'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, 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)