Pythagoras - Iamblichus's Life - The Elements and Contrast
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Iamblichus – Life of Pythagoras [translated by Thomas Taylor]
Pythagoras was the inventor of the whole of political erudition, when he said that nothing is pure among things that have an existence; but that Earth participates of Fire, Fire of Air, Air of Water, and Water of Spirit.
And in a similar manner the beautiful participates of the deformed, the just of the unjust and other things conformably to these.