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Andras M. Nagy
Sacramento, CA, USA
© 2006 by Murine Press All rights reserved. ISBN 978-0-9815971-7-1 LCCN 2006907786 Printed in the United States of America
Puzzling as it may be, Socrates never wrote a book during the century, which he had lived, which has been called the golden age of Athens. Much of his ideas that were left behind are of his students and contemporaries; Plato1 and Xenophon2 the Spartan are debated of their originality. Most core ideas known of Socrates were repeated and of course embellished upon later by Jesus and before Socrates’ life - the Gautama Buddha. When asked if there was a smarter person than Socrates the Oracle of Delphi answered - “No.” No figure stands out for the courage of his convictions more than Socrates of Athens, who lived within the ancient Athenian democracy. The life of Socrates was a simple one. He lived his life among the people, discoursing his ideas in a very unobtrusive way and gaining more and more popularity through the magnetism of his personality. His revolutionary ideas and teaching alarmed the authorities in the time of the long Peloponnesian war that Athens actually came to the end. Fiscal difficulties arose from the losing war while Athens overspent the state’s coffers to reach an unsuccessful victory over Sparta. Socrates’ trial was a convenient distraction for the masses. Ironically only five short years after Socrates’ death Athens finally surrendered to Sparta.
real name is believed to be Aristocles, was an immensely influential ancient Greek philosopher, a student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens where Aristotle studied Friend and admirer of Socrates, a later historian and is known for his writings on the history of his own times, the sayings of Socrates, and the life of Greece.
It is historical plausibility that Socrates and Plato really had guiding spirits called daemon3 – to act as helpers in serious ethical and spiritual dilemmas and as I suggest use their human subjects as conduits to a larger message to benefit humanity as whole. This book is a fictionalized biography of Socrates. It contains dialogues with his Angel – the mystical Diotima, his friends, and his enemies. Socrates no only talked good philosophy but he lived it every day of his long and accomplished life. The reason his life is so interesting is because the real man and the source of his knowledge is still a mystery even after a quarter of a millennia after his death. Some maintain that he was the only person attaining enlightenment without having a Guru in life and flesh. Could it be that his guru was his famous daimon [sic]? I have written this small book and then I have decided to shelve it for a while. Later I have learned that a very important person was, in fact the reincarnated Socrates. Indirectly I have studied the teaching of this man and this gave me the reason to finally go ahead and publish this book as I feel that Socrates and I have a special link.
The words daemon and daimon, sometimes dæmon, are distinctively Hellenizing or Latinate spellings of δαιµων, used purposely today to distinguish the daemons of Greek mythology, good or malevolent "supernatural beings between mortals and gods, such as inferior divinities and ghosts of dead heroes",
Burt Wilson who often talked to us about Socrates and kindled my interest in the subject.Acknowledgements I like to thank my teacher (with a small t) . I also like to thank my wife Eva for her patience and support. Nagy iii . Burt Wilson is my teacher in Agni-Yoga the spiritual path I took up. Finally this book is for my daughter Dora whom I hope will read it one day and find guidance from the life and ideals of Socrates. Andras M.
........................................45 Attachments..................................................................................................................................................................32 All Life is Sorrowful ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................74 iv ...........................................28 The One Teaching ..........................................................................................................................................................................................67 Socrates the Mystic .........................37 Atlantis ......41 The Saint from the East..............................................35 The Warrior............................................................23 The Grey Eminence................70 Bibliography.5 Lessons in the Demiurge.............................................................52 The Death of the Guru.........................................56 The Accusation..60 The Defense ................................................................................................................................................................63 Death and Rebirth ......11 The Mundane World .................................................................Contents The Beginning of the End ...........................1 The Apparition with a Purple Rose...............................................................................48 The Gadfly ......
Athens is the place of my birth and I have lived here all my life. they want this old convict to stay alive even longer but why?” He looked around. Socrates opened his eyes and looked around.The Beginning of the End The Spirit of Socrates just returned into his body. He naturally ignored these warnings and did what he always wanted to do. “Here I am an old man about to be executed and they hasten me to flee my polis4. He was much happier in his astral body especially since it started showing signs of rheuma and brittle bones. The authorities mentioned Socrates not to meet anyone and get himself excited by his usual activities on his last day as these actions might interact with the poison. 4 A 'polis' (πολις) — plural: poleis (πολεις) — is a city. There was stillness humid Mediterranean summer air that was almost as heavy as the visitor’s mood. or a city-state 1 . His friends and followers who were standing nearby his bed pale and saddened thought he dosed off sitting up. He thought to himself – “Poor souls. “They cling on me as an infant child on his mother’s busom afraid to loose the nourishment and feeling of warmth and safety. Now he was tired but actually felt quite accomplished and pleased with himself.” He took the cup of hemlock and drank it with one gulp.” Socrates mused.
This image can be anything that represents God for you. “The large object is a telltale. When still an infant Socrates could leave his body and his spirit could freely travel roaming through the air like birds. Diotima later explained to Socrates that such dreams are typically mystical in nature. In the last ten years he was only happy when he could leave his body and travel freely among the stars. Socrates never knew who she was.” she added sarcastically. For years he did not know what the dreams meant but there was always the same girl in his dreams. Think of nothing of your earthly life but focus on your image of God.” Socrates life-long love and spiritual companion his Spirit Guide was no longer with him now.” shrieked Xanthippe. “They kill you and then send you the bill. the stars at night or a statue of Apollo. 2 .He thought to himself if one cup of hemlock won’t do its job he was prepared to drink a second cup. What were her words exactly? “Empty your mind and be very still. Socrates often had dreams where objects appeared much larger than normal and the sensation of the dream came very close to reality. Socrates never showed to anyone or mentioned it in spoken words but now the old man was tired of wearing his sickly body. Socrates remembered his childhood when they first met. It is up to you. At the age of seventy he could still remember these moments all the while other events long ago have escaped his aging mind. Leaving his body was a trick his Angel thought him how to do. “What a heartless soul. It does not matter. it can be the Sun. His disciples already had the 12 drachmas ready if needed.” She would say.
Whenever Socrates had thoughts and urges that somehow were impure or morally bad his Angel would say something to him. In the next flickering thought Socrates was in the army where he had both men and women in abundance. One time Socrates realized Diotima’s clairvoyance and the unfolding of his own sexual thoughts and became red as a beet. When going through puberty the Diotima realized the gaze that Socrates had while they were together. drinking wine and talking nonsense. When his was younger he had to fight physical urges to caress or otherwise engage with them in wresting or some other forms of physical relations. He had such a promising life before him. Anthemion. Socrates thought to himself. Then he was back with Diotima again. 3 . She was after all very pretty and mysterious.The Angel matched Socrates’ age when taking a pretty human form but her voice was always very loving and kind. Some of his young aristocratic followers were eager to please him in any way he wanted it. What a beautiful boy he was. Trying to save the world. She never demanded or threatened Socrates to follow the advice only suggested and explained. After the hardship of fighting and killing the men needed a way of a social anesthetic much like drinking wine. Socrates never took advantage of his position. He never forgot what she said next. Socrates thought of the son of Anytus. Socrates found some of his young followers attractive physically. They had spent enormous amount of time together.
“ She added and continued: “You see Socrates. as it is part of you and all humans . “You can only fight your urges by rising above your lowerself in Spirit and Body. When the time comes your urge will leave you – partially due to age and due to your higher-self winning out and the lower self . Both are in essence distractions and only exist to delay your spiritual growth and achieving oneness with God.” Diotima closed his eyes for a moment as if talking exhausted her. Socrates started feeling a strange numbness in his legs.moving more and more into the shadows. Even in his youth Socrates enjoyed verbal sparring and mental intercourse more so than the sexual exchange as he could talk and discuss matters for hours without so much of getting tired.Socrates. It is not wise to fight Nature. Before that time you should not fight your urges too much. He suspected that the poison started working already. His legs started feeling heavier now. . Socrates closed his eyes and all of the sudden he was back in the days where his life begun. This feat can be done only gradually and with lots of hard work. 4 . Which path will you follow is up to you.“Your whole physical life will be a struggle between your lower. This is your choice and yours alone.Socrates knew it was not necessary to engage physically with a person to stir up indignation among the people. you cannot rise above your animal self instantly. animal self and your higher godlike self Socrates. There is of little difference if your attraction is with of women or men.” It was his innocent attraction to Anthemion among other factors to enrage his father Anytus to plot against Socrates and bring about formal charges. Socrates saw his young mother and father around his crib. and then she continued slowly punctuating each word. Again.
Hearing His faintest whisper Above earth's loudest song. “We should sacrifice a lamb when we present my son to the 5 .The Apparition with a Purple Rose Waiting for the word of the Master. ten years after the death of Confucius. Socrates was born. Listening to catch His orders In the very midst of the fight. as she was a trained midwife who knew what to do and how to control her pain. Seeing His slightest signal Across the heads of the throng. “It is a boy!” He exclaimed cheerfully. The olive trees started to blossom already and the smell of flowers and warm spring air filled the room despite it was smeared with pitch to ward off evil spirits from the expecting mother and the baby. Exhausted and feeling sleepy she quickly tied the umbilical cord and wrapped up the baby boy in soft cloth. Jiddu Krishnamurti (Alcyone) It was a beautiful spring day. His mother Phaenarete did not feel much pain and hardship through her labor. Socrates’ father Sophroniscus leaned over his wife to take a closer look at the infant. Watching the Hidden Light.
