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Meru Foundation eTORUS(tm) Newsletter
Number 11 - 16 November 2001
Copyright 2001 Meru Foundation
Written by Cynthia Tenen

First, I want to thank those who emailed their comments on eTORUS(tm) #10.  We appreciate your kind words. Each person has their own unique response to the Meru material -- from simple curiosity to profound, life-changing interest.  It is an honor and a privilege for the Meru team to be doing this work, and your letters remind us of this by sharing how these ideas affect your lives.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness in writing to us.

As promised in our previous newsletter, this issue includes two features which we didn't have room for in eTORUS(tm) #10.  First, there is a poem by Stan Tenen, based on the "Model of Continuous Creation" (see link below).

Second, we are reviving a regular feature of the printed editions of the Meru Foundation TORUS Journal published in the early 1990's: book reviews.  From time to time, either Stan or I (or other members of our team) will comment on books about science, consciousness, or both; we'll also include some informal introductions to technical subjects that any reader can appreciate. I hope you enjoy the reviews -- and read some of the books! <smile>

Thank you again for your interest in Meru Foundation's work.


(c)2001 Stan Tenen

As will be immediately obvious, I'm not a poet.

Nevertheless, I thought it might be worthwhile to try to describe the "Continuous Creation" model, and the meditative process that leads to Pardes (Paradise) and the Garden of Eden, poetically.  My purpose is to demonstrate that it's not difficult to find literary and poetic metaphors and allegories for the life-dynamics that the Meru thesis suggests was described more precisely in geometric metaphor at the deepest level of the Hebrew text of Genesis, and the other writings of the Western traditions.

This exercise is not a substitute for the search for the explicit geometric metaphor(s) that may have been the basis for the actual writings that have come down to us from the ancient sages.  But I hope it gives a sense of the feasibility and plausibility of the Meru thesis that there is a precise geometric metaphor serving a true science of consciousness that predated and inspired the "poetry" of the traditional record.

You can find the image my poem describes at <www.meru.org/contin.html>.


by Stan Tenen, October 2001

Let me tell you about paradise.
There is a garden in paradise,
and paradise is in a garden.
The garden of paradise is sheltered by towering walls of light
that reach and return from the plane of the earth to the dome of sky.

In the garden of paradise there are two trees.
One reaches high to the sky
The second reaches below

They are very similar.
Each has three trunks, and the three of the one are intertwined with the three of the other

The roots of these trees encircle the world of all light
They reach and return from the plane of the earth to the dome of sky.

Each tree is founded on a spring in a well.
There are four rivers that flow from the spring for each of the three trunks of the two trees. Thus there
are twelve pairs of rivers and twelve pairs of waterfalls to water the garden in paradise.

Each tree has a single eye;
Each sees the other as each sees itself.

The tree of life sees up to the heavens,
the tree of knowledge sees into the depths.
Yet the heavens are the depths and the depths are the heavens for the roots of their trunks encircle the world of all light
They reach and return from the plane of the earth to the dome of sky.

There are three pairs of angels,
with three pairs of wings;
they hover in the clouds of paradise;
they ascend and descend; they sail the sea of the light.

Each of the angels sits on two trees,
with one wing on knowledge and one wing on life.

The trees are unlike any known outside of paradise.
They are like apple trees and pear trees,
like wheat and like corn and like pine.
They are willows with terebinth trunks.
They grow pomegranates and figs, and acorns and nuts
They are borne on acacia, on carob, and thorn.

Among the angels there are birds of prey.
The raptors: the eagle, the raven, the crow and the hawk.

Each lofts from its tree-branch and turns in its flight;.
It climbs,
and it soars,
and it spies,
and it dives,
in the light.

The two trees grow on the earth within paradise.
The tree of life grows down from conception to death,
while the tree of knowledge grows up from innocence to wisdom.
The angels speed the messages of light from
conception to age, from innocence to wisdom.

In the midst of paradise, where the trees grow, where the well-spring feeds the twelve falls and twelve rivers,
there is a center, a place.

It is the city-of-peace, the heavenly Jerusalem,
on the foundation stone of the temple,
on the top of the mountain that holds the pearl of great price.

The womb that gives birth to First-Adam is here.

There is a Sun in paradise like none other.
For this is the Infinite, Supernal, Transcendent Sun and Source-of-All.

Its light fills all of paradise.

The two trees reach for this Sun
and they live by this sun.

