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 Welcome to Khankah S.A.M.

 

Khankah S.A.M. is a residential community dedicated to the universal message of Sufism taught by Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis. It is part of the worldwide lineage of the Sufi Ruhaniat International.   It is comprised of two dwellings set among beautiful gardens at the foot of Bernal Hill plus the Mentorgarten with its meeting room by Precita Park where the Dances of Universal Peace began. It is the intention of all of us in this community to live in accord with: 


 

The Sufi Invocation ...

Toward the One, the Perfection of
Love, Harmony and Beauty,

the only Being; 
United with all the illuminated Souls,

who form the Embodiment of the Master,
the Spirit of Guidance.  

About Khankah Sam

Khankah S.A.M. and the Mentorgarten

Khankah S.A.M/Mentorgarten is a residential spiritual community that is part of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, an organization formed to carry forward the work of Murshid Samuel Lewis. In the garage of his home at 410 Precita Avenue, and across the street in Precita Park, Murshid Sam began the Dances of Universal Peace, which have now spread all over the world.

IMG 7195The current spiritual director, Murshid Wali Ali Meyer, was one of his disciples. He lived with Murshid Sam as his assistant, was initiated as a Sheikh by his hand, and served as his esoteric secretary from 1969 until his teacher's death in January 1971. Murshid Sam's devotion and joyful magnetism attracted young spiritual seekers in the fertile years of the late 1960’s. Classes were offered, focusing on teachings given by his Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, the Dharmic traditions, walking and breath practices, and the Dances. 

This center became known as the Mentorgarten, a name offered
by Murshid Sam’s Zen teacher, Nyogen Sensaki.

 

KSam1960s

Under Wali Ali’s guidance, the Khankah continued to grow as a residential community after 1971. Other properties were obtained nearby, including the houses of 63 and 65 Norwich Street.  These become known as Khankah S.A.M. (signifying Sufi Ahmed Murad, one of Murshid Sam's spiritual names.) This compound of dwellings has been renovated and enhanced to create the current Khankah with its glorious gardens and central kitchen/dining area.

Khankah SAM was officially dedicated at a house blessing ceremony in 1975. This 20-minute audio recording: features dedication speeches by Spiritual Director Wali Ali Meyer, honorary Murshida Frida Waterhouse, Pir Moineddin Jablonski, and an unnamed Reverend from the Christian monastic Holy Order of Mans (which Murshid Sam Lewis aided in founding and supporting). Every word spoken then is as true as ever today, in our times, even the baby's cries at key moments.

Ksam 65 garden and house

As part of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, Khankah Sam serves the greater Sufi community through the ongoing maintenance and support of the facilities and activities at the Mentorgarten and Norwich Street. Khankah members dedicate themselves to work in service to the greater community, as human beings who model love, harmony, and beauty to our neighbors and beyond. 

Khankah members are encouraged to deeply reflect on the Sufi Invocation, the Ten Sufi Thoughts and the Three Purposes of the Sufi Movement, and to study the spiritual precepts presented in the Gathas on Moral Culture and commentaries by Murshid Samuel Lewis. 

Contact Khankah Sam

 

Contact Khankah S.A.M.  

There are many ways to come and share in the Khankah!

Please see our calendar of events 

You are also welcome to join our email list for periodic updates!

For further information, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Sufi Ruhaniat International
Mentorgarten / Khankah S.A.M.
410 Precita Avenue / 65 Norwich Street
San Francisco, California 94110

 

Physicians of the Heart Class

A Journey Through “Physicians of the Heart
- A Sufi View of the 99 Names of Allah”

Tuesday evening class with Murshid Wali Ali Meyer

Chapter by chapter we explore the profound and rich text, Physicians of the Heart, which takes us deeply into the understanding of the divine perfections as inherent qualities to be awakened in the human soul. Prayerful recitation of the sacred Names, breathing exercises, contemplation, and dance are essential elements of our work together. In general, we take up one chapter per month throughout 2015. The class may continue on as needed to complete our study. 

Open to all. 

