Monthly Archives: January 2007
Combinatorics, number theory and mathematics in Indian culture
These few links show the profundity and depth of contribution of India in mathematics. Mathematics was a common theme in arts, science and spirituality.
- Paduka sahasra – The famous Knight’s tour problem which was a classical math problem and a tough nut to crack was solved through a poem dedicated to Lord Sri Rama’s sandals. What a unique way to solve a math puzzle – through a poem. Check the link here, also view the flash animation here.
- Mathematics of poetry[^]
- Mathematics of raaga [^]
Ayurveda or Science of Life
- Combinatorics of tastes and humours in classical Indian medicine [^]
- Mathematics in the vedas [^]
You might also want to check the links below about which I have already blogged about. This is obviously not a complete spectrum of mathematics in Indian thought, I will blog about it as and when I come across Interesting finds.
Michael O Callaghan’s experience of spiritual teachers in India
“Dr. O’Callaghan’s interests in consciousness, healing, and higher knowledge inspired her to earn a Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a B.S. in biology from Columbia University, N.Y., and a B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University, N.Y.
Her love of travel led her to attend high school in Spain at the American School of Madrid, and to visit far off lands, such as China, Japan, Russia, India, Egypt, Europe, and South America. She also spent one summer in Denmark at a peace research institute.
Her spiritual quest follows many avenues. In the 1990s she accompanied Macki, one of the last Maori medicine men, on a spiritual pilgrimage to Israel and the British Isles to help reawaken the divine feminine. In keeping with instructions from the Grandmother elders of his matriarchal tribe in New Zealand, Macki set out on journeys to conduct ceremonies at sacred sites throughout the world to rebalance the feminine/masculine energy and increase harmony in the world. Their trip to Britain culminated in a sunrise ceremony at Stonehenge.
Later in the 90s, Dr. O’Callaghan attended an Indigenous Healers Conference in Hawaii where Eskimo, Australian Aborigine, and Hopi medicine men and women gathered for four days. She has also met saints and Native American healers through the spiritual community outside Austin, Texas, where she has lived for thirteen years.
As a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation for nearly thirty years, she knows deeply the unwinding of karma, and inner stirrings to evolve ever higher. Dr. O’Callaghan attended a six-month meditation intensive in 1992 that spanned Iowa and Washington, D.C. She also takes one month out of every year for TM retreats. Her book Awakened attests further to her spiritual adventurousness, for not only does she visit the four featured saints, and others, when they come to the U.S., she has done an initiation by fire, so to speak, via her retreat at Swamiji’s ashram in India.
She currently works in Austin where she provides psychotherapy and relaxation training to the elderly. She benefits greatly from the wisdom her geriatric clients share with her.