'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, 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)