You can learn all about the Pythagorean cup in this Wikipedia entry.
Like many other events in my life there has been synchronicity here too. On Tuesday night, my friend Koushik who features in so many such synchronicities, exchanged ideas with me about Aparigraha as a way of life. Lo and behold, just a few minutes later another friend Arun sent me the image that features on top showing the Pythagorean cup.
Let me quote a sentence from the Wikipedia entry; “The virtue of aparigraha means taking what is truly necessary and no more.” Is it not strange that the same concept seems to have worked on the mind of Pythagoras?
Further Wikipedia also quotes Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras;
Yoga Sutra’s sutra 2.39 states,
अपरिग्रहस्थैर्ये जन्मकथंतासंबोधः ॥३९॥
With constancy of aparigraha, a spiritual illumination of the how and why of motives and birth emerges. (39)
— Patanjali, Yoga Sutra 2.39
The symbol of this cup should also apply to the modern fad of Minimalism.
The Universe is sending me a big message. I am hearing it loud and clear.