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Copyright 2001 Realization.org.

 

 
 
  POEM
 

The Mystic in the Kitchen

By DOROTHY BATES

 
 

Photo by Jeff Booth.

 

Waiting patiently for the ritual to begin,
wrapped in her rough brown shawl,
she sits, placid, on plump haunches.

Sanctified with holy water,
dressed in a robe of silver,
she enters the crucible of fire.

In an hour her transformation is complete.

A great cross cut deep into her belly,
she is baptized with salt, sweet butter and chives.

"Take," she whispers,
"eat....this is my body."

 

Poem copyright 2000 Dorothy Bates. Photo copyright 1998 Jeff Booth.


Dorothy Bates is a poet and songwriter whose work has been published and performed in over 60 venues including New York City's Town Hall. She studied at the Spiritual Science Center of New York, served as a listener for the Spiritual Emergence Network, and started a group for people experiencing Kundalini activity. This poem was published earlier on Seeker Magazine.

 

 FURTHER READING  

 


Seeker Magazine
This page contains more of Dorothy's poems and a short autobiography of her.


The Taittiriya Upanishad
This ancient Indian scripture talks a lot about the spiritual implications of food, and the second-to-last verse says, "I am food... I am the First-born of the existence!... Prior to gods, the centre of the immortal.... I, the food, eat him who eats food..."

 

This page was published on May 5, 2000 and last revised on May 13, 2000.


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