'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, 27 May 2011

Rumi 185: Faith

'Let your faith be like water,
a fluid with no boundaries,
and, yet, interchangeable in form.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 20 May 2011

Rumi 184: Existence

('End Transmission' by Zachary Martin, taken from the album Satellites by Technicolor Skies.)

'The timeless realm of existence
embraces you from all sides,
from deep within your consciousness;
open your hearts and minds
allowing Me to enter,
becoming One,
and so entering a new phase
of holy communion,
echoing its true splendour and glory
through all of eternity and beyond.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 13 May 2011

Rumi 183: The Heart

(Yanni, born in 1954 as Yiannis Hrysomallis in Greece, is a self-taught pianist, keyboardist, and composer.)

'What is uttered from the heart alone,
will win the hearts of others to your own.'
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832)

Friday, 6 May 2011

Rumi 182: Promiscuity

(Scooter are a German dance hardcore band founded in Hamburg.)

'Promiscuity is like never reading past the first page.
Monogamy is like reading the same book over and over.'
(Mason Cooley, 1927-2002)