In the sixth century <small>B</small>.<small>C</small>., he was the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, the “fair-haired Samian” who was regarded as the son of [[Apollo]]. As a youth, Pythagoras conferred freely with priests and scholars, eagerly seeking scientific proof of the inner law revealed to him in meditation upon Demeter, the Mother of the Earth. His quest for the great synthesis of truth led him to Palestine, Arabia, India, and finally to the temples of Egypt, where he won the confidence of the priests of Memphis and was gradually accepted into the mysteries of [[Isis]] at Thebes.
When Asian conqueror Cambyses launched a savage invasion of Egypt about 529 <small>B</small>.<small>C</small>., Pythagoras was exiled to Babylon, where the prophet Daniel still served as king’s minister. Here rabbis revealed to him the inner teachings of the I AM THAT I AM given to [[Moses]]. Zoroastrian magi tutored him in music, astronomy and the sacred science of invocation. After twelve years, Pythagoras left Babylon and founded a brotherhood of initiates at [[Crotona]], a busy Dorian seaport in southern Italy. His “city of the elect” was a [[mystery school]] of the Great White Brotherhood.
At Crotona, carefully selected men and women pursued a philosophy based upon the mathematical expression of universal law, illustrated in music and in the rhythm and harmony of a highly disciplined way of life. After a five-year probation of strict silence, Pythagorean “mathematicians” progressed through a series of initiations, developing the intuitive faculties of the heart whereby the son or daughter of God may become, as Pythagoras’ ''Golden Verses'' state, “a deathless God divine, mortal no more.”