To a little band of sowers has been given a handful of living grain. Faithfully it must be sown; surely it will be reaped; and the harvest shall be for the sustenance of all who are hungering for the “Bread of Life.”

Ziraat Lesson Five: Doing Our Own Work – Hazrat Inayat Khan


basira and rock dude

Basira with the “Rock Dude” found on the shores of Lake Ontario during a Ziraat Retreat Day

The Ziraat is one of the five concentration activities of the Inayati Order. It was the last concentration to be developed in Hazrat Inayat Khan’s lifetime. The Ziraat is a ceremony and set of brief lessons that use the metaphors of agriculture to teach us about the deep workings of our mind. It is an initiatory path which one may join with or without initiation in the Inayati Order.

For many years, the Ziraat was held in secret, shared only with initiates. Kainat Sharifa Norton is the head of Ziraat in North America for the Sufi Order International. Please see www.ziraat.org for more information about Ziraat. While the Ziraat Papers are provided only to initiates for their study and work, interested inquirers are welcome to attend the ceremony, which is called the Ziraat Lodge.  Basira Karpinsky coordinates Ziraat activities for the Sufi Order of Rochester, along with those with the Farmer initiation.


Spring Ziraat newsletter & Upcoming Science and Climate Change Marches
by Kainat Felicia Norton (April 8, 2017)

Dear Friends,

Warm blessings as we celebrate the springtime in the northern hemisphere
and autumn in the southern hemisphere.

In spring we feel a renewing energy rising out of the depths of winter, as
the soil warms and we witness green shoots breaking through the earth into
the light of the sun. A new cycle of rebirth and vitality begins and a new
hope rises. Hildegard of Bingen spoke of Viriditas- the revitalizing
greening energy of the universe.

As we enter a new season may we proceed with courage and hope, sowing seeds
of justice, peace, love, harmony and beauty and renew our vision of what
can be. Courage is needed to fulfill our purpose. We are reminded that the
root of the word courage comes from the french ‘coeur’, the heart.

The Quran likens the earth to a spreading green prayer carpet as a gift
freely given to us. How will each of us fulfill the pledge we made in
pre-eternity ‘to affirm the sovereignty of the Divine on earth’. How will
each of us participate in upholding, restoring and honoring the whole of
the earth as a living sacred temple/temenos

Warm Blessings,

Kainat Felicia Norton

International Ziraat Activity

To read the Spring Ziraat newsletter go to the Ziraat website:
and click on ‘Spring Newsletter’

Upcoming April Marches for the Earth :

Come participate and join with other environmental organizations and many
people in upcoming marches happening all across the world.

April 22 – Earth Day and March for Science – Stand Up For Science. Over 400
marches are happening across the world.

April 27 – People’s Climate March in Wash DC. and many other marches
throughout the world voicing our deep concern for the need to address
crucial environmental concerns our planet faces.

May we be of those who uphold the integrity of the planet and the
sacredness of all life.

Dear Friends,

Blessings of Light! Winter Solstice Blessings to those in the Northern Hemisphere within the increasing light. Summer Solstice blessings to those in the Southern Hemisphere within the height and peak of light.

Below is a Ziraat Winter message and a link to the full Ziraat Winter newsletter linked to the Ziraat website.

May the light of our hearts radiate in communion with other hearts across the globe in service to the Message of Love, Harmony and Beauty.

Warm Blessings and Peace,

Kainat Felicia (Sharifa)


By Kainat Felicia Norton

*O, Space ! Symbol of Divine Silence, we passively offer our homage to Thee.*
—From Harrower Papers of the Ziraat Papers of Hazrat Inayat Khan

*Wide space, the womb of my heart, conceive my thought, I pray, and give birth to my desire.*
—Hazrat Inayat Khan

In winter, we enter into the depths of silence, peace, and repose, and receive Nature’s message to go into our roots and restore. We attune to the ever glistening light deep within the dark womb of being. This is a time for spaciousness. The seed is buried deep within the dark depths of the earth and nurtured there. The state of the seed is the ether state; all the elements are together undifferentiated, in the state of unknowing, the midnight sun, faith beyond form. We attune to empty, naked space and the stillness that allows connection with a deeper stratum of the heart.  Letting go of assumptions, willing to face the unknown we enter into Presence. In the stripping bare, in this empty field something new can be born. Breathing into this, trusting the process. This spaciousness gives the glimmering of new possibility and emerging light.

