To realize and spread the knowledge of unity and wisdom, that seekers may come into rhythm with life’s conditions and be in tune with the Infinite.
The word “Sufi” means “wisdom.” We strive to find and implement wisdom with the understanding that this leads to equanimity, peace, and happiness. A healthy and peaceful inner life leads to a balanced, compassionate, and skillful outer life. We aspire to help seekers develop keen awareness, self-mastery, and spiritual freedom.
The Sufi path is one of friendship, which is the ideal condition within oneself and between neighbors, religions, cultures, all beings, and the Earth. We offer personal guidance, teachings, practices, and activities to cultivate respect, tolerance, sincerity, and kindness.
Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan said, “The mind is the surface of the heart, and the heart is the depth of the mind.” We aim to develop a clear awareness of the mind and heart through mysticism, the direct experience of self, soul, and the Infinite.
These are the “Objects” of the Sufi Order formed by
Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
Sirat-i Inayat strives to fulfill these purposes as they are felt and drawn forth today.
1. To realize and spread the knowledge of unity, the religion of love and wisdom, so that the bias of faiths and beliefs may of itself fall away, the human heart may overflow with love, and all hatred caused by distinctions and differences may be rooted out.
2. To discover the light and power latent in man, the secret of all religion, the power of mysticism, and the essence of philosophy, without interfering with customs or belief.
3. To help to bring the world’s two opposite poles, East and West, closer together by the interchange of thought and ideals, that the Universal Brotherhood may form of itself, and man may see with man beyond the narrow national and racial boundaries.
We present Murshid’s original wording out of respect for the pure language of our teacher. Please note that, when these were written, masculine pronouns were the linguistic culture of the day, and we understand that these statements are relevant and apply to all gender expressions.