Tesla and Swami Vivekananda – Story of Meeting of two giants and E=MC^2!

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Who was Nicola Tesla?

Tesla was a scientific Genius of our time. His discoveries and his projects would seem to be straight out of a science fiction movie even today.

Tesla proposed “World free Energy” device. The device he was building would get free wireless electricity just the way we get mobile signals out of thin air. Imagine that kind of world. His work was so revolutionary that US government allegedly kept his work as strictly confidential for years after his death.


Tesla electrified the world. He invented A/C current that electrifies our houses today.  A large number of electric motors you read about in school were built by him. Tesla had stated that he used to get visions and the image of complete model of a device was ready in his mind even before he started building it.

Legend has it that Einstein was once asked what it felt like to be the smartest man alive. Einstein’s reply was “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Nikola Tesla.”

Those who watch Hollywood movies would remember his representation in the movie “Prestige” . The movie also displays his idea of “Free Energy”


So when Swami Vivekananda visited United States to deliver his famous Chicago speech, he mentioned the Vedantic philosophy that “force” and “matter” are not two separate entities but just different manifestations of a single entity called “Prana”, much the way ice and vapour are different manifestations of one entity, water.

This “prana” includes but not restricted to  “energy” in English. In fact, the power behind any movement, any action in nature is called Prana.

Nicola Tesla heard the speech and invited Swamiji for a discussion. Swamiji mentions this in a letter to an English friend “Mr. Tesla thinks he can demonstrate mathematically that force and matter are reducible to potential energy. I am to go and see him next week to get this new mathematical demonstration. In that case the Vedantic cosmology will be placed on the surest of foundations. I am working a good deal now upon the cosmology and eschatology of the Vedanta. I clearly see their perfect union with modern science, and the elucidation of the one will be followed by that of the other.” (Complete Works, Vol. V, Fifth Edition, 1347, p. 77).



Tesla failed in his effort to show the identity of mass and energy. Apparently he understood that when speed increases, mass must decrease. He seems to have thought that mass might be “converted” to energy and vice versa, rather than that they were identical in some way.

It was only 10 years later that Eisenstein proved that mass and energy are identical with his Noble winning paper on theory of Relativity, this epoch equation E= where E” mc^2 where E= energy, M = Mass, and C is a constant, which is the speed of light.


Thus, he proved that Energy and Mass are proportionally related and thus invariably identical. This equation was primarily used by Oppenhiemer in making atom bomb and holds the key to an inexhaustible supply to energy to the mankind.

Swamiji had wished that if Tesla would succeed as that would show perfect union between Modern science and Eastern Philosophy. When is was proven by Einstien, Swamiji had left the world and so his aim to connect European science with Vedantic philosophy laid incomplete.

Following video explains the incident beautifully:

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An excerpt from Nicola Tesla unpublished article Man’s Greatest Achievement:

” Long ago he(Man) recognized that all perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the Akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never ending cycles all things and phenomena. ”

Tesla was much impressed to hear from the Swami his explanation of the Samkhya cosmogony and the theory of cycles given by the Hindus. He was particularly struck by the resemblance between the Samkhya theory of matter and energy and that of modern physics.

12th January was the Birth Anniversary of this great saint from India. Many many salutations to this true son of soil. We miss you swamiji!

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Article references:

Wall Street Journal article:

What Did J.D. Salinger, Leo Tolstoy, and Sarah Bernhardt Have in Common?

The surprising—and continuing—influence of Swami Vivekananda, the pied piper of the global yoga movement


The above Article has been largely based on the tesla society blog and some additional references and info. You can find the reference here http://www.teslasociety.com/tesla_and_swami.htm


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