Winter is a time of dreams, of envisioning within unconscious depths. All creation comes first out of the yin, the dark depths. Early Light shines in the darkness, the midnight sun rises and rises and new life begins to stir beneath the earth hidden from view. Yet, within this depth of stillness we find ourselves in a world in great transition and uncertainty.

The world is evolving from imperfection towards perfection; it needs all love and sympathy; great tenderness and watchfulness is required from each one of us.
—Hazrat Inayat Khan

No spiritual practice can be liberating if it isn’t also deeply challenging. So our practice is not meant to lull us to sleep but to cultivate responsiveness. Drawing upon our inner cultivation we are asked to be responsive to the world, to awaken in life with the fortitude, light and wisdom of our cultivated hearts. New light emerges out of the dark void from within and begins to touch light radiating from others and we start to connect. We feel a new network of light in the world rising. The light of the radiant heart connection testifying to the sacred interconnectedness of all life. The Native peoples and many others who stayed courageously with protecting sacred land and waters opposing the Dakota pipeline are exemplary of those working with an awakened heart of peace, justice and sacred activism. Our practice is to stay awake within our current time and hear the call of where we can be of help and unite. To be the change we want to see, to live who we truly are, to uphold our true values, to uphold the Sacred Unity of all Being.

May we hear and respond to the call of Murshid:

*Keep burning the fire I have lighted. It may seem very small to you, but one tiny flame, if kept burning, can be the means of illuminating a whole city, and someday many lamps that shall be lighted at this small fire will give light to thousands. This fire of truth is now lighted, and its light will never go out. Your work is to tend it and keep it burning. The fuel needed is your every thought, your faith, your prayers, and your sacrifices. You cannot see the result of this. Light can never be lost. I have kindled this small fire from which millions of lamps can be lit. Their number cannot be reckoned, and millions upon millions of other fires can now be lighted.*

May we be active participants in this web of interconnecting lights of awakening connecting across the globe.

Warm Blessings,
Kainat Felicia Norton
International Ziraat Activity

Ziraat newsletter 2016

Ziraat newsletter 2016-1

The 16th Annual Summer Ziraat Retreat Day will be held on August 13 in Wolcott, NY near Lake Ontario.  Stay tuned for details!

The 15th Annual Summer Ziraat Retreat Day was August 1, 2015 at Quiet Meadows!  

2015 ziraat

11049464_10207389185787324_7348617857388552758_n 11207294_10207389176027080_6263775028516699483_n 11828657_10207389181507217_3880405176861968081_n 11781605_10207389171346963_8349460529571522111_n 11822501_10207389179227160_386102249877852929_n 11828763_10207389180667196_7305180617756241793_n

Photos from this year’s Summer Retreat Day.

See www.veracorda.com for articles by Murshida Vera about Ziraat and more.


Ziraat Altar, 2013

At this time, the needs of the Earth are very great and the teachings of Ziraat can be most helpful.  The Ziraat Lodge is help once a month, before Message Class. Please check the monthly schedule for exact times. The Ziraat Lodge is also offered in Wayne County on an occasional basis. The highlight is our annual summer Ziraat Retreat Day.  Please see our calendar and events listings for dates.

The Ziraat Moon Journal is a Facebook page for Ziraat initiates following the phases of the moon with thoughts and quotations from Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.  Please like us on Facebook to join.

Photos from the 14th Annual Summer Ziraat Retreat Day today near Naples, NY:

IMG_1970 IMG_1972 IMG_1974
IMG_1978 IMG_1980 IMG_1982 IMG_1984 IMG_1986 IMG_1989 IMG_1991

The Sufi Order of Rochester Center for Sufi Studies, 494 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, the Carriage House behind the AAUW mansion (Carriage House is 492).