“The message is not for one nation, race, or community; it is for the whole of humanity. Its one and only object is to bring about a better understanding between the divided sections of humanity by awakening their consciousness to the fact that humanity is one family. If one person in the family is ill or unhappy, this must certainly cause unhappiness to the whole family. Yet even this is not the most appropriate simile. Humanity is one body, the whole of life being one in its source and in its goal, its beginning and its end. No scientist will deny this. And if part of the body is in pain, sooner or later the whole body is affected; if our finger aches, our body is not free from pain. Thus no nation, race, or community can be considered as a separate part of humanity.”
—Hazrat Inayat Khan
What is the nature of life and what are we here to learn? How do we integrate spiritual principles in our everyday life? How can esoteric practices 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. Come and meet us! All are welcome!
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.
Visit the Spiritual Guidance page to learn more about our community leaders.