…Adapted from Naiwu Osahon?s book: THE END OF KNOWLEDGE

By: Naiwu Osahon

Pythagoras (582-500 BCE), a native of Samos, travelled frequently to Egypt to study and like every aspirant, had to secure the permission of the Egyptian Priests. According to Diogenes, as a result of the friendship between Polycrates of Samos and Amasis King of Egypt (568 ?

525 BCE), Polycrates gave Pythagoras letters of introduction to the King, who secured for him an introduction, first to the Priest of Heliopolis, then to the Priest of Memphis, and lastly to the Priests of Thebes, to each of whom Pythagoras gave a silver goblet.

Herodotus, Jablonsk and Pliny also confirm that after severe trials, the Egyptian Priests had imposed, including circumcision upon Pythagoras; he was finally initiated into all their secrets. He spent twenty-five years of study in the Egyptian Mystery System.

He learnt the doctrine of metempsychosis, of which there was no trace before in the Greek religion. His knowledge of medicine and strict system of diabetic rules, distinguished him as a product of Egypt, where medicine had attained its highest perfection. His attainments in geometry corresponded with the ascertained fact that Egypt was the birthplace of that science. Plutarch, Demetrius and Antisthenes also inform us that ?Pythagoras founded the science of mathematics among the Greeks, and that he sacrificed to the Muses, when the Egyptian Priests explained to him the properties of the right angled triangle.?

All Pythagoras’ doctrines naturally, were derived from the teachings of the Egyptian Mystery System. He set up his school in Crotona, Italy.

His properties of Number, based on the principle of opposite elements:

odd and even, finite and infinite, and positive and negative, were taught also by Heracleitus, Parmenidies, Democtritus, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Zenophanes the satirist. The teachings led to reductio ad absurdum in Zeno’s treatment of space and time, and Parmenidies’ Being and non-Being, as ?that which is not.? Meaning nature or reality consists of two properties, a positive and negative.

Pythagoras’ doctrine of Harmony defined as the union of opposites was also taught by Heracleitus, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Pythagoras taught that harmony is an essential attribute of beauty and insisted that everything including life, consciousness, and even the universe, have grades of goodness and harmony. He spoke of ascending levels of goodness from matter to spirit, and that all these grades of goodness and harmony are attributes of the One Source. He showed how harmony weighted mathematically was used to sustain Good and Beauty in the universe. He divided the enormous number of creation’s segments into levels and domains to prove that certain natural laws govern them. He provided each of the segments with a sound, a number, a title, a form, a harmonic interval, and a colour.

Pythagoras illustrated his hypotheses about correspondences on the various levels of intelligence with doctrines extending from geometric figures to the theoretical. He applied his law of harmonic intervals to everything including the building of temples, study of vision, movements between light and form, and the healing of the mind and body. He established that seven keys of the Greek music system affected emotions, disorders of the nerves, and he evolved a complex music therapy for these. For Pythagoras, ten is the sacred summary and wholeness of the parts in nature. He demonstrated the relationship between cause and effect in harmony with a mathematical arrangement dressed in music. His diatonic scale used the tetractys, a pyramid of ten dots to establish the ratio of intervals in the octave, their relationship with harmony, and he then tried to use this to reveal the cosmic forces, as in Hinduism’s ?kasha. Socrates’

teaching, that reality is the quest for freedom in an enduring changeless harmony, was preserved in Pythagoras’ five books on Theology.

He used geometric figures, to reveal the mysteries between universal nature and deity; the tetrahedron, with four equilateral triangles as faces; the cube, with six squares as faces; the octahedron, with eight equilateral triangles as faces; the dodecahedron, with twelve regular rhombs as faces; the incosahedron, with twenty equilateral triangles as faces. Thus, the triangle is sacred to the Greeks because it symbolizes the Monad, the ?Sire of God and man,? the Divine Father, the sum total of the parts. Great Mother is the duad, the opposite in a triad with the Monad and when androgynous, gave birth to the worlds as the duad parent of the off- springs. The three sides of the triangle are Monad’s spiritual bodies. Figures with four sides symbolize material forms. The circle is the most celebrated of all polygons because of its limitless sides. A trinity in a circle, with a centre radius, summarizes infinity of the Source of Power. The triangle concept extended to all things. Man, ‘consist of three?

parts and divide into the ignorant, the slightly informed, and the spiritually enlightened, while the universe breaks into:

(a) The Supreme world, home of the Absolute Truth, omnipresent,

omnipotent, and omniscient, permeates the lesser world.

(b) The Superior world, home of the demigods or immortal men and of

nature’s plan for all things. This sphere also casts a physical ?shadow? over or permeates the lower world.

(c) The inferior world is the home of the demiurgos, virtuous gods,

the daemons, the angels, man, and material entities.

Pythagoras’ doctrine of fire as the central and peripheral basis of creation, were also used in the teachings of Heracleitus, Anaxagoras, Democritus, Socrates and Plato. Pythagoras believed that growth of the parts is toward the Grand Monad, represented by the Sun (i.e., Central Fire). That God, man and the universe are related segments of one whole. That God is truth and truth inspires all things.

Pythagoras’ doctrine of the immortality of the soul and the Summum Bonum, which he said was a form of transmigration of the soul, was also taught by Socrates as the purpose of philosophy through which the soul feeding upon the truth congenial to its divine nature, allowed it to escape the wheel of rebirth and attain the final consummation of unity with God. Pythagoras taught that divine melodies could be understood with consciousness frequencies of high enough pitch, and that man ultimately would become immortal without need for his physical body. That what is important is for man to aim at ?moderation in all things, nothing in excess.?

That physical relationship is less important than mental, and that wisdom comes from developing ones intellect to the level of visceral cosmic consciousness, or the Monad, the ?mysterious permanent atom.

All of these doctrines originated from the Egyptian Mystery System.

Opposite elements of Number and the principle of opposites, was represented by male and female Gods by Egyptians. The origin of Harmony was the Egyptian blending of opposites. The Greeks’ Fire theory was from the Egyptian Fire philosophy and it’s Initiate’ Fire worshippers. Finally, the purpose of philosophy as the salvation of the soul to be accomplished by methods of purification was offered by the Egyptian Mysteries as a means of lifting man from the mortal to the immortal level. This was the Summum Bonum, The Greatest Good.

All of these doctrines originated from the Egyptian Mystery System.

Opposite elements of Number and the principle of opposites, was represented by male and female Gods by Egyptians. The origin of Harmony was the Egyptian blending of opposites. The Greeks’ Fire theory was from the Egyptian Fire philosophy and it’s Initiate’ Fire worshippers. Finally, the purpose of philosophy as the salvation of the soul to be accomplished by methods of purification was offered by the Egyptian Mysteries as a means of lifting man from the mortal to the immortal level. This was the Summum Bonum, The Greatest Good.

Naiwu Osahon: the Sage of the New World Order, renowned author, philosopher of science, mystique, leader of the world Pan-African Movement.

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