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THE INFLUENCE OF VEDIC PHILOSOPHY ON NIKOLA TESLA'S UNDERSTANDING
"The first thing to realize about the ether is its absolute
continuity. A deep sea fish has probably no means of
apprehending the existence of water; it is too uniformly
immersed in it: and that is our condition in regard to the
Sir Oliver Lodge, Ether and Reality.
Nikola Tesla used ancient Sanskrit terminology in his descriptions
natural phenomena. As early as 1891 Tesla described the universe
kinetic system filled with energy which could be harnessed at
location. His concepts during the following years were greatly
influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda
was the first of a succession of eastern yogi's who brought Vedic
philosophy and religion to the west. After meeting the Swami
continued study of the Eastern view of the mechanisms driving
material world, Tesla began using the Sanskrit words Akasha,
the concept of a luminiferous ether to describe the source, existence
and construction of matter. This paper will trace the development
Tesla's understanding of Vedic Science, his correspondence with
Kelvin concerning these matters, and the relation between Tesla
Walter Russell and other turn of the century scientists concerning
advanced understanding of physics. Finally, after being obscured
many years, the author will give a description of what he believes
the the pre-requisite for the free energy systems envisioned
by Tesla .
TESLA'S EARLIER DESCRIPTION OF THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE
By the year 1891, Nikola Tesla had invented many useful devices.
These included a system of arc lighting (1886), the alternating
motor, power generation and transmission systems (1888), systems
electrical conversion and distribution by oscillatory discharges
(1889), and a generator of high frequency currents (1890), to
few. The most well known patent centers around an inspiration
occurred while walking with a friend in a park in Budapest,
was while observing the sunset that Tesla had a vision of how
electromagnetic fields could be used in a new form of electric
his led to the well known system of alternating current power
distribution. In 1891 however, Tesla patented what one day may
his most famous invention. It is the basis for the wireless
transmission of electrical power and is know as the Tesla Coil
Transformer. It was during this year that Tesla made the following
comments during a speech before the American Institute of Electrical
"Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven
a power obtainable at any point in the universe. This idea
is not novel... We find it in the delightful myth of
Antheus, who derives power from the earth; we find it among
the subtle speculations of one of your splendid
mathematicians... Throughout space there is energy. Is
this energy static or kinetic.? If static our hopes are in
vain; if kinetic - and this we know it is, for certain -
then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed
in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of
This description of the physical mechanisms of the universe
before Tesla became familiar with the Vedic science of the eastern
Nations of India, Tibet, and Nepal. This science was first popualized
in the United States and the west during the three year visit
VEDIC SCIENCE AND SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
The Vedas are a collection of writings consisting of hymns,
myths, historical accounting, dissertations on science, and the
of reality, which date back at least 5,000 years. The nature
matter, antimatter, and the make up of atomic structure are described
in the Vedas. The language of the Vedas is known as Sanskrit.
origin of Sanskrit is not fully understood. Western scholars
that it was brought into the Himalayas and thence south into
the southward migrations of the Aryan culture. Paramahansa Yogananda
and other historians however do not subscribe to that theory,
out that there is no evidence within India to substantiate such
There are words in Sanskrit that describe concepts totally
the western mind. Single words may require a full paragraph for
translation into english. Having studied Sanskrit for a brief
during the late 70's, it finally occurred to this writer that
use of Vedic terminology could provide a key to understanding
of electromagnetism and the nature of the universe. But where
Tesla learn Vedic concepts and Sanskrit terminology? A review
well known biographies by Cheney, Hunt and Draper, and O'Neil
reveal no mention of Tesla's knowledge of Sanskrit. O'Neal however
includes the following excerpt from an unpublished article called
"There manifests itself in the fully developed being
a desire mysterious, inscrutable and irresistible: to
imitate nature, to create, to work himself the wonders he
perceives.... Long ago he 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. The primary
substance, thrown into infinitesimal whirls of
prodigious velocity, becomes gross matter; the force
subsiding, the motion ceases and matter disappears,
reverting to the primary substance."
