Meru Foundation eTORUS(tm)
Newsletter: SPECIAL EDITION
Number 26 – 1 December 2004
Copyright 2004 Meru Foundation
Edited by Levanah Tenen
RETURNING AS FEATURED GUEST ON COAST
TO COAST AM WITH GEORGE NOORY
Thursday Dec. 9 at 11 PM--2 AM PACIFIC Time
Friday Dec. 10 at 2 AM--5 AM EASTERN Time
On Thursday/Friday Dec. 9/10, Stan Tenen will again be the featured
guest on Coast To Coast AM with
George Noory. This live overnight national radio interview
program is broadcast throughout the US and Canada, and is available
world-wide via XM Satellite Radio. As was the case in September, Stan's
interview starts at 11 PM PACIFIC time, Thurs. Dec. 9, and runs for three hours. (For those of us on the
East Coast, that's 2 AM to 5 AM on Friday Dec. 10.) Night owls can
listen live; the show will also downloadable from the "Coast to Coast
AM" website for a small fee through the first week in January. (See
Coast to Coast AM is a call-in
show, with a very large audience. Many of you called in to talk to Stan
in September, and we'd like to thank you -- both those of you who made
it through the queue to ask your question on the air, and those of you
who didn't. Please call in again! As before, we want a good mix of
questions, including people familiar with our research, as well as
those hearing about it for the first time. The livelier the phone lines
are, the more likely it is that Stan will continue to be invited back
for future interviews. Thanks also to everyone who contacted the
producers of "Coast to Coast AM" on our behalf following Stan's
September guest appearance.
Please pass along this announcement to your own e-lists -- thank you!
As in September, there is one caveat -- since Coast to Coast AM is a live
program, it's possible that some late-breaking world event could cause
Stan's interview to be shortened or postponed. As before, if this
happens, I'll send an update to you as soon as I know. But as of now,
Stan's guest appearance on Coast to
Coast AM is scheduled to begin at 2 AM on Friday December 10,
Eastern Time (which is 11 PM Pacific time on Thursday December 9).
Here are the main US phone numbers to call in to "Coast to Coast AM":
These numbers, and international access phone numbers for those of you
not in the US or Canada, are also listed on the "Coast to Coast AM"
website at http://www.coasttocoastam.com/info/callin.html
- Western US: 1-800-618-8255 (toll free)
- Eastern US: 1-800-825-5033 (toll free)
- First time caller: 1-818-501-4721
- Wild Card line: 1-818-501-4109 (anyone can call)
You can find a list of radio stations in US and Canada that broadcast
"Coast to Coast", and a link to XM Satellite Radio information on the
show, at http://www.coasttocoastam.com/info/wheretolisten.html
Coast to Coast AM also offers
streaming Internet audio, by subscription only (their fee is $6.95 for
a month's membership). This same fee allows you to download mp3's of
Stan's interview for thirty days following the program. (Streaming
audio recordings are available online for ninety days.) For details,
(NOTE -- Coast to Coast AM subscriptions renew automatically each month, unless you cancel them.)
In conjunction with Stan's interview on Coast to Coast AM, Meru is now
offering several "Coast to Coast
Specials" on http://www.meetingtent.com -- selections from Meru Foundation's videotape collection, plus your
choice of one of three bonus products: one of our music-CD's, First Sound(tm): The Music of Genesis or Three Orchestral Works by Daniel
Gil, OR the Zero Blaster -- a new product that lets you experiment for yourself with smoke-rings
and toroidal flow-patterns. Watch more background information on the
"Zero Blaster" in the next few days on http://www.meetingtent.com .
Thank you for your interest in Meru Foundation, and for passing along
this announcement -- we hope to hear from you during the program!
