This question is quite controversial. I'd like to share my views:

In my view, Zero (0) is more than just a mathematical digit for India. It is deeply rooted into the philosophy and spirituality of India. I'd like to give some examples:

In my view, Zero (0) is more than just a mathematical digit for India. It is deeply rooted into the philosophy and spirituality of India. I'd like to give some examples:

Example One

The

*(verse) from***slok****Isavasya Upanishad**OM,Purnamadah purnamidam, purnat purnamudachyate,Purnasyapurnamadayah, purnameva-avasisyate.

is considered as the beginning of 'zero' by many mathematician/historian.

Grammatically the world

**"**has many meanings.*Purna*"Let's check two meanings of the word

**"***Purna*".*Purna*- complete (shape of circle or point):

Zero, which can be written as a circle '0' or as a point '.' is

*(complete).***"Purna"**If this slok will be calculated mathematically then it fits into the definition of 'zero'.

Purnamadah purnamidam,That is 'zero', this is 'zero',purnat purnamudachyate,'zero' comes from 'zero',Purnasyapurnamadayah,by taking 'zero' from 'zero',purnameva-avasisyate.'zero' remains.

*Purna*- whole (existence):

Considering this

**merely a mathematical verse will be unwise. This***slok***also summarise the whole Indian spiritual-philosophy. If***slok***is translated as 'whole' (it can be meant 'whole existence'), then:***"Purna"*Purnamadah purnamidam,That is 'whole', this is 'whole',purnat purnamudachyate,'whole' comes from 'whole',Purnasyapurnamadayah,by taking 'whole' from 'whole',purnameva-avasisyate.'whole' remains.

The second meaning goes with the Indian spiritual conclusion "

**" (soul is god), which also can be interpreted as "everyone is god".***Atma so Paramatma*

Example Two

All sages of India are calling

**(meditation) as dipping into the***"Dhyan"***(zero). Where the meaning of***"Sunya"***is "Nothingness". Acording to Indian spiritual philosophy,***"Sunya"*"Meditation is the state of entering into

**(zero, nothingness)".***Sunya*Base on these two examples, I thing, even if "zero" is not invented in India, it is deeply rooted into Indian philosophy and spirituality.

## 6 comments:

!nice Info!

This is a very interesting interpretation !

Hi friends,

I'll appreciate if you'll write down you names with your comments.

Thanks

Santosh Gairola

Its a nice interpretation by you.

The indian thought on infinity or anantha is also amazing.

Lord Narayana is also called ANANTHA SAYANA ,meaning ONE WHOS IS SLEEPING ON INFINITY !

The whole can also be interpreted as INFINITY for INFINITY minus INFINITY is INFINITY !

based on interpretations

whole = purna/shunya !!

i.e

INFINITY = SHUNYA

( not mathematically though but by philosophical/spiritual intrepretation ).

regards

Sunil

( sunil_mudambi@yahoo.com )

poorna = complete;

poorna is NOT shunya!

infinity = ananta;

indeterminate = ( nikhil + akhil )

= our collective consciousness of the entire mankind, alive & dead.

this verse is alos the 'sa-ar' of our understanding of 'darshana' = pholisophy.

sudip121@gmail.com

Purna could also be taken as infinity....

this(man) is infinity, that(god) is infinity

from infinity(god) comes infinity(man)

infinity taken away from infinity or added to infinity

infinity alone remains....

i think is is more apt

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