'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)

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Rumi 26 : Spirituality and the Brain

' I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness... I believe that happiness can be achieved through training the mind.'

('The Art of Happiness' by HH Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler.)

'There is no need to struggle or try to figure out an answer. That would be using the intellect, which is not the deepest part of your mind. Rather, simply remain quiet yet alert and patiently trust your inner wisdom to provide a valuable response. When it does, you will discover some of the deepest principles guiding your life.'

('Essential Spirituality' by Roger Walsh.)

'I exist outside the perceived confines of

time and space.

Whereas you are limited by such dimensional levels,

and more.

This is of your choosing.'

(The Codex: R96, V1)

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Rumi 25

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

'If all the waves
of the Zen stream
were alike,
innumerable ordinary people
would get bogged down.'
(Zen saying)

'The fundamental delusion
of humanity
is to suppose that
I am here
and you are
out there.'
(Yasutani Roshi)

You are the reflection
of your own
unique attributes.'
(The Codex: R241, V1)

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Rumi 24

(Picture sourced from the Internet)
'As long as there is a lack
of the inner discipline
that brings calmness of mind,
no matter what external facilities
or conditions you have,
they will never give you the feeling
of joy
and happiness
that you are seeking.
On the other hand,
if you possess this inner quality,
a calmness of mind,
a degree of stability within,
then even if you lack
various external facilities
that you would normally consider necessary
for happiness,
it is still possible to live a happy
and joyful life.'
(The Art of Happiness, HH Dalai Lama & Howard C Cutler)
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Friday, 9 May 2008

Rumi 23

('St. Chads' by Cyrus Rumi)

'I am
peace and happiness.
So bring
peace and happiness
to all
you encounter.'
(The Codex: R48, V1)

'Lift the stone
and you shall find Me;
cleave the wood
and I am there.'

'The aim of life is to live,
and to live means
to be aware,
joyously, drunkenly, serenely,
divinely aware.'
(Henry Miller)