Pythagoras mentioned in Vedas?

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 14 02:12:23 UTC 1999

Lars Martin Fosse <lmfosse at ONLINE.NO> wrote:

>The Encyclopaedia Britannica, however, says the following:
>"It is difficult to distinguish Pythagoras' teachings from those of his
>disciples. None of his writings has survived, and Pythagoreans invariably
>supported their doctrines by indiscriminately citing their master's

The oldest European reference to a connection between Pythagoreanism and
India is possibly the "Life of Apollonius" written by Philostratus
Flavius(ca. 3rd cent CE). Apollonius of Tyana, the Neo-Pythagorean, who was
considered an incarnation of Pythagoras, is said to have visited India.

For a modern Indian myth based upon this, see T. M. P. Mahadevan's remarks
in his introduction to "Gaudapada: A Study in Early Vedanta" published by
the Madras University (4th ed., 1975).


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