This document, ©1986 by Stan Tenen, represents our most fundamental working hypothesis at that time. Please note the following:

- As is to be expected in
ongoing research, this 1986
working paper
*contains errors*. We have considerably refined, and sometimes significantly changed, the hypotheses printed in the paper below. (For example, the "3 1/2-turn" vortex referred to below is actually a "3-turn" vortex. The vortex is the same; our counting convention changed for mathematical consistency.) However, we have chosen to publish*The Light in the Meeting Tent*here in its original form, mistakes and all, as an illustration of how a working hypothesis evolves and changes over time.

*Meru Foundation has never formally published or distributed this paper until now.*In 1986-7, we felt that publishing this working research model would mislead the public, since the paper inevitably would (and in fact did) contain ideas that we have since learned were inaccurate. Now, ten years later, we believe that Meru Foundation's research has sufficiently matured that release of*The Light in the Meeting Tent*is appropriate, for those who enjoy following a line of research from its earliest origins.

*The Light in the Meeting Tent*contains the original introduction of several ideas that are basic to our modeling process. Here is where we first stated that the principle of a comparison between symmetry and asymmetry could be represented by a tetrahedron and a special corresponding vortex. This is also the first identification of symmetry and asymmetry as a "Light in a Meeting Tent", and as a model of a "Flame in its Vessel". To our knowledge, there is no prior demonstration of this principle in any extant reference. There are, of course, discussions of the Hebrew letters as relating to "flame", but nowhere is there an explanation for how or why this should be so, or how or why it could be meaningful.

*The Light in the Meeting Tent*contains our original demonstration of how symmetry and asymmetry, tetrahedron and vortex, light and vessel, produce the letters of a particular Hebrew and a particular Arabic alphabet. It is also the first demonstration that the same type font can be used to generate Hebrew and Arabic letters. In fact,*The Light in the Meeting Tent*is the first demonstration of the generation of an alphabetic type font – all the letters of a particular alphabet – from a single, meaningful, 3-dimensional form, viewed from different perspectives.

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THE LIGHT IN THE MEETING TENT

We live in a world of seeming duality:

Process/Structure Oral/Written Wave/Particle Lily/Thorn Female/Male General/Particular Analog/Digital Yin/Yang Continuous/Discrete Mind/Body Dynamic/Static Spirit/Matter

Health is when mind and body are one.

`These qualities are
complementary. They orbit, blend
into, grow from and through each
other, and together they resolve
and define a unity, the Tao of
their domain. When these
complements are infinitely
interpenetrating they are one
whole; as pairs, they are the
essential defining distinction
of their whole. Each complement
is dependent on and defined by
its other. The set of all these
dualities can be elegantly
modeled by the polar distinction
between total symmetry and total
asymmetry. No complement is more
separate, nor more bound, than
the order of symmetry and the
chaos of nothing same.`

`In three dimensions the most
elegant economical structure
exhbiting total symmetry is the
tetrahedron. It has spin
symmetry about all its elements:`

4-corners (opposite 4-faces) --- Defining 4-tetrahedral radii and 6-edges (in opposing pairs) --- Defining 3-"Cartesian" radii

`Thus, the tetrahedron is
completely defined by
7-radii/vectors (see
accompanying illustration). In
fact, the tetrahedron is the
minimum element (quantum) of all
structure. (These concepts are
discussed at length in
"Synergetics" and other works by
R. Buckminster Fuller.)`

`The tetrahedron is also a
representation of the
(symmetric) structure of the
minimum set of four logical
elements that define the
self-referential (reflexive)
process.`

` `

`The simplest 3-dimensional
representation of the most
asymmetric form is less often
recognized. We propose this
simplest asymmetric form as the
corresponding defining element
of the self-referential
(reflexive) PROCESS itself,
complementary to the minimal
logical STRUCTURE of the process
as described above. In fact,
this most asymmetric form is the
minimal (topologic) form of
any/all process which begins
from the uniform homogeneous
chaos of
nothingness/anythingness (Ain
Soph, in Qabalah).`