There is a rainbow in the paradise sky.
It sweeps an octave of color.
It is our bridge
to the light.


by Stan and Cynthia Tenen

Many of you have already sampled some, or most, of the books on the Meru Foundation reading list at <www.meru.org/readlist.html>.  However, new books come out all the time, and many of the most recent have not yet been added to the list.  As space and time permit, we will review and recommend some of the newer works which we have found valuable.  If you're interested in purchasing them, remember that when you order through <www.codysbooks.com> and write "Meru Foundation" in the comment box on the order page, Meru Foundation receives a small percentage of your purchase price from Cody's.

Reviews by Stan Tenen

Popular Presentations of Physics and Cosmology

Here are three books that I can recommend highly.  Each presents a different aspect of current ideas in physics as to the structure, and nature, of our universe.

The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes -- and Its Implications, (c)1997 David Deutsch.  New York: Allen Lane-The Penguin Press.
Main text:  366 pages.  ISBN 0-7139-9061-9
Deutsch delivers what the title of his book suggests.  (A recent interview of Deutsch was published in Discover magazine, and is available at <http://www.discover.com/sept_01/featsecret.html>.)

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, (c)1999 Brian R. Greene.  New York:  W.W. Norton & Co.
Main text:  387 pages. ISBN 0-393-04688-5
This is a readable and authoritative account of string theory, and it also complements Deutsch and Barbour.

The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics, (c)1999 Julian Barbour.  New York: Oxford University Press.
Main text:  335 pages. ISBN 0-19-511729-8.
A companion volume to Deutsch's and Greene's work.  From the back cover comments by Lee Smolin:  "... [Barbour] is one of the few people who is truly both a scientist and a philosopher.  Written with rare clarity and force, this book makes his thinking accessible to all interested readers."  Main Text: 335 pages.


Mathematics and History

The Mystery of the Aleph:  Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity, by Amir D. Aczel. (c)2000 A. Aczel.  Pocket Books, NY.
Main text: 228 pages. ISBN 0-7434-2299-6

This is a delightful and highly readable introduction to the realm of infinity.  It starts with ancient teachings and Kabbalistic traditions, and includes fascinating vignettes of the mathematicians who did most of the work, including Georg Cantor and Kurt Godel.  The Mystery of the Aleph is an entertaining book; it provides easy access to some of the most profound ideas in ancient and modern mathematics.

This short quotation from a review that appeared in the Washington Post (taken from the book jacket) is entirely accurate:

"An engaging, pellucid explanation of the mathematical understanding of infinity, enlivened by a historical gloss of the age-old affinities between religious and secular conceptions of the infinite."  --The Washington Post

Review by Cynthia Tenen

As a person who hasn't studed a math text in 35 years, I found The Mystery of the Aleph to be so accessible that I decided to write this additional review.  Mathematician Amir Aczel's well-written work opens with a history both of the concept of infinity, and the lives of the people who explored it. (One common thread seems to be that from Eudoxus to Galileo, great mathematicians are prone to getting themselves arrested for teaching heresy.)  We travel from the times of Pythagoras, through the medieval Kabbalists, to the Enlightenment, and on to the mid-19th century.  At this point, Aczel slows down to paint a portrait of troubled mathematician Georg Cantor, his discoveries and failures, and the ideas which so consumed his creative life.  Cantor was the first modern explorer in the mathematical realm of multiple infinities.  His struggles to map this novel and often counter-intuitive mental landscape -- and to prove or disprove a single, foundational hypothesis on which it rests, the "continuum hypothesis" -- reveal a mathematician's world where Truth, while a hotly contested goal (enmities in Cantor's academia were very bitter), is the only goal that matters.

Over his lifetime, Cantor suffered increasingly severe depressive episodes, which Aczel links with Cantor's persistent and repeated failures to pin down the continuum hypothesis.  We now know, through the work of Kurt Godel and more recent mathematicians, that Cantor's struggles with this elusive proof were inevitable.  His search to determine the truth or falsehood of the continuum hypothesis was bound to fail, because the continuum hypothesis is entirely independent of current mathematics.  Aczel states that "Whether [the continuum hypothesis is] true or not, it would be mathematically impossible to prove the hypothesis, or disprove it, within the current system."  So, however uncomfortable or counter-intuitive it may seem, modern explorers in the landscapes of infinity must beg this fundamental question which consumed Georg Cantor's creative life.

The Mystery of the Aleph is not only about mathematicians, of course; it's also about mathematics.  Non-mathematical readers will learn about the concept of multiple infinities -- and also about how mathematical landscapes in general are explored.  Aczel is an excellent teacher, who introduces just enough about the concept at hand to allow the reader to follow his story of discovery.  I found Aczel's discussion very easy to follow with only a slight amount of concentration.  This is an engrossing and entertaining book.  If you haven't thought much recently about math or mathematicians, when you read it, you'll both learn something, and enjoy the ride.


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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