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Symbolic Significance of Numbers in Hinduism by Jayaram V "The ingenious method of expressing every possible number using a set of ten symbols each symbol having a place value and an absolute value emerged in India.
The idea seems so simple nowadays that its significance and profound importance is no longer appreciated. It's simplicity lies in the way it facilitated calculation and placed arithmetic foremost amongst useful inventions.
This essay tries to explain the symbolic significance of numbers from one to ten from Hindu perspective and their association with some important concepts and divinities of Hinduism. It also explores how ancient Indians used numbers to organize the knowledge they had about creation and systematically ascertain the order of divinities in a complex pantheon to envision a grand view of Hindu cosmology from a numerical perspective.
Most of the information, which is provided in this essay is a product of this writer's intuitive awareness and personal study and may not be found elsewhere. This article is an attempt to present before the readers the idea that numbers were used in religious ceremonies and rituals as symbols of divinities and their energies.
The ancient seers of India intuited the play of numbers in the order and regularity of the world. For their times, it was an astounding discovery, which is now confirmed beyond doubt by modern science.
In ancient India people lived very religious lives. They prayed and worshipped several divinities in whom they had faith. They believed that the purpose of human life was to achieve liberation from the cycle of births and deaths and ascend to sunlit worlds. They did not believe in withdrawing from life or abnegation of duty as a necessary condition to pursue God.
Enjoyment of life and material wealth were important goals of human life but not the ultimate. The highest aim was moksha or liberation from the delusions and distractions of life through spiritual discipline and self surrender. The best way to achieve it was through a divine centered life, where every activity was meant to achieve inner purity and experience God as the witness, guardian, guide and rescuer.
They reflected this attitude in many aspects of their lives. Whether it was the practice of a profession, or study of the Vedas or tending of the cattle, or engaging in some mundane affair, they sought the intervention of divinities through the practice of dharma.
They reflected the same attitude in using the numbers and believed them to be symbols each having a potency and symbolic significance of its own They believed that the numbers could be used in the practice of religion and spiritual discipline to reference the divinities and their attributes.
To the intuitive seekers of Brahman, the numbers offered many opportunities to meditate upon and realize the hidden symbolism. In the following paragraphs we will try to explore the symbolic significance hidden in the numbers from zero to ten.
And in doing so we will also realize why the decimal system and the use of present day symbols for numbers originated in ancient India. Zero, Shunya Zero is a numerical or symbolic representation of Nirguna Brahman or the Brahman who is without a form and without qualities.The Bhagavad Gita, Buddhism and Christianity.
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