Before getting to the Shaktīs we will look at one more concept – the western idea of infinities.
In “Reflections” Mishraji writes (quote) – “Nothingness is zero – Shūnya. It is infinity. Add zero to zero. It remains zero. Subtract zero from zero. It remains zero. Add infinity to infinity. It is infinity. Subtract infinity from infinity. It remains infinity. This infinity becomes finite and marks the beginning. Every finite object ultimately is subsumed in the infinite. It marks the end.”
On the mathematical side in 1870, George Cantor (1845 – 1918) gave us the ‘set theory’ – a brilliant thesis on the study of collections of numbers, points, objects, anything really in general. This revolutionized ‘number theory’ and gave rise to his– ‘Theory of Infinities’ or what is more precisely called ‘Cantor’s theory of Transinfinite cardinals’. The word transinfinite here maybe understood as a condensed form of transcendental Infinite – that which is beyond the infinite. How is this possible? Let us, at this point, push our limited reasoning on the lines of Cantor and attempt to explain this brilliant equivalence between – mantrā and math.