Like most web surfers I am impatient. I want my information in the most expedient and simple format and language. If it doesn't grab me within 30 seconds I am on to the next subject. So I am faced with an interesting challenge. Attempting to reduce thirty years of research on one of the most widely read documents on Earth, the Bible, is extremely difficult. Meru findings challenge a wide range of academic theories concerning the roots of language, the origins of sacred texts, and the relationship between science and religion. Meru Made Easy is not written for the academic. It is presented as an introduction for those of us without formal technical or religious training. It is targeted towards people like myself – somewhat educated, curious, open minded, seeking viewpoints that demonstrate unity rather than divisiveness.
My intention in presenting Meru research in this format is to provoke curiosity. This is, in no way, the research. This is a framework in which the research can be understood. It sets the stage for following a path of discovery that is just the tip of the iceberg. Meru Made Easy is a mere shadow of the extensive in-depth research conducted by Stan Tenen over the last thirty years and it is his presentation that should be explored to get a true understanding of this work. Meru research to date is available to the public in a series of videotapes and written material available on this website.
This publication is work in progress. The developmental plans for Meru Made Easy follow the First Verse section.
The next three topics provide a context in which the basic
concepts of the research can be understood.
These include Dimensionality, Torah, and the Story (how this came about).
The use of the term, dimensionality, in this discussion is solely that of the author. This term is not used by Meru research, or the scientific world in general, in the way it is presented in this article. This use of dimensionality is colloquial, not technical. It is used here as a metaphor to explore basic underlying concepts presented by the Meru research.
A key element of Meru research is the ability to
show how certain geometric patterns found in Genesis and other sacred texts
can describe two, three, and four dimensional views of life in geometric
terms. The following discussion is presented for the purpose of exploring
the nature of dimensionality and to demonstrate how the relationship between
dimensions can be seen as a natural element of our lives.
In the 1950’s the motion picture industry, facing diminishing box office sales due to the emerging popularity of television, launched a new process in movies called 3D. Using special glasses, the audience could gaze upon the screen and see objects speeding towards them. The process, while providing a thrilling experience, detracted from the storytelling aspects of the films and rapidly became a passing fad. In the mid-1990’s 3D computer graphics emerged in fast-paced games with great fanfare. Today, they are nearly passé to a new generation of computer users, born into a world of high tech. This form of 3D is simulation. We are actually looking at a two-dimensional surface in which the illusion of three dimensions is presented through the use of color, light, and optics.
We live in a three dimensional world. So much of our lives are based on the relationship between two-dimensional objects – print on a page, a computer or television screen – and the three dimensional world around us. But over the past twenty years we have been seeing hints of a new relationship, a link between three dimensions and four dimensional reality. This link is an underpinning of Meru Foundation research and could be the beginning of a new perspective of the world around us and how it works.
Physicists define the fourth dimension as space-time. For this discussion, in which we are using dimensionality purely as a metaphor to understand how we perceive reality, we are limiting 4D specifically to Time. This is not time as we normally think of it. In three dimensions clocks, calendars, and schedules define time. Time in 3D is linear, horizontal, always moving and based primarily on events. In 4D time is static, vertical. Time stands still and we move through it. 4D is always in the present, the eternal Now as taught in eastern spiritual traditions. 3D is defined by the world around us while we experience 4D from within. This inner experience is common to all self aware creatures.
We sit in a 3 Dimensional movie theater viewing
a 2 Dimensional surface, the screen. The film,
projecting sound and light, recaptures the work of the artists who created the film. The skilled
filmmaker has learned how to manipulate time. If the film is well made, we are "lost in time,"
transported and emotionally captivated by the essence of the story. A good example of 4D in film is
the success of "Titanic" in which an actual event is recaptured. We are collectively transported to
1912 and, for three hours, are aboard the ill-fated ship. In "Saving Private Ryan" the audience, as a
group, is on the beach at Normandy. Those who experienced the actual event, whether they are sitting
in a theater in Arizona or New Hampshire, relive similar feelings of the actual horror. For those two
hours, the fifty intervening years have disappeared and time is irrelevant.
Renoir sits in a field of flowers capturing
the color and light of the scene in front of him on a two
dimensional canvas. A century later we can gaze at this two dimensional surface and feel the warmth
of the sun. We are transported and perhaps capture Renoir’s frame of mind on that particular day.
Renoir on a good day
A baseball batter waits for the pitch. As
the ball speeds towards him, his point of focus puts him in a
place, in only an instant, in which time slows just enough to connect his bat with the ball. The
quarterback has "all the time in the world" to wait, then throw the pass in just the right trajectory to
meet the speed of his running receiver while avoiding being trampled by the tackles, things seem to
move in slow motion. The basketball player has to battle his way through a minefield of defenders to
make his way to the hoop before the final bell goes off. He enters a place in which seconds are
stretched, time slows down and he makes the winning point. For that instant he is experiencing the
harmony between 3D and 4D.
