The other aspect of education is to produce a person who is physically, morally, and spiritually upright. All these should be instilled through teaching of mathematics. This paper therefore emphasizes on how mathematics leads to spiritual development.
Mathematics as a subject is normally used by people to give a better understanding of very great things including description of natural phenomena normally use mathematics as a subject, how they occur in the world. For instance, knowledge of probability may make a person tell whether it would rain the next day or not (winter, 2000). Even explanation on the depths of ocean waters, heights of mountains and calendar of the days. All these descriptions require the knowledge of mathematics. Mathematicians are philosophers on their own since they can sit and think how great things came into existence there giving an insight to occurrence of infinite things of the world (Downes, 1997).
As a matter of understanding wonders and infinite things, mathematics teachers apply the methods of using surprises in order to make complicated things become real. For example, Movshovits Hadar (1988) argues that using the concept of Pythagoras theorem in bringing ideas of squaring sides of a right-angled triangle is a surprise to students.
This is also made practical in order to make things become more real. Plato also uses math to explain hard things since through mathematics things become clearer. (Movshovits- Hadar, 1988)
Mathematics has been used to promote spiritual development in learners. This can be clearly explained in terms of religion, philosophy and science that attempt to explain how Christians are linked with charity and social justice through mathematics. The origin of mathematics can be traced back from great philosophers such as Pythagoras and Plato who through rational thinking did a lot in the field of mathematics. According to Morshovits (1988) mathematics play a spiritual function by providing a highly subtle and concrete ideas for expressing the immediate contents that cannot be influenced by negative attitudes ,thoughts or feelings with minimal or no change in meaning. Mathematics as a subject also tends to promote spiritual development through the use of abstracts and universal symbols for generating insights through contemplation. http://www.integralscience.org/sacredscience/SS_spiritual.html
This is achieved through the process of cross-translation where mathematics operations and symbols try to explain the existence truth. For instance in pure mathematics, logics are used to express truth where reasoning is purely deductive (rational thought).
Abstract concepts also clearly come out through mathematic. The idea of irrational numbers through cross-translation for instance square root of two is an irrational number is difficult to understand. Getting the square root would mean writing all the digits in declined form that is infinite and the digits don't recur. Therefore working it out manually would mean more time would be allocated for the exercise (Brown, 1993).
The use of mathematics symbols has been captured in cross-translating ideas that are not influenced by neg