In the Ancient Hellenic language, “El” stands for the Light of Being or spiritual Light. As its root-syllable expresses, (H)El-lenism is a worldview, a civilization, and a spiritual tradition which centers around the ontology and practice of Light. The sciences and philosophy are methodical routes towards self-liberation and the realization of Light. Focusing on the notions of Eros and universal consciousness, Hellenism is, in its very essence, a path of enlightenment.
What most people know about Hellenism is that this ancient civilization, born in the heart of the Mediterranean, is the cultural cradle of Western civilization. Its heritage is marked by an impressive devotion to scientific research and the pioneering commitment to reason or Logos. All of the above justify its status as the birthplace of Western science, along with politics, democracy, and philosophy.
What many people don’t know about Hellenism is that its tradition developed over thousands of years in an ongoing co-creative dialogue and exchange with the numerous Eastern traditions of the pre-Christian world. The Hellenic sages had strong ties with their Egyptian, Persian, Babylonian, Hindu, and Buddhist counterparts. For example, Pythagoras was educated in the revered esoteric schools of Egypt, where he served as a high priest for twenty-two years, then studied next to Persian magi in Babylon for another twelve years, before becoming a spiritual teacher in Greece and southern Italy.
In addition, what is also not widely acknowledged is that Hellenism’s core concept of reason (Logos), so highly acclaimed in our modern discourses and political societies, has little to do with mind-based faculties or discursive abstraction resting upon the use of purely rational and linearly logical methods. Reason as Logos, in its original sense, refers to the essence or substance of consciousness that everything is made of, which permeates the entirety of cosmic creation (like the notion of atma).