Justice Montana Jordan
A person is driving and a song comes on the
radio. She is suddenly transposed to the time and place in
which she first heard the song. Although all elements of her brain and body are driving the car, she is
one with the time and place in which that song was first heard. She even recaptures feelings she had at
the time. In fact, music is a phenomenon that can be experienced in all four dimensions.
These experiences have many names. Timelessness, daydreaming, Zen, psychic experience, coincidence, clairvoyance, déjà vu, these are all descriptive of a reality we cannot easily define. By looking at time as four dimensional and demonstrating how it both compliments and differs from our three dimensional view of reality, we can begin to put certain aspects of our lives in perspective and perhaps find a common language to discuss these ideas.
The experience of 4D is within us, it is personal. Yet it is the same experience for all of us. Our feelings, emotions, and creative abilities are not different within us. Anger is anger and joy is joy. We express feelings differently but the feelings themselves are identical. We are constantly struggling to "find ourselves" when, in actuality, we are looking for a bridge between our outside world and our inside world, 3D and 4D. As a group, we seem to be missing a common language that adequately communicates the elements of our inner world to each other. The good news is that the language does exist and it is right in front of us. Every human has access to it and it’s as available as our own hand. It is the basis of every religious faith and the root of the ongoing human quest for meaning. Meru Foundation research has rediscovered that bridge through the language of the alphabet.
There is a Talmudic passage that is considered one of the more mystical teachings in the Talmud. Rabbi Akiva goes on a spiritual journey, with three others, to Pardes (an acronym for the four levels of Torah PRDS, see Torah section. Also the root for Paradise). The first traveler loses his mental faculties and remains completely disoriented. The second doesn’t come back at all, he dies. The third comes back, but becomes a heretic, disavowing all faith. Only Rabbi Akiba comes back whole. This story is often used as a warning against going on mystical journeys without proper training. However, using the relationship between 3D and 4D as a model, this story can be illustrated in the following way.
Rabbi Akiba was known as the ‘Master of the Letters."
We believe that the letters of the alphabets of sacred traditions hold
the key to understanding the bridge between dimensions. In finding this
bridge we bring together our inside and outside worlds. The Talmud says
that a person of integrity is one who is morally transparent, when inside
and outside are one. When refined, Meru Foundation findings can be
used as a valuable learning tool toward realizing unity and wholeness.
In devoting a section of this introduction to the Torah I realize I face an inherent danger of diverting attention from the purpose of introducing Meru research. For those who believe in the sacredness of Torah, it might seem that I am disrespectfully trespassing in an area of propriety based on certain religious dogma. For the non-believer, I am delving into a world of formalized religion and factionalism, straying from an objective scientific viewpoint. The reality is that it is impossible to adequately introduce the basic components of Meru research without providing some background ideas on the text that provides the source of this research. For those who feel twinges of nervousness when faced with the prospects of reinvestigating an ancient religious document with claims that it might actually have relevance in the modern world, I ask that curiosity be a motivating factor.
For those who have sensed the importance of Torah, I think this discussion will only enhance those beliefs. It should be noted that Judaism is not a religion that encourages proselytization and, in fact, encourages members of all faiths to seek unity within their own teachings. Meru research has found that the geometric models that generate the Hebrew alphabet have similar applications in Arabic, Greek, Sanskrit, and others. This discussion deals only with the written Torah. The Oral Torah (Talmud/Mishna) serves a separate purpose and is not relevant to this particular discussion.
In the secular world, the Torah is known as the first five books of the
bible, often called
the Pentateuch or, in the Christian bible, the Law. Here are some ideas concerning the Torah
based on over two thousand years of rabbinic, Talmudic, and Jewish mystical teachings:
to the story, the Torah was given to Moses and the Israelites at Mt. Sinai.
covenant was made and accepted by the Jews to carry the Torah through the generations
as a gift to the world.
Torah is said to be a "blueprint of creation." It contains elements
capable of bringing
peace to the world.
