'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’)

Followers of Compassion and Love

'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, 30 April 2008

Rumi 22: Life of the Buddha

'Teachers open the door,
but you must enter
by yourself.'
(Chinese proverb)
'Divine unity is the return of man
to his origin,
so that he will be
as he was
before he came
into being.'
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Friday, 25 April 2008

Rumi 21

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

'That which exists within
does not age
with time.
Nor does it slumber
or die.
Only the outer physical realm
displays the visible signs
of ageing,
decay and death.'
(The Codex)(R95, V1)

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Rumi 20

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

'Forgive Me,
for I have sinned
against Myself
and the whole of My creation.'
(The Codex)

Friday, 11 April 2008

Rumi 19

('Mystery' by Cyrus Rumi)
'If you cannot find the truth
right where you are,
where else do you expect
to find it?'

Monday, 7 April 2008

Rumi 18

('Dimensions' by Cyrus Rumi)
Oh humanity!
It is the inner you
that is of true worth
in My kingdom.
And those who have understood this
have the potential to reach
a pinnacle of spiritual consciousness.
This is your divine entitlement.
(The Codex)(R169, V.1)

Rumi 17

('Space -Time Continuum' by Cyrus Rumi)
'It is only with the heart
that one can see rightly;
what is essential
is invisible to the eye.'
(Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Rumi 16

('Rochdale II' by Cyrus Rumi)
Let it be!
Let it be!
Let it be!
(The Codex)
'Love God and do what you will.'
(St. Augstine)

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Rumi 15

(Picture adapted, with kind permission, from Kristie Lovett's photographic archive.)
'I am your divine consciousness.
Accept Me for who I am;
as I have accepted you
for who you are.'
(The Codex)

Rumi 14

('Rochdale (I)' by Cyrus Rumi)
'You fancy this world is
permanent of itself
And endures because of its own nature,
But really it is a ray of light
from the Truth
And within it the Truth is concealed.'
(Sa'ad al-Din Mahmud Shabistari)(c1250-1320)