'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 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)