Spring is here and all kinds of matters of importance are bursting forth.
~Painting by Murshida Fatima Lassar~
As of March, the Murshid Sam biogaphy project has made a huge step closer to concrete reality as draft pages and actual chapters are being prepared by Hasan Hertz in Adobe InDesign. At a video conference in February we were able to view the first proposed layout. Tingles threaded through the electronic web to our fingers and reverberated with our ooooos and ahhhs. This book is really going to happen, though still in a draft state; seeing the black pixels on white brought it to reality. While Hasan is loading chapters of Wali Ali’s writing, Fatima Lassar is gathering, sorting, and making minute edits on photos, and Tawwaba is retreiving historical data, fact checking all along the way.
We are still hoping to access the jackpot of familial realia in a house somewhere in Ohio where, it is reported on good authority, relatives have kept Sam’s uncle’s family photo albums and letters for decades.
In the meantime, an overlooked Murshida in our lineage has been remembered, opening a new realm of inquiry begining with Netanel Miles-Yepez pilgrimage of remembrance to her tomb in December 2015. Following his visit, other mureeds have paid homage to her remembering that she was the first, the FIRST, mureed and Murshida appointed by Hazrat Inayat Khan in the Western World in 1911. A short autobiography of Murshida Rabia Martin is available at Wahiddudin’s Bowl of Saki website. Samuel Lewis first met Murshida Rabia in 1919 and spent several years at her Khankah in Fairfax during which time he was initiated by Hazrat Inayat Khan and was instructed to help her as a defender and protector. Although their journey together ended in difficulites, they each fullfilled their service to love.
Mind has its own notions
Yes it is often caught
In the web of its emotions,
Heart is always willing,
Answers with a “yes”
Finds it own fulfiling
In love’s calm caress.
-"Heart and Mind" (two stanzas) by Samuel Lewis - 1950