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The Symbology Activity is a pursuit of the wisdom concealed in symbols in our daily life. The Activity is embodied in two aspects, Zirat and the Element Ritual.
The word Zirat means agriculture, and refers symbolically to the tilling of the ground of the self for the sake of an inner harvest. The mind and heart must be freed from unwanted thoughts and feelings, which, like weeds and old roots, hinder the inner culture. The careful farmer must prepare the soil and watch over the various stages in the cultivation of the precious seed.
The Element Ritual is inspired by ancient Zoroastrian dances. These are choreographed with characteristic colours and tones expressive of the five elements, earth, water, fire, air and ether. One first attunes oneself to the elements, and then invokes guidance by their vibrations.
Hazrat Inayat Khan said about symbols: