Universal Worship, [Kinship], and the Esoteric School … help one to perfection.
— Hazrat Inayat Khan
Over the course of his life, Hazrat Inayat Khan envisioned and developed Five Activities to help one explore the inner life and how this life relates to the outer world.
THE ESOTERIC SCHOOL is the primary vehicle of Sufi training and education for initiates of the Inayati Order. This training is provided through various Inayati Order programs and events, including the two-year curriculum of the Suluk Academy, the Season of the Rose Summer School, and many other retreats and workshops with Inayati Order senior teachers throughout North America and worldwide.
UNIVERSAL WORSHIP is the inter-religious activity of the Inayati Order, promoting harmony between the world’s major religious traditions, primarily through the Universal Worship service. In this service, ordained facilitators (cherags) light candles symbolically representing the world’s religious traditions and read from their sacred texts, often introducing participants to an experience of the teachings, music, or chants of these traditions. For more information, you can send an email to the UW Secretariat.
KINSHIP is an activity promoting human connection and service in the world. Within the Inayati Order, it is primarily expressed through participation in the Hope Project (helping the poor of Delhi, India, in the vicinity of the dargah of Hazrat Inayat Khan) and the Knighthood of Purity (promoting the service-oriented, chivalric values of Hazrat Inayat Khan).
ZIRA’AT is an activity which uses the symbols and processes of agriculture to promote an understanding of the earth’s sacredness, and to describe and facilitate growth in the inner life, bridging both the material and spiritual worlds.
THE HEALING ORDER offers education and training in the teachings and techniques of spiritual healing taught by Hazrat Inayat Khan, emphasizing attunement, prayer, breath, and concentration.