'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, 29 July 2011

Rumi 194: Belief

('Talk Talk' was an English musical group, active from 1981 to 1991.)

'Believe that life is worth living
and your belief will help create the fact.'
(William James, 1842-1910)

Friday, 22 July 2011

Rumi 193: Forbidden Fruit

(Paul van Dyk (b.1971) is a German Electronic Dance Music DJ, musician and record producer.)

'There is a charm about the forbidden
that makes it unspeakably desirable.'
(Mark Twain, 1835-1910)

Friday, 15 July 2011

Rumi 192: Love

(DJ Project is a Romanian dance group.)

'Love isn't finding a perfect person.
It's seeing an imperfect person perfectly.'
(Sam Keen)

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Rumi 191: Belief in a Higher Being

Buddha entered a village. A man asked him as he was entering the village, "Does God exist?"
He said, "No, absolutely no."

In the afternoon another man came and he asked, "Does God exist?"
And he said, "Yes, absolutely yes."

In the evening a third man came and he asked, "Does God exist?"
Buddha closed his eyes and remained utterly silent. The man also closed his eyes.
Something transpired in that silence.
After a few minutes the man touched Buddha's feet, bowed down, paid his respects and said,
"You are the first man who has answered my question."

Friday, 1 July 2011

Rumi 190: The Middle Way

(The Bee Gees are a musical UK group that was originally made up of three brothers: Barry, Robin,
and Maurice Gibb.)

'Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence,
but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence
to something that transcends them both;
this is an observation of the Middle Way.”
(Lucius Annaeus Seneca, ca. 4 BCE – 65 CE)