Traditionally it was forbidden to do harm to the child but putting her into a clay pot and abandoning her in some remote area was accepted and a practiced custom. Fortunately for newborn boy he was of robust heath and the right sex. a customary sign that a boy was born. After all if the Gods wanted the child to live all they had to do was to care for her. Naked as he was when came to this world he took Socrates in his arms and danced around the house. Sophroniscus was a well to do sculptor and stonemason a vocation well paid and well respected in Athens. Socrates spent most of his time in the gynaikeion5.Gods”. The slaves already made preparations to decorate the hallway with wreath of olives. As every part of Athenian society the gynaikeion had its pecking order. Days passed and turned into weeks. which then turned into months. Sophroniscus disrobed and took his undergarments off. she was afraid that the baby was born sickly or worse a girl in which case Sophroniscus could have rejected her and thereby sealing her fate to the clay pot. A strong baby boy – the Gods smiled upon Phaenarete for her status in the family was not cemented until she bore a child to Sophroniscus. a domain set apart from ancient Greek society’s male-dominated mainstream 5 6 . The women’s quarters. Socrates later likened his method of philosophy to his mothers work a midwife. Now both – the mother and child were safe. Phaenarete closed her eyes relieved. with the mother presiding over wet-nurses and slaves.
He thought. Socrates was 6 years old when the apparition first came.” Socrates noticed that the voice of the girl was inside his head and not coming from the outside. so you need not speak for us to communicate. Infants live only in the now. “Socrates.Seasons rolled around and the years of the infant Socrates was happy and full of playful learning and splendid dreams. I am here to guide you.” Socrates could not move a muscle and was unable to say anything. There was beautiful and kind woman in his dreams has a purple rose on her forehead. The boy spoke again “Socrates if you are not decided that is 7 . I wonder why?” The girl smiled. as he grows older. She was very strange in ways Socrates could not define but often thought about when laid awake in his bed at night. “I should be afraid but I feel a strange stillness. All he saw was a little girl about his age with a purple rose as birthmark on her forehead. Socrates was playing in the garden and all of the sudden he could not move. He had dreams of the woman in the vision but was unable to remember any details. They have no concept of time and they awareness is more acute and focused than adults. The present is the only domain a child knows. Learning about time and essentially decay is what adults lean as they are conditioned to the cyclical nature of life. Hence an infant can be immensely more aware and spiritual than the adult who loses this condition. “Socrates I can read your thoughts.
As a boy Socrates needed as companion of other children but he was not yet in school age. He quickly got up dusted off his tunic and ran inside the house. Socrates again said no and ran away to play. Socrates got up from the floor of the courtyard and he saw the slaves standing all around him looking scared and amazed. Socrates was too scared to tell anyone the incident in the courthouse. 8 . His mother kept asking him about times when he fainted or about times when he could not remember a period of time. The following day. and Connus was to instruct him in music. In fact I rather you think it over and decide after much contemplation. Think hard of the purple rose and I will come to you. They tended after his education and training as a free boy of Athens. The following day the family Doctor arrived and asked Socrates the same questions and put him trough a cursory examination. Socrates said no. of course.also very agreeable with me.” She was gone as fast as he appeared. If you want to ask me any questions just close your eyes and summon me. Socrates often felt lonely as he was always around mostly adults. Socrates was going to learn rhetoric from Aspasia who had taught Pericles. which was the truth. his mother summoned him and asked if he felt ill or dizzy. He was sure that the slaves will tell and somehow his mother and father will come and speak of this again. He was right. He was proclaimed in good health and soon the incident for all but forgotten. It was a custom of the people of Athens to have young boys grow up in the women’s quarters mostly tended by slaves and tutors. His parents chose next year for Socrates to take a private teacher Prodicus.
“I will bring you no harm. that I am not. He thought much of the girl in his vision. People will think I have gone mad. There is no evil only in ignorance. He was not sure of himself anymore.Socrates could hardly wait. 9 . I would worry about my own deeds not the perception of others of me – that is of I were you. You will not have to keep secrets about yourself or having an entity speaking of you. Was she a dream of was she real? He got scared maybe he was getting sick and imagining him. Socrates. In fact you will be protected throughout your lifetime. “How do I know your intentions are good? If you are Spirit I will get into trouble just by mentioning you even to Crito regardless if you are good or bad. say it do not be shy.“ Socrates thought for a moment. She was only a little strange. His best friend Crito was from a very wealthy family who often traveled and entertained afar from Athens. He was lonely and wanted to talk to someone his age. power and selfishness. He pictured the girl in his mind and soon he heard the familiar voice.” The girl said. I am not evil. do you have something to say to me? Please. Crito already had a private teacher. “Hello Socrates.” Socrates said “No. Of course there are dark forces all around us but their evil manifest itself only in greed. He suddenly felt longing for the little girl.” The little girl continued. “As to determine who I am you could just look into your heart and decide that based on your own feeling. Crito cannot keep a secret. Then he felt nothing apprehensive or uneasy about the girl.
” Socrates did not understand much of what the conversation was about but he had a feeling that he experienced a very special moment in his life. He was most puzzled about the girl saying that he lived so many lives already. “Is that possible?” Socrates asked himself. “Death and birth are twins.” 10 . He was more worried about what the Angel wanted. and what is your name anyway?” “You can call me Diotima and only you can see me” – lowered her voice the girl and then added as if trying to conspire with Socrates. The girl was gone now. The Spirit lives on. “Diotima. Feeling the weight of his special.Much too mature and wise for being a girl but that did not make Socrates uneasy. He thought of the little girl “I wonder when she is coming again. Socrates asked sheepishly. She was very pretty that he noted for himself. He was filled with awe and bewilderment. It passes from one corporal body to the next while evolving and finally becoming one with the Universe. “Can anyone see you? Why did you come to me? Why not somebody else. He was feeling rested and happy. Then he thought amused “after what is happening to me anything is possible. would you not want to live as a mortal again. secret and newfound friendship. Socrates once again could move and he fell asleep as if the discussion took all his energy. He woke outside when the slaves were cleaning the courtyard. if you could that is? How can a dead be born again anyway?” Socrates asked almost bewildered.” Diotima continued.
and helping him preparing stones for sculpting. Socrates had no real interest in sculpting because he was not good at it.Lessons in the Demiurge Customs of Athens dictated that Socrates follow his father’s footsteps and become a sculptor. “Do you have a question Socrates?” Diotima asked Socrates. In his father’s workshop there was a grand statue of Daedalus6 where he would often sit and contemplate before undertaking any major work. After some time Diotima finally appeared but she seemed to have changed – she was a grown women. young or old. 6 The mythological character Daedalus is the founder of artisans and sculptors 11 . After school young Socrates spent considerable time with his father in his workshop observing. Days passed and young Socrates aside of frequent and vivid dreams only saw Diotima one more time when one slow day he tried to summon her by focusing on her pretty face in his mind’s eye and calling her name. Her faint birthmark that resembled a purple rose was still on her forehead. This change struck Socrates as an odd occurrence for an Angel. He gained inspiration from verbal discourse and using his charm and magnetic personality to mingle with people rich and poor.
his realization of the matter was early but he was not sure if he should even mention it to his friend. I do not teach but I share my knowledge with you when you are ready my esteemed friend” Diotima said.” Socrates was pleased that the Angel talked about how to summon her as he was unsure of himself and now suddenly in fear of losing his special friend. and it is the privilege of men. as far as our external appearance is concerned.” Diotima was still there. “Furthermore. This is what I call a quieting down the mind exercise. “I would like you to learn and practice quieting your mind of 12 . She was sitting upright on the grass her long legs folded in a way Socrates only saw in a Gymnasium where he saw men exercise. we are all forms produced by thought. “I rather you ask me questions than me preaching you my ideas. This is how it works best for all. You can summon me if you lean an easy exercise I will teach you now. “How is that you also grow older Diotima.Socrates hesitated. I will never tell you to do something only to warn you if you are about to go astray. “Angels do not choose just anybody. “No. ” Raised his finger Diotima as if he wanted to emphasize the importance of the point he was making.” Diotima said. Deep inside Socrates realized that he was indeed in a unique position with Diotima. “Are you going to teach me something secret?” prodded further Socrates. do Angels grow old and die just like us mortals?” “Socrates. I must be special somehow. This position flattered his ego.
Diotima smiled. I am not that strong. ”I did not say it will be easy. They are just there. Until that day comes you are not to rest – Think of it as an exercise in the gymnasium for your muscles. helplessly. ”Diotima I am not sure I can do what you are telling me. He thought of times when he had thoughts coming back and back again in his head.earthly matters and reach the invisible world where I can be with you. It does not matter what it is. I was talking about trying and failing. If you can think of no thoughts that are of this world but make an effort to be one with all of it that exists. You must keep trying even when it is not working. When I said you must learn this. How could he control what his mind was giving him? He hesitated. I cannot control what thoughts come to my head.” Then Diotima added. or a part of the river water that is streaming into the Sea.” Diotima paused. Eventually you will wake up one day and it will work.” 13 .” pleaded Socrates. A place you like. You must build up your strength of your spirit to master your thoughts.” said Socrates. Sit there and in your mind’s eye picture of the ultimate deity if you can. “It would be a great idea to find a quiet place away from people in nature perhaps. Think of yourself as a droplet of the ocean. Time has no meaning there. “ Socrates was surprised. Sometimes he was sick of the thoughts but they were just there. “My thoughts are much like you. You came to visit me and I was not able to make you go away. “You are the master of your thoughts you have not the other way around.
