Zira'at


Although in essence, even after touching the deepest depths of the earth, the soul is divine, in order to realize for itself that Divine Element it has a task waiting even after being human. It is the manner in which that task is accomplished, and the object gained which is called Ziraat.

Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Ziraat was inaugurated in 1926 by the founder of the Sufi Order International, Hazrat Inayat Khan, who taught in the United States and Europe in the early 1920's. Inayat Khan introduced the inner life to many westerners and spoke of spiritual liberty and the underlying unity of all the world's spiritual traditions.

Basket of flowersZiraat 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.

Ziraat is an initiatic school, open to all who feel a commitment to spiritual awakening and to the protection of this sacred world. It is an activity of the Sufi Order International, but one need not be a member of the Sufi Order to join. Initiation in Ziraat confirms a pledge to affirm and cultivate the divine seed within our being, and thereby to help in the preservation and restoration of our world

Ziraat activities in Toronto are led by Hafiz Rothenberg. The Ziraat Lodge Ceremony and Ziraat classes are held on the Winter and Summer Solstices and Spring and Fall Equinoxes, and will be listed among our upcoming, special events. Our current focus in the Ziraat classes is on nature, the elements, balance and mental purification. For additional information please write to us using our contact form, or registered members can post to our Zira'at discussion forum.

 


 

Message from Sharifa Norton (sharifanur@earthlink.net)
Head of the Ziraat Concentration in North America

The work of Ziraat is deeply rooted in the esoteric teachings of the Sufi Order. As the last Activity which Hazrat Inayat Khan inaugurated, Ziraat draws from and extends the work of each of the other Activities: healing of the individual soul and of the planet; kinship in our mutual interdependence with the brotherhood and sisterhood of humanity; and realizing life itself as a universal worship celebration, honoring the unity and truth at the core of all the great spiritual traditions and prophetic teachings.

The meaning of Ziraat is profound and mysterious, ever-revealing of deeper and deeper levels. Its symbology derives from agriculture, from ploughing and cultivation of the land, from planting and caring for the seed until it becomes a fully blossoming plant. At one most basic level, Ziraat serves to remind us of our sacred relationship with the Creator and with nature, and the crucial need at this time to restore the fragile balance necessary to sustain life on this planet.
At another level, Ziraat informs us that the first place for the work of protecting the life around us is inside of us. Here, the farm symbolizes the mind, and Ziraat focuses on the purification of the mind and the restoration of our natural and true self. Here, the “work” of Ziraat consists of allowing all the old roots and stems of past harvests to be uprooted, in order that new life may emerge from the fertile earth of our souls. Here also, we come to recognize, by the action of the Divine in our lives, an intimate love relationship and alchemy.

Ziraat has to do with the completion and fulfillment of the journey of spiritual awakening. It is a journey of purification, of ploughing, of digging to uncover the seed of the divine in the human heart, and of bringing this seed to fruition. It teaches how we make a bridge between heaven and earth in our lives, each in our most unique way. And Ziraat has to do with how we harmonize our human will to the Divine Will, how we unite with our divine essence and how we bring the light and spirit of our beings most fully into life.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

From the Gayan

To be in uncongenial surroundings is worse than being in one's grave.
— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Boulas