Beloved Ones of God,
In The Bowl of Saki teaching for September 14, Murshid Samuel Lewis commented on the words of his teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, who said: "Devotion to a spiritual teacher is not for the sake of the teacher; it is for God."
Murshid Sam's commentary was: "By attunement to the breath of the spiritual teacher, one becomes attuned to the Divine Breath, and by attunement to the heart of the teacher one becomes united to all the illuminated souls who form the Embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance."
This was Murshid Sam's practice, and it was a key to his success in life. In 1930 on a personal retreat on February 5, anniversary of Pir-O- Murshid Inayat Khan's passing, his teacher appeared to him and exerted real physical pressure on his crown center, opening up a deep inner connection and making possible a continuing flow of inspiration in his spiritual writing.
Right now in the biography, I am writing about the period from 1932 to 1935, where he has returned from the East Coast to California in the midst of the Great Depression. In addition to helping Murshida Rabia Martin in the continuation of the Sufi work he is drawn into facing the social problems that are endemic during this era.
Circumstances are difficult, but he is able to draw strength from his relationships with many awakened souls. He can count in that number Zen teachers Sokei-an Sasaki and Nyogen Senzaki, the Sufis Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshida Martin, and more. His effacement of self in these relationships gave him an attunement with the holy spirit in the breath and his living connection with all the illuminated souls that made him a vehicle of blessings.
Love and Blessings,