The world has become more aware of Hinduism, and have gained access to a wider range of ancient Hindu texts than ever before. This causes a surge in the number of people who find themselves influenced by it.
This trend can be seen most prominently among renowned scientists throughout modern history, where they publicly admit how texts such as the Bhagavad-Gita and the Vedas assisted them in understanding major scientific explanations and discoveries.
The reason for this trend is simple: Hinduism has been identified as the only major world religion that is completely compatible with science.
There hasn’t been a single scientific discovery that contradicts the teachings and beliefs of this religion. Hinduism is, in essence, a fusion of science, philosophy, and spiritualism. This explains why scientists appear to be easily influenced by it.
Werner Heisenberg was a German theoretical physicist known for his contributions to the understanding of quantum mechanics. His book, The Uncertainty Principle, made him famous, which was published in 1927. Later he was awarded The Nobel Prize for it.
Although he never officially converted to Hinduism, he pubicly admitted to being influenced by it after his visit to India. He visited India in 1929 to meet Rabindra Nath Tagore. During his meeting with Tagore, they had a lengthy discussion on Vedic philosophy and the knowledge of Upanishads.
Heisenberg was clearly captivated by the shared number of scientific similarities he discovered in those ancient Hindu texts. Later, he expressed his views in public, claiming that anyone who reads these ancient Hindu texts will not find quantum physics amusing; rather, it will help them understand the intecrasy of quantum machines much better.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist, also known as – the father of atomic bombs for his major contribution in developing it. He once famously quoted a line from the Bhagavad-Gita after witnessing the first nuclear weapon detonation in 1945.
If you’re wondering what the Bhagavad Gita is all about, then let me tell you, it is one of Hinduism’s most important texts based on the conversation between Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna.
Krishna is shown there revealing many secrets of life to Arjuna, and teaching him the four key lessons of a righteous living. They are: Desire or lust; Wealth or finance; Dharma or the righteous duty; and the ultimate state of total liberation, or Moksha.
He quoted “Now I am becoming death, the destroyer of worlds”, demonstrating how much he was influenced by it. Although he never became a hindu in terms of the devotional sense, he certainly admired the knowledge and philosophy he found in Hinduism and its ancient texts.
Carl Edward Sagan was an american astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator. He is well-known in the scientific community for his significant contributions to the exploration and understanding of cosmology and modern space science.
Carl was one of those scientists who was not only attracted to Hinduism, but very public about it. He was so influenced by the religion that he traveled to India for several years, exploring and studying many ancient hindu scriptures. The way the upanishads and vedas describe the universe, he claims, is very similar to modern science.
In an interview, Carl even once said: “The hindu religion is the only one of the world’s great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes an enormous, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths”.
Erwin Schrodinger was a famous physicist known for his contributions in the field of quantum mechanics. In 1933, he was also awarded the Nobel Prize for developing an equation known as “The Wave Mechanics”.
Erwin had a lifelong fascination with Hinduism’s Vedanta philosophy, which influenced him to search for the ultimate goal of life. He publicly admitted in one of his speeches that much of his understanding of quantum mechanics was heavily influenced by the vedas.
According to him, just as atoms only come to exist when we actively observe them under a microscope, the universe only exists within our perception, and when we die, the universe also dies with us.
Hans-Peter was a German physicist who made his contribution to the field of nuclear and quantum physics. He was so influenced by Hinduism that he dedicated 33 years of his life to studying and mastering the Vedas and Upanishads.
He once said that when he teaches quantum physics, he feels like he’s giving a lecture on Hinduism’s vedanta philosophy.