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The Eleusinian Mysteries
by Peter Paton
Friday, April 14, 2006
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Mother and daughter, the spirits of barleycorn and love, and the queen of the dead, were honored with great and popular celebrations twice a year, at the time of sowing and the time of reaping. The Eleusinian Mysteries of Greece were the oldest and most revered of all the celebrations of the ancient Mediterranean.


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"Blessed is he who, having seen these rites,
undertakes the way beneath the Earth.
He knows the end of life,
as well as its divinely granted beginning."
Pindar

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Goddess Demeter, Queen of Fertility

 your love for your stolen daughter Persephone

made you leave your beloved Olympus

and vowed never to return, nor to allow crops to grow on earth

which grieved Zeus and caused him to order

 Hades to return Persephone unharmed from the Underworld

and you Goddess Demeter

 instructed the King of Eleusis in your Secret Mysteries

the sacred rites and teachings of your temple

which Aristotle, Sophocles, Plato, Cicero were initiated into

 and Roman Emperors Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius partook

your glorious ceremonies and purifications of the soul

which are beyond the fathom of human comprehension

known only to the priests and initiates

behind the blessed veil of the altar

that victorious encounter with the ineffable

sweet sacred meeting of the Divine

wondrous vision

the congruity of the beginning

and the end

 of birth and death

 the totality and the eternal generative ground of being

 

Copyright by Peter Paton 2006
The Eleusinian Mysteries

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Reviewed by jude forese 4/16/2006
you should compile all these poems an entitle it, "The History of the Spiritual Being" ...

excellent as always ...
Reviewed by Meredith Dixon 4/15/2006
You are a walking, talking history book that is completely fascinating!!! Thanks so much for what you share and how you share it! We need to remember these things of history and also I don't remember a lot of it. Probably wasn't taught it and should have been! Thanks so much, Peter and have a Great Easter!!! Love and Peace, Meredith I grew up reading my Brothers' Mythology books and you bring me back to those times! So thanks again!
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 4/14/2006
The diversity of the goddesses is the expression of cultural needs. Throughout the world, rice, corn, and wheat have always been the most essential cultivated grains, and their importance is enshrined in the Greek goddess Demeter. She gave grain to humankind but laid the foundations of civilization when she made a gift of the plough and the techniques of farming tp Triptolemus. When Hades kidnapped Demeter's daugher Kore (or Persephone) whom he bore away to the underworld, the earth became sterile. Hades agreed to release Kore, but because she ate some of a pomegrante, a symbol of the vagina, during her time in the underworld, she was forced to return for a part of each year. Winter is caused by Demeter mourning her absence.
A very well-written piece of mythology, Peter! As a goddess worshipper, I really enjoyed this poem.

Sage
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 4/14/2006
......... Everything Is Mystery Untils Everyone Learns To Understand It Mystery,i.e. Being Greatest Mystery Of All Is (GOD)...

Most Excellent....

TRASK

Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 4/14/2006
Perhaps this lead to the adage "Get your feet grounded"...I'd like to think so. I learn so very much from these Peter and I appreciate you for your effort.
Susan
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/14/2006
You seem to always teach through your poems. I mean that respectfully. Love and peace,

Regis (Reg)
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 4/14/2006
((((Peter )))) you are so brilliant, my friend.So fascinating this piece and every piece you write.. Every letter you beautifuly paint is from the heavens, I know. This intriges me.I know about nothing about this Eleusinian. But it's fascinating. It could open up an entire channel of prospective stories to write.. Hmmmm..Maybe based on a screen play or book you could write, maybe one day? Just a brilliant thought.. Your spiritual knowledge is beyond, beyond into the heavens. As always, your creativity, your muse is electric..
Sending light and prayer ~~
(( Love And Intersesion, JoAnne )))
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/14/2006
SUPERB offering!!

Thank you!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 4/14/2006
An exquisite lesson! Have to safe that one!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by A. Santo 4/14/2006
Yes I must agree with our dear friend Eileen. You are a master of making the unknown and unlearned so very simple. You must have inherited that trait from your Father: using the simple to confound the wise :) To educate us all about life from the earth's treasure chest of information just waiting to be discovered. As a matter of fact you do kind of remind me of an old owl ;) - with its keen sight; linking the dark and unseen to the bold Light of the world.

Good day dear friend. GOOD DAY :D
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/14/2006
Peter you are a treasure with the way you are giving lucid form to what were deep mysteries hidden in depths of writings that keep many from understanding. This is splendid and I commend you for it! Thanks you for sharing your gifts.

Love,
Eileen
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/14/2006
These ancient civilizations have a lot of history to consider and delve into and you sure are doing that.
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 4/14/2006
another beauty and once again I have learned something new!

Susan
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/14/2006
Peter,

Simply superb writing and that picture is awesome! Very well done; bravo!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/14/2006
Another fascinating glimpse into the ancient past, Peter - and that is one awesome photograph.
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/14/2006
Ancient beliefs long since dead.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/14/2006
Peter,

Beautifully illustrated and written verse; well done!

May you and yours have a blessed Easter.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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