Followers of Compassion and Love

'The precepts of religion that were so helpful in the beginning may become obstacles as you proceed ever deeper into the heart of heresy...To enter into the ultimate truth, you need to leave your horse behind and walk alone into the uncharted territory of the soul. There you may find that you need to behave in ways that would have been unthinkable when you were closely following the formulas and rules of behaviour prescribed by the religion into which you were born...How strange that your personal path to God often seems to be blocked or criticised by the priests of religion...Do you dare break free of the confining rules? Do you dare to follow your own truth, even it starts leading you astray from the path of your religion? What if this breaking free is the only way that you can really understand the truth of your religion? Can you follow the inner impulse...?' (‘The Forbidden Rumi’)
'Do not believe in anything (simply) because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything (simply) because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.' (Buddha, Kalama Sutta)

'Who recognises his limitations is healthy;
Who ignores his limitations is sick;
The sage recognises this sickness as a limitation;
And so becomes immune.'
(Tao Te Ching)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Rumi 291: 'Dance and Music'

(Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler, known as Enrique Iglesias, is a Spanish singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer.)

'Dance and music are expressions
of that which is eternally pure,
and mysterious;
whose roots are nourished
by streams of divine love,
knowledge and wisdom.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Monday, 14 July 2014

Rumi 290: 'Football'

(Adelén Rusillo Steen Børve, known as Adelén, is a Norwegian pop singer.)

'Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.' 
(Garry Lineker)

'How strange it is that football can act as a unifying force for good and constructive change, compared to organised religion...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Monday, 23 June 2014

Rumi 289: 'Cause and Effect'

('Imagine Dragons' is an American alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada.)

'What we experience in this life, and perhaps,
in our future realms of existence,
are due to complex interdependent relationships,
manifesting themselves in ways we cannot comprehend.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Rumi 288: 'Relationships'

(Thomas Baptiste Morello is an American guitarist best known for his tenure with the band 'Rage Against the Machine' and then with 'Audioslave'.) 

'Who I am
is of no great significance.
What matters
is your importance
and your relationship
to others
in the grand scale of things.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Rumi 287: 'Drifting Away'

(Dennis Princewell Stehr,known by his stage name Mr Probz, is a Dutch singer-songwriter, rapper and producer.)   
(Cover Version)
(Cover Version) 

'My friend, why have you drifted so far away? All motion is relative, maybe it is you who have moved away by standing still.'

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Rumi 286: 'Horse'

(Katheryn Elizabeth "Katy" Hudson, known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, businesswoman, philanthropist, and actress.)

'A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves
 - strong, powerful, beautiful
 - and it has the capability of giving us escape
 from our mundane existence.
(Pam Brown, b.1948)

Friday, 18 April 2014

Rumi 285: 'Magic'

(Cover Version)

'Magic is believing in yourself,
 if you can do that,
 you can make anything happen.'
 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Rumi 284: 'Love'

(Jason Joel Desrouleaux, better known by his stage name Jason Derulo, is an American 
singer-songwriter and dancer.) 

'Love all,
trust a few,
do wrong to none.'
(William Shakespeare,1564-1616)

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Rumi 283: 'Kingdom of Life'

'Make peace
within and without,
in the moment,
and the
kingdom of life
shall be yours.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 14 February 2014

Rumi 282: 'Nelson Mandela'

('U2' are an Irish rock band from Dublin.)

For to be free
is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances
the freedom of others.
(Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013)