Nikola Tesla – Swami Vivekananda – Veda Connect
Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943), born in Serbia, was the genius who lit the world, whose discoveries in the field of alternating polyphase current electricity, propelled the United States of America and the rest of the world too, into the Modern Industrial Era.
In Magnetic Science, the Magnetic Flux Density unit of measure is called Tesla.
Nikola Tesla in turn had taken inspiration from Swami Vivekananda and the Veda for his world acclaimed work.
Nikola Tesla Meets Swami Vivekananda
Nikola Tesla had met Swami Vivekananda in 1895. The meeting was arranged by French actress Sarah Bernhardt.
Sarah Bernhardt, playing the part of ‘Iziel’ in a play of the same name, which was a French version about the life of Buddha, saw Swami Vivekananda in the audience. Impressed by the Swami, she organized a meeting for him, which was attended by Nikola Tesla too.
Nikola Tesla Drawn Towards Veda
Swami Vivekananda’s effect on Nikola Tesla was so great that he became a vegetarian and began using Samskrt words and concepts in his work.
Nikola Tesla was very much impressed by the Samkhya cosmogony and the theory of cycles given in the Vedic text. He was particularly struck by the resemblance between the Samkhya theory of matter and energy and that of modern physics.
On 13th February 1896, Swami Vivekananda had written, in a letter to a friend,
Nikola Tesla’s View of Prana and Akasa
While working on Force and Matter, Nikola Tesla studied the concept of Prana and Akasha which gave him a new perspective to the Universe. He started viewing the world in terms of frequencies and energy, which resulted in him establishing his concepts on energy.
In an article, “Man’s Greatest Achievement”, published in 1907, Nikola Tesla wrote about Prana and Akasa.
Swami Vivekananda too was eager to see Nikola Tesla’s theory at work. He writes in one of his letters,
A Poser On the Unity OF PRANA AND AKASA
Swami Vivekananda had written,
“There is the unity of force, Prana; there is the unity of matter, called Akasha. Is there any unity to be found among them again? Can they be melded into one? Our modern science is mute here; it has not yet found its way out.”
The mathematical proof of this principle came about ten years later when Albert Einstein published his paper on relativity and showed how matter and energy are inter-convertible.
Nikola Tesla and Vedic Thought
Nikola Tesla’s use of Vedic terminology provides a key, to understanding his view of electromagnetism and the nature of the universe.
Nikola Tesla is looked up to as one of the greatest scientist of all times. But, his connect with Indian knowledge is indeed thought provoking.