'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 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)