Beloved ones of God,
In our continuing research and writing for the biography of Murshid Samuel Lewis we have arrived at the period of the early 1950s. For many reasons it was the most difficult period of his life, and one he learned much from.
In a letter to his godson Norman McGee in 1964, Samuel Lewis wrote, "I had to begin life all over in 1950 when I was well on in years but it has worked." He was fifty-four in 1950, evicted from his place on the Sufi land in Fairfax, targeted for blame for a fire that later destroyed a major building there simply because he had come to the property earlier in the day to retrieve some of his writings from the files, no longer associated formally in a teaching role with any Sufi order, and having lost in the fire most of his own writing as well as that of his primary teacher, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and much of the library of the now deceased Murshida Martin. He took a wise approach and turned to the light within, looking afresh for guidance as how to fulfill his purpose in life.
During the early 1950s he went to City College and took several years of courses in all aspects of horticulture. This is something that would come to his benefit later when, after his father's passing, he would receive some money that would allow him to travel abroad for the first time.
He would venture to Japan first in 1956. But during the preceding years, he suffered from continuing slurs on his character encouraged by the new Murshida Ivy Duce appointed by Rabia Martin, the new head of the organization. The organization now affirmed Meher Baba as the principle teacher for them, and was re-incorporated as Sufism Re-oriented. However, the work of Hazrat Inayat Khan was basically discontinued in all the forms he had presented it. As for Samuel Lewis he rarely if ever got any credence when he spoke up about what he knew in contrast to what was happening.
Sometimes we find ourselves living through very difficult times. In the end we often learn a great deal from our experience. In writing a book about an extraordinary spiritually realized human being such as Samuel Lewis we think it will be important to show how someone can grow through this condition and ultimately succeed, and perhaps gain confidence in their own life's expression.
Love and Blessing,