His mood was largely controlled by his hormones now. “Shall I show you the new sculpture I made all by myself Diotima?” Socrates asked as if he was trying to boast. “You like sculpting Socrates. It was a feeling of disgust and guilt.” Socrates blurted out hastily. He was not sure of himself. Diotima on the other hand looked very calm and sure of herself as if all the confidence Socrates lacked somehow was bestowed upon her. It was a piece of rock and now it is a horse. Of course it was customary to play with boys in his age and girls. Socrates I have seen your new sculpture and this is what I want to talk about to you. their verbal sparring was something Socrates longed for even in his budding years. You see 14 . When you get a new piece of marble it is of no shape or form.Socrates was visibly upset. Girls only interested him while he could get their warmth and their mysterious magnetism they emanated. You are a creator of your new inanimate horse that which I like very much by the way. “Yes. Yes? “Diotima asked. There was too much going on in his life. more often than not were only subjects of discussions with other boys. This of course was always on his mind.” Diotima said patiently. Boys were different – he could talk with them and exchange ideas. “Of course this is what my father does all day and I will do when I finish my studies. “Think of your mind exercise as a new sculpture. He had strange feelings for girls in a different way than of boys.
a magical moment of a divine nature takes place. In his dreams they would carry long lively conversations but when Socrates woke up he remembered nothing. He dreamed about Zeus and the creation of the world in an animated and vivid dream. Socrates was hiding the work unsure if it pleased his father or not. Chipping away the pieces of excess marbles is like chipping away your own false thoughts and pretenses your mind is telling you and most of them are illusions anyway.transference took place and you made it happen. A little like when a mother gives birth to a child . You can make a marble horse you can remake Socrates as well. At bedtime Socrates closed his eyes and he was out. One day Diotima appeared uninvited in the middle of the night and said she wanted to talk with Socrates.” Diotima paused looking for the reaction from Socrates who was trying to take all this information in. He often dreamed of the boy with the purple rose. Of course it takes skill and time. He had to behave. for worse Diotima was the teacher and Socrates the pupil. For better. This creature knows all about me he made a mental note to himself. After he finished his education he started attending his military training at age eighteen. He was still stuck on the fact that his new horse sculpture was a secret and not even his father had seen it yet. These were busy days for Socrates. Socrates who just awakened from a dream was not very happy. 15 . Yet Diotima made a sculpting dissertation on the very latest and most secret work of Socrates. Socrates also knew that he could not be rude with his companion. He was not happy to be awake. His dreams were often vivid and real.
“Tell me how it all started Diotima. As in the beginning what was one . His own mother never spoke to him like that before.as the inherent rationality of the universe. The Universe was not created but emanated from a single source all throughout the known world. comes from? What is God like? Have you seen God Diotima?” Diotima looked at him for a while as he was measuring if Socrates was capable to handle his coming response. If you understand and take these concepts as your own.” “Between this Duality . “What I am telling you here is the Logos7 . 16 .He asked sheepishly while rubbing his eyes. Socrates thought of his strange dream and asked Diotima about the creation of the world. I came to see you because I love you. “What can I thank this honor of your visit in this unusual hour Diotima?” Diotima smiled mysteriously and replied. vibration.” This kind reply touched Socrates in his heart. “Nothing unusual.had become a Duality. Then finally she spoke. only that you were on my mind Socrates. This single source is the Primal Matter and it was one with the Primal Spirit (Universal Over soul).the inherent order in The Absolute universe. This is the source of the Cosmic 7 λόγος or logos is a word . that is. Where is that all it is.” “The First Law is as follows.the Primal Matter and Spirit there is a constant movement.” “There are three laws of the Universe you should try to work through your mind Socrates and this knowledge will open up hidden secrets for you.
Think of the concept of Infinity. This Primal Spirit is the obligatory pilgrimage of all souls through the Cycle of Incarnation. “Of course. “I still need some time to make these concepts mine.” said Socrates hesitantly. Then she slowly continued. We come from that of which 17 . Even if you try to grasp the mathematics behind the infinite your mind cannot provide the true picture.” “What is the third Law?” asked Socrates eagerly as if he already knew the response. “I am coming to that. God is not a form but a divine manifestation of Love and the divine Principle of the Universe. I can assure you that Socrates. I hope you don’t mind Diotima?” “Well then. The universe and planets were then created by seven Archangels.” replied Diotima patiently. So for all practical purposes God is unspeakable and unthinkable. your mind is finite so it can only think in three dimensions. Can you comprehend it?” asked Diotima as if she knew the answer already. “The Second Law is as follows.Energy everywhere in the Universe. the Third Law is that the concept of a Universal Over soul. Socrates remained silent and only shook his head to signal a no.” Diotima paused to let Socrates work all that he said out in his mind. “Do you understand the first two laws then?” “I think so.
This is the ultimate goal.” said Diotima cheerfully. “What is the Cycle of Incarnation?” he finally blurted out. Diotima spoke of Gods other than the officially mandated and ordained ideas of Socrates’ time. He was however struggling with the Third Law. To complete the cycle so to speak. But after you light the lamp – there it is . Of course it is a product of your rubbing dry wood together but where was it just before you could see it? You do not see it. “The evolution of the planet and beyond actually all within the realm of the known universe is manifested in birth and rebirth. cannot burn you.we eventually must return and unite with. All things of which have bodies and matter must decay. “ Said Diotima. How?” Asked Diotima. Socrates was often contemplating about these matters but all these ideas were punishable by death in the polis. think of the fire. Socrates looked stunned.heresy. He heard these ideas spoken the first time. Some lower forms of matter have group souls. which was a high crime . Before you light the oil lamp the flame does not exist. To reach God’s consciousness is to become a God yourself. Humans that can choose with free will have individual souls that by Cosmic Law must eventually unite with the “Universal Over-Soul”. He also was somehow familiar with them as if he had some prior connection to these concepts but he was not certain how and from where.the flame just appeared from nothingness. 18 . And to finally demonstrate the point Diotima continued: “To better understand the supreme.
They are the walking dead – those who are afraid of death and fear it from attachments and phobias connecting them to the illusion of the material life. For days after this famous encounter Socrates felt as if he was a new person. They know of the Cycle of Incarnation and understand that if they cannot achieve one goal in life – they will in the next one. He had heard of the old men Pausanias die the same week his grandchild was born. He. Constant change was all around Socrates in the garden and outside the fields. It has to serve a Common Good. “There are two kinds of people walking the earth. Socrates was still digesting all this information and he was dazed a little so he was staring at his sandals. He never thought such matters were this simple and matter of fact as Diotima spoke of them. It can be a goal of great artistic achievement or even a political goal if it is aspired with the divine purpose.Socrates was a little stunned. Evil is the darkness and there is no darkness without the existence of light.“ “Diotima is there Evil? If God is so unlike us humans had believed then what is Evil like?” asked Socrates. “Every manifestation of evil has a root of human action. The drama and human theatrics was somehow missing from it. They fear and mortality stems from ignorance and ego. Of course the goal cannot be material and attached to ego and wealth. His newly found secret was some kind of a secret 19 . Diotima continued. It must serve Humanity. of course often wondered what the meaning of all that was around him was. He noticed the cyclical nature of life. When he looked up Diotima was gone. Flowers blossomed and then they became fruit that nourished his household.” Said Diotima. These are the majority. The other people are immortal.
By this time Socrates had reached the age of seventeen and his studies were well underway. His new habit of meditating and inward journey was the talk of the house. Socrates started taking married life more seriously after his first son was born. Inspired by his Angel and newfound basis of wisdom Socrates yearned to know more about philosophy. Since male children were in demand the Polis encouraged all Athenians to have more children and populate the state with loyal citizens and had passed a decree allowing multiple marriages. Not long after Socrates married his first wife he took a new one Myrto as a social obligation. This was not unnoticed in the house of Sophroniscus. He was very intelligent yet eccentric in a way.room where he would often visit to be alone. He preferred exercising in the gymnasium. Socrates had two wives both were taken early in his life as customs of Athens dictated. Being a husband did not come easy to young Socrates who by this time devoted his attention to Diotima and his own inward journey. Myrto who came from a good and respected family bore Socrates two more sons named Sophroniscus (named after Socrates’ father) and Menexenus. and Archelaus. 20 . He would contemplate on the Three Divine Principles he learned about. He decided to take private lessons from Damon. He named the child Lamprocles. He married his first wife Xanthippe at an early age. He just sat under the large tree in the garden and would not move a muscle. As Socrates was getting less and less interested in sculpting his father grew naturally concerned. Having someone totally dependent on him gave Socrates the realization that his life was to serve and in this stage of life the service meant having a family.
Anaxagoras’ Cosmological Theory was the scientific explanation of what his Angel had told him about the universe. he refused to be part of any organized school of thought. who was very fond of Socrates. since they were largely physicalists who tried to explain the nature of matter. Of course much of it they got wrong but the concept was the same. was himself a student of Anaxagoras who was the first to bring natural philosophy to Athens. One notable event came about from Socrates’ brush with the Ionian School he finally had a chance to meet Anaxagoras8 the Persian.” He told Archelaus. While some of the concepts discussed with Archelaus were in line with what Diotima told Socrates. Anaxagoras (c. When interacting with people Socrates started a new style. Together they have spent nights gazing into the stars and talking. Socrates spent considerable time with Anaxagoras as his disciple while he was in Athens. Archelaus had tried to shape and form Socrates’ thinking into the Ionian School whom were also referred to as cosmologists.Archelaus. “I do not seek my path for the sake of knowing the truth but I also must live the truth and that calls for independence and ability to discriminate who I share my ideas with and in what manner. 500 BCE–428 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher and Astronomer 8 21 . Socrates traveled with Archelaus to the island of Samos and during this trip the two had exchanged ideas and Socrates learned everything he could from his mentor.
He was full of irony and charm but the logic of the questions were so impeccable that after a series of questions and answers the parties Socrates talked were often left to mumbling to themselves trying to figure out what exactly they were trying to prove in the first place. “I will devote my life to the truth. morals and aspirations. 22 . “Fields and trees will not teach me anything. Socrates’ style was disarming and seemingly innocent. When asked about his own aspirations after the compulsory military service.” He was often heard saying after friends invited him to excursion to the country. Socrates only said. the life of the streets will.” Socrates liked the polis and disliked the country. seldom leaving the gates of Athens.He was questioning anyone he came across about their habits and ideas ethics.
However there was no war going on. Usually this urge is selfish and motivated by your Ego. Try not to be a show-off.” This meant that he abandoned all pursuits of that tradition dictated and hang around the Agora9. Socrates had a strange dream one day. Socrates started living his life as Diotima advised him. This is the way. He would strike up a conversation with anyone. We are sending you the people – do not seek them. He saw through the eyes of a creature in a dark cave and there was no light except 9 Marketplace 23 . He would ask the lots of questions and usually answering theirs without sounding pious and preachy. Fight this urge to proselyte indiscriminately. Socrates openly admired the Spartan way of government making no friends in some circles. yet.The Mundane World Socrates reached the age of adulthood in the eyes of the Polis he was ready to fight for his country and kill the common enemy. People who are ready will come to you. There are lots of souls who are not ready to hear what you know and what you want to share. slave or citizen alike. The animosity with Sparta was already brewing. “We are not teaching but sharing your knowledge.