Torah should be seen and treated on a higher plane than the rest of the
bible. It is a document within itself. Rabbinical teaching states that the secret of the
Torah is in the first letter. If it can’t be found there, God, in His infinite mercy, provides
it in the first word, the first verse, the first paragraph, etc. In this light, the Torah can
be seen as a hierarchical array, almost holographic. (Meru research confirms that the
last verse of the Torah can be autocorrelated in the same way as the first).
original Torah was not written as a narrative. It was a string of letters
word divisions. It is said to have been woven. (Weaving was a primary form of
technology in the ancient world. This fits into the realm of knot theory in
modern mathematics.) The translation of the Torah, during the period of Ezra the
scribe after the Babylonean exile, was made a thousand years after its acceptance by
Moses. Its use in the formative years and, later, by temple priests is a
complete mystery today. The importance of the Torah as a string of letters is
supported by traditional rabbinical teaching, which states that the loss of even one
letter would mark the destruction of the universe. This is reinforced in the Christian
bible in Matthew in which Jesus states "…not a jot or tittle of the Law shall be
Jewish mystical traditions teach that there are four levels of Torah –
(Pshat), allegory (Remez), hints(Dvar), and the foundation (Sod). (These letters
together form an acronym PRDS or Pardes, the root word for Paradise). In 285 BCE
Emperor Ptolemy Philadelphus ordered 70 rabbis to translate the Torah into Greek for
the Alexandrian library. This was called one of the greatest tragedies to befall the
Jewish people since future generations would concentrate only on the stories and
disregard the other levels. This fear has been born out by the situation today. Modern
biblical discussion and criticism is based solely on the stories found
in the bible and is therefore relegated to a wide range of interpretation. Based on this
level of investigation, there can never be consensus on biblical meaning. No
wonder there is so much dissension in religion today. For example, many biblical
scholars renounce traditional rabbinic teaching that Moses received the entire Torah
since the stories in the text go forty years beyond the Mt. Sinai event. It is
beyond their comprehension to believe that the narrative could have been added later
as a way of "humanizing" a pre-existing text. Concentrating only on the stories in Torah
is a one-dimensional view, which not only desecrates its value and purpose but
endangers its existence. In the Kabbalistic book, the Zohar, a passage states:
There are many beliefs intrinsic to modern Jewish practice but its general emphasis has been on action over belief, deed over thought. Most of the laws and commandments deal with how to behave rather than what to believe. Of course, one normally behaves based on belief but, as religious leaders of all faiths have found, belief is a difficult thing to regulate. There are two beliefs that are absolutely required in Judaism. First is the belief in One God. The essence of this belief is the search for One-ness in our lives – in our personal life, in our community, and in the world. The second belief is the sanctity and holiness of Torah. Without the Torah, there is no Judaism. A thorough understanding of these two tenets show that they are interchangeable and that the Torah is indeed a blueprint of how One-ness can and does work.
God = One is an equation central to all monotheistic faiths. The problem arises when attempting to find a universal concept of God and a common meaning for everyone. God in our society is subjective and the word God has different meanings for different people. Faith alone does not seem to work for everyone. Various cultures and religious traditions define God in dissimilar ways which too often becomes the seed of many conflicts. There is another side of the God = One equation, the concept of One. One-ness is an extremely difficult concept for us to accept. We cannot understand the philosophical notion of Unity based on our observations of the world around us (the three dimensional world). But One is a number. And numbers are the language of mathematics. In mathematics, we find a language that actually does transcend cultural limitations. Two plus two equals four no matter what we believe in. All architects equally accept pi as the relationship of the radius to the circumference of a circle. A key element in Meru research is the investigation of this concept, Oneness. From the perspective of One, as presented in the Torah, perhaps we can begin to understand and rationally discuss the concept of God.
The Jews do not own the Torah but they are surely its caretakers. They have preserved it, sanctified it, and suffered because of it. Whatever one’s opinion might be towards Jews and Judaism, the propensity towards intellectual curiosity is undeniable. This begs the question of why a seemingly intelligent people would sustain such a high level of adherence to a document that, on face value, seems to be an ancient relic of little relevance to modern thinking. Why, for over thousands of years of public humiliation, torture, and discrimination would a community, even when fragmented and scattered all over the world, cling to a scroll of parchment filled with remarkable but seemingly irrelevant stories and parables? Meru research seeks to address this issue.
The heart of Meru research is that, within the Torah, there is a geometry that generates three and four dimensional models. These models are applicable to every natural living system and are snapshots of Unity and how it works. The geometry within the Torah that generates these models is available in all sacred alphabets including Greek, and Arabic. This geometry can be applied to the flame of Islam, Rumi’s Medlevi Sufi Round Dance, Christian iconography, eastern symbolism, and much more. This demonstrates that, while we are seeking unity as humans, our differences are also necessary elements. The brain, heart, and liver are all separate organs yet all three are necessary for the survival of the body. We need to stress commonality over conflict for the survival of our children.
essence of Torah is peace. Rabbi Hillel, a great Jewish sage during Roman
times, when asked to define the essence of Torah, made a statement now
called "Torah on one foot." This definition is the seed of the Golden Rule
"What is hateful unto you do not do unto your neighbor..."
