learn it. This is so because simple sutras (word formulas) of Vedic Maths are unknown to both and since it is simple both of them with a big age difference can grasp it together.

Vedic Maths is helpful to software developers as it helps them to do their coding and programming as it is more scientific than the normal system of mathematics.

6. I heard that Vedic Maths concepts are used by NASA scientists too. May it please be possible for you to give me more info on that?

A shloka in Vedic Maths helps to work out the value of pi by 10 to the 32nd place. It is this kind of accuracy which makes it specially useful in the field of space technology and artificial intelligence. In fact, it is used at NASA, American Space Research Centre, by Dr Rick Briggs, a computer scientist who heads the Vedic Maths cell.

They are being used in the area of Micro processing also. Software companies like IBM, Microsoft have made it compulsory for their specialized staff to learn this system.

7. Can Vedic Maths be used to facilitate the students of higher classes to remember complicated Maths formulae?

Yes. Concepts such as Quadratic Equations, Simultaneous Equations, Trigonometry, Even Calculus has been made simple and easier in Vedic Mathematics.

8. How does knowledge in Vedic Math help a student to minimize careless mistakes?

In Vedic Mathematics, the mental one-line formulas are such that it has an inbuilt system of series of checks. The student can’t go wrong. Failure is not an option in Vedic Mathematics. Hence Vedic Mathematics helps to boost the confidence of the student as success leads to success and this brings out the true potential of the student .

9. From which class can the basics of Vedic Maths be taught?

The basics of Vedic Mathematics can be taught from Standard IV ( 9 years) onwards.
For little higher concepts on Vedic Maths we recommend students to be from Standard VIII (14 years) onwards where a whole range of systems can be taught.

10. Are there educational tools / props / games available exemplifying the use of Vedic Maths?

There are lot of books for all age groups and DVDs available to a student to learn the system.

11. How can Vedic Math be made popular? If a student wants to learn Vedic Maths which institutes can he contact?

Vedic Mathematics is being mde popular by workshops and by providing part-time courses in association with different institutions. Also books, websites and the interest from the student community have helped to make it more popular.

If a student wants to learn High Speed Vedic Mathematics he can contact:-

The Vedic Maths Forum ( India )
167/N Rash Behari Avenue,
Jasoda Bhawan , 2 nd Floor
Kolkata- 700 019
West Bengal ( India )
Phone: 098305-32264
gtekriwal@gmail.com
The Vedic Maths Forum ( India ) conducts workshops across the country. They promote the concepts of High Speed Vedic Mathematics and are taking it to the next generation. They are the only platform which offer a complete certified course and a ten hour dvd on the subject. So far over seven thousand students across India have been trained in the 6-day Workshops which they conduct and thousands continue to be trained every day.

Origins of Vedic Maths

Bharati Krishna Teerthaji got his revelations from a particular portion of the Atharvaveda called the Ganita Sutras . The Ganita Sutras are also called Sulba Sutras , “the easy mathematical formulae” , that’s the meaning of the expression. Now these texts were in Sanskrit and the grammar, the literature and the figures of speech in Sanskrit give great facility of expressing one’s dispositions in a number of different subjects but with the same set of words. Hence it becomes difficult for a person to understand the different layers of meanings encoded in one text.

Bharati Krishnaji underwent meditation for long years in the forest of Sringeri. He took the help of lexicographies, lexicons of earlier times, because as a language develops and comes in context with other languages words change their meaning. Words get additional meaning, words get deteroiorated in meaning. So Bharti Krishnaji studied old lexicons including Visva, Amara, Arnava, Sabdakalpardruma etc. With these he got the key in that way in one instance and one thing after another helped him in the elucidation of the other sutras (formulae).

It was to His Holiness’s extreme amazement that the sutras dealt with mathematics in all its branches. He realized only sixteen sutras cover all branches of mathematics – arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, physics, plain and spherical geometry, conics, calculus, both differential and integral, applied mathematics of various kinds, dynamics, hydrostatics, static, kinematics and all.

[From Vedic Metaphysics- by Bharati Krishna Teerthaji Maharaj]

Sources Given by His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Sri Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj of Shri Govardhana Matha Monastery (Puri, Orissa)

There is a sub-sutra Sisyate Sesasamjnah which translated into English means “Remainder remains constant”. His Holiness Jagadguru Swami Nischalanand ji has revealed with his divine grace that it belongs to Srimad Bhagavatam ( Bhagavata Purana) (10.3.25).

The line literally means “With the cosmos at its end after millions and millions of years when the primary elements merge with the subtle and everything manifested by the force of Time turns unmanifest, is Your Lordship, the One with the Many Names, the only one to remain.”

The mathematical meaning of this is “Remainders remains constant” i.e. as the divisor goes on increasing in a certain ratio, the quotient goes on decreasing, proportionately; but the remainder remains constant.

Lost volumes of Bharati Krishna Tirthaji

His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Sri Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj of Shri Govardhana Matha (Puri) has confirmed that the 15 remaining volumes have been destroyed, lost or stolen by foreigners. They were not kept by Bharati Krishnaji in Puri but at Nagpur from where the mammoth loss has been confirmed.

