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Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science
Christopher Bamford, editor
In this book, six distinguished authors present the spirit of Pythagoras' teachings and show how they are relevant for our world today.

1 "Both as a principle of unity and a model of the cosmos, the sphere represents the ultimate undivided, undifferentiated whole." Keith Chritchlow, 'Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture'

2 "The cosmos is one, unique, and could not be otherwise, as it reflects the Oneness of its Cause." Keith Critchlow, 'The Platonic Tradition'

3 "the whole world is the outward form of universal reason." Rumi, 'The Masnavi'

4 "The followers of Pythagoras and Empedocles, and most of the Italian philosophers, say that there is a certain community uniting us not only with each other and with the gods, but even with creation. There is in fact one breath pervading the whole cosmos like a soul and uniting us with them." Sextus Empiricus, 'Advanced Mathematics'

5 "From the perspective of wholeness all space is sacred: it is up to each of us whether or not this is realized. This is the real meaning of RESPONSE-ability." Keith Critchlow, 'Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture'

6 "It is now, all at once, one, continuous….Nor is it divisible more here and less there….but it is full of what is." Heraclitus, Fragment 8

7 "The [Greek] Stoics used the Heraclitean concept of an all-pervasive universal principle, which they considered to be divine." Keith Critchlow, 'The Platonic Tradition'

8 "Every event is connected to every other event." Robert Lawlor, 'Ancient Temple Architecture'

9 "We only establish knowledge about something through its relation to something else. Language, images, symbols, formulae, measurement, observation are all products of analogos, for the human mind has the tendency to register, understand, and recall events in terms of the similarities to, and differences from, other events. The mind is, from this point of view, an instrument for making analogical models; that is to say it is an instrument whereby one thing may see itself reflected in another – which is, in a certain sense, a way to describe love." Robert Lawlor, 'Ancient Temple Architecture'

10 "Our bodies and minds, their architecture, processes and energies, could not be other than those of the universe that we observe, image and experience. Body, Mind and Universe must be in a parallel, formative identity. From this point of view, 'Man know thyself' was the principle of ancient science, as it is also coming to be in ultra-modern science." Robert Lawlor, 'Ancient Temple Architecture'

11 "Total healthiness comes from wholeness, which is holiness. This resonance enables a consonance to sound from microcosm through mesocosm to macrocosm, and is the root and secret to finding unity and the unified experience." Keith Critchlow, 'What Is Sacred in Architecture?"

12 "You issue from God's attributes at first; return again back to those attributes with all speed!...You begin as a part of the sun, clouds, and stars, you rise to be breath, act, word, and thought!" Rumi, 'The Masnavi'

13 "If one wants to know of the most elevating, inspired and 'energetic' revelations that have been expressed through the human vehicle, it is to the Scriptures of the world that one has to turn. They have moved millions of people through thousands of years and have left legacies of elevative energy in the form of the great sages, sagas, music, painting, objects and architecture, and not less the profoundly healthy agricultural and medical systems based on co-operation." Keith Critchlow, 'What Is Sacred in Architecture?"

14 "The creature is in Brahma, and Brahma is in the creature; they are ever distinct, yet ever united. He Himself is the tree, the seed, and the germ. He Himself is the flower, the fruit and the shade. He Himself is the sun, the light, and the lighted. He Himself is Brahma, creature, and Maya. He Himself is the manifold form, the infinite space; He is the breath, the word, and the meaning." Kabir

15 "To societies rooted in the Sacred, that is, in the ideals by which the greatest majority of humankind live and have lived over the greatest majority of the life of the human family, the created order is sacred." Keith Critchlow, 'What Is Sacred in Architecture?",

16 "Dante said, 'The elements of all things that Nature begins, whatever be their mode, observe an inner order. It is this Form that makes the Universe resemble God.'" Robert Lawlor, 'Pythagorean Number as Form, Color, and Light'

17 "The universe is of one piece – it is a 'one only': one humanity, one nature, one universe, one God."

18 "As Plato teaches in the 'Timaeus', the universe is one single, visible living being." Christopher Bamford, introduction

19 "A form and its morphic field are different octaves in a resonant continuum. Periodic resonance is the law of life and it is this which is causative in all formal organization, regulation and development. Rhythmostasis is the sustaining power of formal organization and we may consider form of all types, including DNA as wave-guide antennas, receiving and transducing information from fields having a resonant affinity." Robert Lawlor, 'Pythagorean Number as Form, Color, and Light'

20 "Heraclitus used the word 'logos' to refer to the underlying organizational principle of the universe – the ultimate whole experience – through which 'all things are one'." Keith Critchlow, 'The Platonic Tradition'

21 "The cosmos is spiritually based and our human species shares in the divine." Arthur G. Zajonc, contemporary physicist, 'The Two Lights'

22 "Wisdom is one and unique – to know the intelligence by which all things are steered through all things." Heraclitus, Fragment 32

23 "In reality everything is a simultaneity of interconnected relationships." Robert Lawlor, 'Ancient Temple Architecture'

24 "Every power in nature and in spirit must evolve an opposite as the sole means and condition of its manifestation: and all opposition is a tendency to reunion." Samuel Taylor Coleridge

25 "Light is consciousness imaging itself. So each particular is a tiny holographic image of self-perception within a larger, anthropocosmic formation of self-perception. Perception is the unceasing activity of existence. The universe is created in perception: it evolves through the evolution of perception; and its goal lies in the perfection of self-perception." Robert Lawlor, 'Pythagorean Number as Form, Color, and Light'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite