He is said to have reconstructed the ancient system of Vedic Mathematics from certain Sanskrit texts which other scholars had dismissed as nonsense. The methods he showed and the simple Sutras on which it is based are extraordinarily simple and easy to apply, and the whole system possesses a unity not found in conventional mathematical methods. His life was devoted to helping those individuals he could and also helping to bring about world peace and spiritual renewal. This short article aims to show something of his character and life and is drawn mainly from an introduction by Mrs Manjula Trivedi in the book "Vedic Mathematics" by Bharati Krishna. She looked after Bharati Krishna in the last years of his life and afterwards took charge of the Foundation he set up in Nagpur in the Sri Vishwapunarniman Sangha.
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His father was P. Narasimha Shastri, originally a tehsildar at Tirunelveli , in Madras Presidency , who later became the Deputy Collector of the Presidency. Ranganath Shastri was a judge in the Madras High Court. Venkataraman passed his matriculation examination from Madras University in January , where he also finished first.
According to his own testimonials, Sanskrit and oratory were his favorite subjects. Due to his knowledge of the language, he was conferred the title "Saraswati" at the age of 16 by the Madras Sanskrit Association in July At about that time, Venkataraman was profoundly influenced by his Sanskrit guru Vedam Venkatrai Shastri.
He then appeared for the M. He also contributed to W. During his college days, he also wrote extensively on history, sociology, philosophy, politics, and literature. However, his spiritual practice was interrupted when he was pressured by nationalist leaders to head the newly-started National College at Rajamahendri.
Venkataraman Shastri taught at the college for three years. But in , he suddenly left the college to go back to Sringeri Math. During those years, the Jagadguru initiated venkatraman into spiritual yogic practices.
It is believed that he attained spiritual self-realization during his years at Sringeri Math. He would leave the material world and practice yoga meditation in seclusion for many days. During those eight years, he also taught Sanskrit and philosophy at local schools and ashrams. During that time, he also lectured as a guest professor at institutions in Mumbai , Pune and Khandesh. Shankaracharya of Govardhana Matha[ edit ] Around the time the Swami became the Shankaracharya of Sharada Peetham, the Shankaracharya of Govardhana matha , Swami Madhusudhana Tirtha, was in failing health and was greatly impressed with Bharatikrishna.
Madhusudana requested Bharatikrishna to succeed him at Govardhana Matha. Bharatikrishna respectfully declined the offer. In , Bharatikrishna assumed the pontificate of Govardhana Matha, and relinquished the gaddi of Sharada Peetham. While the Shankaracharya was eventually acquitted, the others were sentenced to two years imprisonment. Sinha, served as its President. This was the first trip outside India by a Shankaracharya.
The tour was sponsored by the Self-Realization Fellowship , the yoga society founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. Bharatikrishna also attended various national and international conferences on yoga and on religion. He served as Shankaracharya of Govardhana Matha until his death in Mafatlal, a generous Mumbai business magnate and devotee of Bharatikrishna. The Hindu.
Bharati Krishna Tirtha
Contents[ edit ] The book contains metaphorical aphorisms in the form of sixteen sutras and thirteen sub-sutras, which Krishna Tirtha claimed to allude to significant mathematical tools. Shukla, Jan Hogendijk et al note that the Vedas do not contain any of those sutras and sub-sutras. These were unknown during the Vedic times and were introduced in India only in the sixteenth century;  works of numerous ancient mathematicians such as Aryabhata , Brahmagupta and Bhaskara were entirely based on fractions. From a historiographic perspective, India had no minimal knowledge about the conceptual notions of differentiation and integration. He believes it did a disservice both to the pedagogy of mathematical education by presenting the subject as a bunch of tricks without any conceptual rigor, and to science and technology studies in India STS by adhering to dubious standards of historiography. This was only shelved after a number of academics and mathematicians, led by Dani and sometimes backed by political parties, opposed these attempts based on previously discussed rationales and criticized the move as a politically guided attempt at saffronization.
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His father was P. Narasimha Shastri, originally a tehsildar at Tirunelveli , in Madras Presidency , who later became the Deputy Collector of the Presidency. Ranganath Shastri was a judge in the Madras High Court. Venkataraman passed his matriculation examination from Madras University in January , where he also finished first. According to his own testimonials, Sanskrit and oratory were his favorite subjects. Due to his knowledge of the language, he was conferred the title "Saraswati" at the age of 16 by the Madras Sanskrit Association in July