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Article 4. The Pythagorean Golden Verses: Verse 1
The reasons the Golden Verses are so important, is because they are known as the “Bible” of the Pythagoreans, some of the best followers of the Gods.
These verses have acted as a guide to the priorities of the Pythagoreans, who have been highest level spiritualists and mystics.
Pythagoras, the leader of the Pythagoreans.
Translation by HPHC 666: “First and foremost you the Immortal Gods you should honor and respect, for you are existing inside the laws they have set and regulated and these are all encompassing, you ought too respect and honor the oaths that you have given. Next, you ought respect and revere the divine heroes and the cthonic Demons. You should also respect your parents and your close relatives, and always seek whomever is noble to be your friend.”Verse 1:
“Ἀθανάτους μέν πρῶτα θεούς, νόμωι ὡς διάκεινται, τίμα καί σέβου ὅρκον ἔπειθ' ἥρωας ἄγαυούς τους τέ καταχθονίους σέβε Δαίμονας, ἔννομα ῥέζων σούς τέ γονεῖς τίμα τούς τ' ἄγχιστ' ἐγγεγαῶτας. τῶν δ' ἄλλων ἀρετῆι ποιεῦ φίλον ὅστις ἄριστος.”
Commentary by HPHC 666
The first and primary cause of the universe, has borne out of itself the Immortal Gods, our Gods. The Gods are explicitly declared here to have shaped the laws of the universe, which we ought follow and respect. Honor, also includes what is broadly understood as both observance and deep understanding, but also a fulfillment of obligations towards the Great Gods who encompass creation.
The Great Gods who are Immortal are the first and highest level in this creation.
In Ancient Greek, the word ΔΙΑΚΕΙΝΤΑΙ means that both regulation has been instated, and also, that one is commanded in this regulation, but also simultaneously we have the implied notion that these laws are encompassing everything at all times, therefore, one has to banish the illusion that one is above said regulations, such as natural laws; we exist in these and we ought make peace with these, because these laws are precisely put there to help us empower and discover.
Our free will incumbent in refusal or acceptance, should always be put on the side of acceptance, as inside the word ΤΙΜΑ or “Honor” a word used in a commanding character and not containing in it the element of “being free to not do this”. The Pythagorean verse here says the Truth, as the laws of existence cannot be ignored – since they cannot be ignored, we are essentially commanded to respect these laws, as the belief that we had free will to do otherwise is only an illusion borne out of our false understanding or our false egotism. We also have the secret message that we can actually elevate into a higher and more “noble” state of being, as to give honor is actually a process of relating to the subject of this honor.
Without observance of these laws, humanity will be lost, as these laws has been created and they are regulations and forms that have to do with our well-being and security, but also our advancement.
These laws extend all the way from that we have to feed ourselves everyday, all the way to spiritual laws that we have to follow such as inner purification and increasing our understanding.
Depending on the level of observance of these laws, we rise and our negligence of these, causes our degradation and fall. That does not come as punishment, but as an outcome of our own choices. Hidden here is also the connotation that we must understand that what we can honor, we can eventually reach, because our attention is turned on this subject and topic. By honoring, we are coming in contact with the higher and the more spiritual and sublime, therefore, bringing ourselves into a state of union with this higher level, until we comprehend it more and more and become “It”.
We live encompassed in these laws by the Gods, who, mentioned as “immortals” are clearly not part of the “mortal” side of existence. The first and primary distinction here is that the Gods are immortal, therefore, living on a highest state of consciousness where lesser laws that we fall subject too during our ignorance, do not apply. We can falter, but they are beyond this state compared to us.
In the hierarchy of the universe, we have the Heroes, or the Ascended souls and Great Ones, but also the Chtonic Demons who are the given the epithet Cthonic meaning those who reside on earth. Implied here are the Demons who govern the more natural side of the laws, the laws closer to our world. These are both deified and glorified beings, yet the Gods still stay above them in the hierarchical structure. All of these must be respected and brought into our mind and in our respect, so that the process of emulation begins and helps us rise too through the ranks.
Going downwards into the hierarchy and closer to where “we” are, we are told to honor our family, our ancestors, those who came before, our close relatives, relate us to the level where we are. We ought respect them, a respect that should go both ways. Inside the mindset of honoring one’s parents and ancestors, we also have the ruling Ancient Greek mindset that we are indeed parts of a long chain of life that goes all the way back to the Gods, themselves.
As human beings, we begin on the lowest level of the hierarchical structure of the universe, residing primarily in the first dimension of those who are mortals. On that dimension, to rise, one has to look upwards. Clearly, we are taught the hierarchical structure first and foremost, so that sense is knocked into us through this understanding, but also awe in how far higher we can reach ourselves.
As a human being advances, they are still under the laws of the mortals, which are sometimes called as “Mortal Gods”, ie, we are in an incomplete stage that must be overcome. These mortal Gods are heroes.
That state that we find ourselves into can be expanded and we can become stronger, and our ignorance can be overcome provided we turn our essence and our attention to the higher beings.
How is this done? Through a contact of our own self to the higher. Then, we have to walk on this process of this said honorable path that has been set in front of us.
Our Dedication is one such agreement for us to focus our understanding, our application, and our diligent efforts in rising above this level of existence. As with any agreement, we must uphold it, for we are the party in the agreement that needs this the most. As we honor this, we also honor the Gods, we uplift ourselves in their honor, deifying our own self.
Friends and people are mentioned since we form relations and bonds with others, which we should focus that they should be Noble, in the sense that, these beings can help us in this path. An example of this formation are the Joy of Satan groups themselves, for through bonds of communication and even friendship, we all walk the path together forming relations within ourselves.
As we can understand, in contrast of nonsense of rampant individualism, we are told explicity here that our enlightenment won’t come from renunciation of other beings, but indeed, through proper unity with the proper ones.
Now, in that verse, why is the choice of words like this, and not another use of words, such as love?
It is the case that words chosen here are Honor and Respect, not “love” and other said words. Love cannot come immediately. It requires diligent effort and understanding. It arrives later, in time.
That is because on our primary state of existence, we have not yet formed a full understanding of love, or we have not formed a full understanding or knowledge of everything just yet. Love is understood later on, as we advance seriously and become partakers in the divine understanding of the Gods. That takes evolution and time.
For this reason, we are observers who are moving towards understanding and if we have respect, then that is enough for our primary steps.
Love and deeper understanding arrives in time, yet on the first and primary level, we have to use the understanding that we have to have respect and to honor as a first building block. We start from the first block, building ever upwards.