Theoretical Physics Supports Vaisnava Philosophy

BY: GOVINDA DASA - 6.3 2018

Here are some instances where physics and Vaisnava philosophy match up.

Matter Comes From Vibrations

According to string theory, the building blocks of matter are not particles but tiny vibrating strings. The fundamental particles of physics are no more than various vibrations of these strings. Scientists have drawn the analogy that just as vibrations of the string of a cello produces various notes, likewise the vibration of these strings produce various particles.

Compare this analogy to the Vedic concept that matter is created from sound.

"And the origin of creation is sound. The grosser elements are visible, but the creation takes place from finer elements. The sound is the symptom of the sky. By sound we can understand that there is sky, ether. Then, by sound vibration, there is circulation of air. And you have got practical experience. When there is very loud sound vibration, sometimes there is very strong wind also. So by sound vibration, the wind is started, and by strong wind electricity is produced. From electricity, water is produced, perspiration. And from water, earth is produced." (Prabhupada Lecture, New Vrindaban, Sept 1st, 1970)

So in the Vedic paradigm the origin of creation is sound vibrations and in theoretical physics the origin is string vibrations.

The Multiverse

Much as it makes physicists uncomfortable, the most elegant formulations of string theory point to the existence of many universes, not just one. They refer to these universes as the multiverse. Attempts to eliminate the extra universes from the theory only spoil its elegance.

The Vedas teach that innumerable universes emanate from the body of Maha-Visnu. Looks like the mathematics is pointing to Maha-Visnu!

Quantum Mechanics and God

According to quantum mechanics, the quantum wavefunction describes the probabilities of all possible configurations of a physical system. At the point when a measurement is made, the wavefunction collapses into a single state. Without that measurement the system remains in an indeterminate state.

The question arises, if there are no conscious beings to make a measurement how can the wave function collapse? The implication is that in order for the universe to have existed in a definite state at the time of creation there must have been a conscious being to observe it. This points to the existence of God.


Einstein proved that mass and energy are equivalent: E=mc2.

This supports the Vedic teaching that the external energy of the Lord exists in two forms:pradhana (unmanifest energy) and prakrti (matter). During creation, matter manifests out of the unmanifest energy and during annihilation matter merges back into the unmanifest energy. Hence matter and energy are indeed interchangeable.

Wave-particle Duality

Quantum mechanics states that every quantum object can exhibit both particle and wave properties.

Harinama Cintamani states that for pure living entities, the name and form are non-different. This is an extension of the more well known teaching that Krsna and His name are non-different.

śuddha jīve nāma rūpa guṇa kriyā eka | 
jaḍāśrita dehe bheda ei se viveka

"The pure liberated souls' names, forms, qualities, and activities are all one. They are not different from each other. However, when the soul takes shelter of a material body, he gets a name, form, qualities, and activities that are different from each other. " (Harinama Cintamani 2.27)

Although the concept that name and form are non-different is strange to material scientists, it is not unlike wave-particle duality. It can be thought of like this: The jiva which is an infinitesimal spiritual particle is non-different from its name, which is a sound wave.