Pythagoras was an Essene in the same temple where we later find Yeshua and John the Baptist, to list but two whom many will know. If you read the golden sayings of Pythagoras (which I have set out further along in this blog) you will find there is much parallelism later found in the few words that have managed to make it into the church’s much edited book we hold to be the gospel, the whole gospel and the entirety of the teachings that resulted from the presence of Yeshua and his days of ministry with the disciples.
Pythagoras – 569BC-475BC
Pythagoras was born circa 569 BC in Samos, Ionia and died around 475 BC, approximately 500 years before the birth of Yeshua. He would travel with his father, Mnesarchus, and history has it that he when in Tyre he was taught there by the Chaldaeans and the learned men of Syria. It seems that he also visited Italy with his father.
In about 535 BC Pythagoras went to Egypt. The accounts of Pythagoras’s time in Egypt suggest that he visited many of the temples and took part in many discussions with the priests. According to Porphyry, Pythagoras was refused admission to all the temples except the one at Diospolis where he was accepted into the priesthood after completing the rites necessary for admission. These were the Essenes.
Pythagoras Prisoner in Egypt 525BC
In 525 BC Cambyses II, the king of Persia, invaded Egypt. Polycrates abandoned his alliance with Egypt and sent 40 ships to join the Persian fleet against the Egyptians. After Cambyses had won the Battle of Pelusium in the Nile Delta and had captured Heliopolis and Memphis, Egyptian resistance collapsed. Pythagoras was taken prisoner and taken to Babylon. Iamblichus writes that Pythagoras:
… was transported by the followers of Cambyses as a prisoner of war. Whilst he was there he gladly associated with the Magoi … and was instructed in their sacred rites and learnt about a very mystical worship of the gods. He also reached the acme of perfection in arithmetic and music and the other mathematical sciences taught by the Babylonians…
In Phoenicia he (Pythagoras) conversed with the prophets who were the descendants of Moses the physiologist, and with many others, as well as the local heirophants . . . . After gaining all he could from the Phoenician Mysteries, he found that they had originated from the sacred rites of Egypt, forming as it were an Egyptian colony. . . . On the Phoenician coast under Mt. Carmel, where, in the Temple on the peak, Pythagoras for the most part had dwelt in solitude . . . Mount Carmel, which they knew to be more sacred than other mountains, and quite inaccessible to the vulgar…” (Life of Pythagoras by Iamblichus)
Church of Rome, Irenaeus & Others
But that is not the case, because the church vis-a-vis Irenaeus and later whose rulings were adopted by Pope Clement, edited out anything and everything that would detract or cause food for thought of the people that maybe, just maybe what the church had decided was in fact made up and orchestrated in order to keep the people away from seeking the Lord for themselves; of taking away the importance of the men of the church as being only those worthy enough to be intermediaries for the people; only they being worthy enough to approach the throne of the Lord, seeking intervention and forgiveness for their wrong doings.
The following information is from a book published by Elaine Pagels (Gnostic Gospels) which I’ve read time and again, as it relates to the early church, in particular Irenaeus’ comments about the found scriptures (dead sea scrolls, Nag Hammadi, etc.):
About the dating of the manuscripts themselves there is little debate. Examination of the datable papyrus used to thicken the leather bindings, and of the Coptic script, place them c. A.D. 350-400. But scholars sharply disagree about the dating of the original texts. Some of them can hardly be later than c. A.D. 120-150, since Irenaeus, the orthodox Bishop of Lyons, writing C. 180, declares that heretics “boast that they possess more gospels than there really are,” and complains that in his time such writings already have won wide circulation–from Gaul through Rome, Greece, and Asia Minor.
What the church of Rome did is akin to the methodologies of the Sadducees and Pharisees in their rule over the men and women of their fellowship. What they said, what they wrote as law went without challenge and anyone who did challenge was ostracized, cast out, shunned and in some cases, put to death.
Such was the fate of Yeshua who dared to challenge the rule of the law of the Sadducees and Pharisees.
The church of Rome picked up where the synagogues of Israel left off. They took for them those powers that worked in their favour, casting aside anything that would detract from their rule and “god given” (according to them) power.
You can read several other blogs that I have written about the Essenes. This is one of the first written. There is also one that is somewhat related to this in that it is about the Essenes and their studies and following of Pythagoras teachings.
