In the beginning, there was nothing. And then It breathed by its own power. This was the birth of the number ‘1’ or the Sun principle (In the Bible it’s said, ‘And God said, Let there be Light. And there was Light’) This is referred as the birth of Brahma in Hindu mythology. Brahma was born from the navel of Lord Vishnu. (who is referred to as ‘0’ or Lord  Shiva) – Absolute Silence. The birth of Brahma was followed instantaneously, by the birth of Shakti – Mother Nature. Sometimes the birth  of the Universe in folklore is also caused by Shiva’s roar (Every time Shiva Roars, the Universe comes into existence). Prakriti or Mother nature is also referred to as number ‘2’ – or the birth of the Moon. Note that ‘2’ did not come after ‘1’. ‘0’ gave birth to ‘1’ and ‘2’ simultaneously. In the Chinese traditions, the ‘Tao’ is ‘0’ and Yin/Yang are ‘2’ and ‘1’.

So, what does this have to do with Hardware and Software, you must be thinking. Well, ‘0’ means there was no hardware or software. ‘1’ and ‘2’ means the birth of hardware and software, which happened together. In binary language, this becomes ‘0’ and ‘1’.  ‘0’ is no voltage and ‘1’ means there is voltage. (flow of current) In computer parlance, ‘0’ can be -5 volts and ‘1’ can be 5 volts. To be more specific, the switching time of a transistor (between these 2 states, is say 1 nano second. Now this is exactly where the real ‘0’ (God, if you will) exists. If you notice, the switiching time will become lesser and lesser, but it cannot be instant. Instant is switching between ‘0’ an ‘1’ without any time delay. Thus, we can say that God is infinity – i.e the distance between ‘0’ and ‘1’. In other words, Infinity is absolute zero or Silence.

Let’s go a little deeper. What is Hardware ? It is anything that you can feel from your ‘5’ senses (sight,hearing,smell,touch,sound) But note that the 5 senses are limited. For example, we can’t see ultraviolet or infrared light or ‘X’-rays or Cosmic rays. We also cannot hear ultrasound or ‘Johnsons noise’. What we think of hardware is anything that we can perceive through these senses. Now this is our body – the most complex and magnanimous machine ever built by the greatest intelligence of the Universe viz. God. Do you know that there are 3 trillion cells in our body each one doing 3 trillion operations in a second ? All these are material or matter and this is our Hardware. Blood, tissues, organs, bones, water, excreta – all –  they constitute our Hardware. The heart and the brain and other support organs make sure that our Hardware is up and running all the time. (they are also Hardware)

Now comes the beautiful part – when Hardware arranges itself into complex patterns of energy – this is called Software. For example our DNA (is just 4 chemical base pairs – Adenine, Guanine, Thymine and Cytosine) is a complex pattern – this is also called intelligence – the brain is still an aggregated intelligence comprising of a group of neurons having its own DNA. This is another form of software. More complex is the mind which consists of thoughts – there are both thoughts which are local and non-local. Akashic records is memory or karma trace of the collective universal record. Individual traces are found in our brains. Intellect is the next level of intelligence which is responsible for dissection. And finally the most complex pattern – or I should say ‘No pattern’ is our Soul.

You see Hardware and Software can exist without each other, however when they are combined, the result is magic – Like, a Man and Woman are independent, but when they come together you get an experience called ‘kids’.  And I think that, this is one of God’s greatest blessing to mankind

Techno Spiritual Entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry. Author of 5 books, trainer and consultant. Seeker of the truth - inclined towards spirituality and technology. Also, love to read and write inspirational stuff.