'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, 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)