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