`As an analogy, picture this
nothingness/anythingness as a
sort of infinite "cosmic jello".
The introduction of any
disturbance whatever into this
"cosmic jello" is of
indeterminately large magnitude,
compared to the previously
undisturbed state. (This "first
cause" is the equivalent of
Prigogine's dissipative flux.*)
It results in the reflexive flow
of uniform isotropic "cosmic
jello" through itself as defined
on the surface of a 2-torus
(donut); sort of a "smoke-ring"
set into motion (puffed from the
contraction-zimzum) by the
dissipative flux of first cause:
"Fiat Lux", the introduction of
light/consciousness into the
void. (This 2-torus form as the
archetype of the
self-referential process is
discussed in detail in "The
Reflexive Universe" and other
works of Arthur M. Young.)`

`The 2-torus (donut) is
invariantly defined by the
7-color map that can be drawn on
its surface; the 7-regions are
cyclically arrayed on a 3
1/2-turn ribbon carved on this
surface. (See illustration.)`

`We propose that the most
elegant representation of total
asymmetry in 3-dimensions is one
half of this ribbon: 1 3/4-turns
of spiral vortex extending from
the singularity at the center of
the donut up out and around to
its circumfrential rim. (If we
model our 2-torus as a radial
tire on an infinitesimal wheel,
then the spiral vortex unfurls
from the axle hole to the center
of the tread.) Each view of this
ribbon is unique; it is
completely asymmetrical in
2-dimensional (shadow)
projection.`

`This complementary pair, the
regular tetrahedron and the 1
3/4-turn ribbon vortex, together
represent the archetype that
defines the distinction between
perfect symmetry and no symmetry
at all. The defining elements of
each correspond one-to-one with
the defining elements of the
other (i.e., they map each
other.) The seven radial vectors
(axes of spin symmetry) which
define the tetrahedron
correspond to the seven
cyclically arrayed regions
(7-phases) of the 7-color map
(on the 1 3/4-turn ribbon) which
defines the 2-torus. Further,
the progression from the apex of
the tetrahedron to its three
base vertices maps onto the
eruption of the singularity of
the 2-torus to its rim; the
three base vertices of the
tetrahedron also define the
cyclic spin direction of the 1
3/4-turn ribbon as it spirals
out from "axle" to "rim". (See
illustrations.)`

`The tetrahedron has the form
of the meeting tent, the
tabernacle in Sinai; the vortex
has the form of the Eternal
Flame inside the tent. They are
the Same (symmetric) and the
Different (asymmetric) of Plato
(Timaeus); the Urim (lights) and
the Tumin (perfections), the
jewels on the breast-plate of
the high priest; the Yin of
cyclic feminine process and the
Yang of radial masculine
structure. They are
Spirit/Consciousness/Light in
Matter/Body/Quantum. `

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`This Flame in its Meeting
Tent has many noteworthy
properties and applications; as
a model known in the mythology
and science of all cultures
(albeit in various guises and by
diverse names) it can function
as a unifying center and speak
to all with one voice.`

It is taught that the twelve perfect jewels (Tumin) on the breast-plate of the high priest in Sinai, in appropriate prophetic hands, could be used as an oracle in interpretation of the Torah.

In the introduction to the Sepher Zohar (Book of Splendor), Rabbi Simeon discusses the "lily among the thorns". The thorns are like seed-husk/ structures; they are "particles" akin to the tetrahedron. The lily (calla lily -- the "Easter Lily" to the Christians) is flame-shaped, but upside-down (the candle-top is at the open end of the lily; the smoke column from the tip of the flame is at the flower's stem). The lily grows from within its thorn just as the flame flares from within the tetrahedron.

The Sufis teach that the second letter of the second sura of the Quran, the super-letter "Lah", is the source of all (Arabic) letters. The Lah is a flame, the Light of Islam, and it appears in a triangle (plane representation of a tetrahedron) on Moslem gravestones. It is a symbol of Unity/Light/ Consciousness.

In the eastern traditions this model appears as the tortoise that holds up the world. (The tortoise shell is the structural quantum, while the hexagonal pattern on its back is an exact model of the cyclic 7-color map that defines the 2-torus/donut.)

