A 19th Century Monk who guided Tesla towards E= mc^2 before Eisenstein!

tesla and swami vivekananda

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 came to the United States to deliver his famous speech in Chicago, he mentioned the Vedanta philosophy that “force” and “matter” are not two different entities but different forms of a single entity called “Prana” in vedic philosophy. This “prana” includes but not restricted to  “energy” in English. Thus according to vedic philosophy both force and mass is just energy in different form. Much like how water can be both liquid and solid as ice in form. Nicola Tesla didn’t agree with Sawamiji’s assertion. Sure enough, Tesla 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. The disparity in standards of living among people and some of the biggest wars would cease to exist if we understand how to harness this energy.

So how did Eisenstein come up with E=mc2?

Einstein Performed a “thought experiment” i.e, experiment in his mind, used his existing knowledge of relativity and stated thus “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”, but he left his readers to wonder if there might be other contributing factors as well. Nowhere did he write that mass and energy are
“equivalent;” . That he added later. The paper link here

Swamiji wished that Tesla would succeed as that would show perfect union between Modern science and Eastern Philosophy. But by then Swamiji had left the world and so him aim to connect European science with Vedantic philosophy laid incomplete.

Nicola Tesla was highly influenced by Vedic Philosophy.

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. ”

This is basically in reference to Vedanta philosophy of “Akasha”, the Sanskrit term from which its English word “Axis” finds it’s origin. Link to origin . In Sanskrit “Akasha”is lot more than just axis. It is energy moving around an axis in a wave form. This movement gives mass to a particle and is the basis of ether. This elusive ether, or dark matter or Higgs boson, the different names and properties scientists state it with over time, in fact boils down to be the most basic element present in even the smallest subatomic particles. There is no part of universe devoid of it.

This image you learnt of an atom, en electron orbiting a nucleus in school is overly simplified 2D representation and probably gives you a wrong idea of how it works:

Electrons don’t move around in circles around an orbit. They move as energy waves and so fast around a spherical plane that the atom gets its particle (solid) form. Its a complex Quantum physics phenomenon, explained in lay man terms.

it’s difficult to tangibly demonstrate “ether” but scientists agree of its presence simply through calculations that the total energy of the universe is much more than calculated by scientists owing to its tangible substances that the universe is made of. This “ether” or Dark matter is present in every matter in this universe, even in void spaces, in a stone, the trees, our bodies everything!

Infact, the whole Higgs boson Experiment is looking to search for the elusive particle that gives mass to tiniest sub-atomic particles and is yet to be discovered. This “Higgs Boson” particle is infact the Akash as per the vedas, one of the 5 element (panchbhoota) that every particle in this universe is made of. Every Indian knows this already what modern science is still trying to prove. Amazing isn’t it?


Nikola Tesla, the great scientist who specialized in the field of electricity, 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.

Tesla apparently failed to show the identity of energy and matter.  The mathematical proof of the principle did come until about ten years later when Albert Einstein published his paper on relativity. What had been known in the East for the last 5,000 years was then known to the West.

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

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!

To the readers: There has been a massive attempt to take good ideas from ancient Indian wisdom and subjecting it to dejection rather than giving it the worthy due. You would have seen this happening all around you. Request you to become a soldier of truth.

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