'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)

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Rumi 114: Happy New Year!

'I wish you all a very very Happy New Year!
May you all realise your true potential
in the months to come,
recognising the intrinsic beauty
that lies deep within us all.

Thank you for all your kind words,
and may you find great solace and pleasure
in your personal beliefs.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 25 December 2009

Rumi 113: Merry Christmas

'One of the most difficult things
to give away
is kindness,
for it is usually returned.'
(Mark Ortman)

Friday, 18 December 2009

Rumi 112

'Life is not a race into the unknown
but a journey into
your divine consciousness.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 11 December 2009

Rumi 111

'Kindness is more important
than wisdom,
and the recognition of this
is the beginning
of wisdom.'
(Theodore Isaac Rubin, 1923- )

Friday, 4 December 2009

Rumi 110 : State of Mind

'All our knowledge
has its origin
in our perceptions.'
(Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519)

Friday, 27 November 2009

Rumi 109: Sufi Trance Project

'If you surrender completely
to the moments as they pass,
you live more richly those moments.'
(Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906-2001)

Friday, 20 November 2009

Rumi 108

“Ordinary riches can be stolen,
real riches cannot.
In your soul are infinitely precious things
that cannot be taken from you.”
(Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900)

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Rumi 107

'That which you know
will not guide you
to Me.

It is that
which you do not know
that will guide you
to Me.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 6 November 2009

Rumi 106

'Sorrow and mourning
shall find you,
as shall happiness
and great joy.

Blessed are they
who recognise and accept this
as a part of their experience
and personal evolution.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 30 October 2009

Rumi 105

'The cruellest lies are often told in silence.'
(Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-94)

Friday, 23 October 2009

Rumi 104

'To err is human;
to forgive, divine.'
(Alexander Pope, 1688-1744)

Friday, 16 October 2009

Rumi 103

'The beauty of enmity
is insecurity;
the beauty of friendship
is in security.'
(Robert Frost, 1874-1963)

Friday, 9 October 2009

Rumi 102

'Walk on, walk on,
with hope in your heart,
and you'll never walk alone.'
(Oscar Hammerstein II, 1895-1960)

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Rumi 100

'Never give up on life,
the day you do,
life will give up on you,
and your journey to My kingdom
shall be long, arduous,
and a lonely one.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 18 September 2009

Rumi 99

'Life is a dance,
Dance with Me,
Mirroring Me
And My attributes,
Becoming One
And the same.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 11 September 2009

Rumi 98

'Love conquers all things:
let us too give in to Love.'
(Virgil, 70-19 BC)

Friday, 4 September 2009

Rumi 97: Atheism - Richard Dawkins

'One cannot overestimate the power
of a good rancorous hatred
on the part of the stupid.
The stupid have so much more industry
and energy to expend on hating.
They build it up like coral insects.'
(Sylvia Townsend Warner, 1893-1978)

Friday, 28 August 2009

Rumi 96

'That everlasting place
is reached by the wise
who are free from pride,
illusion, and false attachments,
ever devoted to the spirit,
finished with material desires,
and freed from the dualities
of happiness and distress.'
(Bhagavad Gita)(Ranchor Prime)

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Friday, 14 August 2009

Rumi 94: Devotional Sufi Music

'Oh child of Adam, I asked you for food,
but you did not feed Me.'
The person asks: 'My Lord, how could I feed You,
when You are the Lord of the universes?'
He will reply: 'Did you not know that one of My servants
asked you for food,
and you did not feed him?
Did you not know that if you had fed him,
you would have found that with Me?'
(Muhammed, c.570-632AD)

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Rumi 93

'No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.'
(C.S.Lewis, 1898-1963)

Friday, 31 July 2009

Rumi 92

'If God did not exist,
it would be necessary
to invent him.'
(Voltaire, 1694-1778)

Friday, 24 July 2009

Rumi 91

'True love and true inner beauty
always endures,
echoing in the vastness
of eternity and beyond.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 17 July 2009

Rumi 90

'I do wish people
would not deceive themselves
by talk of a just war.
There is no such thing
as a just war.
What we are doing
is casting out Satan
by Satan.'
(Charles Hamilton Sorley, 1895-1915)

Friday, 10 July 2009

Rumi 89

'If you hate a person,
you hate something in him
that is part of yourself.
What isn't part of ourselves
doesn't disturb us.'
(Hermann Hesse, 1877-1962)

'All you need is love.'
(John Lennon, 1940-80 & Paul McCartney, 1942- )

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Rumi 88

'All human beings
are born free and equal
in dignity and rights.'
(Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, Article 1)

