Who Was Pythagoras?
Most people today would say that Pythagoras was a Greek mathematician who invented geometry and came up with a way to relate the sides of a right triangle known as the Pythagorean Theorem which says that in a triangle with right angles, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. This theory can also be used to calculate the area of a semicircle. He was influenced in his studies by the Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus and his student Anaximander. His students, known as Pythagoreans, were the ones who called every natural number, or whole number, which is equal to the sum of all its divisors except itself perfect numbers. The Pythagoreans also discovered irrational numbers. But that is barely scratching the surface of who Pythagoras really was. While some question that Pythagoras contributed much to the field of mathematics, he certainly contributed to Greek mathematics. In truth, however, his studies in mathematics were done only as part of his studies in spiritual development and his goal was not to create mathematicians, but to save Souls.
As a philosopher, he developed a school of philosophy known as Pythagoreanism. It included a highly structured way of life that was intended to help one develop their spiritual Self.
According to Wikipedia, Pythagoras was a philosopher who had an enormous effect on Western philosophy. They credit him with founding and operating a mystery school that practiced a “communal, ascetic lifestyle.” They add that it is debated whether he really contributed much to mathematics, or even philosophy, yet state that he influenced many including Plato, Copernicus, and Isaac Newton.
A biography of Pythagoras found on the website of St. Andrews University in Scotland starts with this summary:
“Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher who made important developments in mathematics, astronomy, and the theory of music. The theorem now known as Pythagoras’s theorem was known to the Babylonians 1000 years earlier but he may have been the first to prove it.”
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy says of him:
“The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Pythagoras must have been one of the world’s greatest persons, but he wrote nothing, and it is hard to say how much of the doctrine we know as Pythagorean is due to the founder of the society and how much is later development. It is also hard to say how much of what we are told about the life of Pythagoras is trustworthy; for a mass of legend gathered around his name at an early date.”
He is said to have spent years as a young man studying philosophy in Alexandria, Egypt, and Babylon. The secrecy of the Egyptian priests, their refusal to eat beans, their refusal to even wear clothes made from animal skins, and their striving for purity were all customs that Pythagoras would later adopt. Not because he was trying to imitate the Egyptian mystery schools, but because he knew it was the right thing to do. He left the island of Samos at one point for southern Italy to try to spread his teachings there and founded a school in Croton (now known as Crotone) that was quite successful. The Greek philosopher Philolaus of Croton was one of his students. He was loved by many, but his most important teachings were spiritual and were kept secret by his students.
The big problem that nearly all of these biographies mention is that Pythagoras wrote nothing. His teachings were limited to those who studied at his school, the Pythagorean Society, and were given orally. Like all mystery schools, his students pledged to never share the teachings with those outside of the school, at least not the deep, inner teachings that were spiritual. His history is limited by the fact that the earliest writings about him came from the fourth century BCE, about 150 years after his death.
Math, Music, and Frequency
The math and music that Pythagoras used in his school in ancient Greece were chosen because the frequencies of the sounds and geometrical shapes helped to awaken something spiritual in people, which is something we understand in Cosolargy.
“Pythagoras taught that God spoke in symbols, geometric forms, and that those forms transmitted Intelligence, Thought, and what we could call a Plan. The Essenes and the Therapeutae taught this.” ~Gene Savoy, Sr. (theology lecture)
Pythagoras studied musical notes and scales using a lyre. Using the lyre, Pythagoras found that using a string that is exactly half the length of another will produce a sound that is exactly an octave higher.He called the relationship between notes an interval.
Wikipedia says on this subject, “Pythagorean tuning is a system of musical tuning in which the frequency ratios of all intervals are based on the ratio 3:2. This ratio, also known as the “pure” perfect fifth, is chosen because it is one of the most consonant and easiest to tune by ear and because of importance attributed to the integer.”
Pythagoras Would Understand Cosolargy
Pythagoras taught that the regenerated spiritual soul returned to Heaven after the death of the material body. Cosolargy teaches this as well. More importantly, we teach people how to regenerate the soul, as did Pythagoras.
Pythagoras taught that the sun reflected the light of Hestia, a Greek Goddess. In Cosolargy, we teach that the Spiritual Sun reflects the Light of God.