According to Leland Anderson the article was written May 13th,
1907. Anderson also suggested that it was through association
Swami Vivekananda that Tesla may have come into contact with
terminology and that John Dobson of the San Francisco Sidewalk
Astronomers Association had researched that association. 6
Swami Vivekananda was born in Calcutta, India in 1863. He
inspired by his teacher, Ramakrishna to serve men as visible
manifestations of God. In 1893 Swami Vivekananda began a tour
west by attending the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago.
the three years that he toured the United States and Europe,
Vivekananda met with many of the well known scientists of the
including Lord Kelvin and Nikola Tesla. 7 According to Swami
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. The Swami also met in New
York Sir William Thompson, afterwards Lord Kelvin, and
Professor Helmholtz, two leading representatives of western
science. Sarah Bernhardt, the famous French actress had an
interview with the Swami and greatly admired his teachings. 8
It was at a party given by Sarah Bernhardt that Nikola Tesla
first met Swami Vivekananda. 9 Sarah Bernhardt was playing the
'Iziel' in a play of the same name. It was a French version about
life of Bhudda. The actress upon seeing Swami Vivekananda in
audience, arranged a meeting which was also attended by Nikola
In a letter to a friend, dated February 13th, 1896, Swami Vivekananda
noted the following;
...Mr. Tesla was charmed to hear about the Vedantic Prana
and Akasha and the Kalpas, which according to him are the
only theories modern science can entertain.....Mr Tesla
thinks he can demonstrate that mathematically that force and
matter are reducible to potential energy. I am to go see him
next week to get this mathematical demonstration. 10
Swami Vivekananda was hopeful that Tesla would be able to
what we call matter is simply potential energy because that would
reconcile the teachings of the Vedas with modern science. The
realized that "In that case, the Vedantic cosmology [would]
on the surest of foundations". The harmony between Vedantic
and and western science was explained by the following diagram;
BRAHMAN = THE ABSOLUTE
MAHAT OR ISHVARA = PRIMAL CREATIVE ENERGY
PRANA and AKASHA = ENERGY and MATTER
Tesla understood the Sanskrit terminology and philosophy and
that it was a good means to describe the physical mechanisms
universe as seen through his eyes. It would behoove those who
attempt to understand the science behind the inventions of Nikola
to study Sanskrit and Vedic philosophy.
Tesla apparently failed to show the identity of energy and
If he had, certainly Swami Vivekananda would have recorded that
occasion. The mathematical proof of the principle did come until
about ten years later when Albert Einstein published his paper
relativity. What had been known in the East for the last 5,000
was then known to the West.
Brahman is defined as the one self existent impersonal spirit;
Divine Essence, from which all things emanate, by which they
sustained, and to which they return. Notice that this is very
to the concept of the Great Spirit as understood by Native American
cultures. Ishvara is the Supreme Ruler; the highest possible
conception of the Absolute, which is beyond all thought. Mahat
literally the Great One, and is also interpreted as meaning universal
mind or cosmic intelligence. Prana means energy (usually translated
life force) and Akasha means matter (usually translated as ether).