“Anything that you can touch and hold as an object has a perishable life. It is a symbol of Maya10. What it meant and how he could interpret it. One day after the dream Diotima appeared while Socrates meditated in the courtyard under his favorite orange tree. “Good morning Socrates” despite it was the afternoon. from mā "not" and yā "this" 24 . In his meditation Socrates asked about the dream. Diotima was calm as ever with playfulness in his voice. In the end of the dream the prisoners were allowed to stand and move around and the shadows were seen as they were. “I think real is what we can see and touch” replied Socrates. Socrates could slowly as his eyes adjusted see the entities and the shapes that made the shadows. The creatures in the cave including Socrates were chained to the wall so much that they could not even move their heads. When the entities spoke the sound seemed to have come from the shadows. Even 10 Maya (Sanskrit māyā.” Socrates said anxiously. Socrates wanted to tell Diotima his dream in the cave but she interrupted him. More sunlight would enter the cave more the reality of the shadows was visible to the prisoners. “I know the dream Socrates. “I had the most disturbing nightmare Diotima. Socrates how do you define what is real? Diotima asked. Entities carried shapes of men and animals that reflected their own shadows on the wall. I would like to talk to you about it because I do not understand the meaning of the dream.the large fire in the center. therefore it cannot be defined as real. The movements of the shadows represented the only reality for them. Socrates only knew the world of shadows. It was depressing bordering a nightmare.
I guess other words would be absoluteness or nonexistence for this. With this last sentence Diotima vanished into thin air. His charm and personality attracted most people especially the curious minded aristocratic 25 . Without this invisible world. “Infinity is the only “thing” real. when the sunshine broke through the walls of the cave. how can anyone want it.” “The dream also means that your physical life is not the real life but a mere illusion. Of course it is a non-thing and it is so far above the understanding of a physical non-real person. so what is physical is perishable hence cannot be defined as real. If non existence the only reality is. which is non perishable.diamonds can be broken or perish in flames so there is no infinity for anything physical. The shadows of the cave represented your perception of reality before awakening.” paused Diotima.” “Your fear and anxiety in the dream represents the futility and illusion of attachments to this Maya that you live in daily. there would be no physical world one at all. Then.” Diotima said. Weeks passed by and the months had turned into years.” Diotima continued. Not allowing Socrates to ask a question or to say goodbye. It is the essence of all there is – Primal Energy. Socrates the family man often wondered if his children would follow his path of the teaching. “The only “thing” real is a non-thing. it represented the invisible world that supports the visible. “But I do not understand all of this. O Goddess?” Socrates asked realizing it was the first time he referred to Diotima as “Goddess”. He remembered Diotima and refrained from telling people anything they would ask about.
Of course his friends joked back with Socrates that will have trouble finding true love as well when he would always hang around his usual crowd. These noble pursuits will not fetch any money. Family life was your lot my friend. He well understood the difficulties of his chosen path and having a family meant. This does not however mean that this path is for you Socrates.youth. “Your head is always in the clouds Socrates. What is the matter with you? Are you mad?” she would mock him. Socrates did not reply or scold his wife.” Socrates said when someone wanted to close his mind to some idea or concept. “When you say to something like. “If you doubt the existence of true love.” He took no money for teaching like most sophists would say that wisdom is not for sale like a sack of potatoes.” Socrates warned them jokingly. this and that is not possible than you essentially saying that you are the smartest person in the Universe and because you have not experienced or seen something it cannot possibly exist.” Socrates would often tell them. “Questioning everything is fine but doubt is a very dangerous state of mind. You neglect your sculpting and spend much too your time in a trancelike state. He would also keep his appearance to the minimum wearing 26 . It was this group who had the education and status to question the world around them. His first wife Xanthippe has been known to complain how Socrates passed his time and she would have preferred a less spiritual more industrious and wealthy man. This is the Law of the Teaching. Diotima told him “To ultimately become a High Soul one must take no wife. you will not find it.
simple man. His rather corpulent physique with a nose upturned was outwardly representation of a very sensual. That is until he opened his mouth. selfish. He managed to asked some very smart questions and he soon developed a style where his questions would lead the conversation and the lack of proper answer would then be followed by a yet a newer question leading the opponent deeper and deeper in mental quagmire and confusion. 27 . People who knew Socrates better understood that his selfdenial and ascetic lifestyle was based on his philosophy.the same toga month after month and often go barefoot without sandals even in the winter. Of course he compared himself to the knowledge Diotima possessed. The adult Socrates seemed not easy on the eyes with a short stocky stature and a think neck.” Socrates often said to people that he was the dumbest person in Athens. and accordingly he practice such temperance and self-denial that some critiques though ostentatious and affected. “To want nothing is divine” Socrates said himself.
From the hearsay and Socrates’ reputation the organization suspected that Socrates knew a lot already. Ancient/Katharevousa: λευσίς Eleusis) is a small town about 30 km NW of Athens. “These are weak individuals who are taken over and controlled by the Dark Forces. The Cult of Demeter has been around long before Socrates’ time. 11 Elefsina (Greek: Ελεύσινα. They were unsure how much hence they chose to include Socrates in their secret sect to contain him.” said Diotima. seat of administration of the prefecture West Attica 28 . They have no spine or conviction either way only weaknesses the Dark Forces use to manipulate them. They were also called the Eleusinian mysteries for they were based at Eleusis11. It existed at least a thousand years before Socrates was born. They were three or four of them and they never said anything to him and they kept a good distance. “As people these are not altogether bad but forces they do not even understand control them often without their knowledge.The Grey Eminence Socrates realized that they are people in the world whose conviction was neither good nor bad. They were like the flickering candlelight or food with no flavor. For weeks on end Socrates felt he was followed by shadowy figures where ever he went.” She added.
” Socrates said with a humble and measured tone. Your reputation has precedes you. This man asked Socrates a lot of unusual questions. I am from the high council of the Eleusinian Mysteries. The man smiled and said – “Socrates you are wise indeed. No sharing this knowledge to those who are not yet ready. We are not trying to keep them in ignorance but only share our knowledge with those who are good and ready. It is not good for them.” “If you become an Initiate not only we shall share our innermost secrets of the Universe but we shall furnish you with money – comfortably enough to live on so you can dedicate your time to contemplation and philosophy. He told all the youth to disperse and had the new man all to himself. Only our high council can decide that. I do not do this by preaching and sermons but by asking questions so the participant does not feel I overburden him but 29 . I cannot accept your initiation for I am dedicated to talk freely to anyone and give them testimony of what is real and what is of an illusion. He was not like the others. I will tell you the truth. We would welcome you to join us. After a day or two Socrates knew that was something happening. Absolute secrecy. I sensed that I cannot fool you and you would see through me right away. “I thank you for the honor and privilege to invite me into your order.Then one day Socrates had a new regular at the Agora. We have only one request from you. “Please tell me who you are and why you are here?” asked Socrates plainly.
He sought out Socrates in search for a cure for his subconscious knew that he was a slave to his own lower self. “Once the door opens you cannot close it.” Every great Teacher eventually will have the one disciple that betrays him.answers my questions from the heart and thereby opening his heart to a Higher Soul if that is his Fate. you cannot send them away. He just had to see the sage that everybody was talking about.” And Socrates continued I do not share my secrets only I hint by asking questions in a fashion that a person who might be predisposed to gain the Secrets of the Universe would somehow set on the right path. When Aristippus of Cyrene had heard about Socrates he left everything and took off to Athens. no matter how obnoxious and annoying they are. He was a slave to his own physical desires and the purpose of fulfilling his own desires. 30 . He also had his own ideas often quite opposite of his teacher’s. Socrates acknowledged the voluptuous and mercenary tendencies of Aristippus. His ambitions to one day have his own school and following was exhibited early on. Socrates knew that the Teaching says. If the person comes to you and he has already learned about the Ancient Mysteries. heartily labored to reform the young man but to no avail.” Despite his hedonistic tendencies Aristippus was an able and charismatic personality.he lived only for the moment and for sake of pleasure and instant gratification and comfort. Aristippus was incorrigible .
Master. I will be always your disciple and if you ever in need of me I will be at your side. “Master I owe you everything.” He embraced Socrates and left. What I am today I can only thank to you and your patience with me.When Aristippus decided to start his own school he came to see Socrates. 31 . He was beaming with joy to be finally on his own.
He was crying and afraid. They were all asleep in the Garden on their leader the same man Socrates saw earlier was awake. The same man was delivered to the enemy by one of his own disciples. and raise the consciousness of the planet. he was in the garden and could see the thoughts and feel the feelings of these men. It appeared that he knew of something terrible is going to happen to him. He also saw the earlier betrayal of this man by his disciple. Socrates then saw a man who was dying a painful and horrible death in the baking sun. Then all of the sudden soldiers and important men came looking for the leader of the group. celestial beings had visited earth to help.The One Teaching Since the dawn of times. Their intention was to arrest all of them and take them away to meet the same gruesome death Socrates envisioned earlier. Their message was always the same Truth but the delivery and style had changed and it will change in the future to reflect the times of the day – taste and style will change but the Truth never does. 32 . It was as if Socrates were right there.
He got up and sat to the table s rubbing his eyes.” paused Diotima. Many who will yet to teach the Secret of the Universe and will die because there is not life without death and the Dark Forces are strong on earth. One was running down naked out of the garden. He wanted to write it all down before it escaped his mind as it happened many times before.” said the man firmly. He dreamed an amazing dream. Finally they answered – “We seek Jesus of Nazareth” “I am He. “Whom do you seek?” He asked in a voice that authority stopped the heavily armed soldiers in their tracks. Socrates realized that he was awake. What you’ve dreamed was yet to come Socrates. He lit the oil lamp and started scribbling down his dream. The soldiers grabbed him and the disciples were all of the sudden gone. They were visibly stunned at the firmness and display of the strength of this man who had no weapon only his gaze and voice indicated that he could make them disappear if he wanted to. He was haunted by the horrible death of the man who seemed to be innocent and went quite willingly with the soldiers who sealed his fate. you want me and me only! Now take me.The men were waking up and their leader stood in the way of the soldiers and the man still half asleep. 33 . “Diotima what was the reason that man had to die?” asked Socrates “That man is going to die. Later Socrates asked Diotima about the dream.
