'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, 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)