Dobson points out that the more common translations for Akasha
Prana are not quite correct, but that Tesla did understand their
The meeting with Swami Vivekananda greatly stimulated Nikola
interest in Eastern Science. The Swami later remarked during
in India, "I myself have been told by some of the best scientific
of the day, how wonderfully rational the conclusions of the Vedanta
are. I know of one of them personally, who scarcely has time
his meal, or go out of his laboratory, but who would stand by
to attend my lectures on the Vedanta; for, as he expresses it,
so scientific, they so exactly harmonize with the aspirations
age and with the conclusions to which modern science is coming
present time". 11
TESLA AND LORD KELVIN
William S. Thompson was one of the prominent scientists and
of the 1800s. He developed analogies between heat and electricity
his work influenced the theories developed by James Clerk Maxwell,
of the founders of electromagnetic theory. Thompson supervised
successful laying of the Trans Atlantic Cable and for that work
knighted Lord Kelvin. Kelvin had endorsed Tesla's theories and
system for the wireless transmission of electrical power. 12
Tesla continued to study Hindu and Vedic philosophy for a
years as indicated by the following letter written to him by
15, Eaton Place
May 20, 1902
Dear Mr. Tesla,
I do not know how I can ever thank you enough for the
most kind letter of May, 10, which I found in my cabin in the
Lucania, with the beautiful books which you most kindly sent
me along with it: -"The Buried Temple", "The Gospel
Bhudda", Les Grands Inities", the exquisite edition
Rossetti's "House of Life", and last but not least
Century Magazine for June, 1900 with the splendid and
marvelous photographs on pp. 176, 187, 190, 191, 192, full of
We had a most beautiful passage across the Atlantic, much
the finest I have ever had. I was trying hard nearly all the
way, but quite unsuccessfully, to find something definite as
to the functions of ether in respect to plain, old fashioned
magnetism. A propos of this, I have instructed the
publishers, Messrs. Macmillan, to send you at the Waldorf a
copy of my book (Collection of Separate Papers) on
Electrostatics and Magnetism. I shall be glad if you will
accept it from me as a very small mark of my gratitude to you
for your kindness. You may possibly find something
interesting in the articles on Atmospheric Electricity which
Lady Kelvin joins me in kind regards, and I remain,
Yours always truly,
Thank you also warmly for the beautiful flowers 13
TESLA AND RUSSELL
Walter Russell was one of the most accomplished artists, sculptors,
writers and scientists of this century. His periodic chart of
elements accurately predicted the location and characteristics
elements years before they were discovered in laboratories. These
now known as Deuterium, Tritium, Neptunium, and Plutonium. Russell
apparently entered into a heightened state of awareness after
struck by lightning. He began several weeks of drawing and writing
about the basic nature and make up of the physical universe.
family finally called the family doctor to determine if Russell
be committed to an mental institution. The doctor, upon seeing
results of Russells weeks of work, said that he did not know
Russell was doing, but that he definitely was not mad.
Although the exact time and occasion of their meeting has
been determined, Nikola Tesla and Walter Russell did meet and
their respective cosmologies. 14 Tesla recognized the wisdom
of Russells' teaching and urged Russell to lock up his knowledge
safe for 1,000 years until man was ready for it. 15
WHY FREE ENERGY HASN'T HAPPENED YET
COMMENTS, POSSIBILITIES AND SOCIO ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS
Although Tesla did not accept many of the tenants of relativity
quantum theory and never made the connection between matter and
energy, he did recognize the possibility of free and unlimited
as demonstrated by the following statement.
Can Man control [the ] grandest, most awe inspiring of all
in nature?...If he could do this, he would have powers almost
and supernatural... He could cause planes to collide and produce
suns and stars, his heat and light. He could originate and develop
life in all its infinite forms....[Such powers] would place him
his creator, make him fulfill his ultimate destiny. 16
We see that Tesla is asking a question, speculating, searching
answer. If Tesla had developed free energy sources or learned
manipulate space time and gravity, during the time of his most
and productive years, (up until about 1920), he would have had
to those questions.
Tesla's most misunderstood invention is popularly known as
Ray". It was simply a particle beam weapon which he proposed
and was fabricated under contracts with Alcoa Aluminum and the
and Italian governments. 17 It used electrostatic propulsion
techniques and similar devices are being developed today by the
Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) and the US Army
Strategic Defense Command. 18
So we see that mankind has not yet harnessed the infinite
the universe as envisioned by Nikola Tesla. The question remains,
Free energy devices, if they are feasible, are not about smaller
faster microcircuits or a bigger better mouse traps. This is
technology which may revolutionize the socio-economic status
planet Earth. At this moment the big pie is unevenly divided.
quarter of the population on this rock, the third stone from
consumes three quarters of the yearly resource output. As one
easily deduce, from a brief study of world affairs, there are
three billion people who have just about had it with this scenario.
