'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, 27 August 2008

Rumi 43

'Express your divinity
through love, music
and dance.

Express your divinity
by deep,
reflective meditation
upon My essence.

I shall be with you,
guiding you,
comforting you,
till the end
of time
and beyond.'
(The Codex: A Divine Writ)
(Unpublished MS)

'What will survive
of us
is love.'
(Phillip Larkin)

Friday, 22 August 2008

Rumi 42

What lies behind us
and what lies ahead of us
are tiny matters
compared to what lives
within us.
(Oliver Wendall Holmes)

Friday, 15 August 2008

Rumi 41

'I was created
in your image;
you were created
in My image.

And those
who disagree
have much
to learn
about themselves,
and others.'

(The Codex: A Divine Writ, Vol.4)
(Unpublished MS)

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Friday, 8 August 2008

Rumi 40

'For what
shall it profit
a man,
if he shall gain
the whole world,
and lose
his own soul?'

'Ever tried.
Ever failed.
No matter.
Try again.
Fail again.
Fail better.'
(Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989)