IMG 7204-1Come to as many classes as you feel called. $20 requested donation. This systematic presentation of the material is offered for both local and distant students in response to the sincere interest in this material around the world. These classes are audio-recorded, and are available for download on a ‘dana’ basis – the Buddhist term for generosity in respect for teachings offered.  For information and questions, about the online audio recordings of the series contact: Tawwaba; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Khankah SAM hosts a community potluck dinner in the kitchen at 65 Norwich Street at 6:30PM on Tuesday evenings. You are invited to join us and then stay to attend the class.

Location: Khankah SAM, 65 Norwich Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110
8:00PM to 9:30PM 
Future dates to be announced

Khankah S.A.M. and Mentorgarten Calendar

 The Ten Sufi Thoughts
from
The Way of Illumination by Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

There are ten principal Sufi thoughts which comprise all the important subjects
with which the inner life of the individual is concerned:

1. There is one God, the Eternal, the Only Being; none else exists.

2. There is one Master, the Guiding Spirit of all souls, who constantly leads all followers
towards the light.

3. There is one Holy Book, the sacred manuscript of nature, the only scripture
which can enlighten the reader.

4. There is one Religion, the unswerving progress in the right direction towards the ideal,
which fulfils the life's purpose of every soul.

5. There is one Law, the law of Reciprocity, which can be observed by a selfless conscience
together with a sense of awakened justice.

6. There is one human Family, which unites the children of earth indiscriminately
in the Parenthood of God.

7. There is one Moral Principle, the love which springs forth from self-denial,
and blooms in deeds of beneficence.

8. There is one Object of Praise, the beauty which uplifts the heart of its worshipper
through all aspects from the seen to the unseen.

9. There is one Truth, the true knowledge of our being within and without
which is the essence of all wisdom.

10. There is one Path, the dissolution of the false ego in the real,
which raises the mortal to immortality and in which resides all perfection.

 

 

 

The three purposes of the Sufi message:

1. To realize and spread the knowledge of unity, the religion of love and wisdom, so that the bias of faiths and beliefs may of itself fall away, the human heart may overflow with love, and all hatred caused by distinctions and differences may be rooted out.

2. To discover the light and power latent in humanity, the secret of all religion, the power of mysticism, and the essence of philosophy, without interfering with customs or belief.

3. To help to bring the world's two opposite poles, East and West, closer together by the interchange of thought and ideals, that the Universal Fellowship may form of itself, and human beings may meet and see each other beyond narrow national and racial boundaries.

 Gayatri of Hazrat Inayat Khan


GAYATRI
(Gayatri: Sanskrit – a song or a hymn; in this case – The Prayers of Hazrat Inayat Khan)

 
SAUM

Praise be to Thee, Most Supreme God,
Omnipotent, Omnipresent, All-pervading, the Only Being.

Take us in Thy Parental Arms,
Raise us from the denseness of the earth.

Thy Beauty do we worship.
To Thee do we give willing surrender.

Most Merciful and Compassionate God,
The Idealized Lord of the whole humanity,
Thee only do we worship; and toward Thee alone do we aspire.

Open our hearts toward Thy Beauty,
Illuminate our souls with Divine Light. 
O Thou, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty! 

All-powerful Creator, Sustainer,
Judge and Forgiver of our shortcomings, 
Lord God of the East and of the West,
of the worlds above and below, 
and of the seen and unseen beings,
Pour upon us Thy Love and Thy Light.

Give sustenance to our bodies, hearts and souls.
Use us for the purpose that Thy Wisdom chooses, and guide us on the path of Thine Own Goodness.
Draw us closer to Thee every moment of our life,
until in us be reflected Thy Grace,
Thy Glory, Thy Wisdom, Thy Joy and Thy Peace. 

Amen

(Saum: Arabic – an essential religious practice of Islam that involves self-surrender.
The prayer Saum emphasizes the transcendental formless absolute and its eternal perfection.
Saum and Salat (next page) were considered the two most important prayers by HIK.)