There are wars starvation and strife in every nook and cranny
planet. So what do we do about it?
Spaceship Earth Needs A Flight Plan
Either we divide the pie more evenly or we make the pie larger.
first option requires that our standard of living must fall so
standard of living in the third world may rise. The second option
allows us to maintain our standard of living while we help raise
standard of living of under privileged nations. This we must
is our destiny. It is our responsibility. It is our final test.
Thirty thousand people starve to death every day on this planet,
of them are children. Nations fight nations, war is part of our
What drives our economy in the western world, allows us to enjoy
standard of living, a life of leisure compared to our neighbors
of the imaginary line called a border? Many answers both economic,
social, political, and spiritual can be given. We do know
standard of living that a nation enjoys is directly related energy
Energy drives the economies of nations and Tesla's life long
to make electric power equally available to all people any where
this planet. He continued to promote his plan for the wireless
transmission of power in the yearly interviews he gave on his
as late as 1940. 19 Electrical power allows on site processing
materials. Electrical power can run pumps from water wells in
affected by drought. Electrical power delivered to the poverty
stricken areas of the world can make the pie larger, can help
about the needed economic equality which is our birth right.
Why hasn't power been made equally available to all people
nations? Why haven't the much touted free energy devices described
Tom Bearden, John Bedini, Bruce DePalma, and others ever materialized?
Perhaps because "easy things are seldom done for the same
impossible things are rarely done: no one will pay for anything
believed to be easy or impossible". 20 Perhaps because when
about power there is more there than one would initially visualize.
What we are talking about is personal power, national power,
power, karmic power and the power of love.
The sages tell us that in order to enjoy power we have to
let go of
power, to overcome ourselves. As an example this author can describe
one of his recent experiences. After a very successful symposium
celebrating the 100th year after Nikola Tesla arrived in the
States 21, a non profit corporation, 501(c)(3), was formed specifically
to encourage and pursue research into the inventions and discoveries
Nikola Tesla. Two years later, after a second symposium, several
the founding members approached the board of directors with a
to validate Tesla's claim that wireless transmission of power
possible. Board members suggested that permission be obtained
FCC, an environmental impact statement be filed with the EPA,
should go form "our own non profit corporation". 22
It was also
decided that since there was no procedure to cover research,
organization could not be involved.
Another goal of the organization had been to establish a museum
named the Nikola Tesla Museum of Science and Technology. We proposed
that since 60 -70 billion dollars are given away to non profit
organizations annually, we had as good a chance as any other
organization for obtaining funding, for a museum or research.
"Since only 16% of the museums in this country are science
museums, this museum in honor of Nikola Tesla will help educate
public in technological areas. With the need for economic
revitalization of industry in Colorado, 1986is the time to begin
supporting the scientific education of our region. With the current
statistics showing that the United States is falling behind the
technologically, the effort to educate the public is becoming
important, and the surge of public awareness of Nikola Tesla's
inventions makes him an appropriate namesake for a science and
technology museum." 23
The board moved to table our proposal indefinitely.
What had happened? Of the 15 - 20 people that had started
organization only four remained as part of the governing body.
of those members were opposed to research. The collective mind
board of directors had become the antithesis of the momentum
gained in his lifetime. Unlike the independent inventor and
businessman, the board was now composed of members who were bureaucrats
and paper pushers for Fortune 500 companies. Tesla was a vegetarian,
the board members all ate meat. Tesla did not ask for permission
inventive and strike out on bold new adventures, the board needed
approval from higher sources. The dichotomies were endless.
