'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, 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)