Zero in Rig-Veda

Rig-Veda is a unified, universal language which can be understood through innumerable perspectives, and which itself creates – and has created- a myriad of perspectives. So, as seen from the standpoint of Logic,  or Mathematics, and as also explained in Kalicharan’s Veda, the concept of identity, or Zero, comes from Asvini Kumar, the god of sacrifice and effort.

Asvini Kumar has a presence both in Heaven and in Earth, and more than that, acts as the connecting point, the “node” between the two realms. And in a way he separates, and creates, these two realms, resulting in Heaven-Earth, or Dyava-Prithivi.

The full significance of Dyava-Prithivi will not be discussed here. In the realm of Logic, or equally, in Rig-Veda as seen from a mathematical point of view, in a sufficiently evolved theory, there arise two spaces separated, or connected, by a “node”. One example, very known, is the number system which contains the spaces of positive and negative numbers, separated by Zero.

So Zero is both negative and positive, and thus has a “presence” in both the realms.

Asvini Kumar is such an important God in Rig-Veda that various other images of him are also perceived and explored by the Rsis. Thus Usha-Ratri becomes an alternative. Or, the imagery of Mountain (in sanskrit Parvat, which also means “joint”, “node”) is used. And (finally) the pair Shuna-Sira (शुना/सून — सिरा/सीरा) is invoked. Shuna is a Heaven God and Sira (also called Sita) is an Earth Goddess in this pair. In the history of Mathematics Shuna became “Shunna” or “Shunya” (Zero, as called in India), while Sira continued as “Sita” in India but was exported outside as the Zero. Zero, as is well known, adapted from Arabic “Sifr” which in turn got it from Sira.

ShunA शुना in Sanskrit also means “ploughshare” and sIrA सिरा/ सीरा (sItA सीता) means “the mark left on the field by the ploughshare” — both geometrically depicting of the concept of Zero. Sita, in rAmAyaNa, is known to have the birth connection with this mark and the ploughshare.

A lot has been said and written about Indo-Europians, their languages, PIE, and like, but when one realizes that the Spiritual, intuitive, thought assumes a far greater importance in the making and scheme of a civilization than the language, then one  easily sees that it was Egypt, and Egypt alone, not Europe, which could be truly called a “Vedic” civilization outside the Vedic of India. Pyramid, is indeed Parvat, and represents the idea of Asvini Kumar geometrically: there is a realm outside and there is one inside, with the Parvat top (a point) being the connection. The Paravat story culminates in India as the “Meru Parvat” – which is said to be the connection, the passage, between Heaven and Earth.

Kailash Parvat was earmarked as the geometric, real, representative of Meru on Earth. This peak, found in the Himalayas, does indeed look like a pyramid, and further, has two big lakes not far from it: One is called Man Sarover and the other Rakshas Taal , representing the two realms of Heaven and Earth.


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