Pythagoras - The Sacred Discourse - Numbers
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The sacred discourse - Pythagoras [translated by Thomas Taylor]
Number is the ruler of forms and ideas and is the cause of Gods and daemons ……to the most ancient and artificially ruling deity, number is the canon, the artificial reason, the intellect also and the most undeviating balance of the composition and generation of all things…..
[to which Syrianus adds]
But Philolaus declared that number is the governing and self forgotten bond of the eternal permanency of mundane natures, and Hippasus and all those who were destined to a quinquennial silence, called number the judicial instrument of the maker of the universe and the first paradigm of mundane fabrication…………….
But how is it possible they could have spoken thus sublimely of number, unless they had considered it as possessing an essence separate from sensibles, and a transcendency fabricative, and at the same time paradigmatic?
The source of the experiencePythagoras
Concepts, symbols and science items
Form and geometry
Form and the Egg
Unit of energy
Word notation system