 

SALAT

Most gracious Lord, Master, Messiah, and Savior of humanity, we greet Thee with all humility.
Thou art the First Cause and the Last Effect,
the Divine Light and the Spirit of Guidance, Alpha and Omega.
Thy Light is in all forms, Thy Love in all beings:
in a loving mother, in a kind father, in an innocent child,
in a helpful friend, in an inspiring teacher. 

Allow us to recognize Thee in all Thy holy names and forms;
as Rama, as Krishna, as Shiva, as Buddha. 

Let us know Thee as Abraham, as Solomon, as Zarathustra,
as Moses, as Jesus, as Muhammad,
and in many other names and forms,
known and unknown to the world. 

We adore Thy past; Thy presence deeply enlightens our being,
and we look for Thy blessing in the future.
O Messenger, Christ, Nabi, the Rasul of God!

Thou whose heart constantly reacheth upward,
Thou comest on earth with a message,
as a dove from above when Dharma decayeth,
and speakest the Word that is put into Thy mouth,
as the light filleth the crescent moon. 

Let the star of the Divine Light shining in Thy heart
be reflected in the hearts of Thy devotees. 

May the Message of God reach far and wide,
illuminating and making the whole humanity
as one single Family within the heart of God.

Amen 

 (Salat: Arabic – a prayer, or, the act of praying; also an essential practice of Islam.
The prayer Salat emphasizes the immanence of God in illuminated souls)
The next page has an expanded and gender inclusive version of Salat offered by SRI.

 

Salat
An expanded and gender inclusive version offered by SRI

Most gracious One, Holy Mother, Master, Messiah, and Savior of humanity,
we greet Thee with all humility.
Thou art the First Cause and the Last Effect,
the Divine Light and the Spirit of Guidance, Alpha and Omega.
Thy Light is in all forms, Thy Love in all beings:
in a loving mother, in a kind father, in an innocent child,
in a helpful friend, in an inspiring teacher. 

Allow us to recognize Thee in all Thy holy names and forms;
as Sita and Rama, as Radha and Krishna, as Parvati and Shiva,
as Qwan Yin and Tara and Buddha. 

Let us know Thee as Sarah and Hagar and Abraham, as Asherah and Solomon,
as Anahita and Zarathustra, as Miriam and Moses,
as Mary and Mary Magdalena and Jesus, as Khadija and Fatima and Muhammad,
and in many other names and forms,
known and unknown to the world. 

We adore Thy past; Thy presence deeply enlightens our being,
and we look for Thy blessing in the future.
O Messenger, Christ, Nabi, the Rasul of God!

Thou whose heart constantly reacheth upward,
Thou comest on earth with a message, 
as a dove from above when Dharma decayeth,
and speakest the Word that is put into Thy mouth,
as the light filleth the crescent moon. 

Let the star of the Divine Light shining in Thy heart
be reflected in the hearts of Thy devotees. 

May the Message of God reach far and wide,
illuminating and making the whole humanity
as one single Family within the heart of God.

Amen

 

NAZAR 

O Thou, the Sustainer of our bodies, hearts, and souls,
Bless all that we receive in thankfulness.

Amen

(Nazar: Arabic – a grace offered before meals)

 

PRAYER FOR PEACE

Send Thy peace, O Lord, which is perfect and everlasting,
That our souls may radiate peace.

Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may think,
act, and speak harmoniously.

Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may be contented
and thankful for Thy bountiful gifts.

Send Thy peace, O Lord, that amidst our worldly strife
we may enjoy Thy bliss.

Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may endure all,
tolerate all in the thought of Thy grace and mercy.

Send Thy peace, O Lord, that our lives may become a
Divine vision, and in Thy light all darkness may vanish.

Send Thy peace, O Lord, our Father and Mother,
that we Thy children on earth may all unite in one family.

Amen

 

PIR

Inspirer of my mind, consoler of my heart, healer of my spirit,
Thy presence lifts me from earth to heaven,
Thy words flow as the sacred river,
Thy thought rises as a divine spring,
Thy tender feelings awaken sympathy in my heart.

