'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, 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)