'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, 24 June 2011

Rumi 189: Life

(U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976)

'Life is a never-ending journey into the unknown...
just sit back and enjoy the ride.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 17 June 2011

Rumi 188

(Ladytron are an English electronic band from Liverpool, Merseyside, formed in 1999.)

If people are good only because they fear punishment,
and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”
(Albert Einstein, 1879-1955)

Friday, 10 June 2011

Rumi 187: Dreams

(Niraj Chag is a London-based musical artist and composer.)

'We grow great by dreams.
All big men (and women) are dreamers.
They see things in the soft haze of a spring day
or in the red fire of a long winter's evening.
Some of us let these great dreams die,
but others nourish and protect them;
nurse them through bad days
till they bring them to the sunshine and light
which comes always to those who sincerely hope
that their dreams will come true.'
(Woodrow Wilson, 1856 – 1924)

Friday, 3 June 2011

Rumi 186: Judas

(Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (b.1986), better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American
 pop singer-songwriter.)

'Every great man nowadays has his disciples,
and it is always Judas who writes the biography.'
(Oscar Wilde,1854-1900)