“There is no birth without death. The man from Nazareth will die to set an example to his disciples.” 34 . He will save those men who would later testify to his courage and sacrifice forever. He is going to teach that the biggest love one can show to his friends is to lay his own life down to save theirs.
He was often saddened by the lack of his own artistic talent. Giving up sculpting was not hard for Socrates. It was a masterpiece.All Life is Sorrowful12 Socrates often wondered about the world he was living in. 12 Buddhist saying 35 . She was getting worse since his father passed away a few years back. Socrates felt that the only way to experience God . His parents were young and everything was going to last forever in his child’s mind. Socrates always felt a little ashamed of the incompleteness of his sculpting. When Socrates thought of his parents he was back in time as a boy. Art was the only consolation and comfort for Socrates.” sighed Socrates. Beauty has always surrounded him from the day of his birth as most youth in his class to uplift and inspire him to greater things. His father’s work was always good and finished. “I have no talent for anything. His mother was very ill. as he never felt the urge to create marble objects since he always felt that something was missing from his creations.one had to have the Bliss of Creativity. On one hand he realized how much beauty and art was around him everyday and then he contemplated of the temporary nature of it all his heart just sank.
With all the sadness and temporary nature of all this.” 36 . must we then say no to life in our human form and wait for our time to afterlife or must we embrace and accept life with all its sorrow and shortcomings? You always told me to reject the illusion of life the wants and fear but I am unable to control sadness when my mother is dying. my heart is very heavy. While you in the human body you must accept life as it is because it is the precursor to something better and how you cope with your life and manage your life. What is the answer to this?” Diotima thought for a while and then replied. “You are on the path towards light but still you live in the form of a mortal man with all the pain and feeling that comes with that. You are to strive to control your fear and wants with the notion that you can never completely achieve that unless you ascend and leave your human form.One day he asked Diotima about his dilemma: “O Diotima. as a human being will set you up for the next life and the afterlife in between.
One morning after Socrates woke and left his tent barefoot to submit to nature’s call he fell into a trance. from age eighteen trained to be a hoplite13 a polis’ militia force that did not receive wages and as such attended a training drill one every month which was reserved for hoplites who could afford to buy the gear required and have the time to attend. Initially Athens gathered a fleet of thirty ships and 1000 hoplites under the overall command of Archestratus. She was more beautiful then ever. The idea of never getting her 13 14 The word hoplite (Greek πλ της. hoplitēs) heavy infantrymen The Battle of Potidaea was one of the catalysts for the Peloponnesian War. 37 . All male adults of the polis had to continually practice what they had learnt in training all throughout their lives. The Corinthian army was lead by Aristeus. Diotima was back. It was before the battle of Potidaea14. Socrates who was already in his late thirties started blushing he was so much in love with her.The Warrior Socrates. She looked surprisingly youthful and did not continue her aging passed what seemed to Socrates as twenty-eight years.
caused Socrates to want it even more so. who in their prior life took anther life and passed on. effect. In battle if you must kill your enemy the karma of killing falls upon your polis or your nation not on you. “The Akashic records16 are like a great library. Good and bad. There is a distinction of the personal karma and the karma of war. killing and suffering in the world. Why is there so much killing and bloodshed in the name of lofty ideas?” Diotima looked at Socrates and answered. which is a group phenomenon. He still was working on the concept of karma. “Tell me about war Diotima.” Diotima paused to see if Socrates has any question. “There is a Law of Karma15 that might explain to you why there is war. either in your present of passed life. Similarly if you are killed in war you will be reincarnated. As he quietly sat and contemplated all that was said. "space" or "aether") 38 . “Who keeps records of all the deeds of all people?” He thought to himself. He wanted to hide his true frame of mind and blurted out. Your polis has her karma that sometimes it can only be unfolded in a war. often into a better life. “ Socrates looked befuddled. must in turn suffer the same fate they have caused. 15 16 Karma (Sanskrit [meaning deed] meaning action. Similarly people. Everything you have ever thought or done from the beginning of your life is kept there. Good deeds you do today will offset the bad deeds you have done prior. she continued. destiny Akasha is a Sanskrit word meaning "sky". Diotima as if she read his mind continued.
He heard the other hoplites talking and laughing at him. Next day the battle ensued.“The Akashic records are kept in the highest subtle world. If someone tells you he or she has seen the Akashic records be very cautions. Socrates rushed towards them. As you know Socrates this world that you see and touch is supported by an invisible. this person is not telling the truth. All of the sudden he saw Alcibiades in great trouble. He often felt homoerotic love towards the young aristocrat who followed his words and would have done anything for Socrates. Socrates instinctively threw his xiphos and it pierced through the Corinthian’s neck. He fell dead. Socrates helped Alcibiades on his foot that leaned on him and slowly they hobbled towards the Athenian lines. He must have been standing in one spot in the woods that the others talked about. The officer was injured on his foot and his movements were hindered by the wounds and dead Athenians all around him.” Socrates came to. He saw a Corinthian lifting his sword to crush Alcibiades head. The following day Socrates refused to accept any prize of his valor. He encouraged the generals to give it to Alcibiades rather than himself. Aristeus' wing of Corinthian troops advanced deep into the Athenian lines. Socrates fought bravely without any consideration of his own safety. subtle world. 39 . He loved Alcibiades. This is not a place anyone can visit or peek into. He broke his spear and he only had his close combat sword called a xiphos left which he wielded furiously to deflect the Corinthian troops swarming down the field.
He often thought why he felt about boys the way he did but after a meditating one day it just dawned on him. We are one. Diotima was self-assured.” 40 . Your own life is superceded because you protect a life at the same time. And that fleeing second I realized that He and I are essentially the same. He would have died for Alcibiades but he hated taking a life. someone who could match Diotima and of course it was not possible. independent and wise and most of all beautiful. Much later when Socrates was asked if he did not fear death he simply said: “At the moment I faced that enemy soldier I knew that I must save the Alcibiades.” pondered Socrates. Killing is against my nature but the idea of letting Alcibiades perish was so unbearable that I knew I could not live with myself for one day if I hesitated. Now he saved his young lover and he was happy and pleased. He was searching the perfect woman.” This Unity of Oneness that transcends through history and will save humanity one day. “This must have weakened my interest in women. Socrates wanted no benefit from killing a Corinthian even as saving one of his own. For a moment I thought I would flee and not kill him. I suspect this is the deep metaphysical truth that causes people commit self sacrifice and heroic act.
The knowledge people of his age beginning to know were already known – long time ago. The following night he had a dream.Atlantis Even in those ancient times there were quite a few advanced military machines such as the Catapult and the Oxybeles in the possession of the army. He actually saw a giant footprint by the side of the road. Socrates also came upon a road where apparently giant Chariots traveled. “These men must be giants. Socrates always wondered about the sources of these inventions and how the technological and science knowledge passed on from before his age to the present. Diotima alluded to the cyclical nature of all knowledge – especially techniques of making things.” Socrates thought to 17 About 100 feet wide 41 . This dream was unique because there were oversized objects in it. “Why would knowledge be any different?” One day during his meditation he asked the Hierarchy to show him the source of all the knowledge his contemporaries possessed. She told Socrates that all knowledge was gained and later lost. Gigantic ships and steam engines also were invented and used by the navy. “Nature is cyclical” She said so many times before. He saw a bridge that was sixth of a stadia17.
Later when talking with Diotima Socrates asked about the lost Minoan civilization. the Minoan civilization was doomed for eternal darkness. “The Minoan civilization is the same that we call Atlantis.” Diotima said.” Diotima said. “After the destruction of Atlantis the survivors spread around the globe. The ashes and the clouds blocked the rays of the Sun. The world became covered with ice and snow.” He said in the dream. They worked directly with straight knowledge. “Atlanteans could travel to the stars with ships and also astral. These abilities are dormant in all human beings. Crops did not grow. “The Mount Atlas erupted one day.” said Diotima. and almost all clairvoyant. They are even living among you here in Hellenes18.himself. You just have to know how to harness it Socrates. 18 The Greeks (Greek: Έλληνες – 'Hellenes') are an ethnic group mostly found in the southeastern Europe and are primarily associated with the Greek language 42 . They are all mystics. “How was that possible?” asked Socrates. animals died and later the people too. Next Socrates was on a huge ship and sailed for days without seeing land. They knew of the power of the atom and they had direct knowledge straight out from the light.” Said the Captain. sciences and religion. “ “Remember Socrates that Atlanteans far surpassed contemporary humans in arts. Socrates asked the captain why there was no land in sight and he said: “My friend a volcanic eruption destroyed Thera and possibly brought an end to the entire Minoan civilization.
Much like you working with me Socrates. The advancement of the people of Atlantis were far beyond your world would ever come close.. It is necessary for your time and it is embedded in the human condition since the time of the Atlantis.“How did they do that O Diotima?” asked Socrates. But with time the priesthood became corrupted and there began an aberration this concept by priests who began to follow what is called the "lefthand path"--the path of power over others.” the reply came. “The Atlanteans started using their knowledge for their own sake. Then finally she started. the state was governed by priest class. They simply decided to use it for their own sake in gaining 43 .” Diotima said and sighed. in fact. Ego became involved. even after thousands of years. Later. the priests of that time knew that it could be used for both good and evil. “you know slavery is not a human condition that is desirable or welcome. who were. “Atlanteans could work with a column of fire to which they could speak and ask questions. and that was the end of their civilization. Since all it is based primarily on Primary Energy. “Why did it have to end then?” asked Socrates. But then something happened…. She seemingly though for a while ready to say something but unsure if herself if the information should be shared. At the time of Atlantis. the people began wearing different-colored robes which identified their spiritual station in life. actually in touch with the Higher Realms of Being. The Priests of Atlantis had huge crystals mounted on pedestals in huge domed rooms which were used to communicate directly to the Higher Beings.
