The ‘lazy eight’ symbol ‘**∞**’ has long been used to denote the infinite since this shape can be traversed endlessly.

Till the mid 19^{th} century the only concept of infinity, in the mathematical world, was linked to ‘countable numbers’ or integers or natural numbers – as they are commonly known. As we count we go:-

1, 2, 3, 4,…..n…….. ∞ (‘natural numbers’)

Here ‘n’ stands for any countable integer. At the end of this seemingly endless sequence the number becomes too large to count and is denoted normally by ‘**∞**’. Cantor called this set **א _{0} **(Aleph–nought) a “countable infinite set”. Now obviously if we add or subtract any number from

Not only this **א _{0} + א_{0} **is just

The earliest limitation of this way of thinking was probably expressed by Euclid (330–275 BC) when he tried to answer the question – “How many points are there in a ‘line segment’?” Now a line is a ‘line’; it is continuous and how can we talk about it as ‘discrete’ points? But then, that is what mathematicians are all about; they question what seems obvious and keep building a pyramid of well-grounded higher knowledge. In fact Euclid’s axioms and theorems are even today part of elementary school Geometry. But he could not answer this one!

In essence this bindu is a drop of incessant energy which has enfolded vibration but it is ‘non-sound’ or anāhat. That is also the name of the fourth, the heart-chakra. It resonates to...

● Lord Krishna explains to Arjuna in the Gita 10.33 :- I am the first letter ‘a’ among the akshara of the alphabet and am integral in the compounding of words in grammar. I am...