'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 December 2010

Rumi 165: Happy New Year

'My spiritual love to you all...Happy New Year!'
(Cyrus Rumi)

'We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity
and its first chapter is New Year's Day.'
(Edith Lovejoy Pierce, 1904-83)

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Rumi 164: The Moment of Peace

'Merry Christmas to you all...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

'Blessed are those who have undergone ordeals.
They have entered into life.'
(Jesus - The Gospel of Thomas)

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Rumi 163

'Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.'
(Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948)

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Rumi 162: Spirituality and Lust

(Enigma is an electronic musical project founded in Germany by Michael Cretu, David Fairstein
and Frank Peterson in 1990)

'Curiosity is the lust of the mind.'
(Thomas Hobbes,1588-1679)

Friday, 3 December 2010

Rumi 161: Sufi Meditation

'Turn your gentle gaze inwards
and you shall find Me
guiding you through the labyrinth
of your false illusions and desires...'

'Is it not wiser to look inwards
to your own contradictions first,
before finding faults in others?'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 26 November 2010

Rumi 160

(Depeche Mode is an English electronic music band which formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex)

'Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler.'
(Friedrich Nietzsche,1844-1900)

Friday, 19 November 2010

Rumi 159

(Peter Brian Gabriel, b. 1950, is an English singer, musician and songwriter.
Youssou N'Dour, b. 1959, is a Senegalese singer and percussionist.)

"If each man or woman could understand
that every other human life is as full of sorrows,
or joys, or base temptations,
of heartaches and of remorse as his own . . .
how much kinder, how much gentler he would be."
(William Allen White, 1868-1944)

Friday, 12 November 2010

Rumi 158

(Cheryl Cole (Cheryl Ann Tweedy, b.1983) is an English singer, songwriter, dancer, model and celebrity.)

'Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.'
(Simone Weil, 1909-43) 

'Promise little and do much.'
(Hebrew proverb)

Friday, 5 November 2010

Rumi 157: Beauty

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
(Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931)

Friday, 29 October 2010

Rumi 156

(Indie rock band from London, England)

'I know there is strength in the differences between us.
I know there is comfort where we overlap.'
(Ani DiFranco , b.1970 )

Friday, 22 October 2010

Rumi 155: Sin

(Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic dance music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant
and Chris Lowe.)

'Sin is whatever obscures the soul.'
 (Andre Gide, 1869 – 1951)

Friday, 15 October 2010

Rumi 154

'Peace cannot be kept by force.
It can only be achieved by understanding.
Our longing for understanding is eternal.'
(Albert Einstein,1879-1955)

Friday, 8 October 2010

Rumi 153

(Justin Randall Timberlake, born 1981, is an American pop musician and actor)

'Before you begin on the journey of revenge, dig two graves.'

Friday, 1 October 2010

Rumi 152

(British Rock Band - Sniff 'n' Tears)

'It's beauty that captures your attention;
personality which captures your heart.'

Friday, 24 September 2010

Rumi 151: Apostasy

'We should embrace diversity, in all its beautiful forms, provided it doesn't cause
harm to others and yourselves...It's your determination, individually and collectively,
to express your free will and individuality, free from fear and the consequences
of your beliefs and actions...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 17 September 2010

Rumi 150: Wicca

'The fundamental tenet of Wicca is the Wiccan Rede, 'As it harm none, do as thou wilt'...
It essentially means that you are free to do anything so long as you do not impose your will
upon anyone, harm anyone or anything, including your own self, nature and its components.
In this context, Wicca is closer to the Law of Karma and its consequences. If you harm nature,
then nature will harm you. If you do good to nature, it will promote your well-being and happiness.'
(Sourced from the Internet.)

Friday, 10 September 2010

Rumi 149

(British synthpop duo)

'Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people
who have come alive.'
(Howard Thurman, 1899-1981)

Friday, 3 September 2010

Rumi 148

'A society that lives in fear and suspicion
of each other is destined to crumble from within,
before it reaches new heights.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 27 August 2010

Rumi 147

(Florence and the Machine is the recording name of English pop artist Florence Welch, b.1986)

'Love is the essence of Creation.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 20 August 2010

Rumi 146

'With our obsession with antagonisms of the moment,
we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity.
I occasionally think how quickly our differences, worldwide,
would vanish if we were facing an alien threat
from outside this world.'
(Former President Ronald Reagan, while sharing the stage
 with former Russian leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, 1988)

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Rumi 145

'Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.'
(Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931)

Friday, 6 August 2010

Rumi 144

(Paul Van Dyk (b.1971), is a German DJ, musician and record producer.)

'Angels have no philosophy but love.'
(Terri Guillemets, b.1973)

'We can live without religion and meditation,
but we cannot survive without human affection.'
(Dalai Lama, b. 1935)

Friday, 30 July 2010

Rumi 143: Change

Al Stewart (born Alastair Ian Stewart, 5 September 1945) is a British singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician.

