When asked “Are you wise?” Pythagoras answered “No - but I am a lover of wisdom!“
In the Greek language “philos”=love and “sophos”=wisdom. Hence the word philosophy
was born by Pythagoras and in this respect it is said that he was the first person
to use the word. For the Greeks the formula of knowledge combined with love was
new at that time. However, there had long been sages further East who used a similar
approach through the ancient Vedanta teachings.
What is this approach? It is the combination of the two fundamental aspects of human
life - the need to love and the search for Truth. This harmonious blending of knowledge
and devotion has never been more beautifully portrayed than in the Bhagavad Gita,
where the Divine Sage Shri Krishna instructs His beloved pupil Arjuna. This universal
teaching, from the Indian sub-continent, has inspired most traditional religions
The teaching in the Gita can be viewed as showing a person how to act in life when
the compell-ing forces emanating from the intellect are moderated by the cleansing
effects of true emotion. This it teaches with a completed description of all the
governing factors in our lives, which make up the full spectrum of human experience.
It is a complete encyclopedia in the search for Truth.
It is without doubt that Pythagoras encountered this ancient teaching during his
sojourns away from his native home in Samos. This is evident in the principles which
he employed to govern the groups which he formed. This way of approaching self development
has been handed down successfully into the present century. (See Dr. Prosser quote
The human being is most highly developed when the intellectual and emotional centers
are both equally and fully developed. This leads to the possibility of an evolved
state of being with no internal barriers, often referred to as “wisdom”. This is
the goal of true philosophy. Only those who have reached the goal understand the
various levels of being which are available to mankind. Due to the high level of
being which they enjoy, they are able to guide seekers to that final goal.