'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, 26 September 2008

Rumi 47

'The immortality
of the soul
that you yearn for
in your imagination.'
(The Codex: A Divine Writ, Vol.2)

Friday, 19 September 2008

Rumi 46

'In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.'
(Neville Chamberlain, 1869-1940)

'Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.'
(John F Kennedy, 1917-63)

Friday, 12 September 2008

Rumi 45

'In every age 'the good old days' were a myth.
No one ever thought they were good at the time.
For every age has consisted of crises
that seemed intolerable to the people
who lived through them.'
(Brooks Atkinson, 1894-1984)

Friday, 5 September 2008

Rumi 44

'Men talk of killing time,
while time
quietly kills them.'
(Dion Boucicault, 1820-90)

'The distinction
and future
is only an illusion,
however persistent.'
(Albert Einstein, 1879-1955)