'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)

Monday, 31 December 2012

Rumi 260: 'Happy New Year'

(Kesha Rose Sebert, known professionally as Kesha, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper.)

'Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!'
(William Arthur Ward, 1921-94)

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Rumi 259: 'Merry Christmas'

(Richard Melville Hall (b.1965) known by his stage name 'Moby', is an American musician, DJ, and photographer.)

'Merry Christmas to you all...!'
(Cyrus Rumi)

'My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.
Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?'
(Bob Hope, 1903-2003 )

Friday, 21 December 2012

Rumi 258: 'War'

('Status Quo' are an English rock band.)

'In order for us human beings to commit ourselves personally to the inhumanity of war, we find it necessary first to dehumanise our opponents, which is in itself a violation of the beliefs of all religions. Once we characterise our adversaries as beyond the scope of God's mercy and grace, their lives lose all value. We deny personal responsibility when we plant landmines and, days or years later, a stranger to us — often a child – is crippled or killed. From a great distance, we launch bombs or missiles with almost total impunity, and never want to know the number or identity of the victims.'
(Jimmy Carter, b.1924)

Friday, 30 November 2012

Rumi 257: 'Loving-kindness'

(Valery Didulja (b. 1969) - Belarusian guitarist, composer and bandleader. Performs folk music and music in the genre 'fusion'.)

'...it is your capacity to do good and share your loving-kindness with others that shall dictate your destiny... echoing in the vastness and mysteries of eternity.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Rumi 256: 'Skin Deep'

(The Stranglers are an English punk rock music group.)

'Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.'
(Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967)

'Seek inner beauty in all things...and no grief shall touch you...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 9 November 2012

Rumi 255: 'Love of the Beloved'

My House
will be a house
of prayer,
peace and love
for people of all faiths,
and for those
who have none.
(Cyrus Rumi)

Love came,
And became like blood
In my body.

It rushed through my veins
And encircled my heart.

Everywhere I looked,
I saw one thing,
Love's name written
On my limbs,
On my left palm,
On my forehead,
On the back of my neck,
On my right big toe...

Oh, my friend,
All that you see of me
Is just a shell,
And the rest belongs
To love.
(Jalal Al-Din Rumi, 1207-73 AD)

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Rumi 254: 'Oneness'

(Yanni  is a Greek self-taught pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer.)

'True communication is communion―the realization of oneness, which is love.'
(Eckhart Tolle, b.1948)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Rumi 253: 'Day'

(Yanni  is a Greek self-taught pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer.)

'Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.'
(Robert Louis Stevenson,1850-94)

Monday, 15 October 2012

Rumi 252: 'Mercy'

(Aimée Ann Duffy (b.1984), known as 'Duffy', is a Welsh singer-songwriter.)

'I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions.
I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.'
(Oscar Wilde,1854-1900)

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Rumi 251: 'Music, Fun and Love'

(Park Jae-sang is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, and record producer.)

'If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it;
That surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken,
And so die.'
(William Shakespeare, 1564-1616)

Monday, 24 September 2012

Rumi 250: 'Hope and Dreams'

'Without hope there is no future...Your dreams can become a reality...Have faith in yourselves...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 14 September 2012

Rumi 249: 'Dance, Dance, Dance'

(Lala is a Romanian pop band.)

'Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you're perfectly free.'
(Rumi, 1207-73)

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Rumi 248: 'Good Times'

(Owl City is an American electronica musical project by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young.Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian recording artist and singer-songwriter from Mission, British Columbia.)

'Life is like a camera...focus on what's important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if it goes wrong... take another shot.'
(Candice Becker)

Friday, 24 August 2012

Rumi 247: 'Father Figure'

(George Michael (b.1963) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.) 

'It is much easier to become a father than to be one.'
(Kent Nerburn)

Friday, 17 August 2012

Rumi 246: 'Happiness and Sadness'

(Amelia Lily Oliver (b.1994) is a singer from England.)

