All whole cycles naturally come in three parts. This is because it
3-points (anywhere in two or higher dimensional space) to uniquely
a circle. In the sense that a point is like a seed, a circle is like
surrounding fruit. Any finite circle viewed from infinitely far away
appear to be a point, and any point examined infinitesimally (from
itself) can appear to be a circle. If we make use of a point to model Unity, we could make use of a circle to model a corresponding Wholeness.
Thus it is more than coincidence that Whole and hole are
pronounced the same. There is always a hole inside of a Whole circle.
Since the volume of a 2-torus in 3-dimensions has the same measure
the surface of a sphere (with appropriate radius) in 4-dimensions (a hypersphere)1,
the discussion of circles as models of Wholeness, above, also
for spheres and tori - even though it takes 4-points to determine a
in 3-dimensions and 5-points to determine a hypersphere in
The simplest, lowest order Whole of this sort is an ordinary
In the Babylonian Talmud (an essential part of the Hebrew "Oral
Torah" later committed to writing), in Mishneh (section) Ain Dorshin ("Do not discuss"), in Tractate (book) Hagigah,
there are specific instructions regarding the discussion of kabbalistic
matters. When understood in its simple literal meaning, the Mishneh
by stating that it is forbidden to discuss (or expound on) issues of
(below, translated politely as "forbidden relations") with more
From Tractate Hagigah, Mishneh Ain Dorshin, Soncino Press
"The [subject of] forbidden relations may not be expounded in
the presence of three,....."
The Talmud’s word for "nakedness," or-i-oth, is usually
interpreted to refer to physical nakedness and sexual matters
relations") and three is generally thought to refer to three persons. However, when "nakedness" is understood in an
abstract, mathematical sense, the opening verse of Mishneh Ain
Dorshin can also be interpreted to read (loosely translated): "Nothingness
generates naked distinctions in threes." (A full translation, based
on this reading, will eventually be linked here. Naked, in this
non-bodily, abstract sense is also what we mean when we call our FIRST
HAND™ Flame Letter sculpture Naked Recursion. We mean naked in the sense of "having no other properties" - nothing but Recursion.)
This three-in-one, Unity-in-Wholeness, seed-in-fruit model
one reason why we chose to investigate the properties of torus knots
knots model mathematical singularities) that have three loops, layers,
windings, or lobes. (In mathematical notation, our torus knot models
all 3,X Torus knots. For example, the Meru model of Continuous
Creation is a 3,10 Torus knot: It has 3-layers in its standard "wreath"
form and 10-nodes and 3-coils or lobes in its inverted form.) The 3,X
of torus knots are most suited to our purposes because they all allow
elegant 7-color maps (which define the surface of a 2-torus) to be
between the windings of the torus the knot is wound on. This allows us
to assign meanings to the Hebrew letters based on an extension of the
and levels of universal self-organizing process presented in Arthur M.
Young’s Geometry of Meaning (also available from Rob’t Briggs
Lake Oswego, Oregon.)
The low order 3,X torus knots have another extraordinary property.
are related to the 5-platonic solids and the basic mathematical
The 3,4 torus knot is related to----------the tetrahedron and the E6 symmetry group; the 3,2 torus knot (with linked ring) is related to----------the cube, the octahedron and the E7 symmetry group; the 3,5 torus knot is related to the icosahedron, the dodecahedron and the E8 symmetry group.
Not only are there many important technical implications to the
nature of all circles, as is demonstrated by the Meru Torus Knot
but there are social and personal implications also. After all, Meru
is presenting models that we believe to be part of a true science
consciousness carried in the letter patterns (and narratives) of
texts and by means of the sacred alphabets of the Abrahamic faiths. The
idea of a science of consciousness implies a linkage between
internal (personal consciousness) and the external (consensus sciences).
If this is actually so, we should expect to also find insights into the
human condition with practical as well as abstract applications.
THE THREE ABRAHAMIC COVENANTS
A covenant, for purposes of this discussion, is taken to be an
with G-d"; a SELF-FULFILLING path and a self-referential PROMISE.