The church of Rome was threatened by another group of Jewish religious zealots, the Essenes. They held high moralities and principals and they would not be shaken by the mandates of any religious doctrine that sought to set aside their life of living as One peoples; life of living and giving to their fellow men and women. They also held their women in high esteem, and the women of the Essenes were respected and were listened to when they spoke. There was equality all around; wisdom was not defined by the sexual attributes of a person but by their understanding, knowledge and lifestyles lived.
The Essenes respected all life, were vegetarians and they held in high esteem the gods, the planets, the stars and all of Nature. They believed and walked with the Angels of the Most High, respecting them; respecting them as guides for every hours, minute and second of the day.
For the Essenes everything about the life they lived deserved honour and respect. They were disciplined but not to the point of harshness, because they were loving and were flexible. If today they had a need they received and if tomorrow another had a need, they gave. It was a Yin-Yang society.
The Essenes were disciplined in their respect for the Gift of the life they were given to live. They did not fear the hour of death, they worshipped every hour they lived, fully and to the utmost.
Pythagoras’ Golden Rules
The following are said to be several of Pythagoras’ golden rules for living life.
1 FOREMOST HONOR THE IMMORTAL DEITIES, AS THE LAW DEMANDS.
2 THEN REVERENCE THY OATH, AND THEN THE ILLUSTRIOUS CHAMPIONS, THEN VENERATE THE DIVINITIES UNDER THE EARTH, DUE RITES PERFORMING.
3 THEN HONOR THY PARENTS, AND ALL THY KINDRED.
4 AMONG OTHERS MAKE THE MOST VIRTUOUS THY FRIEND, LOVE TO MAKE USE OF THEIR KIND WORDS, AND LEARN FROM THEIR DEEDS THAT ARE USEFUL;
5 BUT ALIENATE NOT THE BELOVED COMRADE FOR TRIVIAL OFFENSES, BEAR ALL ONE CAN, WHAT ONE CAN, FOR POWER IS BOUND TO NECESSITY.
6 TAKE THIS WELL TO HEART: ONE MUST GAIN CONTROL OF ONES HABITS; FIRST OVER APPETITE, THEN SLUMBER, AND THEN LUXURY, AND ANGER.
7 WHAT BRINGS ONE SHAME, DO NOT UNTO OTHERS, NOR UNTO THYSELF, FOR THE HIGHEST OF DUTIES IS SELF INTEGRITY.
8 LET BALANCED ORDER BE PRACTICED IN WORDS AS IN DEEDS; THEN MAKE THE HABIT, NEVER INCONSIDERATELY TO ACT.
9 NEITHER FORGET THAT DEATH IS APPOINTED TO ALL, THAT POSSESSIONS HERE GLADLY GATHERED, HERE MUST BE LEFT.
10 WHATEVER SORROW THE FATE OF THE DEITIES MAY HERE SEND US, BEAR; WHATEVER MAY BEFALL ONE, WITH PATIENCE UNMURMURING;
11 TO RELIEVE IT, SO FAR AS ONE CAN, IS PERMITTED, BUT REFLECT THAT NOT MUCH MISFORTUNE HAS FATE GIVEN TO THE GOOD.
12 THE OPINION OF THE PEOPLE IS INCONSISTENT, NOW GOOD, AND NOW EVIL; SO LET THEM NOT INTIMIDATE ONE, NOR KEEP ONE FROM ONES PURPOSE.
13 IF FALSE SLANDER COME TO THY EARS, BEAR IT IN PATIENCE, YET THAT WHICH I AM NOW DECLARING, FULFIL IT FAITHFULLY.
14 LET NO ONE WITH SPEECH OR WITH DEEDS EVER DECEIVE THEE, TO DO OR TO SAY WHAT IS NOT THE BEST.
15 THINK BEFORE ACTING, THAT NOTHING STUPID RESULT; TO ACT THOUGHTLESSLY IS THE ROLE OF A FOOL.
16 WHATEVER WILL NOT LATER BRING ONE REPENTANCE, THAT ONE SHOULD CARRY THROUGH.
17 DO NOTHING BEYOND WHAT ONE KNOWS, YET LEARN WHAT ONE MAY NEED; THUS SHALL ONES LIFE GROW HAPPY.
18 DO NOT NEGLECT THE HEALTH OF THE BODY, KEEPING MEASURE IN EATING AND DRINKING, AND EVERY EXERCISE OF THE BODY, AND BY MEASURE IS MEANT WHAT WILL NOT LATER INDUCE PAIN.
