From Hazrat Inayat Khan:
There is one Holy Book,
the sacred manuscript of nature,
the only scripture which can enlighten the reader.
From Pir Shabda Kahn:
Every form of the Natural World is the expression of the incorruptible, unchanging, Ultimate Reality as it continually manifests as interdependent relative existence.
In other words, we can uncover Divinity, our very Being, through seeing the face of God shining as the beauty of Nature. We illuminate our experience of Self, of God, through understanding the Essence in the rhythms and manifestations of Nature. This is Ziraat.
We learn by preparing the soil of the heart, planting the seed of intention, watering the soil of our efforts with flow and ease, weeding the soil of our confusion, composting it into more fertility for the Message to bloom, gaining strength and working together through our interdependence with the rhythms of day and night, the seasons and climates of other beings, and offering up the fruit of our experience for the benefit of all sentient beings. These are just a few examples of the unfolding of Ziraat…
Hazrat Inayat Khan began to form the 'school/concentration' of Ziraat shortly before his passing in 1927 and so it didn't mature in his time. Now there seems to be new fertility for the seeds of this approach to be Awakening, for Ziraat to serve humanity.
We who are part of Ziraat consciously recognize the natural world as our teacher and our responsibility.
Ziraat Structure - Who We Are
Welcoming and Empowerment: Those who are welcomed into Ziraat are called Gardeners. Joining Ziraat is an affirmation and support for all who revel in the mystery of nature; for those who know themselves as nature; for those who want to affirm their commitment to live in harmony with nature; for those who endeavor to make all daily actions resonant with their spiritual life and in accordance with the holy book of nature; and for those who are (or will be) working in an active way to benefit nature.
Empowerment into Ziraat is a pledge to (a) perform spiritual practice holding in our hearts the harmony and balance of the whole planet and to (b) bring this awareness actively into our everyday lives in whatever way we are called upon to do so.
Stations: Those who join Ziraat are called Gardeners. The Ziraat Papers (Part 1 and Part 2) describe various stations that were used by early Hazrat Inayat Khan mureeds. We honor this early work but no longer officially use these stations, though anyone is of course free to do so if they choose.
Those that empower: Farmers and Experienced Farmers welcome and empower Ziraat Gardeners. Experienced Farmers, in consultation with each other, empower Farmers.
Ritual: All Ziraati are encouraged to do ceremony as they choose. For those who want to conduct the Ziraat (Masonic) lodge ceremony that we inherited from early mureeds of Hazrat Inayat Khan, it is available online in the Ziraat Papers.