Meru Foundation eTORUS(tm)
Number 15 – 17 September 2003
Copyright 2003 Meru Foundation
Written by Cynthia Tenen
NEWS -- VISIT TO CALIFORNIA
Stan and Cynthia spent July 2003 in California, where for the first
time in several years we visited the Los Angeles area. Thanks to
friends who organized our stay, and made preliminary introductions of
our research to key people, Stan gave a very successful private
briefing on the Meru research. Most of the audience had some background
in Buddhism or Vedic material, but -- ironically, thanks to the
popularity of the "Kabbalah Centre" in LA -- they were prepared to hear
that there is also something uniquely valuable in "Jewish knowledge".
We were able to show, through the Meru work, that traditional
Kabbalistic materials have substance much deeper than the "Kabbalah
Centre" teachings, and also contain spiritual insights compatible with
-- and complementary to -- the Buddhist and Vedic teachings more
familiar to this widely varied audience. The next day, we met privately
with one of the "deans" of the Vedic community in the US, whose first
comment to us was, "There is no spirituality without mathematics!" (I
am reminded of the legendary inscription on the door of the Platonic
academy -- "No entry without geometry.") <smile> Stan and I very
much appreciated this warm welcome, and look forward to working quietly
with this elder statesman to introduce our work to a wider audience.
We were both surprised and pleased by the depth and level of interest
in our work that we encountered in Los Angeles. We are making plans to
return later this year (or possibly in early 2004) for a more extensive
speaking schedule, and to hold private briefings for people who were
unable to meet with us in July. We want brief people who are in a
position to provide major support for our research, and to speak in
venues that attract them. If you would like to help organize this visit
to southern California, and/or can arrange meetings with people who
could significantly advance our work, please contact me as soon as
During this visit to California we also met with members of Meru
Foundation's Advisory Board, including two members of the San Francisco
area "Fundamental Physics Group". We are starting a written technical
dialog on the Meru thesis, which can be used as a basis for published
papers, and also of course to refine areas for further research. On our
way back East, we also held another successful private briefing in
Sidney, Nebraska (northeast of Denver), organized by a group who
originally contacted us over the Internet. Potentially, we could return
to the Denver area for a more extensive seminar, as our friends
indicated that there would be considerable interest. If you live in the
Boulder/Denver/Cheyenne area, and are interested in contacting the
organizers of our briefing there, please let me know.
MERU BOOK DUE OUT IN SPRING 2004 - PRE-ORDERS
We now have a new title for Stan's forthcoming book on the Meru
research: "First Hand: The Geometry of Genesis and the Alphabet". We
also have a new editor. Our publisher, North Atlantic Books/Frog Ltd.
(Berkeley), has announced this book for Spring 2004, and has expressed
an interest in future books as well. Stan and I are confident that we
can work with our new editor to produce an intelligent and accessible
introduction to the Meru findings.
If we receive sufficient inquiries as a result of this eTORUS, we will
contact North Atlantic/Frog Ltd. and arrange a way for you to pre-order
"First Hand: The Geometry of Genesis and the Alphabet". Your prepayment
for this book will help to support Meru while we create it -- and will
ensure that you receive a copy as soon as they're available. If you're
interested in helping, and in securing your copy of our forthcoming
book, please let me know via email.
Readers frequently ask us whether the letters, or the hand-gestures,
have a relationship to sound or color -- and if so, how can it be used
to enhance meditation. Many people also ask how the letter-gestures can
be used to promote healing, both for one's self and in working with
others. These questions focus on the relationship of the Meru findings
-- which can seem quite abstract -- to the body, and to ourselves as
feeling human beings. We are now working with practitioners in the
biomedical sciences and healing arts who can ask clear and specific
questions and offer feedback based on their own professional experience.
For the first time, we are exploring body-movements and breathing
patterns to go along with the letter-gestures -- one letter at a time,
searching for movements that complement the gestures. This is a slow
process, and involves cross-checking the experimental body-movements to
significant words in Hebrew, to see if the movements add understanding
both to the letter-gestures, and to the words. Our study group here in
Sharon, MA, has found enough significant "hits" to warrant further
exploration of this idea. Stan has worked out the appropriate colors,
and tones, for each letter, based on the shape of the "First Hand"
model. This is a new -- and necessary -- dimension for our research,
and we will report our work in progress here in the eTORUS.
SUPPORTING MERU FOUNDATION
The current US economy has had a severe impact on many non-profit
organizations, and Meru Foundation is no exception. Many of our readers
-- especially in high-tech fields -- who five years ago had extra cash
for worthwhile causes, now are struggling themselves. But there is one
way that you, or any reader of this newsletter, can help Meru
Foundation gain new support -- and that is by passing along this
newsletter, and your own comments about Meru Foundation, to members of
other e-lists you participate in.
