'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)

Friday, 28 November 2008

Rumi 56: Peter Schilling (Vollig Losgelost)

'The pursuit of the good and evil are now linked in astronomy as in almost all science... The fate of human civilization will depend on whether the rockets of the future carry the astronomer's telescope or a hydrogen bomb.'
(Bernard Lovell)

'Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.'
(Fred Hoyle)

Friday, 21 November 2008

Rumi 55: Animal Rights

'Mankind's true moral test,
its fundamental test
(which lies deeply buried
from view)
consist of its attitudes
towards those
who are at its mercy:
(Andrew Linzey, 1952- )

'Death may be inevitable
but cruelty is not...'
(Desmond Morris, 1928- )

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Rumi 54: 'Rest in peace, old friend ...' (d.14/11/08)

'I shall miss
your companionship
and your warmth
but one thing
I'm sure of,
our paths shall cross
some moment in time
in the distant future.
And when we do
I hope
we can recognise
one another
as we once were.
I dearly miss you
old friend
and lament
your absence
your unconditional love...
I shall never forget you...
(Cyrus Rumi)
(Please view my music dedication, posted at the bottom of this page.)

Friday, 7 November 2008

Rumi 53: 'Yes we can...'

'I may disapprove of what you say,
but I will defend to the death
your right to say it.'
(Attributed to Voltaire)