Pythagoras is probably best known today for his contributions to mathematics and particularly to geometry but he was much more than a mathematician.  He was a Scientist, astronomer, philosopher and Mystic.  He ran his own school of philosophy and mysticism but not much is known about it since students were sworn to secrecy.  Some of the basic teachings of his school were:

(1) that at its deepest level, reality is mathematical in nature,
(2) that philosophy can be used for spiritual purification,
(3) that the soul can rise to union with the divine,
(4) that certain symbols have a mystical significance, and
(5) that all brothers of the order should observe strict loyalty and secrecy.

In fact, it has been said that he opposed the mundane use of geometry for secular purposes because he considered it the sacred language of the soul.


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