The mead of Poetry
Never underestimate the power of a great poem. Poetry is more important in your quest for attaining wisdom then you might think. Ancient philosophical works are full of poetry, opening their true story only for the ones who can read between the lines and understand the symbolical meaning of things. In this section of the school of ancient mysteries you can find a collection of the most significant poetry we could find.
To start this section, a short story from Norse mythology about the creation of mead of poetry.
After the Æsir-Vanir War, the gods sealed the truce they had just concluded by spitting in a vat. To keep a symbol of this truce, they created from their spittle a man named Kvasir. He was so wise that there were no questions he could not answer. He travelled around the world to give knowledge to mankind. One day, he visited the dwarfs Fjalar and Galar. They killed him and poured his blood into two vats and a pot called Boðn, Són and Óðrerir. They mixed his blood with honey, thus creating a mead which made anybody who drank it a "poet or scholar" ("skáld eða frœðamaðr"). The dwarfs explained to the gods that Kvasir had suffocated in intelligence.
"God has given us a dark wine so potent that,
drinking it, we leave the two worlds."- Mathnawi IV, 2683-96, Jalal ad-Din Rumi