The tetrahedral Tripod was the seat of the oracle at Delphi.

The Oroboros (the snake that eats its tail), the Orphic Egg, and the entwined serpents on the Caduceus are representations of the same 2-torus defining ribbon.

`When Yin and Yang interflow
in the Tao, when Spirit is at
home in Matter, when mind and
body are healed (whole) in one
soul, when Urim is in Tumin,
when wave and quantum are light
they then can all be represented
by the 1 3/4-turn ribbon vortex
FLAME in the TETRAHEDRON.`

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`It has been proposed by David
Bohm (in his recent book, Wholeness
and the Implicate Order)
and by other modern and ancient
theoreticians (including, of
course, Plato in his famous
allegory of the cave) that there
is a higher dimensional
holodynamic plenum of which our
world and all that it contains
is but a shadow projection. In
modern terms, this holodynamic
plenum is understood as an
interference pattern -- an
interpenetration of two (or
more) beams of light-waves.
(Cast pebbles into a lake and
watch their ripples intermix.)
An ordinary hologram consists of
the sea of intermixed
ripple-waves from a reference
light and ripple-waves reflected
from a (3-dimensional) object
whose pattern is frozen on a
photographic plate. The least
elements of this hologram are
the set of all possible phase
combinations of the interference
of reference and object light
waves.`

`Our flame is the defining
element of a 2-torus/donut. Like
a "radial tire" , the 2-torus is
a "wheel of wheels" (to
paraphrase Ezekiel). Each
"wheel" is a 360-degree phase
cycle. When the tetrahedral
frame is tipped through its
symmetry set (discrete quantum
steps) and spun or rolled
(cyclically) on its edges and
axes, the flame within exposes
to view its set of distinct
shadow projections. Each view of
the flame is unique. These
natural symmetries of the
tetrahedron cast views of the
flame which are the letters of
the Hebrew, Greek (script) and
Arabic alphabets (see
accompanying examples). When we
view these intermixed flame
phase-wheels through all the
symmetries of their tetrahedral
"meeting tent", we are in fact
looking at the natural set of
all the elements of a hologram.`

`It is because the Hebrew,
Greek and Arabic letters are
this set of elements that they
are called "holy" (of the
whole). As our traditions have
taught, they are the sacred
elements out of which our
reality is actually formed. A
sequence of these flame-letters
can function as an "oracle"
(e.i. a tool for reading) to
describe the motion of the
tetrahedron on or around any
object, thus defining a static
real object or even a sequence
of unfurling living forms. (See
our paper on TetraFlame Graphics
and other discussions for a
descriptions of the use of these
letters to read and write a
holographic image, to read and
write a "text-string" letter
sequence describing 2, 3, and
4-dimensional objects, and for
how the 22-letter Hebrew
alphabet casts one archetypal
turn of D.N.A. by rotation of
the tetrahedron as Fuller's
tetra-helix.)`

`These letters are the natural
(not arbitrary) elements of the
logical structure of the
reflexive process of our
self-aware consciousnesses. They
represent the natural quanta of
all that we perceive of this
reality: the essential facets
through which we view all that
is. They bridge the archetypal
distinction of symmetry and
asymmetry. They are the most
economical, elegant and
universal set of letters of
natural language: the
eigen-values of life.`

`* "Order out of Chaos" 1984,
Ilya Prigogine & Isabelle
Stengers
** See additional discussion of
Meruba in TORUS, the MERU
Foundation journal, issue I.5.`

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We will consider the following supplementary descriptions and detail the applications mentioned below in future discussions.

View
the "Lah Swath" in Color

(This
notation not part of original
document)

`The accompanying "LAH" drawing
illustrates how the flame
corresponds to the embryonic
growth process and the
unfoldment of dimensionality as
modeled by the unfurlment of the
Platonic regular and semiregular
polyhedra. The LAH-flame is the
flower that blooms on every
vertebra of the "Great Chain of
Being". In the Hebrew and Latin
signs, the LAH is represented by
MER, "the sea", the elementary
vortex of wave motion. This is
why the name of the Hebrew
alphabet is MERUBA.**`

`The LAH-Swath represents
simultaneously:`

The embryonic growth process -- seed, stem, leaf, bud, flower....new seed.

