'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)

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)