Reconstruction of the Lost Volumes

His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Sri Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj of Shri Govardhana Matha (Puri) has stated that after his research in two years time he would be working on assimilating and reconstructing the lost volumes of Bharati Krishna Teerthaji Maharaj. He would be also training a team of teachers who would be responsible to popularize Vedic Mathematics in the world. The reconstructed volume will be called Vedikarsh Ganit’.

Currently His Holiness is doing research on Yoga sutras and thereafter he would be working on the lost volumes of Ganita Sutras of Bharti Krishna Teertha ji.

His Holiness has also written three books on Mathematics Swastika Ganita, Anka padiyam, and Ganita Darshan where he has taken vedic texts as core reference material.

In this regard we would like to state that research on Vedic Mathematics is continous, alive and progressing in Govardhan Matha under His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Sri Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj.

History of High Speed vedic maths

In this direction the Sankaracharya of Govardhan Matha Puri Jagadguru Swami Sri Bharati Krishna Teerthaji Maharaja has explored the encoded vedic mysteries and retrieved a set of mathematical sutras from the Vedic literatures. Swami Sri Bharati Krishna Teerthaji was a scholar extraordinaire . A profound master of modern subjects including mathematics. Later after attaining sanyasa he went into solitude at Saradha Peeth in Sringeri and relentlessly pursued the study of Vedic scriptures with the consequence that he reconstructed a set of 16 sutras and 13 sub sutras from the Vedic text covering every branch and part of mathematics.

We owe deeply to the Sankaracharya for his revelation to popularize Vedic Mathematics.

Sources of the Sutras

Bharati Krishna Teerthaji got his revelations from a particular portion of the Atharvaveda called the Ganita Sutras . The Ganita Sutras are also called Sulba Sutras , “the easy mathematical formulae” , that’s the meaning of the expression. Now these texts were in Sanskrit and the grammar, the literature and the figures of speech in Sanskrit give great facility of expressing one’s dispositions in a number of different subjects but with the same set of words. Hence it becomes difficult for a person to understand the different layers of meanings encoded in one text.

Bharati Krishnaji underwent meditation for long years in the forest of Sringeri. He took the help of lexicographies, lexicons of earlier times, because as a language develops and comes in context with other languages words change their meaning. Words get additional meaning, words get deteroiorated in meaning. So Bharti Krishnaji studied old lexicons including Visva, Amara, Arnava, Sabdakalpardruma etc. With these he got the key in that way in one instance and one thing after another helped him in the elucidation of the other sutras (formulae).

It was to His Holiness’s extreme amazement that the sutras dealt with mathematics in all its branches. He realized only sixteen sutras cover all branches of mathematics – arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, physics, plain and spherical geometry, conics, calculus, both differential and integral, applied mathematics of various kinds, dynamics, hydrostatics, static, kinematics and all.

[From Vedic Metaphysics- by Bharati Krishna Teerthaji Maharaj]

Sources Given by His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Sri Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj of Shri Govardhana Matha Monastery (Puri, Orissa)

There is a sub-sutra Sisyate Sesasamjnah which translated into English means “Remainder remains constant”. His Holiness Jagadguru Swami Nischalanand ji has revealed with his divine grace that it belongs to Srimad Bhagavatam ( Bhagavata Purana) (10.3.25).

The line literally means “With the cosmos at its end after millions and millions of years when the primary elements merge with the subtle and everything manifested by the force of Time turns unmanifest, is Your Lordship, the One with the Many Names, the only one to remain.”

The mathematical meaning of this is “Remainders remains constant” i.e. as the divisor goes on increasing in a certain ratio, the quotient goes on decreasing, proportionately; but the remainder remains constant.

Lost volumes of Bharati Krishna Tirthaji

His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Sri Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj of Shri Govardhana Matha (Puri) has confirmed that the 15 remaining volumes have been destroyed, lost or stolen by foreigners. They were not kept by Bharati Krishnaji in Puri but at Nagpur from where the mammoth loss has been confirmed.

Reconstruction of the Lost Volumes

His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Sri Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj of Shri Govardhana Matha (Puri) has stated that after his research in two years time he would be working on assimilating and reconstructing the lost volumes of Bharati Krishna Teerthaji Maharaj. He would be also training a team of teachers who would be responsible to popularize Vedic Mathematics in the world. The reconstructed volume will be called Vedikarsh Ganit’.

Currently His Holiness is doing research on Yoga sutras and thereafter he would be working on the lost volumes of Ganita Sutras of Bharti Krishna Teertha ji.

His Holiness has also written three books on Mathematics Swastika Ganita, Anka padiyam, and Ganita Darshan where he has taken vedic texts as core reference material.

In this regard we would like to state that research on Vedic Mathematics is continous, alive and progressing in Govardhan Matha under His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Sri Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj.

Benefits of Vedic Maths

Vedic Mathematics is more than 10-15 times or over 1500% times faster than the normal mathematics.

How do we say this? You can test it yourself. We tested a normal student of grade 5 to calculate 98 x 97; he took the time of 60 seconds and did it correctly in the normal way.

