'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, 28 January 2011

Rumi 168

(Eluveitie is a folk metal band from Winterthur, Switzerland)

Let the gentle, fragrant breeze
of peace, love and compassion
spread to the four corners of the earth
and spiral into the heavens above
and beyond.

Let the gentle, fragrant breeze
of peace, love and compassion
issue down from the heavens above
to the four corners of the earth.

And those who resist this change
in their naivety,
will surely come to know
the error of their ways.
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 14 January 2011

Rumi 167

(Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (b.1951),known by his professional name Sting, is an English musician,
singer-songwriter, activist, actor and philanthropist.
Ahmed Khelifati Mohamed , known by his stage name Cheb Mami (b.1966) is an Algerian-born ra├» singer.)

'All men dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds,
wake in the day to find that it was vanity;
but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act on their dreams with open eyes,
to make them possible.'
(T. E. Lawrence, 1888-1935)

Friday, 7 January 2011

Rumi 166

(Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler (b.1975), better known as Enrique Iglesias, is a Spanish pop music singer-songwriter.
Ciara Princess Harris (b.1985) is an American recording artist, dancer, actress, and fashion model.)

'Love is unconditional and divine in its Essence...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

'Intense love does not measure, it just gives.'
(Mother Teresa, 1910-97)