by Murshid Wali Ali, April 2016 Full Moon
Beloved Ones of God,
Last month, Saraswati wrote about the progress being made on the visual elements of the biography of Murshid Samuel Lewis. It is great to see the material that is being accumulated. Hassan Herz has begun showing us what the book might look like.
This is a fine development, and yet we are approximately about halfway done with the book. It is a gigantic undertaking as Murshid Sam's concentrations in life were so vast and his energy so boundless that it is a challenge to cut the diamond, so to speak. In so many ways, Murshid Sam was like a diamond in the rough. He faced many rejections in life that would have despoiled almost any one. In his youth he said that he looked on the figure of Job in the Bible with envy.
Sam never gave up. He lived from his essence, and he continually returned to the eternal undying inner condition to re-focus. He never abandoned his great aim to be of benefit to humanity. His method and focus were flexible and his amazing energy gave him the strength to keep on keeping on. Planting seeds year after year and seeing nothing come up, yet he kept planting. Finally all the seeds came up at once, and the last 14 years of his life were filled with the blessings, and we see the fruits of these actively growing years later.
I look forward to delving into those times! Our resources from more than a hundred interviews with people that knew him are marvelous, and it is very heartwarming to see him fully engaged with a loving community and the great gifts that arose.
Right now I am plowing through the period immediately after the death of Hazrat Inayat Khan, analyzing the organizational break up that occurred, and seeing Murshid Sam working with the Church Peace Union, helping Murshida Rabia Martin as her secretary and Khalif. Around then, he became a prodigious writer of spiritual papers, poetry and the like; he met and studied with the great Zen Master Sokei-en Sasaki in New York City. And there is much more just within the years from 1927 through 1930.
One can only scratch the surface of the field in front of us in relation to completing this book in a brief blog entry. Speaking for the whole research and editorial staff, we are very grateful for the prayers and financial support that so many of you have generously offered.
Love and Blessings,