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)

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Rumi 30

('Conflict' by Cyrus Rumi)

Say:
'Peace'
to those bent
on causing harm
and chaos,
and walk away
graciously.

Retaliate only
when all other means
have been exhausted;
maintaining law
and order
and providing peace
and security
to the disillusioned.
(The Codex: Vol. 2, R 260)
(Unpublished MS)



Thursday, 19 June 2008

Rumi 29

('Stonehenge' by Cyrus Rumi)

'Asceticism
is not
that you should not
own anything,
but
that nothing
should own you.'
(Ali ibn Talib)

'Remember Me.
I will remember you.'
(Qur'an, 2:152)

'When you
are deluded
and full of doubt,
even a thousand books
of scripture
are not enough.
When you
have realised understanding,
even one word
is too much.'
(Fen-Yang)

Friday, 13 June 2008

Rumi 28

('Mushy' by Cyrus Rumi)

'Unformed people
delight in the gaudy
and
in novelty.
Cooked people delight
in the ordinary.'
(Zen Saying)

'Water which is too pure
has no fish.'
(Ts'ai Ken T'an)

'Nothing indeed in this world
purifies like wisdom.'
(The Bhagavad Gita)

'Although its light is wide
and great,
the Moon is reflected
in a puddle
one inch wide.
The whole Moon
and
the entire sky
is reflected
in one dew drop
on the grass."
(Dogen)

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Rumi 27

(Picture adapted, with kind permission, from Kristie Lovett's photographic archive.)

'Do your duty,
always;
but without attachment.
That is how one reaches
the ultimate Truth;
by working without anxiety
about results.
In fact...
many others reached enlightenment
simply because
they did their duty
in this spirit.'
(Bhagavad Gita)

'Be merciful to your souls
so that
you may recognise
the boundless mercy
that emanates
from deep within
your being.'
(The Codex: R396, V1)

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