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(1) Empty space, where nothing is there
Shoonya or Zero
It's all wrong. Evidences are available showing much before Aaryabhatt knew the use of Zero. Vedic sages had already discovered it. They applied Zero in both arithmetic and metaphysical contexts. It's seen that today's so called scholars don't read original scriptures and only on the basis of arguments they do their research, thus, truth hardly comes out, Taitireeya Braahman states word by word how Raashi (astrological Signs) were formed by adjustment of Nakshatra (constellations) many people still believe that formation of Raashi is of Greek or Babylonian origin.
Let us go back to Ved
sadasittadanim nasidrajo no vyom paro yat |
Atharv Ved's Mantra 14.2)
rather puts the term "Shoonya" or "Zero" in explicit manner,
Similarly, sage Pingal also
mentions the word "Shoonya" in his Chhanda Shaastra (8.29) in metaphysical
Bhaagavat Puraan also
uses the term "Shoonya" which denotes "Zero" and "Infinity"
in one and the same Mantra.
Yajur Ved (17.2), Nirukt (3.10) and Rig Ved (1.184) carry the decimal
numbering system. In this regard, particularly Yajur Ved says -
says multiplication by 2 to 10 makes 20, thus we can see Vaidik sages
were using decimal system which consists of numerals from 1 to 9 and a
zero to create 10, 20 like numbers -
Other Historical Evidences
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 10/16/12