Divine Harmony

The Life and Teachings of Pythagoras

By John Strohmeier
Peter Westbrook

ISBN 0-9653774-5-8 $27.95 Hardback

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Pythagoras, the sixth century BC Greek scientist and mystic, has long been recognized as a seminal figure in western thought, a teacher "whose influence on the ideas, and thereby on the destiny, of the human race was probably greater than that of any single man before or after him." But until now, no accessible biographical study of him has been available for general readers. Drawing upon the most authoritative sources available—the writings of Pythagoras' disciples—Divine Harmony describes his wanderings in ancient Phoenicia, Egypt, Babylon, and the Greek islands, and the heart of Pythagorean ideas as taught at his scholarly community in Southern Italy. Strohmeier, a classical scholar, and Westbrook, a historian of music and Sacred Science, present a portrait of a man whose ideas are as powerful in our own time as they were two and a half millennia ago.

  • Describes the travels of Pythagoras from the schools of ancient Greece to the hermitages of Phoenicia and the temples of Egypt and Babylon
  • Emphasizes Pythagoras' teachings in areas of contemporary concern: community, spirituality, health, meditation and humanity’s relationship to nature
  • Explores the convergence of science and spirituality at the origins of western thought
  • Accessible presentation of Pythagorean sciences: harmony, astronomy and mathematics
  • Co-authored by a classical scholar and an internationally prominent writer and lecturer on the Sacred Sciences of India and the ancient Middle East
  • Illustrated with beautiful Medieval and Renaissance woodcuts
  • Includes complete translation of The Golden Verses, original aphorisms of Pythagoras
  • Extensive bibliography showing the sources and influence of Pythagorean thought.

Critical Comments About Divine Harmony

The Pythagorean legacy lies at the foundations of all serious teachings considered heretical by the state religions of monotheism and materialistic science. The evocation of Pythagoras's life and thought, contained in this timely, concise, and well researched text, touches upon the most effective tool, spiritually and socially, to divert the dire consequences to which these prevailing dogmas are inevitably leading us. -- Robert Lawlor Author of Sacred Geometry

Most people have heard of Pythagoras, but have little idea of why his name lives on. This book fulfils a long-felt need for a first portal of access to the man and his world: to his harmonious blend of reason and mysticism, experimental science and the arts of life. The authors tell his extraordinary story as though it were the most natural thing in the world. And so it is, if we can recapture the Pythagorean vision of the cosmos: a marvel of crystalline complexity, filled with spirit and divinely ordered for the well-being of all creatures. If ever we needed to reclaim this philosophy, which is the birthright of our culture, it is now. --Joscelyn Godwin, Colgate University, Author of Harmonies of Heaven and Earth, The Harmony of the Spheres and Music, Mysticism and Magic

This is an excellent introduction to the life and teachings of Pythagoras taken from early sources. Succinct, clear and well-written, I found it most instructive and (more important, very) inspiring.
--Gordon Strachan, Author of Jesus, the Master Builder: Druid Mysteries and the Dawn of Civilization

As early as 538 b.c., Pythagoras founded the earliest holistic school of thought based on the study of rational science and religious mysticism. It was one of the earliest attempts in history at reconciling reason and faith, and at utilizing the truth of science together with the truth of religion for the enlightenment of humankind. Since then the gap between the "intellect" and the "heart" has perilously widened. We have come to see that science deprived of spirituality becomes a servant of materialism and inhumanity, while religion deprived of science can only succumb to the tyranny of superstition. We are indebted to the authors of Divine Harmony, who have resurrected for our time that philosophy and that vision, so that we may once more adopt a holistic approach in exploring and understanding truth. --Suheil Bushrui, Bahai Chair for World Peace, University of Maryland; Co-Author of Kahlil Gibran, Man and Poet: A New Biography

A clear and delightfully engaging introduction to Pythagoras, his philosophy and its contemporary relevance. --David Fideler, Editor, The Pythagorean Sourcebook.. Author of Jesus Christ Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism

This is a delightful book, well, written, easy to read...full of history, legend, and nuggets of wisdom from the founding school of Western science--before science, mysticism, and religion went their separate and often opposing ways.
–Jonathan Shear, Editor, Journal of Consciousness Studies. Author of The Inner Dimension: Philosophy and the Experience of Consciousness


Part I
The Making of a Philosopher

1. Birth of Pythagoras
2. Early Years
3. Studies in Ionia
4. Passage to Egypt
5. Travels in Egypt and Babylonia
6. Travels in the Greek World
7. Relocation to Italy

Part II
The Teachings of Pythagoras

8. The Pythagorean Community
9. Knowledge
10. The Nature of the Soul
11. Friendship
12. Number
13. Harmony
14. The Celestial Spheres
15. Care of the Self
16. Magic and Miracles
17. Family Life
18. Politics and Justice
19. Divinity

Part III
Decline of the Pythagoreans

20. The Death of Pythagoras
21. Followers of Pythagoras

Part IV
The Golden Verses