'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, 25 November 2011

Rumi 210: 'Morning Star'

(N-Dubz are a British hip hop group from Camden Town, London.)

'Father, O father! what do we here
In this land of unbelief and fear?
The Land of Dreams is better far
Above the light of the morning star.'
(William Blake, 1757-1827)

Friday, 18 November 2011

Rumi 209: 'Disappointment'

(Kylie Ann Minogue (b.1968) is an Australian recording artist, songwriter, and actress.)

'Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal;
it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.'
(Eliza Tabor,1835-1914)

Friday, 11 November 2011

Rumi 208: Resolve

(Alizée Jacotey (b.21 August 1984) is a French singer.)

'I cannot change what will happen.
I can only change how I act in the face of it.'
(Robert Fanney)

Friday, 4 November 2011

Rumi 207: 'Stillness of the Mind'

'Let the stillness
of the mind
be your teacher
and your companion.

Let the stillness
of the mind
steer your consciousness
and intellect.

Let the stillness
of the mind
steer you to perceive
and experience things
beyond your station.'
(Cyrus Rumi)