Also, Meru now accepts PayPal, one of the most widely used secure
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contribution in any amount you wish. And thank you!
Many of our materials make excellent holiday gifts. Our music CD, First Sound(tm): The Music of Genesis,
is both unique and moving, and (at $18.00 plus shipping) is quite
For a more substantial gift -- or a learning resource for yourself --
we also offer a newly expanded version of the Meru Special Edition Research Sampler.
This is a handsome, hand-produced loose-leaf album of Meru posters and
articles, printed on high-quality paper and assembled personally by me
(Cynthia Tenen). The Special Edition includes materials not publicly available on our website -- or anywhere
else -- and is available for $180.00 plus shipping. (It is also
available for resale in limited quantities -- please contact me
directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.)
Of course, if you are able to make a contribution to Meru Foundation --
one-time or continuing -- this will benefit our work substantially.
Because Meru is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, contributions are
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this year, please consider Meru Foundation as a part of your giving.
Whether you are in a position to purchase materials and make a
contribution to Meru this month, or not, you and everyone reading this
newsletter can help our research reach its promise by alerting your own
e-lists to our work. Point people to www.meru.org and share this (and previous) newsletters and articles with them. Point
people to www.meetingtent.com (our secure-server website), and let them know that I am personally
available to discuss with them what videos or other materials they
might enjoy. Arranging for Stan to be interviewed on the radio can
substantially increase our base of support by increasing people's
exposure to this work. We are ready to reach out to a wider audience.
If you have skills you can volunteer, please email me.
Stan and I thank you all for your help, and your support of Meru's work.
ESSAY BY STAN TENEN: Scientists and Wordsmiths
The title of this month's essay may seem familiar. Several years ago,
Stan drafted an essay on the difference in approach of persons trained
in the natural sciences, and persons trained in the humanities. Our
ideas about these differences, and their consequences for our culture
and our world, have matured and evolved. Stan and I have updated and
expanded this essay, altered its focus, and re-titled it "Scientists
and Wordsmiths." It is now posted it in place of the earlier draft on
Meru's website, at http://www.meru.org/science.html . The introductory paragraphs are below.
SCIENTISTS AND WORDSMITHS
©2000, 2003 Stan Tenen
From Facing Current Challenges:
Essays on Judaism, by Yehudah Levi, as quoted in a book review
by Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer in the Fall 2003 issue of Jewish Action, p. 86.
"To sum up our findings on the Torah's
attitude toward secular studies, we must first be aware that a
simplistic approach will not suffice. We cannot dispose of the whole
issue with a simple "yes" or "no"; instead, we must ascertain precisely
what is in question in each case. Generally speaking, the Torah's
attitude toward the study of natural science is definitely positive. On
the other hand it is negative, or at least reserved, toward study of
the humanities based on non-Torah sources. As we have seen, this
distinction is based on the difference in the methods used to formulate
principles in these disciplines: whereas man was given senses to help
him reveal the laws of nature and to test his findings, he has no
equivalent faculty enabling him to test his conclusions in the area of
the humanities. Thus there is no reliable source of knowledge in this
area other than that which God reveals to man -- the Torah given on
Mount Sinai (221)."
As a person trained in the physical sciences I have been surprised to
find that scholars who are trained in the liberal arts often make very
different assumptions about language and communication than I do. Just
like a person working in the trades, arts, and crafts of the ancient
world, as an experimentalist, I learn by what I see, what I hear, and
what I can measure. I manipulate this experience mostly visually,
without words, and I express this experience mostly in numbers and
especially in abstract relationships - for which I use various formal
languages. I rarely think in phonetic sentences when actually doing my
work. I know where the next part goes because I can remember seeing it
in my mind's eye and I can feel what I am doing as I act. My actions
are non-linguistic or pre-linguistic, and confirmed by feedback from
the physical world.
Reading and writing phonetic narrative language is relatively new.
In the ancient world, people did things. A craftsperson in the ancient
world needed a diagram or a map - in pictures - not a string of
symbolic letters and words. The picture could be drawn on a skin or
woven into a carpet, a part of one's clothing, or a basket. Some
feelings and processes are best preserved as music. The woven picture
or sound tells the craftsperson what to do or how to feel without
words. I would rather someone showed me a picture of a woven basket
than told me about it, if they wanted me to make a duplicate. I would
rather see a dance performed or see "snapshot" pictures or diagrams of
a dance rather than read a description of it, if I wanted to learn to
do the dance for myself.
Consider what would happen if a future researcher familiar only with
phonetic narrative language were to come upon a computer program
written in BASIC - which is a formal computer instruction code written
in what seem to be ordinary phonetic-narrative words. Unless the future
researcher understood that this was a formal and not a phonetic
narrative language, how could they interpret it except to "translate"
it as if it were some form of poetry or arcane mythology?
For the remainder of this article, please go to http://www.meru.org/science.html
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