'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, 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

Rumi 95: Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam)

'The course of true love never did run smooth.'
(William Shakespeare, 1564-1616)

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)