Ariadne/Chapter Two: Speech of Pythagoras before Inhabitants of Crotone
Speech of Pythagoras before Inhabitants of Crotone
The next day, Ariadne decided to go to the performance of Pythagoras.
She took her place in the amphitheater. Many citizens of Crotone gathered here to listen to this sage who calls himself a philosopher — that is, lover of wisdom.
Before her hearing, there were talks about Pythagoras between the assembled:
“They say that he was in Egypt and trained by the pyramid priests.”
“They say that he can talk to animals — and they listen and understand him.”
“It is said that the inhabitants of one village complained of a bear who attacked cattle. And Pythagoras talked to him — and convinced him to eat only plant food and not meat. And, they say, the bear obeyed him and did not cause any more ruin.”
“And Pythagoras himself does not eat meat!”
“All this is fudge! Don’t believe the gossip and chatter in the market!”
“Did you hear that Apollo himself endowed him a golden body?”
“Now we will see for ourselves: is his body made of gold! You always believe empty tales!”
“Yes, there he is! He goes!”
… Pythagoras went out into the middle of the amphitheater. He moved slowly. And while He walked, the conversations ceased and the silence fell.
This transparent silence embraced, filled each of the listeners.
After this, Pythagoras began to speak:
“I’m glad to welcome you again, inhabitants of Crotone!”
“In our last meeting, we talked about souls: the fact that more than once souls come, incarnating in bodies, into this world we see. Then each soul leaves — with the death of the shell of its corporeal body — the dense world, and, having taken its new body, is born again, years later or sometimes even centuries.
“Perfection of the soul is the goal of all incarnations!
“Today I would like to speak with you about virtue.
“Virtue creates deeds of good. This is a property of souls that have a happy desire to do good — and they carry it out in life.
“What do you think: why virtue is beautiful, and vices ugly?
“Have you noticed that if a person happily performs the shameful, then his or her pleasure is very fleeting? Very soon, from such pleasure, nothing remains, but only disgust and boredom embrace such a person. And he or she again seeks to find some source for pleasure… This never quenched to the end thirst drags this one… amid the nonsense of such a life…
“And you should know that the consequences of shameful acts will in future shape the fate of such a person.
“On the contrary, it is easy to see that when efforts are directed toward the accomplishment of the worthy — then virtue generates good inside and around such a soul!
“The joy of the deeds of good warms and ennobles the soul!
“Such efforts develop the strength of the soul!
“And the fruits of those efforts remain with the soul, forming its future destiny. They form the beauty of the soul, which is not taken away from it even with the death of the body!
“At birth in a new body — all the acquired beautiful properties get new opportunities for growth and improvement!
“So — as a result of the corresponding labor over oneself — the soul can become beautiful and similar to the Immortal Gods!
“According to the laws of earthly ordination, a person always gets back what he or she has given to the world.
“What does it mean: ‘gave to the world’ — you ask?
“The universe is entire, integral. The creatures both covered with fur, and reptiles, marine life and avian creatures, and every fruitful grain, and trees, and herbs, and variety of various blooming flowers, and people, and mountains, and seas, and sky bodies, — all are interconnected. The Great Gods unite and direct such connections in this created world.
“The universe lives according to the laws of Harmony.
“So gradually: from the grains of consciousness in the smallest creatures — souls grow in the bodies of plants and animals. And, having found the human body, a great opportunity before the soul is revealed: the transformation into God!
“Every particle of the universe affects the Whole. And one who does evil, — violates Harmony with his or her life and actions. This one does not know that he or she causes harm to oneself, when he or she harms others.
“Take, for example, the branches of a tree. They are separate, but they together make up a whole tree. That’s how all beings, including people, are as branches in the life of the Whole. They do not notice that they all have one Root: the one Divine Source of life of Everything. And the harm, supposedly committed only to another being, is harmful to the Whole.
“That is why the laws of the development of the Whole imply retribution with pain — for evil, and reward with happiness — for good.
“So, gradually, Gods direct souls to understanding what is love, Light, and Good.
“Goodwill and the deeds of righteousness and justice for all beings — this I regard as the foundation of a righteous life.
“Ethically right behavior gives us freedom, although it may seem for many that this is not so.
“Ethically wrong behavior, oppositely, enslaves a person. Although at first such one may not notice it — and does not guess the consequences of his or her immoral actions. But most of them are evil, which was done in relation to other beings.
“A person can believe that the restrictions, imposed on him or her by ethical norms, hamper his or her desires to live as one please. And it may even seem that non-observance of ethical rules gives freedom…
“But this is because one does not see the entire picture of the Whole, does not feel one’s inseparable connections with this universal Whole, a small part of which is every being.
