- Some scholars even trace links way back in history to Astarte or Ishtar from Babylon in the Bronze Ages (3300-1200 B.C.). Eostre, Ostara, Astarte and Ishtar were goddesses of fertility, love, war and sex or symbolised dawn.
- There is another clue to this link in Old Church Slavonic, where Za ustra means early morning.
A fascinating twist in the origin of Easter takes the story to India. Barbara G. Walker in The Woman’s Encyclopaedia of Myths and Secrets seems to have found evidence that Saxon poets considered India’s ancient Great Goddess Kali to be the same as Eostre. She quotes from the Old English epic poem Beowulf, from the 8th century A.D. these words “Ganges’s waters, whose waves ride down into an unknown sea near Eostre’s far home.”
People in the Hungarian speaking areas in Hungary, Kárpátalja, Southern Slovakia, Serbia and Transylvania exchange Easter eggs for sprinkling perfumed water on Easter Monday or “Watering Monday (Locsoló Hétfő).
"Christos Anesti ek nekton, thanato thanaton patsies, kai tis en tis mnimasi zoin harisamenos"or
"Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death, and to those in the tombs, granting life."Are you one of those in the tomb?
Easter is a time for renewing oneself. To start with, getting out of your tomb would definitely help you.
- Reflect on the marketeer’s or the leader's promises. Do you define yourself by what you don't have?
- How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel is not the headlight of an approaching train?
- Reflect on what you have already. Gratefulness opens your heart. An open heart lets you see.
A wise or holy person may not lead you to the house of his wisdom but in the interaction you can find your way to the threshold of your own heart. Your own heart is the only tool, which can really set you free and make you happy.
What will you do with the happiness?