Was the Phaistos Disk made by Pythagoras?
Was the Phaistos Disk of Crete made by Pythagoras in the 6th century BC?
Pythagoras (c. 580–500 BC) was a contemporary of the Buddha Gotama (c. 624 – 544 BC) in India, he was about 36 years old when the Buddha entered parinibbāna, he may even have met the Buddha in person.
If his teachings of "metempsychosis" (knowledge of past lives), was based on Dependent Origination as taught by the Buddha, the symbols on the Phaistos disk and the Linear A and Linear B scripts found in Crete were fluid hand-drawn "ideograms" used to teach meditation, step by step. The flaw of linguists was to attempt to compare the freehand images to Greek and Latin, the "more sophisticated alphabets", When found the tablets were dated by early archeologists with limited knowledge to the Bronze Age, their views remained the norm, resulting in an interpretation of history that may be seriously flawed.
If the images were not phonetic glyphs but ideograms that represented concepts related to meditation practices they were used to teach meditation, parallel to Greek and Latin. It took a thousand years before a set of favourite images were chosen as a summary to represent a recognisable alphabet of ideograms, the rune alphabets. Summarised as 24 symbols of the Elder Futhark, 16 symbols of the Younger Futhark and 28 symbols of the Anglo-Saxon Futhork, each number represented the higher concepts used in formal Buddhist theory: 24 Paṭṭhāna factors, Sixteen Insight Knowledges and 28 named Buddhas. The rune alphabets were used to write votive messages and teach concepts related to meditation as taught by the Buddha, applied on thousands of standing stones and other objects.
There was one teacher who is still famous, who used numbers to establish the foundations of European culture, found both in mathematics and music: Pythagoras. His teachings based on "mystic numbers" are thought to be lost to the world.
The numbers of Pythagoras that are still known can be directly related to the numbers used in summaries of the meditation system. Numbers and codes found on countless numbers of famous objects and treasures of Europe not only coincide with the numbers of Pythagoras, but are exactly the same as the numbers that are still used to teach the system of meditation that was originally taught by the Buddha.
With application of concepts used to teach the meditation system to analyse objects, the footprint of Pythagoras can be traced from Crete to Scandinavia during a period of 1,700 years. Evidence is found of high quality meditation practices that were taught by a long lineage of teachers, of whom the Greek mathematician Pythagoras was one of the earliest and most famous in Europe. In Egypt he learnt the skills of using symbols not only for writing text, but also as “parable and metaphor”, an indication that the abstract symbols and images used to illustrate meditation originated with him.
Using this possibility as a starting point the lost history of meditation as taught by Pythagoras is explored and described in the text that has as main focus the Phaistos disk: a diagram used to teach the system of meditation that was originally taught by the Buddha.
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