The geometric growth of dimensions -- point, line, surface, volume, hypervolume....new "fiber bundle".

The unfoldment of the semi-regular and regular Platonic polyhedra -- point (0), triangle (I.), tetrahedron (II.), double-tetrahedra (II.), cube (III.), octahedron (IV.), icosahedron (V.), cube-octahedron/vector-equilibrium (VI.), rhombic dodecahedron (VII.), ....(sphere).

The growth and unfurlment of the Meruba Hebrew (and perhaps Greek and Arabic) alphabets....and the beginning of the Hebrew text of Bereshit (Genesis).

`This pattern is hierarchical:
notice that the
lily-ribbon-vortex "flame" seen
unfurling on each face of the
alphabet cube-octahedron, and on
the face of the Bereshit
(Genesis) and calla-lily forms,
is itself a new embedded LAH.`

`In Bereshit (Genesis) the
first distinction is between
"Heaven", the flame's spiral
reaching, above, and "Earth",
structured, below. The first
letter is Bet (B).`

`The sequence of flame-letters
also follows the stages in the
growth of consciousness in a
new-born child. The alef (A) is
the first light of birth, the
as-yet undifferentiated whole.
The bet (B), traditionally
interpreted as an archetypal
"house", distinguishing in-ness
from out-ness, is also the first
distinction in consciousness --
the infants's recognition of the
difference between its inside
(where food goes) and the rest
of the universe (mother, the
"other" from which the food
comes). This is the first
component of personal identity.
We expect that it can be shown
that this letter by letter
unfoldment of personality
continues through the alphabet.`

`A program from the Public
Broadcasting System series NOVA
titled Life's First Feelings
(Copyright 1986 by WGBH,
broadcast in San Francisco on 11
February 1986), which came to
our attention the day after the
above was written, continues
this alphabet/personality
development. In this broadcast,
research is presented which
suggests these six stages of
child personality development
(Hebrew Alef-Bet correspondences
added by SNT):`

Stage 0 -- BIRTHInnate interest in stimulus(sight, sound, etc)- -- -- -- ALEF Stage 1 -- to 2 monthsSelf-regulationMakes sense of the world - -- -- -- -- BET Stage 2 -- to 4 monthsFalling in loveTies to others; need to interact -- -- -- GIMEL Stage 3 -- to 8 monthsCommunicationEmotional dialogue; touch; trust/confidence -- DALET Stage 4 -- to 18 monthsComplex self-senseInitiative/purpose -- -- -- -- -- HEY Stage 5 -- to 24 monthsLeapOrganized creation of ideas; emotional thinking; "mind's eye" image of loved ones; acting out/make believe- -- VAV Stage 6 -- to 48 monthsHigh-level sense of self and othersElaborate fantasies; anticipation; cause/effect- -- -- -- ZAYIN (Stage 7 -- 4 years +Human Beings-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- CHET)

`Transcript of program
available from NOVA, c/o WGBH
Boston. (Ordering information on
videotape -- Beta III)`

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`The Tetra-Flame is also an
integrative interdisciplinary
educational tool. The same
central image can be shown in
all cultural contexts to
inter-relate instruction in:`

The various alphabets -- showing commonality of heritage and its source in unity -- (Tetragrammaton).

Geometry Topology Logic Set theory Comparative religions/cultural traditions History Computer theory and Artificial Intelligence -- self reference Computer graphics -- TetraFlame graphics Dance -- Laba-notation; Ribbon dance Music -- "of the spheres" Elementary particles in physics -- SU(3) set Microbiology -- D.N.A. topology; reading genetic makeup as mature form Crystallography/interferometry/transform imagery ....and many others and at all levels (from the 3-R's to graduate school).

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`Most important of all is the
potential of the TetraFlame --
the Light in the Meeting Tent --
to heal. Our ability to see and
feel how process and structure
are the essential complements of
ourselves can show us the means
to balance our mind in our body,
our spirit in our soul. This
flame can be the common light
that unites our world of
competing distinctions.`

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1996 Stan
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