In the west, there are three strands of faith: the Hebraic, the
and the Islamic, and each has its particular covenant which gives it
continuity and sustenance. It should be remembered that the examples
below are stereotypes and they are stated in the extreme for clarity. These
descriptions are far from complete. We are in no way suggesting
many or all the members of each of these strands of western faith are
to the single stereotypical covenant here associated with that faith.
the ideal, so-called Jewish learning, Christian love,
and Moslem surrender are admired, expressed (albeit in different
and essential in each faith.
The JEWISH covenant is based on adherence to and understanding of
law (The Torah). The Oral Torah, the Talmud, literally means, the
learning from the Hebrew root Lamed-Mem-Dalet, to learn or teach. This
led to a desire for LEARNING, and ethical behavior derived from
as the primary modes of relation to the world. We sometimes think of
as using their minds more than their hands because, without land and
that was all that was permitted. The (persecuted and) wandering Jew can
take his Torah-learning, but not his land and not always his tools,
The CHRISTIAN covenant is based on LOVE and empathy and therefore
the nurturing and nourishing emotions that lead to faith. Here
is physical, and understanding of the Law (the Hebrew Bible) is less
One can be transformed, healed, and even resurrected, by God’s love.
The MOSLEM covenant is SURRENDER. The word Islam means
submission or "letting go" to the will of Allah. In Islam the
goal is to surrender to God’s will.
In our world today these three covenants cannot work separately.
is a necessary step in the harmonic living unfoldment of any
When we compare these covenants to the stages in the growth of a child,
it becomes obvious that all three are necessary. First the new life
be CONCEIVED (the Hebraic covenant), then the fetus must be nurtured
carried in the womb of its mother, with its parent's emotional and
LOVE (the Christian covenant), and finally the child must be birthed –
SURRENDERED to independent life (the covenant of Islam) in the outside
To manifest anything in our reality it is necessary to Think, to
and to Surrender. If any one of these three is missing or out of
with the rest, there will be no child.
When Its Real, You Do Not Need To Believe In It, You Only
Need To Try It.
If the reader would like to test this model to see for him- or
that it functions in the real world, consider the following:
It is possible to relate an experience to other people who have had
a similar experience, even when it is difficult or impossible to convey
the experience by description in words. That is the key to
why experience is so essential. If you have not had experiences common
to the experiences of another person, then often the other person
learn from your experiences and you cannot learn from theirs. That is
why true understanding comes only after doing, and why apprenticeship
often the best way to really learn a new skill. Hands-on
rises above the description and makes the words real.
You can read a manual that will tell you how to operate the gas and
brake pedals of a car, but you cannot "educate" your foot until
you actually attempt to use the gas and brake pedals.
This is true of deep spiritual experiences. In part, the Talmudic
on Mishneh Ain Dorshin discuss Rabbi Akiva’s and his three
(circa 100 C.E.) experiences in PaRDeS (Paradise) in their meditations.
Rabbi Akiva, also known as a master kabbalist and a master of the
alphabet, is traditionally considered to be the person who first wrote
down the teachings about creation and the Hebrew alphabet in the most
kabbalistic text, the Sefer Yetzirah (the Book of Formation).
Rabbi Akiva's spiritual experiences cannot be properly or fully
by anyone who has not had similar experiences for themselves. Intense
and strict adherence to religious obligations certainly can provide a
of a similar experience, but they cannot really prepare a person for
actual PaRDeS experience to any extent beyond that which the person has
already experienced. Only Rabbi Akiva is said to have returned from
experience whole and intact. One leaves PaRDeS (or Chapel Perilous)
as one enters. Rabbi Akiva entered "b’shalom" – whole and at
peace – so he returned that way. One of his companions died in PaRDeS
did not return. Another returned but was no longer well, and the third
returned with his intellect intact, but he was no longer spiritually
There is no royal road to the insights available in PaRDeS, and the
experience(s) cannot be obtained second-hand. It is not possible to
these spiritual truths without experiencing them for yourself, and it
not possible to communicate what you know – with its full integrity and
depth of meaning – with someone who has not had a similar experiences.
...And, just as it would be impossible for a child to evaluate sexual
it would be foolhardy for someone to judge the importance of spiritual
experiences when they themselves have not had similar experiences.
This is from chapter two of Pirke Avot (the teachings of
rabbinic sages), Artscroll prayerbook translation, p. 551: "He used
to say: Treat His will as if it were your own will, so that He will
your will as if it were His will. Nullify your will before His will, so
that He will nullify the will of others before your will."