'When one door of happiness closes, another opens;
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one
which has been opened for us.'
(Helen Keller, 1880 - 1968)

Friday, 10 August 2012

Rumi 245: 'Child of Light and Darkness'

(George Michael (b. 1963) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.)

In a profound sense every man has two halves to his being;
he is not one person so much as two persons trying to act in unison.
I believe that in the heart of each human being
there is something which I can only describe as a 'child of darkness'
who is equal and complementary to the more obvious 'child of light'.
(Laurens van der Post, 1906-96)

Monday, 30 July 2012

Rumi 244: 'The Biological Computer'

'All things appear as they are
when you attain a state
of untainted consciousness,
merging into that which is perceived
as mysterious
and most beautiful...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Rumi 243: 'Perseverance'

( Yves "Larock" Cheminade is a Swiss DJ and producer)

'There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.'

Friday, 13 July 2012

Rumi 242: 'Chillies'

(Elise van der Horst, better known as EliZe, is a Dutch singer.)

'These society women never serve chilli.' 
 (Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn, 1882-1961)

Friday, 6 July 2012

Rumi 241: 'Trust'

(Gerald "Gerry" Rafferty (1947-2011) was a Scottish singer-songwriter) 

 'We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically,
 if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.'
(Walter Anderson, 1882-1962)

Friday, 29 June 2012

Rumi 240: 'Suicide'

('Hurts' are an English synthpop duo formed in 2009)

'Suicide may also be regarded as an experiment - a question which man puts to Nature, trying to force her
to answer. The question is this: What change will death produce in a man’s existence and in his insight into the nature of things? It is a clumsy experiment to make; for it involves the destruction of the very consciousness which puts the question and awaits the answer.'
(Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860)

Friday, 22 June 2012

Rumi 239: 'Rising Up'

(Kamaliya Zahoor (b. 1977) is a Ukrainian musical performer, actress and model.)

'Our greatest glory is not in never failing,
but in rising up every time we fail.'
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-82)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Rumi 238: 'Homosexuality'

(Carly Rae Jepsen (b.1985) is a Canadian recording artist and singer-songwriter)

'Why is it that, as a culture,
we are more comfortable seeing
two men holding guns
than holding hands?
(Ernest Gaines, b. 1933)

Friday, 8 June 2012

Rumi 237: 'Touch'

(Freemasons are an English dance band from Brighton, East Sussex, England.)

'Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.'
(Leo F. Buscaglia, 1924 – 1998)

Friday, 1 June 2012

Rumi 236: 'The Sun'

('The Wanted' are a British-Irish band.)

'If I had to choose a religion,
the sun as the universal giver of life
would be my God.”
(Napoleon Bonaparte,1769-1821)

Friday, 25 May 2012

Rumi 235: 'Spirit of Love'

'You will find, as you look back upon your life,
that the moments when you really lived
are the moments when you have done things
in the spirit of love.'
(Henry Drummond, 1851-97)

Friday, 18 May 2012

Rumi 234: 'Enthusiasm'

(Erick E (born as Erick Eerdhuizen, b.1969 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands), is a DJ and producer.)

'Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world.
It beats money, power and influence.'
(Henry Chester)

Friday, 11 May 2012

Rumi 233: 'Dream within a Dream'

'All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.'
(Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-49)

Friday, 4 May 2012

Rumi 232: Philosophy and the Matrix (Part 3)

'[Research] suggests that what we think of as free will is largely an illusion:
much of the time, we are simply operating on automatic pilot,
and the way we think and act –
and how well we think and act on the spur of the moment –
are a lot more susceptible to outside influences than we realise.'
(Malcolm Gladwell, b. 1963)

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Rumi 231: Philosophy and the Matrix (Part 2)

True philosophy must start from the most immediate
and comprehensive fact of consciousness:
'I am life that wants to live,
in the midst of life that wants to live'.
(Albert Schweitzer,1875-1965)

Friday, 20 April 2012

Rumi 230: Philosophy and the Matrix (Part 1)

'I recognise Myself
through creation,
any you recognise yourselves
through Me.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 13 April 2012

Rumi 229: 'Timeless Quotes from the Buddha'

'It is our thoughts
and imagination,
yours and Mine,
that shall dictate
the future outcomes
of that which is,
and that which is not,
echoing in the vastness
of time and eternity.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 30 March 2012

Rumi 228: 'Progress'

(Swedish House Mafia is a Swedish house music group, officially formed in 2008.)