Tesla's visions have been delayed for 89 years. The squabbling
started with Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan and Nikola Tesla himself.
continues to this day. Perhaps the reason for the delay of wireless
power transmission or free energy devices lies even deeper within
human psyche. Is it possible that we could compare the Tesla
a biblical story? Bruce Gordan thinks so. In Gordan's analysis
Tesla's attempt at building a prototype magnifying transmitter
parallels Genesis 11:1-9. 25
"The message; human curiosity and technological derring-do
nervous; God demolishes project, confounds language". Gordan
outlines the the scenario as follows:
BIBLE STORY TESLA TALE
Human Efforts Tesla Projects
Tower of Babel Wardenclyffe Tower
God Money (J.P. Morgan)
Demolition and Confounding to maintain Withdrawal of Morgan's
Status Quo of God drunk on power above, Financial Support and
humanity groveling in ignorance below. subsequent suppression
Tesla's work in orthodox
science & engineering circles
Perpetuation of mediocre
technology for energy
tion, to maintain favorable
cash flow for existing system
for energy management by
forcing continued combustion
of scarce fuels, keep
consumers, paying, paying,
"When everything is perfect, the right time shows up."
26 This is
equivalent to saying, "Absolute knowledge in the hands of
heart is not yet tender, would be a terrible weapon. 27 We might
postulate that technological developments do not occur until
the planet is ready. The recent examination of the theory of
credits the Earth with an intelligence. "Thousands of years
means of seeing, sorcerers became aware that the Earth was sentinent
and that its awareness could affect the awareness of humans."
implication of reciprocity the reverse could be true. The group
collective unconscious is still struggling with the result of
and relativity theory. We as a race were ready for nuclear
every thing was perfect and the right time showed up. Soon we
have put the technology to good use or abandon it to insure our
survival as a species.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT IT
FREE ENERGY: CREATING AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME
Wireless transmission of power and free energy have not happened
perhaps we aren't ready, perhaps the Earth isn't ready. Pogo
best, " we have met the enemy and it is us." In the
Jungian view of
collective unconscious, things happen when the time is right,
what we agree to. We need a flight plan. And that plan must realize
WHEN THE POWER OF LOVE
THE LOVE OF POWER
THERE WILL BE
[Source; Girls Lavatory, Boulder High School, Boulder, Colorado]
Described as "Post Industrial, neo-technical, teen-age graffiti."
"So astounding are the facts in this connection, that
would seem as though the Creator, himself had electrically
designed this planet...."
Nikola Tesla describing what is now known as Schumann
Resonance (7.8 Hz) in "The Transmission of Electrical Energy
Without Wires As A Means Of Furthering World Peace",
Electrical World And Engineer, January 7, 1905, PP 21-24.
1. Ratzlaff, John, Tesla Said, Tesla Book Company, PO Box
1649, Greenville, TX 75401, 1984.
2. Yogananda, Paramahansa, Autobiography of a Yogi, Self
Realization Fellowship,, 3880 San Rafael Ave., Los Angeles,
CA 90065, 1985.
3. Cheney, Margaret, Man Out of Time, Prentice Hall, 1981.
4. Hunt, Inez and Draper. Wanetta, W., Lightning In His
Hand, The Life Story Of Nikola Tesla, Omni Publications,
Hawthorne, CA, 1981.
5. O'Neal, John, J., Prodigal Genius, The Life Of Nikola
Tesla, Ives Washington, Inc., 1944.
6. Anderson, Leland, personal communication. See also
Anderson, L.I., and Ratzlaff, J.T., Dr. Nikola Tesla
Bibliography, Ragusan Press, 936 Industrial Avenue, Palo
Alto, CA 94303, 1979.
7. Nikhilananda, Swami, Vivekananda, The Yogas and Other
Works, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York, 1973.
8. Nikhilananda, Swami.
9. Dobson, John, personal communication.
7. Dobson, John, Advaita Vedanta and Modern Science, Vedanta
Book Center, 5423 S. Hyde Park, Chicago, IL 60615, 1979.
