Sacred Ecology

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. — Hazrat Inayat Khan


The Sacred Ecology activity gives us an opportunity to locate ourselves in time and space, to experience ourselves as part of the web of life. We recognize our involvement with the elements, and all beings, including the rocks, plants and microscopic creatures.

The outward form of this practice is a simple ritual, using the metaphor of farming to represent the unity between the inner work of spiritual realization and outward stewardship and reverence for life. We plow the soil of the mind, removing old thoughts and emotions that keep us from awareness of our essential nature.

As workers on the farm, we cultivate an attitude of humility, willingness, wholeheartedness and gladness. We learn to practice the daily and seasonal rhythms of work and rest, and to balance the inner masculine and feminine. By working with our own “inner ecology,” we recognize our responsibility to bring humanity into harmony with the Earth, and to act upon our ideals.

This activity is known as Zira’at, from the Persian word for agriculture (zeraát) or the Arabic (sirat) meaning generally “the bridge between the worlds” — the world of matter and the world of spirit.

Sacred ceremonies for Healing For the Earth are offered at equinoxes and solstices (for more details, see the calendar.)  For information on these, and other local Zira’at activities, please contact Manal Dorothy Craig.  For activities on a national level, see the North American website:

For a transcript of a talk on Sacred Ecology by Himayat Inayati, please click on Reaffirming a Sacred Ecology in the Post-Modern World.
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