Mathematics owes much to Sanskrit, because without these numbers there would have been no Albert Einstein, no atomic bomb either; no Principia Mathematica by Bertrand Russell and Whitehead. These numbers are the basic bricks.
And the foundations were laid down nowhere else but in the valleys of the Himalayas. Perhaps they encountered the immeasurable beauty and tried to measure it. Perhaps there was some other reason, but one thing is certain: that the Sanskrit word tri becomes three in English. It has just traveled the long, dusty journey of a word. The Sanskrit sasth becomes six in English; the Sanskrit asth becomes eight, and so on and so forth.
What was I saying?
“You were talking about the Hindus thinking you were the tenth incarnation of the avatar Kalki.”
Yes. You are doing well.
Kalki is the tenth and the last Hindu incarnation of God. After him the world ends – and of course begins again; just as you demolish a house made of playing cards, then start afresh. Perhaps before starting you reshuffle the cards just to create a little enthusiasm in yourself. Otherwise what does it matter to the cards? But by reshuffling them you feel good.
Exactly like that, God reshuffles and starts thinking, “Perhaps this time I will do a little better.” But every time, whatever he does, out comes Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler, Morarji Desai…. I mean God fails every moment.
Yes, once in a while he does not fail, but perhaps the credit should go to man, because he succeeds in a world where everything is failing. Certainly the credit cannot be given to God. The world is enough proof that God is utterly discredited.
Hindus have continued to use ten as the ultimate since before the time of the Rig Veda, that is about ten thousand years ago. But Jainas, who are far more mathematical and logical and also older than the Hindus, never believed in the sanctity of ten. They had their own idea. Of course they also derived it from some source. If you cannot derive it from your own fingers somebody must have done it some other way, from some other source.
What the Jainas did has never been discussed clearly, and I cannot support it from any scripture, because I am mentioning it perhaps for the first time. I am adding “perhaps,” in case somebody may have done it before and I do not know about it. But I know almost all the scriptures that are worth knowing. I simply ignored the others. But still, I may have ignored somebody in the crowd who should not have been ignored. Hence I used the word perhaps, otherwise I am certain that nobody has said it before. So let us say it now.