This is how I calculated when I had been meditating 0.97% of the days of my life:

First using the Biolator, I subtracted 1946-06-01 (the day I was born) from 1975-08-27 (the day I started regular practice of TM) to find how many days old I was on then (10679).

1975-08-27 - 1946-06-01 = 10679

Then, starting with basic equation is:

tmPercent = tmDays / (initDays + tmDays) |

where:

tmPercent = 0.0097 (that is 0.97%)

mDays = x (the days I had been meditating when I was meditating 0.97%
of the days of my life)

initDays = 10679 (Initiation Days, how many days old I was when I
started regular practice of TM).

I substituted the above values on a piece of paper and I found:

0.0097 = x / (10679 + x) (10679 + x) * 0.0097 = x (10679 * 0.0097) + (0.0097 * x) = x x - (0.0097 * x) = 10679 * 0.0097 x * (1 - 0.0097) = 10679 * 0.0097 x = (10679 * 0.0097) / (1 - 0.0097) |

Then I went back to the Biolator:

10679 * 0.0097 = 103.5863 1 - 0.0097 = 0.9903 103.5863 / 0.9903 = 104.600929 1975-08-27 + 105 = 1975-12-10 |

After taking a 1 credit class in Basic at MCC during the fall of 1992, I devoted the winter intersession in developing two functions (then subroutines) that would allow me to replicate the date functions of the Biolator. These in turn allowed me to easily create tables with dates and percentages and other programs related TM effects.

The first function calculates the Absolute Date, (i.e. number of days since 0001-01-01 A.D.) from a Gregorian Date, (i.e. a regular date in the form of yyyy-mm-dd). The other does the opposite by finding out how many whole 400 year periods (which I gave the variable name "Epochs") it contains, then how many whole centuries remain, then how many whole 4 year periods (I used the term "Olympiads" that was also used by ancient historians), and how many whole years. "JDate" is the number of days since the beginning of the year.

The version below is the one I used for the development of JavaScript functions used in the M-Meter. They can be used for any A.D. date calculations.

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FUNCTION AbsDate& (GregorianDate$) yyyy = VAL(LEFT$(GregorianDate$, 4)) mm = VAL(MID$(GregorianDate$, 6, 2)) dd = VAL(RIGHT$(GregorianDate$, 2)) IF (yyyy MOD 4 = 0 AND yyyy MOD 100 <> 0) OR (yyyy MOD 400 = 0) THEN LeapDay = 1 ELSE LeapDay = 0 END IF DIM EOM(12) ' Days to End Of Month EOM(1) = 31: EOM(2) = 59: EOM(3) = 90: EOM(4) = 120 EOM(5) = 151: EOM(6) = 181: EOM(7) = 212: EOM(8) = 243 EOM(9) = 273: EOM(10) = 304: EOM(11) = 334: EOM(12) = 365 IF mm < 3 THEN JulianDate = dd + EOM(mm - 1) ELSE JulianDate = dd + (EOM(mm - 1) + LeapDay) END IF y = yyyy - 1 ' in year 1: (Y*365)=0 AbsDate& = (y * 365) + (y \ 4) - (y \ 100) + (y \ 400) + JulianDate END FUNCTION '{AbsDate&} FUNCTION GregDate$ (AbsoluteDate&) REM: 1 Epoch = 4 Centuries + 1 day= 146097 days REM: 1 Century = 25 Olympiads - 1 day= 36524 days: Leap Century: + 1 day REM: 1 Olympiad= 4 Years + 1 day= 1461 days REM: 1 Year = = 365 days: Leap Year : + 1 day RDays = AbsoluteDate& - 1 ' Remaining days Epochs = RDays \ 146097: RDays = RDays MOD 146097 Centuries = RDays \ 36524: IF Centuries < 4 THEN RDays = RDays MOD 36524 ELSE 'Last day of the last (leap) century of an epoch. Centuries = 3: RDays = 36524 END IF Olympiads = RDays \ 1461: RDays = RDays MOD 1461 Years = RDays \ 365: IF Years < 4 THEN RDays = RDays MOD 365 ELSE 'Last day of the last (leap) year of an olympiad. Years = 3: RDays = 365 END IF yyyy = (Epochs * 400) + (Centuries * 100) + (Olympiads * 4) + Years + 1 JulianDate = RDays + 1 REM So that 0001/01/01 won't be 0001/01/00. IF (yyyy MOD 4 = 0 AND yyyy MOD 100 <> 0) OR (yyyy MOD 400 = 0) THEN LeapDay = 1 ELSE LeapDay = 0 END IF DIM EOM(12) ' days to End Of Month EOM(1) = 31: EOM(2) = 59: EOM(3) = 90: EOM(4) = 120 EOM(5) = 151: EOM(6) = 181: EOM(7) = 212: EOM(8) = 243 EOM(9) = 273: EOM(10) = 304: EOM(11) = 334: EOM(12) = 365 IF JDate <= EOM(1) THEN mm = 1 ELSE FOR i = 2 TO 12 IF JulianDate <= (EOM(i) + LeapDay) THEN mm = i: EXIT FOR NEXT i END IF IF mm < 3 THEN dd = JulianDate - EOM(mm - 1) ELSE dd = JulianDate - (EOM(mm - 1) + LeapDay) END IF yyyy$ = LTRIM$(STR$(ABS(yyyy))) mm$ = LTRIM$(STR$(mm)) dd$ = LTRIM$(STR$(dd)) yyyy$ = STRING$(4 - LEN(yyyy$), 48) + yyyy$ mm$ = STRING$(2 - LEN(mm$), 48) + mm$ dd$ = STRING$(2 - LEN(dd$), 48) + dd$ GregDate$ = yyyy$ + "-" + mm$ + "-" + dd$ ' Gregorian date END FUNCTION '{GregDate$} |

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