Swami Vivekananda On Science and Spirituality
Swami Vivekananda was not only a monk; he was a man of science. If I say this, will you believe me? Will you believe that legends like Nikola Tesla and Jamsetji Tata spoke to Swamiji about science?
Today, when people hear the word “Swami,” they immediately think of a fraudster or scammer. But if one person first said, “Science and Spirituality are two sides of the same coin,” it was Swami Vivekananda.
On 12th January, it is the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, and this day is celebrated as National Youth Day. But why? What work did Swamiji do that made him a man of science and a youth icon?
In the next few minutes, I’ll tell you about Swamiji’s Practical approach, which helped Nikola Tesla too. Please read this post until the end; if you get any value, spread this message!
Spreading knowledge about Indian heroes like Swami Vivekananda to the new generation in an easy-to-understand language is my mission.
Why Swamiji was Different
Swamiji was not comfortable in math or religion in his childhood, but he was a disciple of science and spirituality.
When he met his Guru Ramkrishna Paramhansa, he learned about India’s ancient Vedic secrets; he realized that the Vedas had a lot of knowledge that should spread worldwide.
It was the 1890s; India’s identity across the world was that of a British Colony, far from being a knowledge gold mine. People thought India was only a slave factory.
But Swami Vivekananda wanted to change that, and the Parliament of Religions in 1893 in Chicago was the best place to start.
When you mix nationalism with complete knowledge and Spirituality, you end up with a fantastic combination. You end up with Swami Vivekananda.
When others were caught up in proving whose religion was better, Swamiji used a novel approach. He said- “As the different streams having their source in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight.”- Swami Vivekananda.
When the world debated Darwin’s theory of evolution, when racism and slavery were at their peak, saying our Source of Destination is the same on a Global Platform was nothing short of revolutionary.
Because of these revolutionary thoughts, Swami Vivekananda became one of the most rational thinkers the world has ever seen.
Swami Vivekananda and Nikola Tesla meeting
But the fun fact is that the Revolutionaries from other fields became Swamiji’s friends. Like Nikola Tesla– many credit Edison for his work in electric power, but Edison was an excellent businessman.
He was a genius in acquiring and marketing patents, but Tesla was a superior inventor. His technology was miles ahead of Edison’s technology. Tesla’s inventions are used in 80% of today’s gadgets.
Proof from the Nikola Tesla Museum archives shows that much of his work was based on Vedic Principals. Tesla’s book mentions the Sanskrit words Akash (Sky) and Prana (Breath).
When Tesla met Swamiji, he was much older than him and was an established scientist by then. And then Tesla learned about Sanskrit and the Vedas from Swamiji.
Vivekananda believed that all the forces around us were part of a unified single force. And slowly, this spiritual-sounding statement was proved by many scientists using equations.
In 1895, there was an exciting debate between Swamiji and Tesla; Swamiji believed that Matter and Energy are the Same. Tesla wanted to work on this idea.
Unfortunately, Tesla could not complete his research, but in the future, this was done by another great scientist. Thus the world got its famous equation- E= MC2.
Inspired by Mahabharata, Tesla wanted to create a weapon like this, but after his death, the US Government classified his research.
Not only did Tesla, you know, when Jamsetji Tata (Founder of Tata Group) introduced steel manufacturing in India, he met Swami Vivekananda.
Swami Vivekananda on Science and Spirituality – Why Both are Important
Swamiji stressed the need for science education and scientific temper in India, based on its ancient spirit.
Also, William James, the father of American Psychology, German scientist Herman Von Helmholtz and Indian scientist JC Bose the father of 5g, considered Vivekananda as their guide. This happened because Swamiji believed in pursuing truth, whatever the mode.
He taught the modern world about our Vedas in the same way. Through his disciples traveling in Indian villages armed with a globe and a lantern, Swami Vivekananda taught modern science to India. This Balance makes him a YOUTH ICON.
He knew that the future world could not rely on only modern science or ancient wisdom.
Science and spirituality are not meant to compete; they are meant to complement each other. We wish today’s religious leaders were as open-minded.
If you want this Scientific side of Swamiji to reach the World, share this post. The tragedy is that while the West is curious about our culture, our people are running away from our culture and roots.
See, I don’t mean to say that our culture and history are superior to that of others or that they are 100% perfect. Not at all. But one thing is for sure! Science is admitting what we don’t know.
Swami Vivekananda has seen the impact that our knowledge could have if it spreads throughout the world, and bringing this knowledge to you makes a difference to me!
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What Swami Vivekananda said about Spirituality and Science?
Swamiji said that Science and Spirituality are two sides of the same coin.
Who was the Guru of Swami Vivekananda
Ramkrishna Paramhansa was the Guru of Swami Vivekananda.