Essay on the Mysteries of Eleusis

Front Cover
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages

Contents

I
v
II
x
III
1
IV
18
V
32
VI
53
VII
70
VIII
86

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 172 - (says he) " is not almost all Heaven, not to carry on this detail any farther, filled with the Human race ? But if I should search and examine Antiquity, and from those things which the Grecian writers have delivered, go to the bottom of this affair, it would be found, that even those very Gods themselves who are deemed the Dii majorum gentium, had their original here below ; and ascended from hence into Heaven. Enquire, to whom those Sepulchres belong, which are so commonly shewn in Greece.* REMEMBER,...
Page ix - Duas res publicas animo complectamur, 1 i5 alteraт magnam et vere publicam, qua dii atque homines continentur, in qua non ad hunc angulum respicimus aut ad illum, sed terminos civitatis nostrae cum sole metimur, alteram, cui nos adscripsit condicio nascendi; haec aut Atheniensium erit aut Carthaginien20 sium, aut alterius alicuius urbis, quae non ad omnis pertineat homines sed ad certos.
Page 61 - ... Strabo states that the great temple of Eleusis would hold between twenty and thirty thousand people. The caves dedicated by Zarathustra also had these two doors, symbolizing the avenues of birth and death. The following paragraph from Porphyry gives a fairly adequate conception of Eleusinian symbolism: "God being a luminous principle, residing in the midst of the most subtile fire, he remains for ever invisible to the eyes of those who do not elevate themselves above material life: on this account,...
Page 28 - Candsha signifies the object of our most ardent wishes. Om is the famous monosyllable used both at the beginning and conclusion of a prayer or religious rite, like our word Amen. Pacsha exactly answers to the obsolete Latin word vix; it signifies change, course, stead, place, turn of work, duty, fortune, etc., and is particularly used in pouring water in honor of the gods.
Page 130 - ... and the profound silence in which they were buried. For night gave opportunity to wicked men to attempt evil actions ; and secrecy, encouragement to repeat them...
Page 130 - ... mysteries to obtain the end of their establishment, became the very means of defeating it. For we can assign no surer CAUSE of the horrid abuses and corruptions of the mysteries (besides time, which naturally and fatally depraves and vitiates all things) than the SEASON in which they were represented; and the profound SILENCE in which they were buried. For NIGHT gave opportunity to wicked men to attempt evil actions ; and SECRECY, encouragement to perpetrate them; and the inviolable nature of...
Page 125 - Non semel quaedam sacra traduntur: Eleusis servat quod ostendat revisentibus. Rerum natura, sacra sua non simul tradit. Initiatos nos credimus : in vestibule ejus haeremus.
Page 36 - The mysteries of Eleusis were divided, like the philosophy of the ancients, into two parts; the one esoteric, the other exoteric; and these ' two parts were the greater and the lesser mysteries.
Page 28 - Brahmens at the conclusion of religious rites. They are thus written in the language of the gods, as the Hindus call the language of their sacred books, Canscha, Om, Pacsha.
Page 25 - that the Chaldeans and the magi of the Indians are the first who pronounced the soul to be immortal ; from them the Greeks learned their doctrine, and above all Plato the son of Aristo^/' These notions respecting India were preserved during a long time.

Bibliographic information