'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)