“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 cosmoloqy 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.”
– Swami Vivekananda, in a letter to Tesla (Complete Works, Vol. V, Fifth Edition, 1347, p. 77). (1)
Tesla began using the Sanskrit words after meeting with Swami and after studying the Eastern view of the true nature of reality and the mechanisms that drive the material world. This eventually led to his development of the wireless transmission of electrical power, or what is known as the Tesla Coil Transformer. In this same year he made the following comments during a speech before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, given before he familiarized himself with the Vedic teachings of of India, Tibet, and Nepal:
Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by 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 nature.
His spiritual nature is made clear in this quote:
“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.”
– Nikola Tesla, Man’s Greatest Achievement, 1907 (1)(2)
Now let us gaze into the past of a person whose legacy will live on forever, as we continue to uphold his vision for a better Earth.
You can read more about how Vedic philosophy influenced his idea of energy here.
Tesla at the age of 37
Tesla looks out the door of his laboratory in Colorado Springs. The image was taken in 1899
High voltage experiments, supposedly taken in 1899
Tesla sitting in front of one of his electrical generators
Nikola Tesla photographed working in his office at 8 West 40th Street. The image was taken in 1916
This image shows a gas-filled phosphor coated light bulb which Tesla developed in the 1890s. Half a century later fluorescent lamps came into use
Tesla performing a test as he carries a lamp a few meters from the generator, but it continues to shine. The image was taken in 1898.
Tesla during a demonstration of “wireless” transmission of electricity in the Houston Street laboratory in March 1899
Nikola Tesla with Westinghouse Engineers explaining his model of Rotating Magnetic Field