ABOUT OUR SUFI ROOTS
In the year 1910, a successful North Indian classical musician, now known as
Hazrat Inayat Khan, made
the formidable journey to the United States to begin a musical career in the Western world. He
and his brothers and his cousin-brother had a band; and they were the first to introduce classical
Indian or "raga" music to the US and Europe.
Inayat Khan was a Sufi, and his own teacher had told him "Fare forth into the
world, my child, and harmonize the East and West with the harmony of thy music. Spread the
wisdom of Sufism abroad, for to this end art thou gifted by God."
During his 17 years in the West he opened the hearts of many followers with his being and his
message of divine Love, Harmony and Beauty and the unity of all religious ideals. His
teachings fill volumes,
and his legacy is world-wide today. A number of Sufi orders are descended from his lineage.
One of Murshid Inayat's initiates was a native San Francisco eccentric genius, a horticulturist and a lifelong
student of many spiritual traditions named
Samuel L. Lewis. Later known as Murshid SAM, he was the direct teacher of numerous young
seekers in the late 60's (including some of the prominent Sufi leaders in our area). He was the founder of
the Dances of Universal Peace, and also of an order called the Ruhaniat.
The archive of his teachings can be accessed online.
Murshid SAM held the lineages of Sensei Nyogen Senzaki, of Mataji Krishnabai, of Sufi Pir-o-
Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, of Swami Papa Ramdas, and of Sufi Barkat Ali among others.
Murshid SAM danced into the arms of the Beloved in 1971. His successor, who guided the Ruhaniat
for 30 years, was Pir Moineddin Jablonski; he in turn after his own passing was succeeded by
our present Pir, Shabda Kahn.
MORE ON HAZRAT PIR-O-MURSHID INAYAT KHAN FROM ...
Writings of Hazrat Inayat Khan
Writings of Murshid Samuel L Lewis, Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti
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