Monday, July 5, 2010

An extra 'a' and you are good to go! Really??

I have been thinking about our commitment to a subject, and how often we tend to forget principle and get stuck in practice. Take this practice of adding an extra alphabet to every name with a view towards achieving Numerical compliance under the Chaldean Numerology system. Jayalalitha became Jayalalithaa – from 22 to 23. And Shobha De became Shobhaa De from 23/32 to 24/33.

On the face of this, it appears like a very simple solution to the difficulties that, let’s say, a name like 22 can unleash. And so, a switch from 22 to 23 is a welcome jump indeed! It’s easy to make somebody in trouble accept it, because they get to keep their original name, it would continue to be pronounced in exactly the same way, but hey – life’s gonna get better with inertia well in place! How naive is that!

I am not so sure about such simplistic solutions – not because they appear too easy – but because they go against the very fundamentals of the science.And here’s how: when Chaldean Numerology originated, it was written in the Aramaic language of the Mesopotamian era – roughly in 3000 BC. And Chaldean numerology did not spread as wide as it should have, because, the language itself went extinct.

Somewhere along the way, an anonymous kind soul ‘translated’ the values for the syllables in the Aramaic alphabet into equivalent values in the English alphabet. The care which he took in carrying out this translation is evidenced by the accuracy that Chaldean Numerology is today credited with.The problem that most Numerologists are faced with is that there is no translation of these values for any other language. And so, Chaldean Numerology Interpretations that are applicable would only be for the most direct English spelling – we have to go into the mind of the person who translated the syllables from Aramaic to English. I don’t think he would have, in his wildest dreams, imagined that people would end up looking at numerical compliance rather than what’s really important: syllable compliance. But this is what numerology seems to have come down to - at least this is what is being propagated by my fellow numerologists.

Sometime back I met somebody who, under ‘reputed numerologist's’ advice, changed the spelling of his name from ‘Harsh = 16’ to ‘Harssh = 19’. Needless to say, the chap continued to pronounce his name as he did earlier and then found that nothing in his life had changed. Ultimately after 3 years of carrying this crazy spelling (How does one pronounce Ajay Devgn!), he decided that Numerology was bunkum and switched back to his original spelling ‘Harsh = 16’, and therefore continued to lead the kind of life he led. As you can see, he was disillusioned with Numerology, and not just the Numerologist.

I hope the above example illustrates the importance of syllable changes. An example of this would be Digvijay Singh 18/35 who recently changed his name to Digvijaya Singh 19/36. Here we have a clear addition of a syllable. But how does one pronounce Ajay Devgn?!

Numerology WORKS, but only in the hands of a genuine scholar, who is willing to make the effort and go the extra mile in convincing people to dunk their name altogether or at least, to opt for a syllable change, where the basic spelling would reflect the syllables that are being pronounced.There is no mystery to it, and the only complexity is that created by vested interests.

JayalalithaA – It’s about time you had a chat with your numerologist!

Arun Peter
Numerologist in Bangalore

PS: While on this topic let me add an outside-numerology perspective on names:

1 comment:

  1. Students with the Initial ‘A’ Don’t Get Better Grades

    It has been claimed that students whose first or last name begins with the letters A or B have higher grade point averages than students whose first or last name begins with the letters C or D. This “result” was achieved by a naive and incoherent application of statistical methods. We correctly analyze the problem using a new dataset and conclude that the claim is completely unsupported.