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“It all started with the first verse of the Gita – ‘Dharmakshetre Kurukshetre Samaveta Yuyutsavah’ which translates to ‘On the sacred field of Kurukshetra, gathered together in battle.’ We wrote the corresponding binary code on the board”.
Unfortunately we have to use words while setting the hypothesis of this series. So as the students sat in our session they were in for a surprise. We had our unique lesson plan for the day. As we at www.newsspace.in announced that instead of their usual textbook lesson, we would be teaching them the entire Bhagawad Gita using binary codes and class 10th level mathematics.
The students were both excited and confused at the same time. They had heard of the Bhagawad Gita, but just as ‘a sacred Hindu text’, but never imagined it could be explained using binary mathematics at the base 2 , the language of computers. We began our lesson by explaining the basics of binary codes, which are a way of representing numbers using only two digits – 0 and 1. We then went on to explain how different combinations of these two digits can create different numbers.
As the students grasped the concept, I started writing binary codes on the board. We explained that each verse of the Bhagawad Gita would be represented by a unique binary code, and together they would form the entire text. The class was intrigued and eagerly waited for the lesson to begin.
It all started with the first verse of the Gita – ‘Dharmakshetre Kurukshetre Samaveta Yuyutsavah’ which translates to ‘On the sacred field of Kurukshetra, gathered together in battle.’ We wrote the corresponding binary code on the board – 0100010001101000011000100110000101101010011010110110101100100010011011110101111101100001011000110111010001101001011100110111010001100101.
The students were amazed at how such a long sentence could be represented by just ones and zeros. Our panel then explained how this binary code was a combination of the ASCII codes for each letter in the verse. We all then went on to explain the meaning of each number in the code, relating it to the mathematics they had learned in class.
For example, it was explained that the first two digits, 01, represented the number 4 in binary. This was because in mathematics, each digit in a binary number is multiplied by a power of 2, starting from the right. So, in this case, the first digit (1) was multiplied by 2^1 and the second digit (0) was multiplied by 2^0, giving us a value of 4. Similarly, we went on to explain the meaning of each number in the code, giving the students a deeper understanding of both binary codes mathematics and it’s beautiful relation with the subjective abstractions.
As the class progressed, the students were mesmerized by how each verse of the Bhagawad Gita could be explained using binary codes and mathematics. They were able to relate the concepts they had learned in class to the sacred text, making it more meaningful and interesting for them.
Today we have unique teaching method and deploying them we can not only help the students understand the Bhagawad Gita better but also made them appreciate the power of mathematics in an exact co relation. This zero and one is the duality and 1 becoming zero, ie the mind diffusing into the soul is it’s crux. Arjun is one, sakar krishna is the zero and the nirakar krishna is 1 divided by zero ie infinity. By the end of the class, the students were able to decode the entire text of chapter 2 of the Gita using binary codes and were amazed at how these two seemingly different subjects could be connected.
As the students left our cabin that day, they were mesmerized by this fascinating way of learning. They realized that with the right teaching approach and tools, even the most complex subjects could be made simple and interesting. And most importantly, they had a newfound appreciation for the ancient wisdom of the antiquity and its teachings.