I’m not going to write extensively about the life of this great figure, but show the reader that Pythagoras never wrote anything similar to what the Pythagorean pseudo-numerologists attribute to him.
Of course, Pythagoras talked about the harmony of numbers and their mystical values, talked about the values of Hindu numbers and many other things that can be read in several books, however, in no authoritative book or document we find any reference to any numerology that he would have invented and that we find being propagated by contemporary “Pythagorean numerologists”.
Some considerations about Pythagoras
The birth of Pythagoras is shrouded in deep darkness. Using some prominent and wise biographers, among them Édouard Schuré, Ginés Gebran, Francisco Valdomiro Lorenz, Roberto Medrado, among others, it was concluded that he was the son of Pártenis (mother) and Mnesarco (father?), a wealthy family aristocratic house of Samos, Greek island in the Aegean Sea. At the birth of Pythagoras, a tyrant named Polycrates reigned in Greece, and the Pythia of Delphi advised her mother that the “predestined” child be born far from the dark disturbing influences of her homeland, and so the boy was born in the light of Apollo, in Sidon, Syria; therefore he was not Greek but Syrian. Does the reader see any resemblance here to the birth of Jesus? The boy was born; and when he was a year old, his mother, following the counsel of the priests of Delphi, led him to the temple of Adonai in the valley of Lebanon. There, the patriarch blessed him and advised the family to return to Samos.
At eighteen he had already followed the lessons of Hermodamas de Samos; at twenty, those of Ferecides at Syros, and he had even dealt with Thales and Anaximander at Miletus. All these masters had revealed new horizons to him, but none satisfied the young scholar. What he was looking for inwardly in the maze of contradictory teachings was the bond, the synthesis, the unity of the great All. In this quest, the son of Parthenis had reached one of those crisis in which the mind, startled by the contradiction of facts, concentrates all its faculties in a supreme effort to glimpse the principle, to find the path that leads to the sun of truth, to the center of the life (the comparison to Jesus here is remarkable).
The spirit of Pythagoras, who suddenly finds his way, begins to dwell on his past, on his birth shrouded in darkness, and on his mother’s mysterious and warm love. One day a childhood memory came to mind, quite accurately. He remembered that his mother had taken him at the age of a year, to the valley of Lebanon, to the temple of Adonai. He saw himself as a small boy, entwined in his mother’s lap, between colossal mountains, immense forests, where a river cascaded down. She was standing on a terrace shaded by large cedars; in front of her, a majestic white-bearded priest smiled at the mother and son, speaking serious words he did not understand. His mother, however, had often reminded him of the strange phrases of the hierophant of Adonai: “O woman of Ionia, your son will be great through wisdom, but remember that if the Greeks still possess the knowledge of the gods, the science of God is found only in Egypt”. She guessed, then, for the first time, the meaning of the oracle. He had heard of the prodigious knowledge of the Egyptian priests and their formidable mysteries: he had understood that he lacked this “science of God” so to speak, to penetrate to the depths of nature, and that he would find it only in the temples of Egypt. Since then, the resolution to move to Egypt, and make his start there, was created in his mind.
Pythagoras moves to Egypt to study with the priests in the temples.
With a letter of recommendation from Polycrates to Pharaoh Amasis, Pythagoras introduced himself to the priests of Memphis. They didn’t receive it. The Egyptian sages distrusted the Greeks, whom they called light and fickle. They did everything they could to frighten the young Samian. The novice, however, submitted himself to the slowness and trials that they put him through with unflagging patience and courage. He knew beforehand that he would attain knowledge only by submitting his whole being to his will. His initiation lasted, therefore, twenty-two years under the direction of Pontiff Sonquis.
During the twenty-two years of apprenticeship Pythagoras certainly went through a lot of challenges and struggles, but like all great men, Pythagoras did not flee from anything, however bad, that could lead him to science, and the fear of death did not put him off because he believed in the afterlife.
When he attained the priesthood and aspired to return to Greece, war raged over the Nile basin with all its calamities, enveloping the initiate of Osiris in a new whirlwind. Pythagoras saw Egypt invaded by Cambyses. He could see the looting of the temples of Memphis and Thebes and the destruction of the temple of Ammon. He could see Pharaoh Psameticus, led before Cambyses, shackled with thick chains, upon a rise, around which the priests, the chief families, and the king’s court were made to stand. He could see the Pharaoh’s daughter, dressed in rags and followed by all the bridesmaids, also dressed in rags, the royal prince and two thousand soldiers with bridles in their mouths and halters around their necks, before being beheaded. Cruel but instructive lesson from history after science lessons.
Pythagoras carried off to Babylon.
Cambyses had Pythagoras transported as a prisoner of war to Babylon with a portion of the Egyptian priesthood, and interned him there.
This magnificent city, which Aristotle likens to a country surrounded by walls, then offered an immense field of observation. Here a series of despots had taken over Chaldea, Assyria, Persia, a part of Tartary, Judea, Syria, and Asia Minor. It was here that Nebuchadnezzar had imprisoned the Jewish people, who continued to practice their worship in a corner of the immense city, which was at least six times the size of London. The Jews even provided the great king with a powerful minister, in the person of the prophet Daniel, who becomes a close friend and disciple of Pythagoras.
