'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 September 2011

Rumi 202: Grief

('fiN' is a Indie/Rock band based in London.)

'You never forget,
You learn to live with it,
The pain lingers on
Deep within your soul,
Making you stronger,
Strengthening your resolve
In ways you can't imagine,
You grieve everyday of your life,
Shedding tears of uncertainty
Until you are no more.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 23 September 2011

Rumi 201: Hidden Treasure

(Max Steiner (1888 – 1971) was an Austrian composer of music for theatre productions and films)

'I am the hidden treasure
of your past,
present and future,
awaiting to be discovered
from the mists of time.

Allow yourselves to become
the manifestation
of My eternal essence,
in a form most pleasing
and agreeable,
firmly rooted in the ocean
of eternal serenity...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 16 September 2011

Rumi 200: Being Alive

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

'I have listened.
And I have looked with open eyes.
I have poured my soul into the world,
seeking the unknown within the known.
And I sing out loud in amazement.'
(Rabindranath Tagore, 1861 –1941)

Friday, 2 September 2011

Rumi 199: The Past

(DJ Project is a Romanian dance music group.)

'Living is like tearing through a museum.
Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw,
thinking about it, looking it up in a book,
and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once.'
(Audrey Hepburn, 1929-93)