Pythagoras and the Delphic Mysteries

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Although appearing in the full light of historical times, Pythagoras has come down to us as almost a legendary character. The main reason for this is the terrible persecution of which he was the victim in Sicily, and which cost so many of his followers their lives. Some were crushed to death beneath the ruins of their burning schools, others died of hunger in temples. The Master's memory and teaching were only perpetuated by such survivors as were able to escape into Greece. Plato, at great trouble and cost, obtained through Archytas a manuscript of the Master, who, it must be mentioned, never transferred to writing his esoteric teachings except under symbols and secret characters. His real work, like that of all reformers, was effected by oral instruction. The essence of the system, however, comes down to us in the Golden Verses of Lysis, the commentary of Hierocles, fragments of Philolaus and in the Timaeus of Plato, which contains the cosmogony of Pythagoras. To sum up, the writers of antiquity are full of the spirit of the Croton philosopher. They never tire of relating anecdotes depicting his wisdom and beauty, his marvellous power over men. The Neoplatonists of Alexandria, the Gnostics, and even the early Fathers of the Church quote him as an authority. These are precious witnesses through whom may be felt continually vibrating that mighty wave of enthusiasm the great personality of Pythagoras succeeded in communicating to Greece, the final eddies of which were still to be felt eight hundred years after his death.

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His life is shrouded in mystery, lost to the depths of ancient history, but that did not stop French writer and occultist EDOUARD SCHURÉ (1841-1929)--author of such other cryptic works as From Sphinx to Christ: An Occult History and The Great Initiates: A Study of the Secret History of Religions--from delving into the life and teachings of the sixth-century BC thinker Pythagoras.

Highly speculative, wildly romantic, and impenetrably obscure, this daring work assures us, on the basis of no evidence whatsoever, that Pythagoras--whose ideas are said to have influenced Plato, Aristotle, Copernicus, and many other philosophers and scientists who came after him--"was acquainted with the eternal principles of the universe and their application," that he "had learned the secrets as to the past history of religions, continents, and races," and that he, in short, invented the esoteric science of fusing all human knowledge and spirituality into one easy-to-grasp form.

First published in English in 1906, translated by FREDERICK ROTHWELL (b. 1869), this is a replica of a 1923 edition. Surely one of the strangest books ever written, it is certain to mystify and enthrall fans of the occult.

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