What does love have to do with mathematics? On the surface, perhaps nothing. Love, as we experience it, is beyond the domain of simple math. However, there is a higher math that can be ascribed to Love in action. This is beautifully stated in the opening verse of the first paragraph of many an ancient Indian text:
That is whole, and this is also whole.
For only the whole is born out of the whole;
– Ishavasya Upanishad – 1.1
At first glance, this verse seems to violate the simple math of division. In the physical domain, if you create a new this from some initial that, this cannot equal that whole. Physical mathematics suggests that the created, is, in some ways, less than that which it is created from or created by. But, the mathematics of love is a bit, if not wholly, different.
Consider this. I am serving food to people moving through a buffet line. Am I capable of serving every person with the same energy and enthusiasm that I used to serve the person before them? If I am serving, creating love with every action, then the answer is Yes!
To reiterate. If I create a loving action (this) for someone, in this moment, with all the energy of love in my heart (that), then I have created something of a whole nature. I did not hold anything back for the next moment of creation. I transferred my whole energy into that moment of loving creation. Now, in the next moment, I can repeat the same process of creating a second loving action (this), with the same loving energy with which I performed the previous act of creation.
I create the whole out of the whole. Over and over again. That is the mathematics of love!
The second verse of the ‘mathematics of whole’ states
…and when the whole is taken from the whole
behold, the remainder is whole.
– Ishavasya Upanishad – 1.2
Again, this seems to contradict the simple physical math of subtraction. Yet again, love transcends simple math of subtraction. When I give someone a hug with all of my heart, am I not capable of giving the same whole hug to the next person? In addition, if I receive a hug from someone who gives it to me with all their heart, does it reduce my capacity to receive a similar quality hug again? Yes. Love transcends the simple math of addition too.
The mathematics of love is beyond simple addition or subtraction, because it is the mathematics of the wisdom of the infinite. It allows us to operate in a dimension which goes beyond this and that.
An understanding of the Mathematics of Love can awaken us to realize that Thou art That. I am whole. And so are you. And that is all the wisdom that we may need.
Peace. Peace. Peace.
P.S. I invite you to join us to discuss ‘The Mathematics of Love’ – Sunday, February 11th 2018 at 9amET/2pmUTC on twitter. Namaste, and thank you, for ALL your love – the whole of IT -Kumud!
The whole beauty of one flower, in full bloom, does not preclude the beauty of the flower that blooms next to it… That is the Mathematics of Love…