'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)

Monday, 23 December 2013

Rumi 279: 'Fantasy'

(Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.)

'Fantasy is a form (dimension) of reality...but not many people know that...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Rumi 278: 'Happiness'

(Pharrell Williams is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, fashion designer, and drummer.) 

'Happiness is a state of mind...it originates from deep within us...and is very infectious...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Rumi 277: 'Dreams'

(Depeche Mode are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex.) 

 'All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.'
 (Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849) 

'The divine ocean
of love
embraces you,
deep within,
and chaotic without,
layer upon layer,
of marked beauty,
and uncertainty.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Rumi 276: 'Follow Your Dreams'

('Thirty Seconds to Mars' is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998.)

'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.'
(Eleanor Roosevelt,1884 - 1962) 

'Look at the sky.
We are not alone.
The whole universe is friendly to us
and conspires only to give the best
to those who dream and work.'
(Abdul Kalam, b.1931)

Rumi 275: 'Burn'

(Elena Jane Goulding known professionally as Ellie Goulding is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.)

'Love is a fire.
But whether it is going to warm your hearth
or burn down your house,
you can never tell.'
(Joan Crawford, 1905 -1977)

Friday, 27 September 2013

Rumi 274: 'Music and Higher Knowledge'

(Depeche Mode are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex.) 

'Music is the one incorporeal entrance
into the higher world
of knowledge
which comprehends mankind
but which mankind
cannot comprehend.'
(Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770 - 1827)

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Rumi 273: 'Suicide'

(Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter.)

'There comes a time when you look into the mirror
and you realise that what you see is all that you will ever be.
And then you accept it.
Or you kill yourself.
Or you stop looking in mirrors.'
(Tennessee Williams, 1911-83)

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Rumi 272 : 'Alone'

(Depeche Mode are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex.)

'...if you wanted to do something absolutely honest,
something true,
it always turned out to be a thing
that had to be done alone.'
(Richard Yates, 1926 - 92)

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Rumi 271: 'Soothe My Soul'

(Depeche Mode are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex.)

'Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and right doing
there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full
to talk about.'
(Rumi, 1207-73)

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Rumi 270: 'Knowing and Experiencing'

(DJ Project is a Romanian dance music group.)

'Knowing and experiencing ...are not one and the same...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Monday, 17 June 2013

Rumi 269: 'War, Hate and Bigotry'

(Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt is a Canadian singer, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist.)

'The God I recognise is not a god of war, hate and bigotry, but a god of love and compassion who judges no one... If such a god does not exist then I rather be a proud atheist, and suffer the consequences...if I am proved wrong...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Rumi 268: 'Alive'

(Empire of the Sun are an Australian electronic music duo from Sydney.)


'People say that what we’re seeking is a meaning for life.
I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking.
I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive,
so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.'
(Joseph Campbell, 1904 – 1987)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Rumi 267: 'Determination'

('The Script' are an Irish alternative band from Dublin formed in 2001.)

'People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. When you change for the better, the people around you will be inspired to change also....but only after doing their best to make you stop. Live your truth and don't EVER stop.”
(Steve Maraboli)

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Rumi 266: 'Lies'

(Andrew William Burrows is an English musician.)

'I'm not upset that you lied to me,
I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.'
(Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900)

Friday, 15 March 2013

Rumi 265: 'Loved Ones'

(The Script are an Irish alternative rock band from Dublin formed in 2002.)

'Someone once said that death is not the greatest loss in life.
The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.'
(Nishan Panwar)

Monday, 4 March 2013

Rumi 264: 'Lover's Embrace'

'Open your senses
and Truth
shall embrace you
in a lover's embrace,
the primordial sounds
of eternity.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Rumi 263: 'The Ghetto'

(Elvis Aaron Presleya (1935-77) was an American singer and actor.)

'A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation.
But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle.'
(Jean Genet, 1910-86)

Monday, 4 February 2013

Rumi 262: 'Love and Revenge'

(Jay-Z and Kanye West are both American rappers. )

'A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.'
(Francis Bacon, 1909 – 1992)

'We all have ghosts, remorse, dreams, things we love and hate.
One day something in life
- a word, a phrase, something in a book, a beautiful woman - clicks,
and part of that world takes on a special meaning.
And you realise you have a story to tell.'
(Arturo Perez Reverte, b.1951)

Monday, 14 January 2013

Rumi 261: 'Searching'

(Alizée Jacotey (b.1984) is a French recording artist, known professionally as Alizée.)

'I am searching
for abstract ways
of expressing reality,
abstract forms
that will enlighten
my own mystery.'
(Eric Cantona, b.1966)