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)

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)

Friday, 24 January 2014

Rumi 281: 'Pain'

(Kathleen Anne Brien, better known as Katy B, is an English singer-songwriter.)

'Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.'
(George R.R. Martin, b.1948)

'Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.'
(José N. Harris, b.1962)

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Rumi 280: 'Happy New Year'

('Editors' are a British alternative rock band based in Birmingham.)

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.”
 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832)

Monday, 23 December 2013

Rumi 279: 'Fantasy'

(Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.)

'Fantasy is a form (dimension) of reality...but not many people know that...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Rumi 278: 'Happiness'

(Pharrell Williams is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, fashion designer, and drummer.) 

'Happiness is a state of originates from deep within us...and is very infectious...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Rumi 277: 'Dreams'

(Depeche Mode are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex.) 

 'All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.'
 (Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849) 

'The divine ocean
of love
embraces you,
deep within,
and chaotic without,
layer upon layer,
of marked beauty,
and uncertainty.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Rumi 276: 'Follow Your Dreams'

('Thirty Seconds to Mars' is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998.)

'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.'
(Eleanor Roosevelt,1884 - 1962) 

'Look at the sky.
We are not alone.
The whole universe is friendly to us
and conspires only to give the best
to those who dream and work.'
(Abdul Kalam, b.1931)

Rumi 275: 'Burn'

(Elena Jane Goulding known professionally as Ellie Goulding is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.)

'Love is a fire.
But whether it is going to warm your hearth
or burn down your house,
you can never tell.'
(Joan Crawford, 1905 -1977)

Friday, 27 September 2013

Rumi 274: 'Music and Higher Knowledge'

(Depeche Mode are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex.) 

'Music is the one incorporeal entrance
into the higher world
of knowledge
which comprehends mankind
but which mankind
cannot comprehend.'
(Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770 - 1827)