'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, 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

Rumi 116

'God has no religion.'
(Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948)

Friday, 8 January 2010

Rumi 115

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