Meru research does not denigrate traditional teachings of Torah or the bible. It, in fact, enhances and explains several misunderstood passages, prayers, customs, and symbols. By applying the geometry of Genesis, we can get a clearer understanding of concepts like "a coat of many colors," "the tent of meeting," "Urim and Thurim," "the burning bush," and the crownlets on the letters in Torah. The covenant and redemption begin to make sense as we explore Torah in this light of reality.
In 1968 Stan Tenen was an electronic engineer living in Newton, Mass. One summer day he was watching a TV program called "The Prisoner," a fictional British import that delved into esoteric subject matter, quite ahead of its time. In this particular episode there was a reference made to coding and it struck a cord in Stan. Curious, he went digging for a bible and dusted off a copy of the Hebrew-English Pentateuch that most Jewish boys in the 1950’s received at the time of their bar mitzvah and, like most young people of that generation, disregarded it once the bar mitzvah was over. He opened it to the first page and instead of looking at the English, his eyes fell upon the Hebrew text. Like most kids forced to attend Hebrew school in those days, he had learned to recognize the letters of the Hebrew alphabet but had not gained the ability to translate Hebrew to English. Now, as he looked at the letters something caught his eye. Suddenly, Stan realized that he was looking at a pattern in the first verse. Stan has been a visual pattern recognizer all of his life. His ability to visually see the technical makeup of an object, for example, provided him with a creative talent for inventions and as part of the math team in high school it was necessary to view mathematical problems as patterns to quickly solve the equations. Stan was astonished, his intuition told him that there was a pattern to the letters and it struck his curiosity.
Believing that this pattern should be common knowledge in religious and academic circles, Stan was surprised to find that the local rabbi, priest, and Harvard scholars knew nothing of what he was referring to. After a number of inquiries, someone suggested that it might be related to Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. Stan's natural curiosity compelled him to begin his own research. For the next ten years, he read everything he could find regarding mystical ideas. He was completely open-minded in what he read, and the subject matter ran the full gamut of available literature. It encompassed ideas in every religious, scientific, and esoteric tradition even including "little green books channeled from outer space and underlined in red."
After ten years, Stan sensed an underlying theme in all of his reading and knew that there was a relationship to the pattern in Genesis. He concluded that it represented something important and committed his time and energy to discover its meaning. From the start, Stan realized that, if there was true meaning to the pattern, he would need to be able to present his findings to people like himself – skeptical, non-religious, scientific, rational, logical thinkers who, on face value, normally rejected anything religious, mystical, or spiritual. So he decided that to unlock the puzzle he must use the scientific method of discovery. He set up a series of criteria that he would follow to unravel the pattern and began a painstakingly long road of trial and error. Logically, Stan began his research by applying every sophisticated method and idea he could muster, with minimal success. All indications led to the necessity of finding a mathematical way of looking at the first verse but none seemed to fit. Binary (Base-2 used in computer language) didn’t work. Another possible approach should have been Gematria, a numerical system that is applied to the Hebrew letters and which is used quite frequently in Kabbalistic literature. While Gematria was useful for reference information, it did not unlock the code.
In the summer of 1978, exactly ten years after discovering the pattern, Stan was living with his wife Cynthia in San Francisco. A set of unusual circumstances found him on the local public television station, KQED, hosting a replay of "The Prisoner," which the station was showing without commercials leaving time to spare for discussion. When the same episode that had spurred his original curiosity ten years ago was played, Stan discussed the pattern on the air and brought up his dilemma in not being able to break the code. Following the program, a group of high school "Prisoner" fans suggested that he try base-3, trinary (counting by threes) and when he did, the door to discovery swung open. Once the light of base-3 was shined on the first verse, a geometry emerged that would provide an abundance of new ideas and set the stage for a discovery of major proportions.
It would be another ten years before Stan would publicly present his research for the first time at the 3220 Gallery in San Francisco (on the videotape "Geometric Metaphors of Life") By that time there was no question of the importance and significance of his discovery. In the intervening years, he had attracted the interest of a number of curious physicists, mathematicians and religious scholars who, while reserved about the significance of his data, knew he was on to something important. Of course, many questions remained (then as they do now), but the enormity of his discovery could not be discounted.
In 1983, the Meru Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation to support Stan’s research. Stan is currently the director of research for the foundation. His work still remains a curious puzzle among academics many who are challenged by its unusual conclusions. Religious and academic scholars, who are not trained in formal mathematical concepts and base their research entirely on the two dimensional narrative in sacred writings, have a difficult time perceiving biblical metaphor as geometric. Scientists and mathematicians, trained in a world in which religion and spirituality are perceived as myth and superstition are similarly challenged. The work of the Meru Foundation is a bridge between those two areas of thought. It recaptures a time in which science and religion were deeply intertwined.
The story of Stan Tenen's path of discovery
and the results of his research, as presented in the following pages, is
shown in detail on the videotape, "Geometric Metaphors of Life,"
available on this website.