'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, 29 June 2012

Rumi 240: 'Suicide'

('Hurts' are an English synthpop duo formed in 2009)

'Suicide may also be regarded as an experiment - a question which man puts to Nature, trying to force her
to answer. The question is this: What change will death produce in a man’s existence and in his insight into the nature of things? It is a clumsy experiment to make; for it involves the destruction of the very consciousness which puts the question and awaits the answer.'
(Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860)

Friday, 22 June 2012

Rumi 239: 'Rising Up'

(Kamaliya Zahoor (b. 1977) is a Ukrainian musical performer, actress and model.)

'Our greatest glory is not in never failing,
but in rising up every time we fail.'
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-82)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Rumi 238: 'Homosexuality'

(Carly Rae Jepsen (b.1985) is a Canadian recording artist and singer-songwriter)

'Why is it that, as a culture,
we are more comfortable seeing
two men holding guns
than holding hands?
(Ernest Gaines, b. 1933)

Friday, 8 June 2012

Rumi 237: 'Touch'

(Freemasons are an English dance band from Brighton, East Sussex, England.)

'Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.'
(Leo F. Buscaglia, 1924 – 1998)

Friday, 1 June 2012

Rumi 236: 'The Sun'

('The Wanted' are a British-Irish band.)

'If I had to choose a religion,
the sun as the universal giver of life
would be my God.”
(Napoleon Bonaparte,1769-1821)