'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 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)