19 FOLLOW CLEAN HABITS OF LIFE, BUT NOT THE LUXURIOUS, AVOID ALL THINGS WHICH WILL AROUSE ENVY.
20 AT THE WRONG TIME, NEVER BE UNRESTRAINED, AS IF ONE DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS PROPER; NOR SHOW THYSELF STINGY, FOR AN APPROPRIATE MEASURE IS EVER THE BEST.
21 DO ONLY THOSE THINGS WHICH WILL NOT HARM THEE, AND DELIBERATE BEFORE ACTING.
224 NEVER LET SLUMBER APPROACH THY WEARIED EYELIDS, ERE THRICE ONE REVIEWS WHAT THEY THIS DAY HAVE DONE; WHEREIN HATH ONE SINNED? WHAT DID ONE? WHAT DUTY HAS BEEN NEGLECTED? ALL, FROM FIRST TO LAST REVIEW.
23 IF ONE HAS ERRED, GRIEVE IN ONES SPIRIT, REJOICING FOR ALL THAT WAS GOOD.
24 WITH ZEAL AND WITH INDUSTRY, THIS THEN REPEAT; AND LEARN TO REPEAT IT WITH JOY, THUS WILT ONE TREAD ON THE PATHS OF HEAVENLY VIRTUE; SURELY, I SWEAR IT BY HIM WHO INTO OUR SOULS HAS TRANSMITTED THE SACRED QUATERNARY, THE SPRING OF ETERNAL NATURE.
25 NEVER START ON THY TASK UNTIL ONE HAS IMPLORED THE BLESSINGS OF THE DEITIES.
26 IF THIS ONE HOLDS FAST, SOON ONE WILL RECOGNIZE, OF DEITIES AND MORTAL MEN, THE TRUE NATURE OF EXISTENCE, HOW EVERYTHING PASSES AND RETURNS.
27 THEN WILL ONE PERCEIVE WHAT IS TRUE, HOW NATURE IN ALL IS MOST EQUAL, SO THAT ONE HOPE NOT FOR WHAT HAS NO HOPE, NOT THAT ANYTHING SHOULD ESCAPE ONE.
28 HUMANS YE SHALL FIND WHOSE SORROWS THEY THEMSELVES HAVE CREATED, WRETCHES WHO SEE NOT THE GOOD THAT IS SO NEAR, NOTHING THEY HEAR.
29 FEW KNOW HOW TO HELP THEMSELVES IN MISFORTUNE, THAT IS THE FATE WHICH BLINDS HUMANITY IN CIRCLES.
30 HITHER AND YON THEY RUN IN ENDLESS SORROWS, FOR THEY ARE FOLLOWED BY A GRIM COMPANION, EVEN DISUNION WITHIN THEMSELVES.
31 UNNOTICED, NEVER ROUSE THEM, AND FLY FROM BEFORE THEM! FATHER ZEUS, O FREE THEM ALL FROM SUFFERINGS SO GREAT, OR SHOW UNTO EACH THE ONE WHO IS THEIR GUIDE.
32 YET DO NOT FEAR, FOR THE MORTALS ARE DIVINE BY RACE, TO WHOM HOLY NATURE EVERYTHING WILL REVEAL AND DEMONSTRATE.
33 WHEREFORE, IF ONE HATH RECEIVED, SO KEEP WHAT I TEACH THEE, HEALING THY SOUL, YE SHALL REMAIN INSURED FROM MANIFOLD EVIL.
34 AVOID FORBIDDEN FOODS, REFLECTING THAT THIS CONTRIBUTES TO THE PURITY AND REDEMPTION OF THY SOUL.
35 CONSIDER ALL THINGS WELL, LET REASON, THE GIFT DIVINE, BE THY HIGHEST GUIDE.
36 THEN SHOULD YOU BE SEPARATED FROM THE BODY, AND SOAR INTO THE AETHER; YE WILL BE IMPERISHABLE, A DIVINITY, A MORTAL NO MORE.
I realize it is a lot to read, but putting the pieces of Truth together can be a long and painstaking ordeal for anyone who is seeking to know precisely what Yeshua is and was all about. This is my only purpose in researching. To try and understand the man who lived, the historical human Yeshua and what it was that he left for us in order that we might find our way, our truth, our light.