'There are no constraints on the human mind,
no walls around the human spirit,
no barriers to our progress
except those we ourselves erect.'
(Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004)

Friday, 23 March 2012

Rumi 227: 'Imagery of Wrongs'

(Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (b.1982), better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper.)

'One cannot forgive,
the other cannot forget,
haunted by imagery of wrongs
causing great inner turmoil,
leading yourselves
and others astray
from yourselves.

Walking upon the divergent paths
of self-destruction
and much grief,
inwardly and outwardly,
like ripples in the fabric
of space and time.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Rumi 226: 'Kama Sutra'

'The Kama Sutra was composed, according to the precepts of Holy Writ, for the benefit of the world,
by Vatsyayana, while leading the life of a religious student, and wholly engaged in the contemplation
of the Deity.'
(Source: Internet)

'Contrary to popular perception, especially in the western world, Kama Sutra is not an exclusive sex
manual; it presents itself as a guide to a virtuous and gracious living that discusses the nature of love,
family life and other aspects pertaining to pleasure oriented faculties of human life.'
(Source: Wikipedia)

Friday, 9 March 2012

Rumi 225: 'Confusion'

(William Robert "Will" Young (b.1979) is a British singer-songwriter and actor.)

'Much unhappiness has come into the world
because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.'
(Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-81)

Friday, 2 March 2012

Rumi 224: 'Trust in Dreams'

('Boyce Avenue' is an American acoustic rock band.)

'Trust in dreams,
for in them is hidden
the gate to eternity.'
(Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931)

Friday, 24 February 2012

Rumi 223: 'Thoughts'

('Redlight' is the stage name of Hugh James Pescod – a DJ, record producer, re-mixer and composer from Bristol, England.)

'You are today where your thoughts have brought you;
you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.'
(James Allen, 1864-1912)

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Rumi 222: 'Life and Causation'

'Refrain from seeking out causes
in all manner of things
for Life itself
is not a cause
but a coincidence
of that which defies a cause.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 10 February 2012

Rumi 221: 'Relationships'

(Wouter "Wally" De Backer (b.1980), also known professionally by his stage name 'Gotye', is a Belgian-Australian
multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter.)

'There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west -
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.

We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
(Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919)

Friday, 3 February 2012

Rumi 220: 'Anguish and Joy'

(John Clayton Mayer (b.1977) is an American pop and blues rock musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist,
and music producer.)

'The way you see,
experience and perceive
the world you inhabit
is but a reflection of the level
of anguish and joy
you feel within.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 27 January 2012

Rumi 219: 'Feelings'

(Bryan Adams (b.5/11/1959) is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist,producer, actor and photographer.)

'There are many things in your heart
you can never tell to another person.
They are you, your private joys and sorrows,
and you can never tell them.
You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself,
when you tell them.'
(Greta Garbo, 1905-90)

Friday, 20 January 2012

Rumi 218: 'Blasphemy'

('Depeche Mode' are an English electronic music band.)

'This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines
not able to take care of themselves.'
(Robert Green Ingersoll, 1833-1899)

Friday, 13 January 2012

Rumi 217: 'Wasting Time'

(Kosheen are a British group based in Bristol, England.)

'If time be of all things the most precious,
wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.'
(Benjamin Franklin, 1706-90)

Friday, 6 January 2012

Rumi 216: 'Desire'

('Lloyd' is an American R&B recording artist.)

'Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.'
(Plato, 427-347BC)