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Dr. Jai Maharaj

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Re: Here to prove Vedic Math is secular, says Tekriwal
Posted: Dec 24, 2012 11:58 AM
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Dr. Jai Maharaj posted:
> Tedx Profile: Here to prove Vedic Maths is secular, says Tekriwal
> By Shruti Dhapola
> First Post
> November 29, 2012
> The term Vedic Maths might sound daunting to a few. Add
> the fact that you need to learn sutras as part of this
> will probably double your phobia of mathematics, if you
> have one.  But Gaurav Tekriwal, founder of Vedic Maths
> India, believes that Vedic maths is India’s gift to the
> world and one that needs to be nurtured.
> In an interaction with Firstpost, ahead of  the Tedx talk
> in Mumbai on Sunday (which we will be streaming live on
> the site) , Gaurav spoke to us about how he got the idea
> of promoting Vedic maths and what it entails.
> First things first, Gaurav explained Vedic maths is:
> Simply put, it allows people to do complex calculations,
> such as multiplications, not the 2X2 ones but the
> considerably heavy duty ones, divisions, calculate square
> roots, etc in super fast speed.
> Ask him whether one really needs Vedic maths in an age of
> calculators and computers, he disagrees. “Calculators
> might help students, it’s not really good for them. With
> Vedic maths you get to exercise your mind muscles and
> then get to the solutions,” he says. He cites the example
> of UK where maths skills are so bad that most adults have
> the maths skills of an 11 year-old.
> So when did he get introduced to Vedic maths? “It goes
> back to 1999, when I was preparing for my MBA entrance. I
> got into Vedic maths then and I started practising and
> sharing my skills with my friends. Not too many people
> knew about the concept then, so it seemed pretty cool at
> the time.  I slowly started teaching and one thing led to
> another and a passion for maths became a profession,”
> says Gaurav.
> [Caption] Gaurav Tekriwal on Vedic Maths.
> So yes, it’s never too late in life to pick Vedic maths.
> But why the need for Vedic maths? What’s wrong with the
> traditional system?
> As Gaurav says, “The world has a phobia of maths. People
> get addition, subtraction but once you come to
> multiplication, students are forced to rely on their
> memory. Teachers become harsh on the students and maths
> becomes a phobia for the students.”
> And how does Vedic maths differ from the traditional
> system? Gaurav emphasises that unlike the regular Western
> model of maths, Vedic maths is a mental system, meaning
> all calculations take place in your head. “It’s a one
> line arthimetic system. Say you have a sum 12 times 34.
> In Vedic maths you apply a Sutra and get the answer in
> one line. Sutras are word formulaes. You can apply the
> sutra and get your answer in split second,” he says.
> Gaurav’s project is also doing well abroad. “We’ve
> partnered with the South African government and have
> implemented the Vedic maths system in 9000 schools in
> South Africa,” says Gaurav.
> But what about starting a similar project in India
> schools, especially those that are run by the government
> and where quality of education is often poor. “In India
> it’s really difficult to partner with government schools,
> because people often think that Vedic maths is not
> secular. I’m here to debunk the myth that this is not
> secular. Anybody from anywhere can come practise this
> system which is open to all,” he says.
> He adds that he would definitely want Vedic maths to be a
> part of schools in India, especially government schools
> so that students can take advantage of it.
> More at:

Forwarded post:

Even maths has no escape route from the onslaught of our
secular brigade.


End of forwarded post.

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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