Usually such religious teachings are taken to be admonitions. They
assumed to be a means to teach people how to behave well. But if we are
really being taught a science of consciousness, we should expect that
such as this might be more than admonitions. They might have real,
meaning. This is very interesting because it suggests a real experiment
in faith that could be tested and proven. In fact, it is an experiment
that I designed (although I am far from the originator of the general
over a decade ago to demonstrate the reality of a science of
to skeptics on a computer conference. Anyone who is able to actually
the directions will find that the teachings of the Jewish sages (and
comparable teachings of Christian and Moslem sages), as quoted above,
exactly – and demonstrably – correct.
It is essential, if this experiment going to work, that you NOT take
it seriously at first. It must be ONLY for amusement (at least at
This is the "bitul" aspect (bitul is the Hebrew term for
self-abnegation of will, will-less-ness, and humility). Think of it as
a "controlled folly" (as Carlos Castenada put it in his works
on Yaqui Indian "sorcery".)
So, do not believe the following, just try it. If you do
it, you are disqualified.
The reason what you are about to do, and especially its outcome,
be a "folly" is because if there is any desired outcome whatsoever,
your ego will be involved and you will not have nullified your will.
is not bitul. (It is interesting to speculate that this might be
physically speaking, conscious ego involvement collapses the "wave
equation" prematurely and prevents the experiment from working.)
The necessity of nullifying your will provides some additional
for the experiment. You must either be completely alone, or the people
you are with must never know what you are doing. (You can do this
telling your companions.)
If you tell anyone before you try the experiment, your reputation
the credibility of the experiment will be riding on whether or not you
are "successful." This is not bitul. This is ego involvement
and it engages rather than nullifies your will, so the experiment will
If you intend to tell anyone after the experiment – either bragging
about success, or mocking the foolish-superstitious experiment if you
– your ego will be involved and the experiment will not work.
Now, if you are already a person who can nullify their will, like a
tzaddik (saint), these precautions are not necessary. But, it is best
start out without presuming you are a tzaddik. <smile>
is willfulness.) Willful ego-consciousness is inextricably tied to our
3-D bodies. The experience of "hyper"-reality is not consistent
with 3-D reality, because 3-D reality is causal and deterministic.
this is a repeatable experiment with consistent effects, it is
NOT physically causal in the usually understood sense. What other sense
is possible, you ask? Read on.
If the experiment is going to have meaning for you, you must be
to keep it entirely to yourself. You may, however, repeat the
to your heart's content. You will find that IF and WHEN you are able to
meet all the conditions, the experiment will become reliable – from
point of view. Of course, there won't be any other point of view,
you are never going to tell anyone about any particular experiment at
time when it could be externally checked on. Without humility, the
will fail. You cannot objectively demonstrate this experiment to anyone
else. You can only encourage them to try it, and, if they succeed, to
their and your common experiences.
This experiment is exclusively repeatable and subjective. It only
in consensus reality IF you are a genuine prophet. Since it is unlikely
that anyone reading this is a prophet, we can neglect this case.
You may wonder how it is that I am going to be able to tell you
I can without ruining the experiment for myself. You will never know
the experiment has worked for me, so, in any given instance, you will
know that anything has occurred. Likewise for everyone else.
Okay, here is an example of what to do. Remember it is only an
You will have to interpret it and try something equivalent to it in
own particular circumstances.
The situation: I am driving down a narrow country highway with only
one lane in each direction. Passing is not allowed and/or it is too
because the road is too winding to see far enough ahead.
I am in a hurry to get to my destination and am zipping along
down this country lane when I come up behind farmer Brown who is
his model T at 20-miles per hour. I was happily going along at 45-miles
per hour, and could safely continue to do so IF farmer Brown weren't in
What to do?
I could risk the chance of an accident or a ticket and cross the
yellow line to pass farmer Brown. But, it's not that much of an
(If it were a real emergency, I would have a real stake in getting to
destination in a hurry and I would have a very difficult time trying to
remain bitul. See more on this, below.)
