“If we only knew how much the study of life can tell us! One could go into the British Museum and read every book in the building, and yet not obtain satisfaction. It is not study, it is not research, it is not inquiry which gives this knowledge; it is actually going through the experiences of life, witnessing life in its different aspects and in its different phases or spheres; that is what reveals the ideal of life. … Look not on life as a person would watch a play on the stage. Rather look upon it as a student who is learning at college.
It is not a passing show; it is not a place of amusement in which to fool our life away. It is a place for study, in which every sorrow, every heartbreak brings a precious lesson. It is a place in which to learn by one’s own suffering, by the study of the suffering of others; to learn from the people who have been kind to us as well as from the people who have been unkind. It is a place in which all experiences, be they disappointments, struggles, and pains, or joys, pleasures, and comforts, contribute to the understanding of what life is, and the realization what it is. Then do we awake to the religion of nature, which is the only religion. And the more we understand it, the greater our life becomes, and the more of a blessing will our life be for others.“
Bowl of Saki, July 21 —Hazrat Inayat Khan
Life in the word today is challenging. How do we find our way through it all? There are ways to integrate spiritual principles in our everyday life and esoteric practices can help us cope with life’s challenges. The Sufi Order of Rochester is a warm, friendly and supportive community dedicated to the unfoldment of each human being and welcomes all, regardless of labels and distinctions!
On the spiritual path of awakening, we travel together as a group of friends. Our emphasis is on universal spirituality, respecting all religions and paths without dogma or compulsion. The Invocation below articulates the goals and values of this path. The teachings are grounded in a historical lineage and continue in the present with a focus on the needs and demands of modern life. We are open to all seekers wishing to explore the purpose of life, regardless of religion, including those with no specific affiliation. One may be Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim or Nature lover, and resonate deeply with the practical teachings of Sufism. There are many paths to Truth and the Sufi Order offers five Activities that respond to particular interests and attunements. Please explore our site for more information about the history of the Sufi Order and our activities and services. We welcome your interest and participation. Join us on our Facebook page, Sufi Order of Rochester.
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.
The Center for Sufi Studies at 494 East Avenue is located in the Carriage House behind the AAUW mansion (Carriage House is 492). We have made this place our true home, dedicated to sharing the Message of Love, Harmony and Beauty. If you are interested in participating, please contact us. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are held at our Center. Look for our sandwich board sign out front!
Visit the Spiritual Guidance page to learn more about our community leaders.