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)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Rumi 299: 'Immortality'

(Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter.)

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.
(Bruce Lee, 1940-73) 

'Through deep reflection and inner focus, we attain unity and immortality of the mind and soul...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Rumi 298: 'Life Goes On' (Parviz Nazarov)

'You have to take the good
 with the bad,
 smile when you are sad,
 love what you've got
 and remember
 what you had.

 Always forgive
 but not forget,
 learn from your mistakes
 but never regret,
 people change,
 things go wrong,
 just remember
 life goes on.'

'Never abandon your dreams...
your hopes...
your personal struggles...
and allow the Truth
to prevail...
within and without...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 31 October 2014

Rumi 297: 'Boxing'

(Johnny Wakelin is an English recording artist.)

'Never give up, which is the lesson I learned from boxing.
As soon as you learn to never give up, you have to learn the power and wisdom
of unconditional surrender, and that one doesn't cancel out the other;
they just exist as contradictions.
The wisdom of it comes as you get older.'
(Kris Kristofferson , b.1936)

Monday, 13 October 2014

Monday, 29 September 2014

Rumi 295: 'Death'

(Stephen Paul Manderson, better known by his stage name Professor Green, is a English rapper and singer-songwriter. Victoria Loren "Tori" Kelly is an American singer and songwriter.) 

'While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.'
(Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519)

'Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.'
(Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961)

Monday, 8 September 2014

Rumi 294: 'Ghost' & 'Prayer'

(Gabriella Michelle "Ella" Henderson is a British singer-songwriter.)

Prayer is not asking.
It is a longing of the soul.
It is daily admission of one's weakness.
It is better in prayer to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
(Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948) 

'My prayer consists of a very simple mantra...'thank you'...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

'The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.'
(Bill Cosby, b.1937)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Rumi 293: 'Depression'

(Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1986), better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter.)

Robin Williams’ death has reminded the world that depression does not discriminate between the rich and famous and the rest of us; and that it is not something that people can simply 'snap out of'.

'Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not;
and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.'
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1901)

Monday, 28 July 2014

Rumi 292: 'Choices'

(Nico & Vinz is a Norwegian singing/songwriting duo.)


 'We all have choices to make in life...don't be afraid to make them ... with no regrets to the consequences, provided they cause no harm to others...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

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)