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Meru Foundation eTORUS(tm) Newsletter
Number 4 - 15 May 2000
Copyright 2000 Meru Foundation
Written by Cynthia Tenen

Stan and Cynthia have returned to Massachusetts, after a successful three-month visit to the West Coast.  Our project for this coming summer is to make substantial progress on a book Stan is writing to introduce the Meru research, tentatively titled The Geometry of Genesis.  This book will be published by North Atlantic/Frog Books in Berkeley, California, and hopefully will be ready by early 2001.  We will publish updates to this publication schedule here, as our book takes shape.

On our way from California to Massachusetts, we stopped in Bloomington, Indiana, the home of Robert Amick, who is producing animations of the Meru First HandTM form for the Meru website.  Robert and his partner Jill Taylor run the Circle Institute, founded in 1997 to "focus development of three quarters hectare of land into an example of a sustainable lifestyle which will enrich the land and the people who dwell on it."  (Quote from Circle Institute literature.)  Robert is working on updates to the two animations currently on our website; when they're ready, I'll announce them here.  The current animations can be found at: <http://www.meru.org/compuimages/3-10knot.html> and <http://www.meru.org/compuimages/3-10dance.html>.

Those of you who are ordering Meru Foundation videotapes may soon notice a "new look" to our packaging.  We are now selling our videos in professionally produced slip-cases, with artwork originally designed by Stan to present a single, elegant, and unified look for our entire set of seven Meru videos.  (Previews of these cases are shown on our distribution website, <http://www.meetingtent.com>.)  Why does this matter?  Of course, the esthetics are important (we think these cases are beautiful).  But even more important to Meru Foundation, our new professional packaging means that Meru videos are now convenient for wholesale distribution to major video stores and specialty catalogs.  Since the major sustaining support for our research over the years has been sales of our videotaped lectures, we who are involved in the day-to-day running of Meru Foundation are more than pleased to be able to offer our videotapes in packaging appropriate for this large and growing market.  If you are a video retailer or distributor who would like more information about Meru video sets in the new, standard-sized slip-cases, please contact Bill Haber at <service@meru.org>.

As mentioned in last month's eTORUS Newsletter, two weeks ago we met with Drs. Gary Schwartz and Linda Russek of the University of Arizona at Tucson; Schwartz and Russek are prominent figures in the field of consciousness research, and authors of the new book, "The Living Energy Universe."  We spent an entire day with them, visiting their lab and exchanging views and ideas on our respective goals, ideals, and methods.  Both we, and Drs. Schwartz and Russek, hold a deeply-felt goal in common -- to contribute to improving the quality of spiritual, emotional, and psychological health for all those who wish it.  Our first meeting with them was both personally rewarding and professionally productive, and Stan and I look forward to a continued interplay of ideas, and ideally, to the opportunity to work together with Drs. Schwartz and Russek on concrete projects which would advance both their work and our own.

Apropos of our meeting with Gary Schwartz and Linda Russek, one of the topics which Stan has recently touched on in his e-list contributions concerns the nature of immortality -- what is there of us, if anything, which can survive physical death -- and how might this take place?  Discussion of this topic, as it happens, is prominently featured in Schwartz' and Russek's recently published book, "The Living Energy Universe," and it was on our minds as we spoke with them.  But this issue's essay, "On Immortality," was written after our return to Massachusetts, again as a contribution to the e-list Meta-Reiterations.  Here is an excerpt:

     "...[S]ince Eden, we [humans] have a dual nature which is comparable to the dual nature of the electron.  While our ego structures, which are identified with our bodies, cannot cross the barrier, the rest of our being which is not ego-centric, such as our character and our altruism and our honesty, and our ability to yield, can, like the wave-like aspect of the electron, cross physical barriers.  I don't know of any religious tradition that does not advocate character building and altruistic, non-ego-centric behavior.  Persons who have not had personal transcendent experiences are admonished to be loving, honest, and egoless, and persons who have had personal transcendent experiences have these traits naturally as a result of their experience.

     "If our religious traditions embody an objective science of consciousness, then their teaching of love and honesty and selflessness may be evidence of that science, because objectively (at least in the case of the electron) this is how to cross an impossible/impassable physical barrier and gain immortality..."
(Essay excerpt copyright 2000 Stan Tenen)
Stan's complete essay is posted online on the Meru Foundation website at <http://www.meru.org/Newsletter/immortality.html>

I hope you enjoy this Meru Foundation eTORUS(tm) Newsletter.  We welcome your feedback; if you have questions, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to write me at:
Cynthia Tenen <meru@meru.org>

Thank you for your interest in the work of the Meru Foundation.

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