I could pull up behind farmer Brown, flash my headlights, honk and
an angry gesture. But, alas, we already know that farmer Brown has
eyesight and doesn't hear so well anymore – else I wouldn't have evoked
the stereotype of "farmer Brown in a model T", and he wouldn't
be driving so slowly in the first place. <smile>
So, I decide to try the experiment:
The first condition is that I actually desire to pass farmer Brown.
This is my will. I will later have to give up on my desires and nullify
my personal will.
I pull up behind farmer Brown, but not so close that he would
pressured by me. Just so he sees I'm present.
Actually or in my mind's eye, I smile at him. I imagine that I
look into his eyes through his rear view mirror and I, in my
- or for real, if possible - greet him with my eyes.
I form the thought: "Top of the morning to you, sir. Do you mind if
I pass you? I would be pleased if I could." This is my statement of
Another thought that works is tied to the casual/friendly feeling
you make with a person as you are trying to get by them in a crowded
You sort of tap the person on the shoulder and they quite naturally and
unconsciously make way a bit as you squeeze by.
I drop back a bit more from behind farmer Brown, and I COMPLETELY
UTTERLY GIVE UP on EVER passing him. I submit my will to God’s will.
step is vital and it CANNOT BE FAKED. I must nullify my will or nothing
will happen. Unless I actually give up all hope and expectation of
and resign myself to God's will by following farmer Brown to the ends
the earth or to my destination – whichever comes first – nothing will
If I get uptight that nothing is happening, then nothing will continue
to (not) happen. Often it is not possible to actually give up. When
is the case for you, you will know this is true, and you will observe
the experiment doesn't work.
1. When all the conditions are met, When I clearly form the thought
that I would like to see manifest
2. AND when I feel my need and lovingly share my feelings about it
3. AND when I completely let go of my wish by nullifying my will to
.....then and only then IT happens.
At the very instant when I have actually nullified my will to God's
will (just as in the biblical story of the sacrifice of Isaac)
given up on anything happening, and I am completely resigned to follow
farmer Brown forever, Farmer Brown will inexplicably pull over or turn
off the road and let me pass. Or some other means will open up that
me to pass. (In essence, just as with Abraham and Isaac, God provides
alternative for the sacrifice.)
Sometimes all that is required for me to actually give up and let go
of my will to pass farmer Brown is for me to turn on the radio and get
lost in some discussion or music. At the instant that the radio catches
my attention, the instant that I drop my will – and not a moment before
– the obstacle will disappear.
This "car passing trick" is especially useful when you find
yourself behind a police officer traveling at the speed limit on an
completely open road. No one is foolish enough to speed by a police
when the officer doesn’t have some other problem to occupy his or her
(It is always safe to speed past a police car after a fire-engine red
car speeds by first. <smile> )
You may have to experiment for a very long time before you will get
the hang of it. It may work for you the first time and then it won't
again until you get out of the habit of counting on it. (Counting on
is not consistent with a state of bitul.) In fact, it won't work at all
at first for some people, because, try as they might, they can't turn
their ego expectations. This will even be true for very pious persons
observe all their religious obligations.
You have to keep running variations on this experiment UNTIL JUST
YOU CAN GIVE UP ON IT so that it will REALLY be a controlled folly and
you really will be in a state of self-abnegating bitul. After a large
of attempts, you will naturally stop expecting anything to happen.
when your will is dropped, you will be caught by surprise. After the
breakthrough, if you are not ego pushy, it will become easier and
to the point where this just works naturally whenever you can actually
afford to give up on getting what you want. It will stop working
the first time you are tempted to demonstrate "your" ability
for someone else. That turns on ego. Ergo, no effect.
You can also make an experiment of preventing the effect this way
time to time. You will find that the willful ego-switch turns the
on and off with absolute precision.
This is not magic. It is the opposite of magic. Magic is based on
one's own will. The "car passing trick" is based on nullifying
your will to God's will. It is a example of how a kabbalistic
on our traditional teachings can be instructive and helpful in real
This is a science of consciousness. It should be tested, not
Whatever you do, do not attempt this in any way that is inconsistent
with your understanding of what is right. Improperly understood this
can lead to "siddhi-tripping" and idolatry. Be careful, but if
you are up to it, I think you will find a startling experiential proof
of the reality of the teaching in Pirke Avot.
...And if you know someone else who has had the same experience, you
will have someone with whom you can share this subjective demonstration
– in objective discussion.