'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)

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Rumi 215: Happy New Year!

('Empire of the Sun' is an Australian electronic music band.)
Gift suggestions for 2012:
To your enemy: forgiveness;
To an opponent: tolerance;
To a friend: your heart;
To a customer: service;
To the needy: charity;
To every child: good example;
To yourself: respect.
(Source: Vishwanath Seshadri)

Friday, 23 December 2011

Rumi 214: 'Sunscreen Song'

'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 16 December 2011

Rumi 213: 'Feelings'

(Tramar Dillard (b.1979),stage name Flo Rida, is an American rapper and singer-songwriter.)

'When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.'
(Abraham Lincoln, 1809-65)

Friday, 9 December 2011

Rumi 212: 'Love, Passion and Imagination'

(Edward Maya (Eduard Marian Ilie)is a Romanian musician, producer, performer, and composer.)

'I have enough love to last me a lifetime!
Thank God I'll never lose my imagination and my passion.
That's really what it is.
I'm still passionate about what I do.'
(Teena Marie, b. 1956)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Rumi 211: 'Mysterious Times'

("Mysterious Times" is a dance music song by German production group Sash. It features British singer Tina Cousins.)

'What comes into being
shall also withdraw
and disappear,
yet, paradoxically,
the essence remains unperturbed,
a constant stream
of raw consciousness,
as dictated by Time itself.'
(Cyrus Rumi)