An 8 Fold Path That is 2,600 Years Old ? Success Secrets of Pythagoras – The 12 Fold Path – By George Mentz, JD MBA
Recently, I came across a book called the Golden Verses of Pythagoras. The wisdom, virtues, and ethics of the Pythagoreans is profound as it is an authentic blend of Eastern and Western principles.
As stated by the renowned mystic Manly Hall: The most famous of the Pythagorean fragments are the Golden Verses, ascribed to Pythagoras himself. The Golden Verses contain a brief summary of the system of philosophy forming the basis of the educational doctrines of the Pythagoreans of Crotona, or, as it is also known, the Italic School. These verses open by counseling the reader to love God, venerate the great heroes, and respect the spirit guides and elemental body forces. They then urge man to think carefully and industriously concerning his daily life, and to prefer the treasures of the mind and soul to accumulations of earthly goods. The verses also promise man that if he will rise above his lower material nature and cultivate self-control, he will ultimately be acceptable in the sight of the gods, be reunited with them, and partake of their immortality.
Twelve Fold Path – With Pythagorean Golden Verse References
Right Action – Engage No Harm – Sec. 11. Do nothing evil, neither in the presence of others, nor privately; Sec. 13. Observe justice in thy actions and in thy words.
Right Regard – Love Yourself Like Your Destiny Depends On It – Sec. 12. But above all things respect thyself.
Right Planning – Sec. 27. Consult and deliberate before thou act, that thou mayest not commit foolish actions; Sec. 30. Never do anything which thou dost not understand.
Right Speech – Sec. 28. For it is the part of a miserable man to speak and to act without reflection.
Right Gratitude – Sec. 36. Avoid all things that will occasion envy. Sec. 44. And if thou has’t done any good, rejoice.
Right Moderation – Sec. 35. Accustom thyself to a way of living that is neat and decent without luxury. Sec. 9. Know that all these things are as I have told thee; and accustom thyself to overcome and vanquish these passions:–10. First gluttony, sloth, sensuality, and anger.
Right Reflection – Sec. 40. Never suffer sleep to close thy eyelids, after thy going to bed.; Sec. 41. Till thou hast examined by thy reason all thy actions of the day.
Right Forgiveness – Sec. 7. Avoid as much as possible hating thy friend for a slight fault.
Right Contemplation – Sec. 48. But never begin to set thy hand to any work, till thou hast first prayed the gods to accomplish what thou art going to begin. Sec. 45. Practise thoroughly all these things; meditate on them well; thou oughtest to love them with all thy heart.
Right View – Sec. 54. Thou wilt likewise know, that men draw upon themselves their own misfortunes voluntarily, and of their own free choice. Sec. 55. Unhappy that they are! They neither see nor understand that their good is near them.
Right Thinking – Sec. 21. There are among men many sorts of reasonings, good and bad; Sec. 22. Admire them not too easily, nor reject them. Sec. 23. But if falsehoods be advanced, hear them with mildness, and arm thyself with patience. Sec. 24. Observe well, on every occasion, what I am going to tell thee:–Sec. 25. Let no man either by his words, or by his deeds, ever seduce thee. Sec. 26. Nor entice thee to say or to do what is not profitable for thyself.. 68. Make a just distinction of them, and examine all things well.
Right Love and Wisdom – Sec. 5. Of all the rest of mankind, make him thy friend who distinguishes himself by his virtue. Sec. 18. Sextus – The foundation of piety is continence; but the summit of piety is the love of God.
Pythagoras of Samos (580 BC- 495BC) was an Ionian Greek philosopher, mathematician, and founder of the metaphysical-spiritual movement called Pythagoreanism. In the sixth century BC, Pherekydes of Syros, the reputed teacher of Pythagoras and contemporary of Thales and Anaximander (born 610 BC), wrote a book about the birth of the gods and the origin of the cosmos. Considered one of the first prose works of Greek literature, Pherekydes’ book survives only in fragments while the teachings of Pythagoras permeat all scientific and spiritual boundaries.
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