“Isn’t it logical to assume that the physical sun is the image of something higher, a Spiritual Sun? It’s all so simple. Once you understand and are liberated, illuminated, and enlightened, all of the hermetic teachings, all of the teachings of Pythagoras, all of the teachings of China and India become so clear. You cannot be fooled about spiritual things. You know the truth because of a religious science based on truth” ~Gene Savoy, Sr. (Theology Lecture)
Pythagoras taught that the supreme music of God was infinite and consisted of pure sounds. His music was an attempt to create music as close to those pure sounds as humanly possible. Pythagorean ceremonies often included such music to help raise the vibrations and frequencies of the people in attendance. In Cosolargy, we do the same with the music played at our Divine Sunrise Services.
Creation of the Physical Universe
“Now, we may remember reading about the Angels of Darkness that started experimenting and creating worlds, geometric forms, and so on. It’s all mentioned in the teachings of Pythagoras and others. The Egyptians speak about this.” ~Gene Savoy, Sr. (theology lecture)
Another area where Pythagoras would be in complete agreement with Cosolargy is on the creation of the physical universe. Most Christians today think it was created by God, but in Cosolargy it is taught that the physical universe was created by the Demiurge, the false god. This cosmology was also taught by Pythagoras and the Gnostic schools.
“Plato understood well the concept that in order to know the universe one had to conform to universal order or law. To fit in you had to follow the order and the law of the universe, just like if you want to fit into society, you must follow law and order, because after all, civil law and order is based on the higher. It’s a model. And to conform to universal order or law, one had to keep step with or to unify with the rhythm of the cosmos, as he called it. The rhythm of the cosmos that is in tune with the celestial and stellar harmonies. Can you not see what Plato is speaking about? We have here the same idea shared by Pythagoras—and it was thought that Plato was a student of Pythagoras and was a teacher of Pythagoras’s school in Greece. Pythagoras called this rhythm of the cosmos the ‘music of the spheres.’” ~Gene Savoy, Sr. (theology lecture)
It is a teaching of Cosolargy that Universal Law, or more accurately the Laws of God, are the supreme laws that all must follow. Pythagoras taught and believed the same. Man’s law should never violate the Laws of God, and when it does, we are obligated to obey God above man.
Immortality of the Soul
The great physician Alcmaeon of Croton said that the reason people die is because they are unable to attach the beginning with the end, as the heavenly spheres do in their eternal revolutions. Now, how many people can understand a statement like that? He is talking about the immortality of the soul. And here we are reminded of Asclepius, as well as Hippocrates when they were talking about the mystic healing of the soul. The soul, being immortal, according to Pythagoras, required the use of harmonics for its healing, and to bring it into memory of its preexistence. It is said that Pythagoras believed in and taught Metempsychosis, or the transmigration of souls, although that philosophy did not originate with him.
“The soul, being immortal, to Pythagoras, required the use of harmonics for its healing, and to bring it into memory of its preexistence.
“This philosophy, according to Pythagoras, was said to be the highest music. Later scholars and academics not in possession of his techniques could not grasp the meaning of his cryptic sayings or the concept of the music of the spheres. Thus, some regard his teaching as being flawed. Thinkers like Aristotle, using dry reasoning voided by physical knowledge, regarded the soul as a faculty of the mind and the body, which, of course, it is not. And we see so much misinformation and untruth in the Western world based on this concept. Socrates, on the other hand, who followed the thinking of Pythagoras, withdrew from secular society to form a secret religious society, for he knew that sensory perception was lacking and can be summed up in the ancient saying: ‘God and the spheres passed away from my vision, but my divine eye brought them back to me.’ So, we begin with solar eye techniques.’”~Gene Savoy, Jr. (Project X Solar Teachings of Greece and the Mediterranean).
In Cosolargy, it is taught that the soul is immortal. This is another teaching that Pythagoras would agree with. While it may be true that since Pythagoras wrote nothing down, much of what he taught was well known to other mystery schools as those teachings were passed from generation to generation orally.
So in conclusion, we can say that Pythagoras of Samos was first and foremost a great spiritual teacher. His studies of philosophy, mathematics, and music had one primary purpose: to help his students develop their spiritual faculties. The life of Pythagoras was one of spiritual development above all else. So like many of the ancient Greek philosophers and spiritual teachers, Pythagoras would be quite at home in Cosolargy.