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 Indias 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, its 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, its never too late in life to pick Vedic maths. > > > But why the need for Vedic maths? Whats 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. Its 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. > > > > > > Gauravs project is also doing well abroad. Weve > > > 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 > > > its really difficult to partner with government schools, > > > because people often think that Vedic maths is not > > > secular. Im 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: > > > http://www.firstpost.com/living/tedx-profile-here-to-prove-vedic-maths-is-secular-says-tekriwal-539864.html > > > > Forwarded post: > > > > Even maths has no escape route from the onslaught of our > > secular brigade. > > > > - KRB > > > > End of forwarded post. > > Forwarded post: > > While South Africa has no qualms about implementing Vedic > maths our sick-secular brigade will detest at anything > Hindu, leave alone vedic.. > > - Ash > > End of forwarded post.
Yog, Vedik maths etc are all part of Ancient Hindu tradition. Of late there has been a tendency to dissociate them from Rishi Sampradaya and sell them as "brands" for the sake few bucks. Shame on such people. Mr Tekriwal, instead of sacrificing Vedik maths on the altar of secularism, proudly say aloud to the world that it was contribution of Hindu tradition and it has been a very much part of Hindu life since time immemorial.