'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, 24 September 2010

Rumi 151: Apostasy

'We should embrace diversity, in all its beautiful forms, provided it doesn't cause
harm to others and yourselves...It's your determination, individually and collectively,
to express your free will and individuality, free from fear and the consequences
of your beliefs and actions...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 17 September 2010

Rumi 150: Wicca

'The fundamental tenet of Wicca is the Wiccan Rede, 'As it harm none, do as thou wilt'...
It essentially means that you are free to do anything so long as you do not impose your will
upon anyone, harm anyone or anything, including your own self, nature and its components.
In this context, Wicca is closer to the Law of Karma and its consequences. If you harm nature,
then nature will harm you. If you do good to nature, it will promote your well-being and happiness.'
(Sourced from the Internet.)

Friday, 10 September 2010

Rumi 149

(British synthpop duo)

'Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people
who have come alive.'
(Howard Thurman, 1899-1981)

Friday, 3 September 2010

Rumi 148

'A society that lives in fear and suspicion
of each other is destined to crumble from within,
before it reaches new heights.'
(Cyrus Rumi)