Friday, 26 June 2009

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Rumi 86

"Jesus said: 'Whoever perennially lies, loses his beauty; and whoever quarrels with people, loses his human decency; and whoever is persistently despondent, becomes drawn and emaciated, and whoever behaves irritably, submits his soul to torture and misery.'"
('Jesus in the Eyes of the Sufis', by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh)

Friday, 19 June 2009

Rumi 85

'In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.'
(Tao Te Ching, lived c462-302BC)

Friday, 12 June 2009

Rumi 84

'We dance around in a ring
and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle
and knows.'
(Robert Frost, 1874-1963)

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Rumi 83

'To focus solely on our own well-being
is to separate ourselves from others
and to starve beneficial qualities
such as love and generosity.'
('Essential Spirituality', by Roger Walsh)

Friday, 29 May 2009

Rumi 82

'What you perceive
to be the end
is but a dawn
to a new beginning
in human consciousness
and understanding.'
(The Codex: A Divine Writ, by Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 22 May 2009

Rumi 81

'The love that lasts longest
is the love
that is never returned.'
(W. Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965)

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Rumi 79

'Mid pleasures and palaces
though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble,
there's no place like home.'
(J.H. Payne, 1791-1852)

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Rumi 78

'Be not afraid to lose yourselves,
in the divine beauty,
that exists within you all...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 24 April 2009

Rumi 77

'Love is patient
and kind;
love is not jealous
or boastful;
it is not arrogant
or rude.

Love does not insist
on its own way;
it is not irritable
or resentful;

It does not rejoice
at wrong,
but rejoices
in the right.

Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
(Bible: I Corinthians)

Friday, 17 April 2009

Rumi 76: Evolution Theory

'Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.'
(Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970)

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Rumi 75: Open-mindedness

'Irrationally held truths
may be more harmful
than reasoned errors.'
(T.H.Huxley, 1825-95)

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Rumi 74

'Happy are those who find wisdom...
She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you can desire
can compare with her...
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace...
Get wisdom, get insight:
do not forget.
(Jewish Torah)
('Essential Spirituality', by Roger Walsh)

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Rumi 73

I take refuge
in the Lord
of the dawn;
from the evil
of what is present,
and from the evil
of darkness
when it is encompassing,
and from the evil
of cursers,
and from the evil
of the envious
when they envy.'
(The Koran)

'The nature of God
is a circle
of which the centre
is everwhere
and the circumference
is nowhere.'

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Rumi 72

'Truth is a pathless land,
and you cannot approach it
by any path whatsoever,
by any religion,
by any sect.'
(Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986)

'Can you not comprehend
and see
that it is you
who shall act
as the final tormentors
of yourselves.'
(The Codex: A Divine Writ)(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 13 March 2009

Rumi 71

'We think caged birds sing,
when indeed they cry.'
(John Webster, c.1580-c.1625)

Friday, 6 March 2009

Rumi 70: Article VI

'Propaganda is a soft weapon;
hold it in your hands too long,
and it will move about
like a snake,
and strike the other way.'
(Jean Anouilh, 1910-87)

Friday, 27 February 2009

Rumi 69: Sufi Music

'For thirty years
I went in search
of God,
and when I opened
my eyes
at the end of this time,
I discovered
that it was really He
who sought me.'
(Abu Al-Bistami, 804-874AD)

Friday, 20 February 2009

Rumi 68

'I shall be with you
till the end
of time
and beyond.'
(The Codex: A Divine Writ)(Cyrus Rumi)

'Time is the great physician.'
(Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-81)

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Rumi 67

'No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.'
(Nelson Mandela, 1918- )

Friday, 6 February 2009

Rumi 66: Nelson Mandela

'I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.'
(Nelson Mandela, 1918- )

Friday, 30 January 2009

Rumi 65

'When we dream
that we are dreaming,
the moment of awakening
is at hand.'
(J.M Coetzee, 1940- )

Friday, 23 January 2009

Rumi 64

'Religion is the frozen thought
of men
out of which
they build temples.'
(Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986)

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Rumi 63

'Love is the anterior
to life,
Posterior to death,
Initial of creation, and
The exponent of breath.'
(Emily Dickinson, 1830-86)

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Rumi 62

'Everywhere I see bliss,
from which
I alone am
irrevocably excluded.'
(Mary Shelley, 1797-1851)

'Despair is the price
one pays
for setting oneself
an impossible aim.'
(Graham Greene, 1904-91)

Friday, 2 January 2009

Rumi 61

'Love is the extremely
difficult realisation
that something
other than oneself
is real.

Love, and so art
and morals,
is the discovery
of reality.'
(Iris Murdoch, 1919-99)