What is Universal Sufism
TOWARD THE ONE, THE PERFECTION OF LOVE, HARMONY AND BEAUTY, THE ONLY BEING, UNITED WITH ALL THE ILLUMINATED SOULS, WHO FORM THE EMBODIMENT OF THE MASTER, THE SPIRIT OF GUIDANCE
I am Shaikah (minister/teacher) in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. The Ruhaniat is a spiritual path comprised of sincere mureeds (initiated students) who tread the path of initiation and discipleship, seeking the truth of the inner life through personal practice and direct experience -- just as the disciples of Christ, Buddha, Mohammed, and other illuminated souls, known and unknown, have done through the ages. Because Sufism is based on experiences and not on premises, we affirm the preciousness of an initiatic relationship of spiritual transmission between initiator and mureed. It is a fundamental principle of the Sufi Ruhaniat International that each mureed have an initiator to serve as friend, guide and reality check. This primary initiatic relationship provides a living matrix within which student as well as teacher may develop in character and spiritual experience. Retreats and classes are open to all, both initiates and non-initiates alike.
Further activities of the Ruhaniat include an Esoteric Studies program, the International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace, the Dervish Healing Order, the Service of Universal Peace and ministerial training, Spiritual Psychology and SoulWork, Ziraat (Sacred Agriculture), Retreat and many other inspired teachings of the leaders and lineage holders of the Ruhaniat.
From Hazrat Inayat Khan, Objects of the Sufi Movement:
1. To establish a human unity with no consideration of cast, creed, race, nation, or religion. Differences produce inharmony and cause all miseries in the world.
2. To spread the wisdom of Sufis which has been until now, a hidden treasure, it being the property of humankind which does not belong to a certain race or religion.
3. To attain that perfection where mysticism remains no more a mystery, which relieves the disbeliever from ignorance and the believer from falling victim to hypocrisy.