'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 February 2011

Rumi 172

(Coldplay are an English alternative rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland
at University College London.)

'Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.'
(Henry Van Dyke,1852-1933)

Friday, 18 February 2011

Rumi 171: Carl Jung on Libido

(Kesha Rose Sebert (b.1987), is an American pop singer and songwriter.)

'I think that one should view with philosophic admiration
the strange paths of libido, and should investigate
the purposes of its circuitous ways.'
(Carl Gustav Jung,1875-1961)

Friday, 11 February 2011

Rumi 170

(Taio Cruz is an English singer, songwriter and music producer.
Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, is an Australian pop singer, songwriter, and actress.)

'As we grow in higher consciousness,
we discover that it is more important to be the right person
than to find the right person.'
(Ken Keyes, Jr, 1921-95)

Friday, 4 February 2011

Rumi 169: Music Dedication to Raju (d.31.1.11)

Ratatat is a New York City electronic music duo consisting of Mike Stroud (guitar)
and producer Evan Mast (bass, synthesizers).

'Missing you old friend...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

'The day which we fear as our last
is but the birthday of eternity.'
(Anneo Lucius Seneca, mid-1st century AD)