Later they taught them even more.power over others rather than advancing the spiritual evolution of all people and thus began the concept of slavery. to build. But they were killed off violently and often in a gruesome way. 19 http://www. as the style of the message itself was tailored. knowing that they will be killed. In the beginning these beings incarnated in to humans when men was living in caves and just learning to use tools and fire.ancientwisdomcentral. These high souls repeatedly incarnated. The messengers were always fitting to the age of the civilization.html 44 . They taught men how to use tools. and to cultivate the land. What never changed was the unabridged and unadulterated Truth in the Message itself. Darker forces often hindered and led Humans to astray later only to trigger a new messenger.us/slavery.the Hierarchy has been sending High Souls to earth for millions of years to help and teach mankind spiritually and in its evolution.” 19 As Diotima later revealed to Socrates . But this did not stop them from fulfilling their purpose and service.
He wanted to see the stranger. I never knew such power was possible from a mortal man. Crito and Socrates were invited but the Saint was not seen during the gathering. Crito was in his element and mingled with the guest. Crito who was a reliable source of all the latest gossip and news brought it up one day in the middle of their meal. 45 . Socrates sensed that if the Saint had found out that anyone might be a skeptic who keeps a closed mind would result in termination of any display and audience with the stranger.he can float in mid air and materialize things from nothing. He tried out every possible food and spice sample the visitors offered. Caravan traders accompanied the group from Egypt.” Said Socrates carefully. The meeting took place in the house of a wealthy spice trader from Phoenicia who had a palatial house in Athens. Socrates on the other hand was not in the mood for socializing.” told Socrates the news quite excitedly. “This would be very interesting to see. “There is a Saint from the Valley of Hindus . There was a small gathering and a feast.The Saint from the East Word got around that Eastern mystics were visiting Athens all the way from the land of elephants and spices.
the Swami20 would like to meet you. Socrates sat down in from of the Saint who put his hands together in from of him raised them to his head and slightly bowed and said “Namaste”. which is used when both hello and goodbye would be used in English 46 .” Socrates followed him without saying a word. loosely akin to "master". But it was there. It is derived from the Sanskrit language and means "owner of oneself". from Sanskrit is a South Asian greeting originating in India. They entered in a small room where Socrates saw a small. Before Socrates had a chance to say something the Saint closed his eyes and started chanting. After the Saint landed on the carpet he smiled and through an interpreter the Saint spoke to Socrates “Do you have any question from me?” 20 Swami is a primarily Hindu honorific. 21 Namasté or Namaskar in Hindi. plainly the man was in the air like a seagull. Holding the staff he slowly began to rise of the carpet. denoting complete mastery.Finally late in the evening a slave called Socrates aside and whispered in his ear “Please master follow me but say nothing to your friend.21 Socrates mimicked the Saint’s greeting sensing that it was a custom of his to greet strangers in that manner. Finally he was levitating above his carpet lightly resting his hand on top of a staff. Socrates first had to rub his eyes as if to make sure that he saw what he saw. The Saint held out his hand and a staff appeared in his hand. skinny brown man wearing nothing but a tunic and sitting on a carpet.
Socrates learned that the Saint did not perform his levitation for several years and he did not like the crowd’s adulation and excitement when some phenomena were performed. “We greet every stranger this way. this is a gift from him to you. The hands together symbolize prayer as the way the greeting a Divine in each and every person we meet. I am poorly acquainted with your ways.” The saint and Socrates talked all night.Socrates was so baffled that he had no nerve to ask the Saint the obvious .” The Saint said.how he could levitate. “My master knows about you and wished me to give you a little demonstration of otherworldly realms. He was told to show this to Socrates by his Master. The saint said. This is to remind ourselves of our own Divinity. So instead he instinctively asked. “Kindly explain to me the greeting you used with me. as a reminder of the invisible world.” 47 .
48 . It was like this.Attachments Friends and Family Crito was like a brother to Socrates . wanted to dominate the situation all the time. who was not a mortal person. Kind attracted kind. even in those days. Crito was from a much richer and more importantly from an old.apart from Diotima of course. It was always a jousting comparison between them that was in terms of family money and status . Most of Crito’s other friends from school and gymnasium had a distinctly different relationship with Crito. aristocratic family. as most rich and aristocratic families of enlightened Athens supported and admired artist and any creative pursuits that inspired awe and admiration from the public’s display. Their friendship was as odd as it was unforeseen in the Polis. Their family knew and respected each other from a sculpting assignment Socrates’ father received from Crito’s father. either the one who had less.not intrinsic value of their character and Crito always felt the presence of this. was more submissive in the ways he carried himself with Crito or the one who had more. Crito’s father.
More Socrates learned about the Ancient Law from Diotima more he was losing his attachments to his family and friends. Their consciousness was predisposed to the teaching of Socrates. He was more attached to young aristocrats in whom he saw a glimmer of hope and the sparkling of interest of the things he was talking about. On the contrary.to raise consciousness. This is when he felt ecstatic. He sat on the fence never wanting to commit wholeheartedly to Socrates’ teaching yet never completely rejecting it either. Some were instantly taken and they were ready for what he had to say from perhaps a prior lifetime. Some of them showed up in the marketplace at the urgings of their peers and that was it. 49 . Crito always felt at ease with Socrates more so than any of the other friends he had. Crito feared too much of what others thought of him and wanted to be popular and loved by everybody.In Crito’s mind these were not true friendships at all. He saw them as young seedlings in a garden. He never saw them again. He could never understand that to be completely happy one must lose fear and want in life. He made up excuses to avoid parties of the family friends and snuck away to be with Socrates instead. No one dared to admit this in the open and of course these children were his “friends” in the face the social structure and the polis. These were seedlings that fell on barren ground. He knew that his mission in life was to do this . They were tiresome and filled with politics and intrigue. His family and social connections always managed to get in the way. Crito was an interesting case. Socrates always loved Crito and wanted him to move forward somehow.
Certain influences in the family came from Xanthippe whom later in the marriage felt abandoned and always in a financial bind. One thing is known all the boys as it is with most boys were closer to their respective mothers and while showing pride and admiration for his father he never shared his interest and thirst for knowledge. Athens encouraged all citizens to have more children and populate the state with loyal citizens and had passed a decree allowing multiple marriages. Socrates married Myrto to fulfill his social duty. Myrto not long after he married Xanthippe. both married to him at approximately the same time during his life. The family had a total of three children from both marriages. from Myrto two sons called Sophroniscus and Menexenus. He married his first wife Xanthippe at an early age. He married his second wife. She felt Socrates was selfish and a bad husband unlike to the good provider Crito and other in social contact with Socrates. Paradoxically the children were not ready. Was this the reason his son Lamprocles never took up philosophy and the spiritual quest after their father is uncertain. She was about the same age as Socrates when they were married. From Xanthippe a son called Lamprocles.For a man who preferred boys Socrates had two wives. 50 . financial success for an unending personal quest that his family could never share. She came from a good and respected family. As the children grew Socrates naturally tried to teach them the best he could about all what he knew. She felt Socrates give up all earthly pursuit of politics. They were obedient and good with their father but spiritually they were not ready.
one is the karmic family that you beget and marry.” She said. the other is the true family the Spiritual Family. In an instant he realized that it was his ego screaming and wanting his children to be like him. 51 . In your case your Karma is to have a nagging wife and unresponsive children. Diotima smiled and faded away. These are the people who share your knowledge and follow your aspiration and dreams. “On a rare occasion this can happen. be gone” was a voice Socrates heard.One day Socrates was feeling sad and disillusioned because part of him wanted to share all he was feeling and searching for with Lamprocles. “O Diotima why could not these be the same? Why cannot I have my Karmic family be the same as my Spiritual family?” cried Socrates. In your passed life you must have invoked this Karma by your own deeds. “There are two kinds of families. Silence fell upon them. It was not about parting with valuable knowledge for the sake of his sons but about Socrates’ ego. Then Diotima appeared while Socrates meditated. He was his blood.” said Diotima. “Maya. These are the people who share your Bliss. Diotima looked calm and not void of empathy yet suddenly Socrates felt that this problem was not real but it was his own making.
Further. One day Socrates was confronted a young aristocratic man who asked Socrates to define his teaching and reveal his own teacher to give more credence to what he is all about. Other people naturally might perceive things in a different light than Socrates did.” Said Diotima. Make them see as he saw. The message is important but the delivery is as much so. He wanted to show them. No amount of talk can be as persuasive as healing a sick person with a power of bliss.” asked the youth in a rather confrontational manner. Any strong opinion from a person can be taken in a wrong way. I want to live my life based on my bliss and I know of one thing as certain that I know very little.The Gadfly Socrates wanted to get his point across but he did not want to tell people. Socrates replied “I have no special wisdom and I take divine instructions only from my Angel. I do not seek wisdom for its own sake. “Socrates. And as any endeavor that involves others had to be taken very gingerly. do tell us who was your teacher and what philosophy is your wisdom based on.” Privately Socrates learned from Diotima that the best service Advanced Souls should do is healing. 52 . “No amount of talk or contemplative discourse will convince or persuade the closed mind.
“But Diotima I have no talent to heal or to cure anyone. “Your lot is to be a gadfly and not to be a healer of individuals.“The best way to arise curiosity and open a mind is through healing the sick…” Socrates cut her off. Why make my lot hard with the urge to talk and charm. if it is not effective?” pleaded Socrates “Because if it is difficult and you are good at it Socrates.” She added finally. After a while Antisthenes grew tired of the walking and founded a school of his own in the public Gymnasium by the river Ilissos named Cynosarges. Antisthenes who lived in Peiraeus. He was a purist at heart and knew that it was wrong. Socrates had no problem with all this except he saw yet another money making scheme attempting to prostitute the teaching. One man. 53 .” She said. I have no such special gift. The cloak and walking staff remained the symbol of the Cynosarges School and Antisthenes himself. They wore a cloak and all brandished a staff apparently handy for the lengthy and dusty walk they undertook every day. You’ll gain better karma from a heavier burden that of which you will do without complaints and selfishness. There would be no benefit for you if it were easy. a southern district of Athens walked daily this considerable distance juts to hear Socrates talk. After some time he and his followers whom he persuaded to come as well were known as the poor cloaked wisdom seekers of Peiraeus. As a gadfly you will heal thousands long after you passed on.
