Our Spiritual Director, Murshid Wali Ali Meyer
Wali Ali was born in Starkville, Mississippi in 1942. He attended the University of Alabama and as college newspaper editor, championed integration of the school for ethical and moral reasons. He was named college newspaper editor of the year. He went to graduate school at Vanderbilt University on a fellowship, majoring in Philosophy, and minoring in Theology.
Inner experiences led him to the subject of “Cosmic Laughter”, and he was moved toward seeking actual mystical experience. His quest became an odyssey that led him to the door of Murshid Samuel Lewis in San Francisco. Here he met a unique man, filled with joy and strength, wisdom and God-realization, whose embodiment provided the answer to his spiritual search. Wali Ali became Murshid Sam's disciple in 1968 and immediately responded to Murshid Sam's request for people to help him with his work. In January of 1969 Murshid invited him to move in, and ultimately he became Murshid’s esoteric secretary. In 1970 Murshid Sam initiated him as a Sheikh on the Sufi path.
After Murshid Samuel Lewis' passing, in 1972 Wali Ali founded Khankah S.A.M. In time it became an expanded residential community of practitioners in the neighborhood. After more than 40 years teaching Sufism at camps and retreats and workshops around the world, writing and editing, and a stint of 8 years heading the Humanities Department at the Tandem School in Charlottesville, Virginia, Wali Ali returned to Khankah S.A.M. He serves as the director of the Esoteric School of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, offering guidance to spiritual wayfarers on the path of awakening to the true nature of their soul.
Bl & Wh photo above of Murshid Samuel Lewis and Wali Ali: copyright 2014 Mansur Johnson, All Rights Reserved