'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, 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)