'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, 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)