--Levanah Tenen, Meru Foundation
NEW MERU FAQ:
and Frequently Asked Questions about Meru
I want to welcome those of you receiving Meru Foundation's eTORUS
Newsletter for the first time because you contacted us after Stan's
first guest appearance on Coast to
Coast AM with George Noory this past September. Since so many
readers are new to our work, this is an opportune time to release
Meru's new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions),
which should fill in some "basics" about this research. The FAQ is not a complete introduction;
we welcome additional questions, and also hope to continue this project
with a more detailed "LFAQ" (Less Frequently Asked Questions)
DOES THE NAME MERU COME FROM?
- Meru Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation
established in 1983 to support the ongoing research begun by Stan
Tenen, Meru's research director. The root-word "Meru" refers to the
name of the Hebrew alphabet, Meruba; "Mt. Meru", the cosmic mountain
that supports the world in the eastern traditions; Merudanda, the
spinal column; Moriah, the temple mount in Jerusalem; and Su-Meru, an
ancient name for the Pascal triangle (which is of fundamental
importance in mathematics).
- WHAT IS
THE BASIC FINDING OF MERU FOUNDATION RESEARCH?
HOW WAS THIS
GEOMETRIC METAPHOR DISCOVERED IN THE BIBLE?
- We have re-discovered the use of geometric metaphor in the Bible
traditions and a wide range of related teachings. Religious and
academic scholars know that Bible stories, histories, and spiritual
lessons are expressed in metaphor, but it is believed that this must be
word-based, poetic and literary metaphor. The re-introduction of
geometric metaphor enables us to clearly understand and appreciate many
perplexing and controversial passages and teachings, and to see them in
a more functional, modern perspective.
We are working with the sequences of
letters in the standard traditional Hebrew text of Genesis. This text
has always been associated with claims of meaning at the letter level.
It is well known that ancient texts did not include word divisions (nor
vowel markings), and letter sequences in the original language cannot
be incorporated into any translation. We found the elements of
geometric metaphor in the letter patterns that have avoided the
scrutiny of modern scholars.
GEOMETRIC SHAPES TELL A STORY?
An embryo develops from one simple
shape, a sphere, to a cluster of many spheres, to a hollow ball, then
indents and becomes much more complicated. That progression of shapes
is the same for all embryos. If you wanted to communicate to someone
who did not speak your language about how an embryo develops, you would
draw a cartoon of those shapes rather than try to describe the process
in words. That is one example of how geometric patterns can be called a
Meru Foundation findings suggest that the letter-text of Genesis
specifies geometric patterns, illustrating a universal embryonic
process. In fact, the letter-text of Genesis includes this geometric
metaphor for creation, in the very place that the word-text talks about
HOW IS AN
APPRECIATION OF GEOMETRIC METAPHOR HELPFUL IN BUILDING A BETTER SOCIETY?
Geometry is used by architects to build
structures in our world. Two-dimensional blueprints are used to
construct a three-dimensional building. The identification of geometric
metaphors as suggested by Meru research enables us to unify and
transcend our many current cultural, political, and geographical
limitations. Meru's models are snapshots of a natural ongoing process
of embryonic growth. By applying these models at many levels, we can
view the "big picture" of how our universe and our planet work as whole
systems, where each element shares and interacts simultaneously, for
the benefit of all.
The metaphors of geometry can provide concrete, logical, functional
tools to statespersons, who can use them to accomplish what they now
cannot envision using word-based metaphors alone. The re-discovery of
geometric metaphor enables us first to learn how to take the higher
view needed to reconcile what appears to be irreconcilable, and then to
bring this higher view down to the earth we all inhabit. We can use
this higher view to reconcile our cultural, personal, and political
differences, by seeing the vital function of each unique political and
social expression within the greater human whole.
WHAT DOES THIS
The geometric forms woven into the
letter sequences of the Hebrew text of Genesis enable us to gain a
precise mathematical view and a deep experiential sense of the text
that is complementary to, but not available from, a narrative
Our findings also demonstrate that the sequence of letters in Genesis
can define a mathematically meaningful model human hand. When a person
wearing this model hand makes gestures, they and those watching them
can see 2-dimensional outlines of all of the rabbinic Meruba Hebrew
letters, with each letter-outline seen in a gesture that carries the
same natural meaning as the name of the letter. (Greek and Arabic
letters are formed by a closely related model.) These gestures are
truly universal; for example, some gestures match those made by blind
persons -- who have never seen anyone else gesture -- while they speak.
