(ORDO NEWS) — When asked who Pythagoras is, most people will probably answer that he is the great ancient Greek mathematician, the creator of the famous isosceles triangle theorem …
Meanwhile, this extraordinary person was also an outstanding thinker and occult adept, so that his scientific activity is directly related to spiritual knowledge.
Pythagoras was born in the family of a wealthy Samian jeweler. Even before his birth, he was dedicated by his parents to the sun god Apollo. When he was one year old, his mother Parthenisa, on the advice of the Delphic priests, took the child to the temple of Adonai, located in the Lebanon Valley.
There the great priest gave the baby his blessing. The boy’s parents encouraged his early inclination towards the sciences. He spoke freely with the Samian priests, studied with the famous teachers of Samos and Demand, entered into disputes in Miletus with Thales and Anaximander themselves.
However, the knowledge received from scientists and sages did not satisfy his spiritual needs. Among their contradictory teachings, he longed to find a living connection, synthesis, unity of the Great Whole, tried to see the goal, to find the path leading to the light of truth, to the center of life.
Pythagoras believed that the whole universe is based on number and harmony. In the synthesis of the three worlds (Earth, God and Man), mutually supporting and defining each other, lies the mystery of the Cosmos.
The law of trinity, which governs the structure of beings, and the law of septenary, underlying their evolution, is the key to the knowledge of the Universe.
In order to prove with his mind what his mighty intuition in the field of the absolute has captured, Pythagoras goes to the priests of Memphis in Egypt. His initiation lasted 22 years under the direction of the great priest Sophis.
The Egyptian priests revealed to their talented student all the treasures of their occult knowledge. Having received the initiation of Osiris, Pythagoras wanted to return to Greece, but the sudden outbreak of war brought the captive priests to Babylon.
There at that time there were three different directions of spiritual life that had an esoteric basis – the ancient priests of Chaldea, the remnants of a tribe of Persian magicians and those chosen from among the captive Jews.
For 12 years, Pythagoras stayed in Babylon against his will. Having hardly received permission to leave from the Persian king, after a 34-year absence, he returned to his native Samos.
By that time, everyone except the aged mother was sure of his death. Soon, together with his mother, he left Samos and arrived in the holy city of Delphi. The teachings professed by the Delphic priests, as in Egypt, were based on art and science.
Art consisted of penetration into the distant past and future through clairvoyance or prophetic ecstasy with the help of Pythian soothsayers. Science was a method of calculating the future based on the laws of world evolution. Art and science controlled each other.
Pythagoras appeared in Delphi after he went around all the temples of Greece. He visited the sanctuary of Zeus, was present at the Olympic Games, stood at the head of the mysteries of Eleusis … Everywhere he was met as possessing some kind of secret power, unknown to mere mortals.
He directed his steps to Delphi, not so much to worship Apollo, but to enlighten his priests. There he saw the young priestess Theoclia, who immediately felt the presence of the Initiate.
The scientist remained in Delphi for a whole year, and only after the priests had been initiated into all the secrets of the occult teachings, and Theoclia was ready for her mission, he went to Croton, the flourishing city of southern Italy, a former colony of Greece.
There he was going to apply the esoteric sciences in the education of youth and the life of the state. He called the young men to the temple of Apollo, and the girls to the temple of Juno.
The Institute of Pythagoreans was also created in Croton, which was at the same time an academy of sciences, a collegium of ethical education, and an exemplary community.
Under the guidance of the great Initiate, the students of this institution achieved harmony of soul and intellect with the Universe.
The small congregation of the elect was housed in a white building perched on a hill under the shade of capers and olives.
Young people who wanted to join the community had to go through a series of trials. Not everyone could endure fasting, loneliness and self-mockery, so many, without passing the exam for self-control, left the school of Pythagoras.
Pythagoras lived in Croton for 30 years. At the age of 60, he married the young beauty Theano. Their children – two sons and a daughter – followed in the footsteps of their father.
Pythagoras managed to put rulers based on higher knowledge at the head of the state, forming the Council of Three Hundred (something like a scientific, political and religious Order, of which Pythagoras himself was recognized as the head). The Pythagorean Order existed for 50 years.
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