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In Search of Pythagoras

Some days ago I got an e-mail from an Indian friend searching books of Pythagoras for an acquaintance. I didn’t know much about any books of this great initiate in English, I just have read the excellent book of Master EK (Ekkirala Krishnamacharya), “The Wisdom of Pythagoras“, which for the time being is out of print in English and only available in German and Spanish.

Wikipedia said that no texts by Pythagoras survived, but some relevant source texts from Antiquity deal with his life and teachings and that of his followers. There is even an on-line book, The Complete Pythagoras, containing all survived biographies and Pythagorean fragments. Since my Indian friend has built up a beautiful little Spiritual Book Centre in Hyderabad, which I had visited last January, I tried to find out a bit more about books on the esoteric teachings of Pythagoras and asked an American friend with a profound spiritual background, but he referred me also to Wikipedia and the Encyclopædia Britannica, with paid content.

May last year we had been for a seminar on Pythagoras with our spiritual teacher, Sri K. Parvathi Kumar, in Samos, where the great spiritual master was born. He later had to leave his native island to escape the tyrannical government of Polycrates. We had seen the caves where he had lived and I remember a beautiful evening meditation in the harbour of Pythagoreion at the feet of the Pythagoras statue.

Statue of Pythagoras at Pythagoreion, with cosmological and mathematical symbols related to his teachings

View from the cave, where Pythagoras meditated

The cave is situated in a rock face at the north coast of the island.

View from out of the cave

Pythagoras – meeting of cosmic and human wisdom

One Response to “In Search of Pythagoras”

  1. Francesco A. Iannuzzi Says:

    Dear Sir,

    Vincenzo Capparelli has published several books on Pythagoras, in Italian. The web site I placed above gives a description of some of his writing.

    In this books there are innumerable references of other writings on Pythagoras.

    I have the book by the master in Italian and in Spanish for my Latin American friends.



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