Although the story is roundly dismissed by modern scholars as no more
than legend or myth, our research suggests that this universal gesture
language, not phonetic speech, is the form of language referred to in
the episode of the Tower of Babel.
HOW DOES THE
RE-DISCOVERY OF GEOMETRIC METAPHOR AFFECT OUR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR
The model hand, which represents the
geometric metaphor for choice and will, generates the Hebrew alphabet,
and particular styles of Arabic and Greek letters as well. This is why
the geometric metaphor(s) based on this common model can show the
inter-relatedness of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is similar to
the way the same DNA demonstrates the inter-relatedness of the very
different-appearing organs in our own bodies. When we view our
religious traditions in the light of geometric metaphor, we find both
their necessary differences, and their essential commonality. Geometric
metaphor does not replace or devalue the poetry and narrative of
traditional Bible translations. It enhances all of these perspectives,
and shows them in respectful relationship to each other.
RESEARCH HAVE TO DO WITH CODING IN THE BIBLE?
Yes and no. Meru research was conducted
independently of the statistically discovered "codes in the Bible". Our
findings suggest that prophetic claims made for these coded patterns
are not valid, but that the letter-patterns themselves are real, and
are better explained by the geometric models suggested by Meru research.
Our models show that what appears to be coding in the Bible is a
natural result of the way the letter-text was originally woven. (See
below.) This form of weaving is not mysterious, and is very similar to
techniques that were known to have been used in the ancient world.
Instead of a "list of prophecies" as has been proposed by non-critical
believers in the "Bible Codes," Meru Foundation research suggests that
the sequence of letters in the original Hebrew text of Genesis, when
taken as "gestures in the mind," could represent specific meditational
exercises that enhance particular mental skills. Or, to use a Christian
metaphor, we're suggesting that the Hebrew Bible is not a "fish" (one
or two or just a list of prophecies), but rather a "fishing pole" (a
means by which a qualified person could gain greater mental maturity).
BIBLICAL VERSE BE SEEN AS ANYTHING BUT THE STORIES WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH?
Uniquely, the Hebrew alphabet and
language allow strings of letters to be divided into words that make
meaningful sentences in a very wide range of possible ways. Traditional
teachings suggest literally hundreds of acceptable narrative
translations for the first verse of Genesis. This inherent flexibility
in biblical Hebrew enables it to carry information at more than one
level. The narrative stories are there, of course, but it is as if they
are written on the threads of a woven lattice. Our findings suggest
that this "textile" is the framework on which the stories are inscribed.
This is why we are looking at the arrangement of letters, and not at
the words and phrases. We are proposing that the alphabets, and the
texts that make use of these alphabets, are multi-layered and
multi-dimensional. The Hebrew alphabet is used for many purposes -- for
the Biblical text, as a modern language, and as a counting system. Our
analysis of the letter-text of the Bible suggests that Hebrew is also a
formal language, much like musical notation or computer languages. A
wide range of references suggests this formal structure, but without
the rediscovery of the particular geometric metaphor on which this
structure is based, it has not previously been possible to provide any
functional and testable example of how this could be so. Meru's
findings bridge this gap by providing explicit, testable examples that
can now be used to confirm the deep, precise, and functional meaning of
many traditional teachings.
Use of the alphabet, understood as Meru
research suggests, recovers the formal language and provides us with
the ability to generate the geometry of Genesis, which brings greater
relevance to the traditional stories, narratives, and Biblical
SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS FOR THIS RESEARCH?
