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The Golden Verses of Pythagoras Paperback – April 29, 2009
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French words are sometimes auto-corrected (incorrectly) into English. Accented "é" becomes 6, "d'Achille" becomes "dachille", etc. Greek mostly appears as jumbled sequences of Roman characters. Footnotes are intermixed with main text. Headings are indistinguishable from main text. There is no table of contents and no index. And so on.
Their OCR process seems to be completely automated, such that no human ever examined the resulting pages that were scanned, printed, bound, sold and shipped. This is an example of automation failure, which is both illustrative and ironic considering the nature of this particular text. Oh, the humanity!
Apparently, this book is in the public domain as its copyright has expired, so other publishers should have quality editions.
This edition should be removed from market.
_It is this second part that is of the greatest value to the student. You see, the verses were written in the manner of all ancient wisdom literature- there are at least two levels of meaning. Many people can read these verses as nothing more than moral instruction on how to live a virtuous life. They are that, but they are also more besides. D'Olivet broke with tradition and revealed the esoteric meaning of every verse. These deeper meanings reveal the deep perennial wisdom that forms a large part of the preparation, purification, and perfection of the adept. Yet, simple reading and intellectual knowing of these principles is not enough- they must become a part of your very soul. That is why Pythagoreans through the ages read and contemplated on these verses and their deeper meaning every day of their lives down through the ages.
_An interesting side note is the fact that D'Olivet was repeatedly persecuted by Napoleon I. This persecution was not because the tyrant thought that D'Olivet was a fake (Napoleon was raised around the occult and knew the real thing when he experienced it.) No, D'Olivet was persecuted because Napoleon recognized that he was a true Theurgist in the highest sense- one who seeks to align his being and will so closely with God that they are inseparable, and thereby help to achieve God's Will and Divine Harmony on earth by his workings. The work of such an adept is seldom in sympathy with the work of a tyrant.