10. Nikhilananda, Swami.
11. Burke, Marie Louise, Swami Vivekananda in the West, New
Discoveries, The World Teacher, Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati,
India, 1985, p. 500
12. Grotz, T., "Artificially Stimulated Resonance of
Earth's Schumann Cavity Waveguide", Proceedings of the Third
International New Energy Technology Symposium/Exhibition,
June 25th-28th, 1988, Hull, Quebec, Planetary Association for
Clean Energy, 191 Promenade du Portage/600, Hull, Quebec J8X
13. From the personal collection of L. Anderson.
14. Russell, Lao. personal communication.
15. The University of Science and Philosophy, Swannanoa,
Waynesboro, VA 22980, (703) 942-5161.
16. First written by Tesla on May 13, 1907, for the "Actors
Fair Fund", text transcribed from an A.L.S. in the
collections of the Bakken Library of Electricity in Life.
The article later appeared in the "New York American",
6, 1930, pg. 10.
17. Tesla, Nikola, The New Art of Projecting Concentrated
Non-Dispersive Energy Through Natural Media, Proceedings of
the Tesla Centennial Symposium, Grotz, T. & Rauscher, E.,
18. Turchi, P.J.,Conte, D.,Seiler, S., Electrostatic
Acceleration of Microprojectiles to Ultrahypervelocities,
"Proceedings of the Seventh Pulsed Power Conference",
12th-14th, Monterey, California, Jointly Sponsored by the
DOD, DOE, and the IEEE Electron Devices Society.
19. "Death Ray for Planes", New York Times, September
20. Pawlicki, T.B., Exploring Hyperspace, 848 Fort Street,
Victoria, B.C., Canada, electronic book on floppy disk, 1988,
(Log onto the TESLA BBS at (719) 486-2775 for copy of ASCII
21. Broad, William J., "Tesla a Bizarre Genius, Regains
of Greatness", New York Times, Aug. 28th, 1984
22. El-Kareh, E., Elswick, S., memo, 1987.
23. Grotz, T., & Sheppard, J., The Nikola Tesla Museum
Science and Technology submitted to the Board of Directors of
the International Tesla Society, December 12th, 1986.
[Available as an ASCII text file on the TESLA BBS (719) 486-
24. Cheney, Margaret, Tesla, Man Out of Time, Prentice Hall
Inc, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1981.
25. Gordan, Bruce, private communication, 1988.
26. Arguelles, Jose & Lloydine, personal communication.
27. Hercules, Michael, The Circle of Love, published by the
28. Castenada, Carlos, The Power of Silence, Further Lessons
of don Jaun, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1987, Pg. 120.
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT TESLA
TESLA BBS: This is a full featured computer Bulletin Board
access to information about current research and the life and
Nikola Tesla. A subsection of the Colorado Mountain College BBS,
may be contacted using a computer and 300/1200/2400 baud modems
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Mr. Toby Grotz, President, Wireless Engineering, is an electrical
engineer and has 16 years experience in the field of geophysics,
aerospace and industrial research and design. While working for
Geophysical Services Division of Texas Instruments and at the
University of Texas at Dallas, Mr. Grotz was introduced to and
with the geophysical concepts which are of importance to the
transmission of power.
As a Senior Engineer at Martin Marietta, Mr. Grotz designed
supervised the construction of industrial process control systems
designed and built devices and equipment for use in research
development and for testing space flight hardware.
Mr. Grotz also worked for the public utility industry installing
mini computer based pollutant measuring data acquisition systems
fossil fuel power plants and as a results engineer in a nuclear
plant. Mr. Grotz organized and chaired the 1984 Tesla Centennial
Symposium and the 1986 International Tesla Symposium and was
president of the International Tesla Society, a not for profit
corporation formed as a result the first symposium.
As Project Manager for Project Tesla, Mr. Grotz aided in the
and construction of a recreation of the equipment Nikola Tesla
used for wireless transmission of power experiments in 1899 in
Colorado Springs. Mr. Grotz received his B.S.E.E. from the
University of Connecticut in 1973.
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