Beloved Teacher, Thy very being is forgiveness.
The clouds of doubt and fear
are scattered by Thy piercing glance.
All ignorance vanishes in Thy illuminating presence.

A new hope is born in my heart
by breathing Thy peaceful atmosphere.

O inspiring Guide through life's puzzling ways,
in Thee I feel abundance of blessing.

Amen

(Pir: Persian – elder; or, head of a Sufi order)

 

NABI

A torch in the darkness, a staff during my weakness,
A rock in the weariness of life.

Thou, my Master, make earth a paradise.
Thy thought gives me unearthly joy,
Thy light illuminates my life's path,
Thy words inspire me with divine wisdom,
I follow in thy footsteps, which lead me to the eternal goal.

Comforter of the broken-hearted,
Support of those in need,
Friend of the lovers of truth,
Blessed Master, thou art the Prophet of God.

Amen

(Nabi: Arabic – prophet, someone given a revelation)

 

RASUL

Warner of coming dangers, wakener of the world from sleep,
Deliverer of the Message of God,
Thou art our Savior,
The sun at the dawn of Creation, the light of the whole Universe,
The fulfillment of God's purpose.

Thou the life eternal,
we seek refuge in Thy loving enfoldment.

Spirit of Guidance, Source of all Beauty,
and Creator of Harmony,
Love, Lover, and Beloved Lord,
Thou art our divine ideal.

Amen

(Rasul: Arabic – messenger; one who has a prophetic message to deliver to the whole world)

 

NAYAZ

 Beloved Lord, Almighty God!
Through the rays of the sun,
Through the waves of the air,
Through the All-pervading Life in space,
Purify and revivify me, and, I pray,
Heal my body, heart, and soul.

Amen

(Nayaz, or niaz: Farsi/Persian – gift, or present)

 

DOWA

Save me, my Lord, from the earthly passions and
the attachments which blind humankind.
Save me, my Lord, from the temptations of
power, fame, and wealth, which keep humanity
away from Thy Glorious Vision.

Save me, my Lord, from the souls who are
constantly occupied in hurting and harming
their fellow human beings, and who take
pleasure in the pain of another.

Save me, my Lord, from the evil eye of envy
and jealousy, which falls upon Thy Bountiful Gifts.

Save me, my Lord, from falling into the hands
of the playful children of earth; lest they might
use me in their games; that they might play with me,
and then break me in the end, as children destroy their toys.

Save me, my Lord, from all manner of injury that
comes from the bitterness of my adversaries, and
from the ignorance of my loving friends.

Amen

(Dowa, or dua: Arabic – to call out or summon; an act of supplication)

 

 

UNIVERSEL

Thou, Who are the Maker, Molder
and Builder of the Universe,
Build with Thine own hands, the Universel,
Our temple for Thy divine message
Of Love, Harmony and Beauty.

Amen

(Universel: English/French – term of HIK for a temple of all religions)

 

KHATUM

O Thou, Who art the Perfection of Love,
Harmony, and Beauty, The Lord of heaven and earth, 
Open our hearts, that we may hear Thy Voice,
which constantly comes from within.
Disclose to us Thy Divine Light, which is hidden in our souls,
 that we may know and understand life better. 
Most Merciful and Compassionate God,
Give us Thy great Goodness; 
Teach us Thy loving Forgiveness; 
Raise us above the distinctions
and differences which divide [us.]*
Send us the Peace of Thy Divine Spirit,
And unite us all in Thy Perfect Being. 

Amen

(Khatum: Arabic – to seal, or conclude)

*In many Ruhaniat communities the word “us” which was originally the word “men” is omitted altogether.

 

 

Khankah Sam Spiritual Director

Our Spiritual Director, Murshid Wali Ali Meyer 

WaliAli portraitWali 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. 

Wali-SAM Cole StInner 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.

Sam and WaliAli at workAfter 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.

                                  WaliAli w Sam pic

Bl & Wh photo above of Murshid Samuel Lewis and Wali Ali: copyright 2014 Mansur Johnson, All Rights Reserved

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