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, 26 June 2009

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Rumi 86



"Jesus said: 'Whoever perennially lies, loses his beauty; and whoever quarrels with people, loses his human decency; and whoever is persistently despondent, becomes drawn and emaciated, and whoever behaves irritably, submits his soul to torture and misery.'"
('Jesus in the Eyes of the Sufis', by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh)

Friday, 19 June 2009

Rumi 85



'In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.'
(Tao Te Ching, lived c462-302BC)

Friday, 12 June 2009

Rumi 84



'We dance around in a ring
and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle
and knows.'
(Robert Frost, 1874-1963)

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Rumi 83



'To focus solely on our own well-being
is to separate ourselves from others
and to starve beneficial qualities
such as love and generosity.'
('Essential Spirituality', by Roger Walsh)