'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)

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Rumi 300: 'Gift'

(Blonde Redhead is an American alternative rock band.) 

'Every gift which is given,
 even though is be small,
 is in reality great,
 if it is given with affection.'
(Pinder, 552-433 BC)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Rumi 299: 'Immortality'

(Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter.)

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.
(Bruce Lee, 1940-73) 

'Through deep reflection and inner focus, we attain unity and immortality of the mind and soul...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Rumi 298: 'Life Goes On' (Parviz Nazarov)

'You have to take the good
 with the bad,
 smile when you are sad,
 love what you've got
 and remember
 what you had.

 Always forgive
 but not forget,
 learn from your mistakes
 but never regret,
 people change,
 things go wrong,
 just remember
 life goes on.'

'Never abandon your dreams...
your hopes...
your personal struggles...
and allow the Truth
to prevail...
within and without...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 31 October 2014

Rumi 297: 'Boxing'

(Johnny Wakelin is an English recording artist.)

'Never give up, which is the lesson I learned from boxing.
As soon as you learn to never give up, you have to learn the power and wisdom
of unconditional surrender, and that one doesn't cancel out the other;
they just exist as contradictions.
The wisdom of it comes as you get older.'
(Kris Kristofferson , b.1936)

Monday, 13 October 2014

Monday, 29 September 2014

Rumi 295: 'Death'

(Stephen Paul Manderson, better known by his stage name Professor Green, is a English rapper and singer-songwriter. Victoria Loren "Tori" Kelly is an American singer and songwriter.) 

'While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.'
(Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519)

'Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.'
(Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961)

Monday, 8 September 2014

Rumi 294: 'Ghost' & 'Prayer'

(Gabriella Michelle "Ella" Henderson is a British singer-songwriter.)

Prayer is not asking.
It is a longing of the soul.
It is daily admission of one's weakness.
It is better in prayer to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
(Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948) 

'My prayer consists of a very simple mantra...'thank you'...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

'The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.'
(Bill Cosby, b.1937)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Rumi 293: 'Depression'

(Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1986), better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter.)

Robin Williams’ death has reminded the world that depression does not discriminate between the rich and famous and the rest of us; and that it is not something that people can simply 'snap out of'.

'Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not;
and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.'
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1901)

Monday, 28 July 2014

Rumi 292: 'Choices'

(Nico & Vinz is a Norwegian singing/songwriting duo.)


 'We all have choices to make in life...don't be afraid to make them ... with no regrets to the consequences, provided they cause no harm to others...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Rumi 291: 'Dance and Music'

(Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler, known as Enrique Iglesias, is a Spanish singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer.)

'Dance and music are expressions
of that which is eternally pure,
and mysterious;
whose roots are nourished
by streams of divine love,
knowledge and wisdom.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Monday, 14 July 2014

Rumi 290: 'Football'

(Adelén Rusillo Steen Børve, known as Adelén, is a Norwegian pop singer.)

'Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.' 
(Garry Lineker)

'How strange it is that football can act as a unifying force for good and constructive change, compared to organised religion...'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Monday, 23 June 2014

Rumi 289: 'Cause and Effect'

('Imagine Dragons' is an American alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada.)

'What we experience in this life, and perhaps,
in our future realms of existence,
are due to complex interdependent relationships,
manifesting themselves in ways we cannot comprehend.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Rumi 288: 'Relationships'

(Thomas Baptiste Morello is an American guitarist best known for his tenure with the band 'Rage Against the Machine' and then with 'Audioslave'.) 

'Who I am
is of no great significance.
What matters
is your importance
and your relationship
to others
in the grand scale of things.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Rumi 287: 'Drifting Away'

(Dennis Princewell Stehr,known by his stage name Mr Probz, is a Dutch singer-songwriter, rapper and producer.)   
(Cover Version)
(Cover Version) 

'My friend, why have you drifted so far away? All motion is relative, maybe it is you who have moved away by standing still.'

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Rumi 286: 'Horse'

(Katheryn Elizabeth "Katy" Hudson, known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, businesswoman, philanthropist, and actress.)

'A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves
 - strong, powerful, beautiful
 - and it has the capability of giving us escape
 from our mundane existence.
(Pam Brown, b.1948)

Friday, 18 April 2014

Rumi 285: 'Magic'

(Cover Version)

'Magic is believing in yourself,
 if you can do that,
 you can make anything happen.'
 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Rumi 284: 'Love'

(Jason Joel Desrouleaux, better known by his stage name Jason Derulo, is an American 
singer-songwriter and dancer.) 

'Love all,
trust a few,
do wrong to none.'
(William Shakespeare,1564-1616)

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Rumi 283: 'Kingdom of Life'

'Make peace
within and without,
in the moment,
and the
kingdom of life
shall be yours.'
(Cyrus Rumi)

Friday, 14 February 2014

Rumi 282: 'Nelson Mandela'

('U2' are an Irish rock band from Dublin.)

For to be free
is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances
the freedom of others.
(Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013)

Friday, 24 January 2014

Rumi 281: 'Pain'

(Kathleen Anne Brien, better known as Katy B, is an English singer-songwriter.)

'Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.'
(George R.R. Martin, b.1948)

'Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.'
(José N. Harris, b.1962)

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Rumi 280: 'Happy New Year'

('Editors' are a British alternative rock band based in Birmingham.)

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.”
 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832)