Due to a series of previous events, when Pythagoras arrived in Babylon, three different religions vied for the high priesthood of the country: the ancient Chaldean priests, the survivors of Persian magic and the elite of Jewish captivity. What proves that all these different priesthoods harmonized with each other on the esoteric side is precisely the role of Daniel, who, although absolutely affirming the God of Moses, remains prime minister with Nebuchadnezzar, Balthazar and Cyrus.
Pythagoras thus entered Babylon in the arcana of ancient magic. At the same time, he saw in this den of despotism a great spectacle: on the rubble of the crumbling religions of the East, on top of its priesthood, decimated and degenerated, a group of intrepid initiates, gathered together, who defended their science, their faith, and, as far as was possible to them, righteousness.
Pythagoras was a prisoner in Babylon for twelve years. To get out of there it was necessary an order from the king of the Persians. A countryman of his, Democedes, the sovereign’s physician, interceded on his behalf and obtained the philosopher’s freedom. He therefore returned to Greece after thirty-four years of absence.
The Pythagorean School.
In Crotona he created the Pythagorean school, not without first scandalizing the entire civil society and local politics, to the point that the senate (council of thousands), alarmed at his ancestry, summoned him to justify his conduct and the means he used to attract youth.
Porphyry and Iamblichus, contemporary local philosophers, paint him more as a sorcerer than a philosopher (the opposition!).
Pythagoras never wrote anything similar to Numerology.
Pythagoras discovered formulas and created laws. Formulas can be found in good math textbooks; the laws, however, are not so publicized. There are ten. Entering the mystical world of the philosopher, we find the “Ten Laws of Pythagoras”, which constitute the “Tetractys”, the Sacred Decade, Mother of All things because it is from the “Ten”, of the Ten Laws, that all things are generated and give rise. Let’s go to them:
01 – UNIT LAW;
02 – LAW OF OPPOSITION;
03 – LAW OF RELATIONSHIP;
04 – RECIPROCITY LAW;
05 – LAW OF FORM;
06 – HARMONY LAW;
07 – LAW OF COSMIC EVOLUTION;
08 – LAW OF HIGHER EVOLUTION;
09 – UNIVERSAL INTEGRATION LAW;
10 – LAW OF SYNTHESIS.
Before concluding, it is interesting to reproduce the 13 PYTAGORIC APHORISMS, so little publicized in this global time.
01 – Do not stir fire with a sword: it meant not inciting the wrath, the indignation of the powerful.
02 – Don’t step over a balance beam: it meant not going over equality and justice.
03 – Don’t sit on your bushel: it meant taking care of both the present and the future where a bushel is food for one day.
04 – Don’t eat your heart: it means not to torment your spirit with anguish and pain.
05 – Don’t turn around when going abroad: it meant that, when a person leaves this life, he cannot wander around attached to it, that is, in reference to the spirits of the dead; there is also another interpretation: when you enter the spiritual path, you must never abandon it.
06 – Don’t help with laying down a burden but rather help put it on: meant that the student of truth should encourage knowledge in others and not force them to believe in him.
07 – Don’t put a god’s image on a ring: it explains itself.
08 – Do not urinate against the sun: be modest.
09 – Don’t walk on the highway: it meant that those who seek true knowledge must seek wisdom in solitude.
10 – Don’t offer your right hand too easily: it meant that you should govern your words or keep silent when necessary, so as not to offend others.
11 – Turn sharp blades away from you: meant to avoid offending others with ironic comments.
12 – Don’t keep clawed birds: it meant avoiding false friends.
13 – Don’t share your roof with swallows: it means that whoever seeks wisdom should not allow wandering thoughts to disturb his mind; nor, let ignorant people (regarding wisdom) come into your life with antagonistic ideas.
Pythagoras talked about the harmony of numbers and their mystical values, talked about the values of Hindu numbers and many other things that can be read in the aforementioned writers, among others, however, in no authoritative book or document we find any reference to any numerology that he would have invented and that we find being propagated by contemporary “Pythagorean numerologists”.
To close the subject of Pythagoras, I want to show that there is a great similarity between the life of this philosopher and that of Jesus: both were born in Syria, and both families were traveling to deal with commercial matters and to both mothers an Angel or Spirit when they were pregnant and were told that they would give birth to a benefactor of humanity. Both Pythagoras and Jesus were called: Sons of God or Sons of Gods. It is said that Pythagoras was born with a golden thigh, and to this day no one has ever known the true meaning of this. He was blond, handsome, intelligent and in his chest shone the eternal flame of justice (just like Jesus); in his blue eyes a secret energy full of life blazed. His birth is surrounded by a thousand wonders. Among so many, one says that a Divine Being had taken human form to rule the fate of mortals. I advise the reader to seek out the cited authors and others of equal value in order to be sure of the life of this magnificent figure and to become aware of the truth.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” – John, 8:32