During this time while briefly serving in the Athenian Senate. six commanders were executed. Socrates disdained politics and did everything possible to avoid it. When his tribe was serving as Prytanes he was mocked. He felt purity of his soul and ethics did not mesh well with serving the state in any official capacity.So when Antisthenes asked Socrates to endorse the Cynosarges School he politely refused and when asked if he was jealous of the new school he only replied “I see your pride looking out through the rent of your cloak. O Antisthenes”. “This assembly is decidedly not a court of law. 54 . We have no right to condemn to death. The Spartans. had blockaded an Athenian force under Conon at Mytilene. Socrates was 69 years old when the naval Battle of Arginusae took place during the War. He was overruled. because he did not know how to perform his duty as president in taking the votes. The drowning soldiers could not have been rescued and left unburied by the naval commanders who were impeached later. under Callicratidas. They never spoke to each other again. while the other two fled and were sentenced to exile in absentia. not give them time to prepare their defense. Socrates refused to try together the naval commanders because he believed it was illegal to group them together.” Socrates said. Despite Socrates’ effort. The effort was successful but following the battle a large storm sank several ships of the armada. most notably Pericles' son. In those days it was fashionable to free citizens of Athens’s to perform duties for the polis. A hurried relief force of 155 ships was dispatched out from Athens.
“There is no sense to blame these heroic men in wartime. It was the decisive battle for the war as well since without the navy Athens could not import grain or communicate with the outskirts of her empire. The following year he was proven right when in the battle of Battle of Aegospotami the Spartan fleet completely destroyed the navy. The polis needs their services and expertise. 55 .” Socrates said gloomily.
Since he had no money.” Young Aristocles came from a wealthy aristocratic family. The best ideas in life cannot 56 . The nickname Plato stuck with him ever since. This is nothing to take lightly. She said. “Do not forget Socrates you are taking on these men’s karma when they become your disciples. Diotima usually had the final word. “Quality comes before quantity. “This boy is getting it. Socrates by this time was allowed to take on disciples who had become familiar with the teaching for a period of two years.” She used to say to Socrates who was eager to take on anyone. meaning "broad" on account of his robust shoulders. In determining the suitability of any disciple. He wrestled from an early age and took the sport very seriously and his wrestling coach. Socrates according to the Ancient Law never charged for his teaching. Ariston of Argos. sometimes he got food or wine from his followers that were part of the Athenian gathering. had passed certain personality traits and characteristics and came and asked to be taken as a disciple. dubbed him "Platon". Even the strict and critical Diotima liked Plato from the get go.The Death of the Guru A lesson for Aristocles Socrates’ closest pupil Aristocles was in his twenties when he became the disciple of the aging Philosopher.
“What He is I know not. “After a period of trying sculpting I found that I was not best suited for this art. and Parmenides. which they call the investigation of nature. “Master what is God like?” Socrates replied. whose notions of numerical harmony have clear marks in Plato's notion of the Forms. what He is not I know. When I was younger I thought I would dedicate my life to seek the kind of wisdom. who taught Socrates and who held that the mind. However Plato will write about you so you shall be remembered until the end of times.” Then Plato asked: “What is the most important thing a life is worth living for Master?” Socrates replied quickly. goodness and wisdom is what inspires me from day to day to go on. “There is no one thing but a series of manifestation of virtue. One day Plato asked Socrates. After sometime I have come to the conclusion that I am not suitable to this kind of pursuit. as they are Transcendental in their nature.” “But master why you did not continue your art in Sculpting?” asked Plato. or reason. Beauty and art is one representation of the Divine Soul.” Plato’s schooling (on Socrates’ advice) included a number of other philosophers: Pythagoras. pervades everything.be verbalized or written down. Anaxagoras. I am just not driven by the creation of an in- 57 . who argued for the unity of all things. When I see a great sculpture or listen to beautiful harp music then I see my moment of bliss for that day.
My entire knowledge is that I know nothing. Writing down my ideas would have been theft and furthermore I was not directed to do so. “Socrates explained. It is a divine wisdom. “Master why did you not write down any of your thoughts?” asked Plato. 22 Subtle plane is the invisible world that supports the visible. I’ll never forget what she said. I guess sculpting was my Karmic profession and what I do now is my Spiritual profession” Socrates mused. There is no better way to honor your Guru than develop your own teaching and eclipse his. This wisdom is not coming from the mind but from the heart –hence it is ever more pure and it is always right.” Socrates mused. material world. When I was very young I asked Diotima to tell me how I can serve best. “After years of practicing meditation the person develops Straight Knowledge. 58 . “The biggest test for a disciple is the Guru’s death. “Master what will become of us after you die? Who shall guide us than?” Socrates thought for a moment and then replied.animate object and I feel that no matter how I try to be good at it I lack the Divine Bliss that some people call talent.” said Socrates. Many will just fold up the tent and go back to the life they had before. You will know things that you never studied about or were never taught by anyone.” smiled Socrates. The disciple’s goal is to learn from the Guru while he is alive but always strive to develop his own teaching while embellishing on the Guru’s. “Rest assured Plato I will still be with you on the subtle plane22. “My ideas are not original at all.
” Continued the Master. I can only show my life in action and service.” said Socrates. My life.” 59 . “Master. Any teaching that is public has the lifespan of maybe one hundred years.” Said Socrates “If one starts a school to benefit all with knowledge it is a good purpose. Plato. Can we call you when we need you?” asked Plato.” Socrates said plainly. “My destiny is of a different nature. when you meditate and spend time on the subtle plane we can be together. I am here to give testament of virtue and purpose of life. However. “The Spirit of the dead can attract you but you cannot attract it.” Asked Plato? “Starting a great school could be fine if one does it with the proper mindset.“Diotima said just be you and everything will be fine. Keeping in informal might keep it pure. I cannot give purpose to others as their mind and social circumstances are different. “But Master how could we be together when you are dead. Such things are pure mischief. However more prevailing a teaching becomes – more chance to men to corrupt it. why did not you start a great school? You have so much to teach.
The main thrust of this accusation may gave been stemmed from the fact that Socrates often talked ‘of the God’ without specifying which deity he was referring to. 60 . Socrates had always been a critic but only in the sense of inciting debate about the nature of what the public perceived to be the truth. By this time the democracy was restored and Socrates was accused of supporting the 30 Tyrants. He was accused of denying the gods as the state saw fit and thereby corrupting the young with his teachings.The Accusation Socrates was getting noticed. Within four years of his passive resistance to the regime of the 30 Tyrants23 Socrates was publicly accused of crimes of worshipping false Gods and seducing the youth of Athens. His followers were mostly rich aristocratic youth with keen intellect and critical thinking abilities. as it was more common custom. 23 The Thirty Tyrants were a pro-Spartan oligarchy installed in Athens after its defeat in the Peloponnesian War. He became quite outspoken about his convictions particularly those which favored the intellectual classes such as lawyers and magistrates. particularly against the states most highly regarded literary works written by Homer.
responsible for you and demanding obedience for them.One accuser. The son of Anytus had briefly followed Socrates but had eventually become a wretched wino. driving their chariots. Socrates listened and finally spoke. “Your parents are important personalities. “In fact your parents valued the slaves more and bestowed them with responsibilities which made them in proxy your parents. His main accusation was to corrupt the young but in essence he was teaching the young top use critical thinking to judge circumstances and search for the truth. “You are bestowed upon a strong physique and good health 61 . “Since your childhood servants raised you. isn’t this the truth? “Asked Socrates. don’t you see?” brushed them off Socrates.” Other students started to stir up.” said Socrates. Anytus. “I am an old man. was a well-known heir of a tanning business who had been a leader of the overthrow of the 30 tyrants. I might not be around much longer. In fact I am doing for my children for I have no money for servants and I value the time I expand trying to teach my children to be independent as early as possible. One day one of his students made a statement how much his parents loved him after he received an expensive gift. they have servants taking you to school. Even when you come to see me you have a servant driving you here. These servants were doing the work poor parents do for their children. “Master what is this talk that you might not be around for long? What is the meaning of this?” they asked alarmed.
The sock of this had not reached some of them. “Master. Finally Xenophon spoke.” Great silence fell on them.” “The Gods gave me strength and health to live a long fruitful life to testify and seek the truth. I will consider all options and I act as my conscience dictate. you must not leave us. When I will fail to do so . We can help you defend yourself or flee if it will be necessary. my philosophy.” Socrates smiled and said “I thank you all for your kind encouragement and support. We are alarmed when you say such things as you are now.” 62 . Master.by the Gods.I will be judged and executed.” said Socrates. “Now it seems the powers of Athens are going to demand my silence and retraction of my essence. I had dreamed of this will come.
385 BC) was a Greek Old Comic dramatist. The Court Hall was full of Socrates’ supporters. Anytus.The Defense Although Socrates is on trial for his life. 448 BC – c. c. The accusers had their speeches and now it was Socrates’ turn to answer to the accusations. onlookers and guards to keep order. and by voting everyone guilty. and Lycon) are all private individuals – there is no public prosecutor at Athens. 63 .” Thought to himself Socrates The trial was already underway. “Oh. the irony of it – I am finally at the mercy of the Men of Athens. Socrates looked at the jury – this large group of ordinary citizens held his life in their hands. his prosecutors (Meletus. It was about an old man who amuses himself by getting on a jury every day. 25 Aristophanes (Greek: ριστοφάνης. There were no jury selections or any kind of screening for faults in the jury like modern days. 24 This play was the parabase of the critical play of Socrates himself the Clouds. no District Attorney. Socrates remembered the comedy The Wasps24 by Aristophanes25.
