'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)

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)