Meru research has always insisted on
precision, objective demonstration, falsifiability, elegance, and
informational depth. Because our findings are based on the methods of
science, they naturally have real consequences that can be
demonstrated. For example, our findings have confirmed earlier work by
mathematician Arthur M. Young, who presented a natural "geometry of
meaning," and showed that information can be conveyed by pointing.*
Meru's finding that hand-gestures -- basically, pointing our hand --
are the basis of the Western sacred alphabets, is thus surprisingly
consistent with the use of the quantum state vector in physics, which
is itself nothing more than a pointing direction.
Another example is the direct parallel between the sequence of
geometric forms that make up the geometric metaphor, and the stages of
embryology in biology, and self-organization in general. What we have
found are natural models, from natural sources, that have natural and
universal meaning and application.
*Young's thesis is presented in two seminal
books, The Reflexive Universe and The Geometry of Meaning.
RESEARCH SUGGEST THAT ALL RELIGIONS ARE OR SHOULD BE THE SAME?
No. Our work shows why both the
similarities and the differences in our beliefs and traditions are
necessary. We are suggesting an organic model. Just as we are each
alive because our different bodily organs perform different vital
functions, our "human body politic" also requires a suite of different
spiritual and philosophical "organs" in order to express the full
potential of humanity. Each and every faith and tradition is vital, and
must maintain its distinctiveness in order to make its particular
contribution to the whole. But at the core, we are all human.
Traditionally, geometric metaphor has been the preferred language for
philosophers and sages of all traditions and all ages to express and
demonstrate our commonality. The Greek philosophers insisted on it,
stating that "Only those who know geometry can enter here." We propose
that the Meru findings of an explicit geometric metaphor specified by
the letter-text of Genesis can be a first, beginning step towards
rediscovering the complete "genome" for the "organs" and families of
the entire human body politic.
DO THE METHODS
OF SCIENCE USED IN MERU RESEARCH CONFLICT WITH THE MANY TRADITIONS OF
BELIEF IN THE TRANSCENDENT?
Not at all. One of the beauties of the
methods of mathematics and science is that when properly used, they are
truly neutral, and acceptable to all. Meru Foundation's work is based
on definitions and axioms of unity, which are then explored in detail.
Persons of faith and persons of no faith alike can appreciate logical
deductions based on logical definitions. A definition of unity is in no
way offensive to either a person of belief, or a person of no belief.
WHY IS THE
GEOMETRIC PERSPECTIVE ON ANCIENT PHILOSOPHICAL AND SPIRITUAL TEXTS
UNKNOWN IN MODERN SCHOLARLY STUDIES?
Primarily because in modern higher
education, the people who are attracted to studying Biblical texts and
other philosophically oriented works are not the same people as those
who are attracted to studying mathematics and science. A scholar of
ancient texts would need to be familiar with geometric relationships in
order to recognize that an ancient author might use analogies from the
world of nature (for example) to describe them.
CONCEPT MOST EXEMPLIFIES THE BENEFITS OF MERU RESEARCH?
seemingly-irreconcilable. Spirituality and science, inner and outer,
consciousness and physics -- the Meru research presents, and depends
on, a perspective for discovering the unity that joins a wide range of
seeming opposites, and the appropriate diversity that distinguishes
them. By "thinking outside of the box," Meru research offers new
conceptual tools, providing the additional conceptual space required to
"reconcile the irreconcilable" and to effectively address problems
which now appear to be intractable.
IS AVAILABLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MERU RESEARCH?
Meru Foundation offers a series of 7
live-lecture videotapes and documents, spanning 10 years of the Meru
research. These videotapes, additional videos produced by Thinking Allowed Productions
computer media and printed material are available for purchase on our
secure-server website at http://www.meetingtent.com
We also offer two music-CD's, First
Sound(tm): The Music of Genesis
, and Three Orchestral Works by Daniel Gil
with compositions based directly on the Hebrew letter-text of Genesis
and related Jewish sacred music. For more information, and a sample of
this music, go to http://www.meetingtent.com/firstsounddetails.html
Essays, articles, and graphic posters
introducing this work are available at http://www.meru.org
Mr. Tenen is currently working on a book, to be published in 2005.
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