” Socrates added pointedly. ” And he went on.“Esteemed Men of Athens. Why then judge me on what I freely discussed as philosophical issues with all citizens or foreigners?” “As to the charge of corrupting the youth of Athens I must say I always advocated of following the present laws of the land 64 . It was so persuasive that I. Sophists speak like that which I am not. The Court Hall started buzzing since many onlookers and supporters of Socrates caught onto the bitter irony. how could I be an Atheist when there is a standing charge against me of being a worshipper of false Gods? I admit that I have spent all my life in examining the truth and in such pursuit I have discovered new ways of perceiving God I have never taught anyone to stray from worshipping Apollo. Socrates went on. myself almost felt the heavy burden of guilt of doing something wrong. then I am not like that. the speeches made by my accusers were very well said and delivered. “I admit of my style of public speaking is unrehearsed and contain of things spoken at random and expressed in the first words that come to mind. “Since I have never charged a drachma for teaching I am not an official teacher engaged in such pursuits. One of Socrates accusations is of being a Sophist and the other rather contradictory one is using plain speech.’ like my accusers. I say if that means speaking the truth. “Now which one is it?” blurted out Crito.” After pausing for a second Socrates continued. “Esteemed Men of Athens. then my accusers’ statement is accurate. But if it means speaking in ‘embroidered and stylized phrases. One of the charges against him was his unaccomplished style of speech.
The decision came in part for Socrates refused the usual custom of having family members wail for 'pity from the court and part from displaying unusual defiance. “Will you remain silent and stop practicing your philosophizing if this tribunal drops the charges against you?” asked Antyus. After declaring the sentence as death the customary Athenian law of suggesting an alternative penalty commenced. and so long as I draw breath and have my faculties. not even if I have to die a hundred deaths. What use could come from this old man’s death asked many in the jury? Yet there were those who held old grudges and wanted to silence the old sage forever.” mused Socrates mused later on the pretty close verdict.” continued Socrates. the jury convicted him on both charges by a vote of 280 to 221.” continued Socrates. But know this. I shall never stop practicing philosophy. The hall murmured and stirred to this public display of defiance. 65 . I am not going to alter my conduct. Socrates was allowed to speak for the last time." Said Socrates "Acquit me or not.and myself always obeyed laws that otherwise did not conflict with my ethical and moral code. The vote did not take long. "I owe a greater obedience to God than to you. Most among the jury did not want to put Socrates to death. He was after all seventy years old and famous. “A mere 30 vote’s swing the other way would have acquitted me.
“Dear citizens of Athens, I suggest to you to feed me once a day at public expense in the Prytaneum.” suggested Socrates. The crowd started laughing. The tribunal angrily tried to restore order. Finally the head of the tribunal spoke. “Are you mocking this proceeding, Socrates? I do not believe you are aware of the seriousness of these charges and the sentence that can follow.” “If my first suggestion does not please this tribunal then I propose a fine of 5 drachmas as my penalty.” The jury voted again – this time for the penalty. Having shown no remorse and signs of weakness from Socrates the sentence of death was at a wider margin than the prior vote for guilt or innocence. Both Socrates’ suggestions were rejected and he was tried and sentenced to drink Hemlock in one day. “I prophesy to those who convicted me that my ideas and philosophy will live on. I can say this with the assuredness since when men prophesy most, when they are about to die.” Socrates said in closing.
Death and Rebirth
Alone in his confinement Socrates decided to write some poems to Diotima. As soon as he wrote them he cast them aside. When the day of execution came his friends and followers were all there. Socrates wives with the adult son and the two infants were there. Aristippus was missing; as it turned out later he was on the island of Aegina with another of Socrates' associates Cleombrotus. Socrates said nothing of it. He was sitting in the corner, eyes closed and meditated. He imagined he was one with the universe and the vast knowledge and secrets of the Universe now were all accessible to him. Socrates saw his soul hovering around the womb of a woman who was in labor. After the birth his soul still was hovering around the newborn infant for a period. There was no concept of time. Finally his soul entered the newborn. Next Socrates smelled a fragrance he was all too familiar with. It was Diotima. She looked youthful as ever.
Socrates could never understand this but she stopped aging when Socrates was in his late twenties and remained as a beautiful goddess ever since. “Socrates I want to tell you what is going to happen to you. This will make it easier for you. After you pass on you will spend time in the Elysian plains26. This is not a place like your tales tell about it. You will see it is much better…. There you will further your Spiritual growth after which you will reborn into a new body. There is a usual progression of growth in ones Spiritual Path relative to the number of times he or she spent in reincarnated lifetimes. Finishing one life is some ways like finishing one year in school.” Said Diotima cheerfully. “Most advance but some stay behind and a few drop out.” She added. “Diotima once the body dies will the “me” survive? Will I remember anything from my passed life?” “Socrates, there is two stages of afterlife in the Elysian plains. The first stage we live out whatever desired we had on earth. This is in order to saturate the material desire of a certain kind and be free of it one and for all. After this stage you pass into the formless stage where you live out the spiritual ideals you had in your life. These stages are like intense dreams. Everything appears as real to you as if you were awake and alive. The purpose of these stages is to rest and regroup before you start your new mundane life again – in a new body, reincarnated.” Said Diotima
In Greek mythology, Elysium (Greek: Ηλύσια πεδία) was a section of the Underworld.
“Will I be with you in this afterlife Diotima? You must have known that I love you. “Asked Socrates, blushing a little. “Yes Socrates, you will.” She said disappearing
that it cannot help becoming like it in character and training. accepting as true whatever the body certifies. Consequently it is excluded from all fellowship with the pure and uniform and divine. 27 70 . Let us look at a passage in the Phaedo regarding reincarnation: “Because every pleasure or pain has a sort of rivet with which it fastens the soul to the body and pins it down and makes it corporeal. so that it can never get clean away to the unseen world. is a decidedly a mystic tradition. I imagine. where it takes root and grows.” Obviously believing in reincarnation does not make the person a Mystic but certain notions of recollecting a passed life. but is always saturated with the body when it sets out [i. and so soon falls back again into another body. Lets look at the following passage from the same work of Plato: “Don't you think that the person who is likely to succeed in the attempt most perfectly is the one who approaches each obPlato's Phaedo is the fifth and last dialogue detailing the final days of Socrates and contains the death scene. For example much of Phaedo27 is spent on discussion about reincarnation and immortality.Socrates the Mystic This short chapter is partially based on Mike King’s lengthy dissertation on this subject.e. Certain facets of Plato’s philosophy support the idea of reincarnation. The result of agreeing with the body and finding pleasure in the same things is. at death].
who will reach the goal of reality. The devotional mysticism well-understood. Generally if a person meditates that means he empties his mind and focuses on one goal to be one with the Universe as one’s natural Divine state. as far as possible. without taking account of any sense of sight in his thinking. There might be questions in the mind of the reader if Socrates was a devotional Mystic or he was a non-devotional Mystic or an atheist as one of the accusation states in the litany of charges against him.ject. The other way to determine if a person is devotional or nondevotional is by the way he expresses contemplation of Divine matters. Simmias. if anybody can?” This passage above deals with meditation. The devotional mystic will contemplate – that is to focus his mind on an object. The very idea of Socrates was tried for blasphemy could point us towards a direction that he was indeed a Mystic. 71 . with the unaided intellect. cutting himself off as much as possible from his eyes and ears and virtually all the rest of his body as an impediment which by its presence prevents the soul from attaining the truth and clear thinking? Is not this the person. or dragging in any other sense into his reckoning — the man who pursues the truth by applying his pure and unadulterated thought to the pure and unadulterated object. and the word 'piety' (important in Plato and the trial of Socrates) generally has a devotional implication. Of course not all historical figures who were accused of blasphemy had mystical attributes but the very manner Socrates conducted himself during his trial is a telltale of his motive.
he thinks that I am the one whom he will see presently lying dead. and turning to us went on: 'I can't persuade Crito that I am this Socrates here who is talking to you now and marshalling all the arguments. 28 Mestrius Plutarchus (c. was endowed with all knowledge. Crito asks how they shall bury him. but that by discourses upon sensible objects it was caused to reawaken and to recover its original knowledge. It has been said of Socrates that the sole subject of his philosophy was man. It is only a vessel. He held that the soul existed before the body and. biographer. known in English as Plutarch. prior to immersion therein. He himself declared philosophy to be the way of true happiness and its purpose twofold: (1) to contemplate God.The Phaedo finishes with perhaps the most moving of all scenes from Plato: an account of Socrates' last moments. a vehicle that we shed like the snake sheds the used skin after we grow old of this body and ready to move on. and essayist 72 . was a Greek historian. On these premises was based his attempt to stimulate the soul-power through irony and inductive reasoning. that when the soul entered into the material form it became stupefied.127). Socrates conceived every place as appropriate for reaching in that the whole world was a school of virtue. “He [Socrates] laughed gently as he spoke. and (2) to abstract the soul from corporeal sense. Our body is not the exclusive we.” This is direct quote from Manly Palmer Hall’s “The Secret Teachings for All Ages” on Plato. 46. “According to Plutarch28. and he asks how he is to bury me!” This is the most telling and profound proof of all mystics. Manly Palmer Hall wrote in the ‘The Secret Teaching of All Ages’ about Socrates.
after three days in the Great Hall. and the three dimensions) and given verbally the Highest Esoteric Teachings. he was received by the Hierophant of the Pyramid (the Hierophant was seen only by those who had passed the three days. With this ascent. The initiation took place in one of the subterranean halls of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. but which the ceremony of the Mysteries enkindled and brought from its dormant state. the Initiate Plato was sent out into the world to do the work of the Great Order. The ISIAC TABLE formed the altar. before which the Divine Plato stood and received that which was always his. each accompanied with Its appropriate Symbol." 73 . as Pythagoras and Orpheus had been before him. After a further three months' sojourn in the halls of the Pyramid. the three degrees.“A MANUSCRIPT by Thomas Taylor contains the following remarkable paragraph: "Plato was initiated into the 'Greater Mysteries' at the age of 49.
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