'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, 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)