“I repeat that any harm caused to man or to another creature, returns a bad fate to the one who caused this harm. From this retribution, one cannot hide!
“From the Divine Omniscience, we cannot hide even our thoughts!
“It is meaningless for one to deceive oneself and cover up by self-justification one’s vices and try to make the voice of conscience inaudible! This is similar to how one turns away from the impending disaster by standing with the back to it — so as not to see the upcoming payoff, and to think that this is the salvation…
“On the contrary, it is necessary to expose the vices in oneself and eradicate them! Then — problems and troubles will soon leave our lives!
“Such healing of the soul — heals also our bodies and fates! It helps to find happiness in life!
“The rectitude, when it is respected by a person, takes care of its health and fate in advance, without causing in the future its misfortunes and illnesses!
“Prudence is a mind filled with a desire for good to everyone and everything, and not just oneself!
“There are ideals in the mind of everyone: that is, what one would like to be. These ideals can be created truly beautiful! And you can try to embody them in your life!
“It is possible for a person to become what he or she wants — only to appear in the eyes of other people. But you can bring to harmony in yourself both external and internal — and this will be the honesty and purity!
“Hypocrisy is a mask — for other people. But it does not hide from the Divine Views — what the person seeks to hide. And it does not make true — what one seeks only to show before other people!
“It’s possible to bring all the soul’s forces in yourself — into harmony!
“One, who lives in harmony with oneself and with the world, is pleasing to people and pleases Gods!
“One, who does not know the meaning of life and one’s goals, is like a loiterer who stands or hangs about on the road, does nothing useful for oneself, but only blocks the way for others! So many people wander around in their lives, indulging in pleasures only for the flesh. They go from birth to death of the body, not getting much for their lives on the Earth!
“When the soul acquires the right understanding and meaning of life, then all energy, wasted before on useless, — is now directed to the main.
“Emotions and thoughts, in which a person lives, and not actions alone, — also affect the fate.
“A stunted and fading flower does not please anyone and is not interesting to anyone. So persons, ever sad, complaining about fate, condemning others, frail and infirm by bodies and souls, — attract to themselves — by this way of living, thoughts, and emotions — troubles in their future. But instead, you can change your lives and, as far as you can, get out from the vicious circles of despair, discontent, anguish, and suffering!
“Angry, using strength for violence against others, — cause fear. There are no states of souls more disgusting than anger and fear! The fate of such people is sad!
“But the fragrance of beautiful qualities of the soul spread around! And just as a beautiful flower attracts butterflies, honey bees, — beautiful souls, by the fragrance of good and harmony, bring to their lives and others — success, well-being! Such a state, in particular, attracts other people of good — to be near!
“But in destinies, many consequences of earthly deeds can be intertwined. The consequences of atrocities in the past — can overtake the soul after a considerable time. Similarly, the ‘cornucopia’ does not necessarily immediately begin to shower with awards those persons who decided to change themselves. After all, usually time passes before the soul confidently changes its present destiny — by its thoughts, emotions, and deeds.
“You can use any difficulties to improve yourself!
“One is able in all events and circumstances to see the benefit for oneself!
“Let’s take — as lessons of wisdom — any of our achievements and defeats!”
… Ariadne listened — and the waves of golden Light touched her with tenderness, love, peace. The meaning of Pythagoras’s words came and grew stronger.
These were not just words, but they carried the Divine Power and Knowledge!
Who is he? What kind of Gods does he worship? What does he want? Why is he so attentively heard by all these so different people?
… Pythagoras meanwhile continued:
“The power of a person can be turned to subjugate others. But the same power can be directed to discipline your own desires and emotions, thoughts, and intentions.
“Kindness is the base of everything good in the soul. It directs the soul into accordance with the principles of goodness and the desire to good for all surrounding beings.
“Let’s try to think about it broadly!
“It is necessary to treat with love not only parents and children, wives, and husbands!
“But we must also love plants that bring us food and give us outdoor beauty!
“And birds must be contained in our love, which delight our hearing!
“And let us love the whole of nature, which is so created by the Divine Power that everything around gives us blessings, if we love everything here!
“And the Primordial Creator Himself, the Creator of Everything, — we must train ourselves to love and honor!
“This is a wise beginning for everyone who would like to start the path to good — right now! Everyone can accept this decision for oneself now!
“And next time we’ll talk in more detail about how to do this. Let’s talk about the ways, possibilities, and goals of the soul’s transformation. In particular, we will refer to the meaning of human life here on the Earth.”