Did Tesla Really Talk About the Power of 369?

You may have seen the following intriguing quote attributed to the late inventor Nikola Tesla: “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe.” As mentioned, it seems like a powerful statement coming from the late genius, but did he actually say any such thing? Is there anything at all to the 369 meme?  Let’s take a look.
According to Keely scholar Dale Pond, he has never been able to find a credible source for the popular quote. While Pond may have dedicated his life and website to the research of 18th century inventor John Keely’s life and work, he is also an expert on Tesla’s life and work as well. He dedicated a page on his Sympathetic Vibratory Physics website, in fact, to investigating whether or not Tesla actually said or wrote the quote famously attributed to him. After saying he himself could find no such reference in Tesla’s work, he invited other researchers to provide a credible source. To date, no one has. In fact, Tesla scholars such as Thomas J. Brown and Jason Verbelli have stated that they were unable to find any such statement in Tesla’s work. However, Pond has posted credible sources to show that John Keely (another 18th century inventor) did, in fact, mention the 3, 6, 9 principles in his work multiple times, but we’ll look into that a little more later.
First, let’s take a look at what some Tesla scholars have written on the matter. According to independent researcher Jason Verbelli, “Tesla never said anything about 3, 6, 9. It is an Internet myth. I have personally looked through Nikola Tesla’s writings, interviews, books… The quote does not exist.” Natural philosopher and Director of Borderland Sciences Research Foundation, Thomas J. Brown is another authority on the life and work of Tesla who was unable to find a credible source for the 369 quote. He said, “I read everything i could of Tesla’s in the 1970s to 1990s, lectures,. patents, articles, was even working to purchase the Tesla Book Company late 1980s, read through a lot of Ratzlaff’s research files.. never saw that quote anywhere.” The author of this article, as well, has studied a good portion of the available literature on Nikola Tesla, but has never seen anything remotely resembling the 369 quote in Tesla’s life and work.
Others have conjectured about how the unsourced quote may have begun. Paul Townley, whose friend was reportedly pen pals with Tesla’s last living assistant, recalled that the former assistant to Tesla told his friend that the quote was found written on Tesla’s hotel room door after his passing. Is this true? Who knows? Maybe. But even then, the 369 idea falls flat because nowhere else can any such reference be found in Tesla’s life and work. And if such a thing were true, one would expect that such writing on the door would have been documented more extensively.
According to Dale Pond’s Tesla 369 page, the closest reference that can be found in Tesla’s work comes from his autobiography: “All my revisions, work or operations should be divisible by the number three, and in case I made a mistake, I would start from the beginning, even if it took me a few hours“ [Source: My Inventions- Nikola Tesla]. But that’s it. No mention of the mysterious 3, 6, 9 principle. Still, others might argue that this must mean that Tesla secretly focused on the 369 principle, even though he never spoke of any such principle anywhere else in his work.
Finnish musician Esa Ruoho revealed that he may have inadvertently played a role in making the then unknown meme go viral after posting it on a popular website. He remarked that, “..it is a very strange occurrence, for, I feel a little bit responsible for it. I found it and posted it on merlib etc and then it took off. I didn’t create it and unfortunately i never wrote down the source so now it is accepted as truth and Canon Tesla but ppl only see the repeats of that quote and never the origin. Irks me a great deal to be honest. That i cant find it and i inadvertently gave it wings.”
So, as far as we can tell, there is no way to prove that Nikola Tesla ever said anything about the power of 369. According to Dale Pond, however, there was an early inventor who did speak of such a principle. He was a controversial inventor in the 18th century, and his name was John Worrell Keely. Keely once wrote: “The relative frequency of all sympathetic streams is 3:6:9. Those whose relative frequencies are 3:9 are mutually attractive, while those having the relation of 6:9 are mutually repellant.” Does this mean that there may be something to the 369 claim after all? Yes, but this does not necessarily mean that its significance is equal to that claimed by the famous meme. Although we’ve seen research on 369 principles in the fields of Rodin electronics and dowsing, for example, the results have been inconclusive and do not yet corroborate the immense potential hinted at by the famous Tesla 369 meme.
That said, if you know of any credible source for this quote, please post it below in the comments, and we’ll happily revise this article. Also, we’re not trying to debunk any claims about frequency. In fact, our company is based on the power of frequency and subtle energy. We simply wish to be intellectually responsible with such claims as these, since they tend to influence public opinion on the matter. When it comes to the study of subtle energy, the waters of public opinion are muddied enough as it is, so to speak. We don’t need to perpetuate unsubstantiated memes in order to demonstrate the reality of subtle energy. Good science is enough to demonstrate our claims about the reality of subtle energy. We don’t need to make anything up.

Further Reading

Krull, Theresa. “Electrical Genius and His Struggles of Interest Today,” Indianapolis Star, August 16, 1942, 5, BDA.

Pond, Dale. “Sympathetic Vibratory Physics: Tesla 369,” https://www.svpwiki.com/369—Tesla.

Pond, Dale. “Sympathetic Vibratory Physics: 369,” https://www.svpwiki.com/369.

Seifer, Marc J.. Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla Citadel Press; Reprint edition, October 24, 2011.

Seifer, Marc J.. Tesla: Wizard at War: The Genius, the Particle Beam Weapon, and the Pursuit of Power Citadel Press; August 30, 2022.

Tesla, Nikola and Ben Johnston. My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla. 1st Hart Bros. ed. Williston, Vt., Hart Bros, 1982.

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