'All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy;
for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves;
we must die to one life before we can enter another.
(Anatole France,1844-1924)

Friday, 23 July 2010

Rumi 142: Solitariness

(Gerry Rafferty (b.1947), a Scottish singer and songwriter)

With some people solitariness is an escape
not from others but from themselves.
For they see in the eyes of others
only a reflection of themselves.
(Eric Hoffer,1902-1983)

Friday, 16 July 2010

Rumi 141: Angels

'We are each of us angels with only one wing,
and we can only fly by embracing one another.'
(Luciano de Crescenzo, b.1928)

Friday, 9 July 2010

Rumi 140: Prayer

'Prayer is when you talk to God;
meditation is when you listen to God.'
(~Author Unknown)

'To give thanks in solitude is enough.
Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go.
Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.
(Victor Hugo, 1802-22)

Friday, 2 July 2010

Rumi 139

'We are one big family...enjoy the journey...
with hope, patience and faith in yourselves and others.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 18 June 2010

Rumi 138: Sigmund Freud on Sexuality

(Lady Gaga - born Stefani Germanotta, American recording artist)

'In matters of sexuality we are at present, every one of us, ill or well, nothing but hypocrites.'

'We may lay it down that a happy person never fantasises, only an unsatisfied one... The motive forces of fantasies are unsatisfied wishes, and every single fantasy is the fulfilment of a wish, a correction of unsatisfying reality. These motivating wishes vary according to the sex, character and circumstances of the person who is having the fantasy; but they fall naturally into two main groups. They are either ambitious wishes, which serve to elevate the subject's personality; or they are erotic ones. It was shocking when Nietzsche said this, but today it is commonplace; our historical position—and no end to it is in sight—is that of having to philosophise without foundations.'
(Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939)

Friday, 11 June 2010

Rumi 137

(Taio Cruz - British singer and songwriter)

'There were three of us in this marriage,
so it was a bit crowded.'
(Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997)

'Spiritual and sexual love are complementary
on many subtle levels...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

'Let every eye negotiate for itself
And trust no agent; for beauty is a witch
Against whose charms faith melteth in blood.'
(William Shakespeare, 1564-1616)

Friday, 4 June 2010

Rumi 136: Atheism

'If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him
as less of an insult than religion.'
(Edmond de Goncourt, 1822-96)

'I prefer rationalism to atheism.
The question of God and other objects-of-faith
are outside reason
and play no part in rationalism,
thus you don't have to waste your time
in either attacking or defending.'
(Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992)

Friday, 28 May 2010

Rumi 135

'There is no contradiction
in that which is sacred
and that which is secular.
It is only your lack of vision,
comprehension and spiritual awareness
that makes it so.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Rumi 134

'Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.'
(Maria Robinson)

Friday, 14 May 2010

Rumi 133

'We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.'
(Martin Luther King, 1929-68)

Friday, 7 May 2010

Rumi 132

'Vanity and pride are different things,
though the words are often used synonymously.
A person may be proud without being vain.
Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves;
vanity, to what we would have others think of us.'
(Jane Austen, 1775-1817)

Friday, 30 April 2010

Rumi 131

Sow an act and you reap a habit.
Sow a habit and you reap a character.
Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
(Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, ca. 35 – ca. 100)

Friday, 23 April 2010

Rumi 130

(Scene filmed in the UK)

'We rarely hear the inward music,
but we're all dancing to it nevertheless.'
(Jalalu'ddin Rumi, 1207-73)

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Friday, 16 April 2010

Rumi 129

'Now I know the full power of evil.
It makes ugliness seem beautiful
and goodness seem ugly
and weak.'
(August Strindberg, 1849-1912)

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Friday, 9 April 2010

Rumi 128: John Paul Larkin (Scatman John)(1942-1999)

'Life is about recognising
your inner beauty
and divine potentialities...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

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Friday, 2 April 2010

Friday, 26 March 2010

Rumi 126: Bertrand Russell (- a great philosopher and an atheist).

Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of humankind.

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of people.
I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living.
(Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970)

Friday, 19 March 2010

Rumi 125

'True goodbyes are the ones never said
or explained.'

Friday, 12 March 2010

Rumi 124 : Dedicated to 'Mushy', my friend! (d.7.3.10, c23yrs old)

(Mushy's favourite music.)

'May the journey you embark upon
be a fulfilling one...
Missing you old friend...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 5 March 2010

Rumi 123

'Our greatest glory
is not in never falling,
but in rising
every time we fall...'
(Confucius, c551BC)

Friday, 26 February 2010

Rumi 122

'Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.'
(George Scialabba)

Friday, 19 February 2010

Rumi 121

'When you are sorrowful
look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth
you are weeping
for that which has been
your delight.'

(Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931)

Friday, 12 February 2010

Rumi 120

'To experience love
is to experience Me;
to experience Me
is to become conscious;
to become conscious
is to become One with Time;
and Time shall be your saviour
and companion,
guiding you through the vastness
of forms.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 5 February 2010

Rumi 119

'If you love it let it go.
If it returns to you cherish it,
if not, it was never truly yours.'

Friday, 29 January 2010

Rumi 118: Critical Thinking

'The great masses of the people…
will more easily fall victims
to a big lie
than to a small one.'
(Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945)

Friday, 22 January 2010

Rumi 117

'What is needed, rather than running away
or controlling or suppressing
or any other resistance,
is understanding fear;
that means, watch it, learn about it,
come directly into contact with it.
We are to learn about fear,
not how to escape from it.'
(Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986)

Friday, 15 January 2010

Friday, 8 January 2010

Rumi 115

'Money can't buy happiness,
but neither can poverty.'
(Leo Calvin Rosten, 1908-1997)