Over the last 2,000 years or so the changes which spiritual subjects have undergone, in the countries associated with the areas we now call Europe and the Middle East, have given rise to a confusion in the terms used. During these last two millennia new religions have arisen and previously established ones have receded, yet may still be practiced within a sect of a later religion. Hence, when discussing the practices of any major religion, blanket names associated with them are meaningless, unless we include the particular name of the sect of that religion.

The same is true of the term Sufi.  The many types of Sufi have also many types of disciplines and practices (see J Porter Brown quote 1). Therefore we need to use appropriate terms if we wish to avoid confusion.  Hence, the term Pythagorean Sufi is used in this web-site to designate those groups who have existed in the Middle East and Anatolia who apply the following seven aspects, rarely found all together in a sect of a traditional religion.

1. Knowledge of the soul’s identity with Divinity.  (see J Porter Brown quote 2)

2. No association with a particular religion, but accepting members who follow any religion or none.

3. Men and women are treated equally in every respect, since the soul of Man has no gender.

4. The use of melody, which is divinely inspired, as a part of the method to discover the True Self.

5. The harmonious blending of knowledge and devotion in the way the path is practiced.

6. Knowledge of the soul’s reincarnation on its continued journey.  (see J Porter Brown quote 3)

7. Leading a regulated, systematic and disciplined life, including truthfulness and tolerance.

Pythagoras did not start a new religion, yet his soul was as highly evolved as those who have done so in past history.  His view was to make a path to the Divine which would be open to all of us to discover the true nature of our own soul.  He did not believe that this subject could be the private property of any sect or religion. His path was therefore made available to those who could show sufficient progress in being ready to accept all of the above seven simple and truthful aspects.
(see Inayat Khan quote 1)