Ye shall be victorious

The Kylons will cause much evil, more terrible than ananke. I say unto you, do not fear moira, for the workings of moira are inevitable and not to be appeased. However, the koinonia and rebirth are a consolation in these matters.

On the other hand, fear men whose souls are dead, and fight against the Kylons because they are capable of tearing down the cosmos: they are more dreadful than Typhon. In our time you will be defeated, but in the future you will achieve victory if you struggle valiantly for your souls and freedom.


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Kylon was an influential citizen of Kroton whose entry into the community (koinonia) Pythagoras had refused because of his unlawful behaviour. As a consequence Kylon agitated against the Pythagoreans and was the main culprit in their murder and persecution. Pythagoras recognises that Kylon is dangerous and speaks of him in the plural as an unscrupulous type of person who, to achieve his own advantages, literally walks over corpses. He predicts Kylon's victory but promises the Pythagoreans victory in the distant future.

Ananke and moira are fate, the compulsion of the physical world from which men cannot escape. The suffering that ensues is ineluctable; its prevention is not within the capabilities of man. But the community of Pythagoreans and the prospect of a rebirth offer consolation. Typhon stands as a symbol of natural forces and natural catastrophes (Nonnos, Dionysiaca, books 1 and 2). But more terrible than all of that is the suffering that man causes to men and animated creatures.

Struggling for one's soul means avoiding everything that limits the strength of the soul. According to the Pythagorean belief man can, by repeated acts that limit the cosmos (the harmony of the universe) and cause pain to animated creatures, kill his own soul. Those soulless men are the problem of our world. In contrast, life lived according to Pythagorean principles can heal the cosmos.

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