The purpose of the Esoteric School of the Sufi Order International was recently described by Pir Zia:
“to guide and support seekers in their natural inner unfoldment, to progressively realize the potential of the complete human being. This process culminates in acute resonance with the Spirit of Guidance and conscious participation in the actualization for the Message in service to God and humanity.”
A central part of the training is working with a spiritual guide who has been trained and empowered by the Pir. who gives you specific practices to meet your individual need. Choosing a guide is important. Take your time and find a guide with whom you feel comfortable. Within the context of this relationship, the mureed (student) is given a “prescription” of spiritual practices intended to facilitate the emergence of qualities lying dormant beneath the layers of personality and habitual thinking. The goal of the mureed is to identify experientially a source of inner guidance to the realization and fulfillment of his or her unique purpose in life.
The Sufi Order International is not a “guru-centered” school; no one is considered infallible, and guides are discouraged from giving mureeds advice about their lives, focusing instead on the method of contacting inner guidance, or the mureed’s own insight, to deal with his or her problems. Guides are held accountable to a published set of ethical guidelines.
Classes and guides are available through the FRSOI. Please contact us for more information.
Established by Hazrat Inayat Khan circa 1925, is dedicated to nurturing our awareness of the divine power of healing invested in the human being. Members of the Order participate in groups throughout the world to offer distant healing through the Healing Service.
The primary activity of the Sufi Healing Order is to facilitate group healing services that operate at a distance through attunement, prayer, breath, and concentration. The healing service is a group prayer circle which asks the divine to heal those who ask this of us, through ritual, prayer and attunement to the Divine Spirit. The Healing Service offers the possibility of healing to those who request it.The Sufi Healing Order also offers Healing classes, seminars, retreats and distance trainings.
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represents an ideal put forth by Hazrat Inayat Khan in 1921 to bring all of the world’s religions together in order to promote tolerance, understanding and spiritual awakening for humanity. We offer a prayer service, kindling lights for the world’s religions and all of the prophets who have come to earth to further the experience of love by human beings. The service often uses music and meditation to connect the participants with their inner state. Honoring and protecting the holy scriptures of every faith without judgment or prejudice is a foundation of the Universal Worship. There are ordained ministers called Cherags (“lamps”), women and men, who facilitate the Universal Worship service and who are empowered to perform weddings, receiving infants, conduct funerals and many other duties. The Universal Worship is also a catalyst to bring together clergy and people of all religions in interfaith events. The Universal Worship is celebrated in many countries of the world both East and West. Hazrat Inayat Khan has averred that the Universal Worship will be the vehicle to bring forth the understanding and experience of love, harmony and beauty to the world.
The Universal Worship is lead by a Cherag or Cheraga which means lamp. A Cherag/Cheraga is a minister of the Sufi Order International. During a service, there is an opportunity to be silent, to allow the blessings created by the service to penetrate our beings, and to reflect on the message created during the Service.
Just as every day brings newness and blessings, so each of our Services is unique, even though following a similar format.
Some attending the Universal Worship Service for the first time erroneously assume that this is yet another new religion. Such is not the case. Hazrat Inayat Khan, through whom the service came to us, felt very strongly that the world already had many very beautiful religions, and there was no need to add to this number. His intention was that those attending the service could receive inspiration while remaining with their own religion, thereby helping their religion to grow and become that much more beautiful.
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“Kinship is a nucleus for the emergence of the global human family.”
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
The message of the Sufi movement is a call to humanity in general to unite in a world kinship beyond the boundaries of caste, creed, race, nation, or religion. The Sufi movement has no particular creed, dogma, or doctrine. Its philosophy teaches tolerance to all, understanding above all things, thereby awakening sympathy with one another, and the realization that the well-being of each depends upon the well-being of all.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
A primary focus of Kinship is to encourage the flowering of personal self realization outwards towards others in ways which support and heal. As Pir Vilayat often reminded us, the spirituality of our times requires a shift from merely awakening consciousness to the awakening of the conscience, which encompasses a realization of interdependence and interconnection between all beings.
Those dedicated to the ideals of Kinship try in earnest to create a culture of love, harmony and beauty which is both rooted in the mystical as well as in the very ordinary, day to day ways in which we relate to others.
The work of kinship is really a lifelong, ongoing work of befriending our humanity and divinity. It is the work of connecting with and expanding from the heart outwardly, to encompass ever-widening, concentric circles of friendship, community, outreach, and sacred service. There are many specific forms and ways in which people are currently bringing the work of Kinship into a visible presence in our world. This can range from volunteering for projects like the Hope Project in India, serving the sick and homeless in one’s own town or city, fundraising for refugees from war-torn countries, humanitarian aid for disasters connected with ecological imbalance, peacemaking events, and much more.
Kinship cultivates the natural connection from one heart to another, fostering harmony, goodwill, and caring action. Kinship nurtures the flowering of the individual and carries it outward through friendship, collaboration and service. Kinship inspires people to work together to help those in need, to protect and restore the web of life on Earth, and to create a more beautiful world. Kinship awakens the conscience, and builds the spiritual maturity needed to address the planetary crises we face. Kinship aims to serve as a nucleus of understanding, sympathy and dedication to help unite humankind in the spirit of universal loving kindness.
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To a little band of sowers has been given a handful of living grain. Faithfully it must be sown; surely, it will be reaped; and the harvest shall be for the sustenance of all who are hungering for the Bread of Life.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Ziraat, an Arabic word for agriculture, was the last of the five concentrations inspired and created by Hazrat Inayat Khan and is a dynamic and growing concentration deeply concerned with ecology and oriented toward planetary healing. This concentration uses the symbols and dynamic processes of agriculture as ways of describing the inner life, and as ways of finding a bridge between the spiritual and material worlds.
Its teachings pertain to the purification and training of the mind, the balance of the two aspects of breath, jelal (masculine) and jemal (feminine) and the honoring of the elements. There is also a message about the need to protect the message and sow it even though we are not destined to reap the harvest.
The Ziraat is an initiatic movement open to all.
Ziraat emphasizes service to restore the harmony between heaven and earth, inside and outside. Ziraat serves the restoration of the earth and is somehow mysteriously linked to insuring that the waters of awakening reach all the fields of the earth, irrespective of any differences of religion, race or national boundaries.
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