And then when we taught him the Vedic Method of Multiplication the same person could do it in about 5 seconds. Not only did this person suddenly become more confident, bubbling with energy and high self esteem. He wanted to solve more problems which showed a remarkable increase in his interest in the subject.

The Vedic Maths methods becomes very useful for competitive exam aspirants who appear for examinations like SAT, GMAT, CAT, Banking, Engineering etc. This is primarily because of the speed factor of vedic mathematics, as here you have to solve a maximum number of questions in a set time period.

The Vedic Maths methods are very visual. For example take the vertically & crosswise pattern. Hence once you understand the pattern of a two digit and three digit multiplications, you can extend that pattern to solving four digits by four digits or five by five digit multiplication problems.

Regular practice of vedic maths methods has a positive effect on your mind in terms of a greater degree of mental agility to do number crunching. This mental agility will help to do sums mentally from left to right. This has a positive effect on your brain. The more you exercise it, the better it continues to get.

Our brain has two parts , the left hand side which is a seat of logical thinking and the right hand side which is the seat of creative thinking. Vedic Mathematics develops the left and the right side of the brain by increasing the visualization and concentration abilities.

There is a lot which the child goes through in his maths class. The child undergoes stress, fatigue, and peer pressure especially with relation to maths. He faces and develops a phobia for maths. It slowly becomes etched in his mind that ‘Maths is difficult’ or ‘Maths is dull and boring.’ With Vedic Maths the child cultivates an interest for numbers and eliminates the math-phobia present in his mind. This goes a long way and helps the child throughout his life time.

Because of the decline in global maths education, vedic maths becomes a substitute for the traditional mental maths methods. The conventional system has clearly failed us and because of its creative approach, vedic maths tends to fascinate and has the potential to replace these methods completely, especially at the primary level.

Why Vedic Maths?

One asks what is the relevance of Vedic Maths in today’s world where we have calculators and computers. What is the need of a mental calculation system called Vedic Maths?

As of 2013 globally maths skills are on a decline as per the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study).Even with the best of calculators and computers, children can’t do basic maths in today’s world. For example in South Africa there is a Math crisis looming large as because over 53.7% of the students fail the national senior certificate examinations. In India, according to the ASER 2012 (Annual Status of Education Report) over 75% of Standard five students can’t do division (3-digit by 1-digit problems) and over 73% can’t subtract (2 digit problems with borrowing). In the United Kingdom, over 17 million adults have maths skills of an eleven year old or worse according to the Telegraph, United Kingdom.

Clearly the computers and calculators are not helping our children. Students and parents along with them struggle for doing basic mathematics.

In such a scenario this system becomes appropriate as it is simple and easy to understand and do. Vedic Maths makes maths fun and enjoyable for students and it increases their interest levels in the subject.

Alarmed by the state of the decline in maths education, United Kingdom have actually withdrawn calculators from the primary level of education and have started giving importance back to the traditional methods to uplift the maths scores.

What is Vedic Maths?

To us, Vedic Mathematics is more than just speed maths skills! It’s something very enchanting. It gives us an adrenaline rush each time we teach this to a group of students anywhere on the globe. We are still awed by the magnitude and the impact which these simple mathematical teachings can have. To us Vedic Maths is a magical tool through which we can change the world, one student at a time!

Founded by an Indian Saint Tirthaji in the early 20th century who just like the Buddha went into the forests of South India and meditated, contemplated and created 16 Sutras or word formulas in Mathematics. These word formulas were able to solve complex calculations with ease and simplicity. As an example a sum like 998 x 997 could be solved in less than five seconds by a third grader which usually takes little more than two minutes to solve.

Because it cuts the time and speeds up the calculations whereby simplifying the entire process, Vedic Mathematics is getting popular amongst academicians worldwide as a mental system of arithmetic. Another reason for its adoration is the deepening maths crisis, low global numeracy levels and lack of Maths teachers.

Consider this for a moment

  • Currently in the UK, 17 million adults have the mathematics capabilities of an 11 year old or younger. Source: The Telegraph, UK.
  • 9-10 year olds and 13-14 year olds in the United States continue to lag behind several East Asian and European nations in Maths. Source: The New York Times
  • In India in 2012, 46.5% of children in Class V could not solve a two-digit subtraction problem without seeking help. Source: The Pratham Report.
  • South Africa ranks second last in the world for education in Mathematics. Source: World Economic Forum

In such a grim scenario in Maths, students and teachers too loathe Mathematics. They run away from it and develop a phobia towards the subject. Hence making Maths fun and interesting becomes a challenge. Now this is where Vedic Mathematics steps in through its out of the box methods and approach and makes learning math enjoyable and pleasant for everyone.

Calculators or No Calculators?

This debate has been going on for a long time now, ever since the Calculators were introduced in the mainstream curriculum worldwide couple of decades ago. We feel that calculators do enhance performance in maths tests only after the students learns and understands the basic mathematical principle behind it.

Recently as a way of reforms in the education system the UK Government announced that calculators will be banned in maths tests for 11-year-olds from 2014. This came after the realisation that over 17 million adults have maths capabilities of an 11 year old. This stresses the importance of mental maths skills for students which is coming slowly back in fashion.