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Along with this article are others to appear,
startling ones coming both in Japanese and in English.
The best Kyoto art gallery is planning an exhibit of
reps art and poems; have written an article GOING TO HELL WITH A BUDDHIST NUN
extolling their na-mu-a-mi-da-bu sound practice for organismal health and a
talk to students or largest zen university in world was tremendous success. Am
subsequently going to instruct them in their practices and this may change all
Kann-on means SEE-SOUND.
My art is PICTURES BEFORE ART
POEMS BEFORE WORDS
The blobs attract the eyes to the deep meaning of the
word telegrams. Tuttle asks me for two more books. Zen flesh Zen bones appears
before July; have asked them to send and bill you for 1 copy; Tuttle Co
Rutland, Vermont their USA address, may be doing this so it may arrive later
you for this reason. If you want in sooner airmail Tuttle and go 15
Edogawa-oho, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
Have received THE SCRIPTURE OF LIGHT, THE SCRIPTURE OF SOUND, THE SCRIPTURE
OF BREATH, THE SCRIPTURE OF MOTION as accompanying the poems.
Instructed the monks on how to loosen their stiff necks; how they ate it up.
Unknotting is the way organismally; but sound is a way too, and silent sound we
ARE; this all in sound scripture.
All is well. Just thot you'd like to hear this. All constructing, no time
for criticizing others, let them be as they be.
Tuttle have constructed a shrine just for my wire Buddhas that now are bowed
to daily in 100 shrines thru this land and they MEAN it
[undated, probably 1957]
Thanks for letter. Young East has published several
articles before for me.
Asks me to go to their summer gathering of Buddhists.
Probably wont have time.
Since writing you enclosed letter my exhibit
The chief gallery of Kyoto offered the space.
I bought a lot of bamboo poles for 100 yen, 30 cents
hung them horizontally all about the room, edges intermeshing, poems on
thinnest Japanese paper as enclosed fixed to bamboo, bottoms lose.
White clothes with Reps poems on them too, silk, and
the whole exhibit waves slightly in the wind; the only one ever where all the
pictures are moving.
Crowded with viewers.
TV came in and sent it twice all over Japan.
Japanese Mainichi wrote it up splendidly, followed
next day with still better article.
English Times about Reps Yesterday; same day English
Mainichi prints my articles
HOW TO SMOKE ROSES.
NOH AS REVELATION
TEA CEREMONY STINKS
WRITING WITH WATER (calligraphy) follow. Also other
I GAVE all my art to a poet whose wife was dying of
heart trouble; as she lay she whispered to reporter If I die it will be for the
success of this exhibit.
Reporter rushes to find Reps. TV shows whole room of
Reps art, then bedside of poet with dying wife; ultra-dramatic and all
happening easily effortlessly without me even knowing it was to be.
Was so discouraged about my TV showing I refused to
look at it, but they woke me up, I ran down, and it was splendid.
Talk today American Culture Center (whose officials
are buying my poems and good friends) on Good and bad about Tea ceremony.
Talked again on new yoga of centering to Zen Students; they were amazed.
ZFZB out but I haven t yet seen a copy.
Other articles by and on reps follow.
What more could anyone ask.
Whole poem book to appear I hope both in Japanese and
later in English. Tuttle has some for 2 more books. Lots of fun. My lovely maid
ama-sans are every night, feeds me wall; I live in tree top hotel outside of
Kyoto, before running stream at foot of Mt Hiei; more friends than I can
I am simply working Kyoto, and reaching thru Japan
and world from one spot, not traveling.
Thanks for your good thoughts, feelings, verve, wind,
[undated, august 1959]
SUBJECT: DRINKING THE STREAM
You discussed with me how a woman told you that she reduced a growth in
about a week's time by drinking the stream (urine) and that she related other
marvelous cures from this practice.
As your appointed representative to gather research data on this subject
over the world may I report:
old Chinese custom:
the health food man tells me that if a child is dying or a person is in some
very critical situation, that if you get the stream of a young person and have
them drink it they say recover, perhaps miraculously.
This is in line with Sophie Bergau calling for a drink of vinegar water
after a severe fall to relieve the shock.
Also, once by mistake I drank strong vinegar in Japan and felt miraculously
I also reported to you that in Hindu ayurvedic medicine the drinking of the
first, middle and end of the stream is discussed; and, if I recall rightly, the
first is best. Or is it the middle?
This morning, August 59, I saw the orangutan in the zoo eating a piece of
meat and he waters on it and then nibbled at it, three times. In a tree.
Of course I do not claim this beast has the wisdom of shot-giving
physicians, not by any means. But then he has not had the opportunity of six
years study in medical school. But how did he learn this practice—from the
Vedas, from the Chinese? He does not read Sanskrit nor speak Chinese.
[labeled "before 1968"]
I said allah, not Allah
I mean you should be
singing saying it, not formalizing it as a Gawd
be intimate with me
call me inayat
Why write a letter to a dead men? Shamsar has been
since he was 18.
When the old folks learn what you DO and HAVE
they will love in on you. I can see 5 of them sitting
in the front row.
They will organize you, take you over, like they did IK.
IF YOU HAVE A SCHOOL
WITH NO CHARGE
and let young others run it
you can keep free of their dead bodies.
IK said Vilayat would have a hard time.
So what, do your stuff.
you took a lifetime to in build what you have,
well, start vibrating for your school
and let it flower
in a year or 10.
who wants to get initiated by a shitty old fart
who charges and poses
when he can attend the Lewis school for Soofism
and get the real low down on the real saints
who still are
fuck them old folks, men, you're IT.
[labeled "before 1968"]
Your letter dances through me as
It is sheer delight.
If you get the Public Heath to give you credential
that you have a penus this would be worth more than
your so-called zen credentials.
I never use the world zen but when they paste it on
my book I show my face covered with shit
You are a great saint. I am nobody, way way behind
chanting all ah all ah
If it's fun it be worth doing
Your whole is FUN
Let us de-sect and not constrict the in-breaths
with our esteemed self-admirations
less than and turnips flies.
Here I move in the best society
did I tell you spent an evening in HK with Subud
who tells me, one should learn his language
to get him
in it is song and joy etc
the english invested 25,000 in his promotion
and have to be paid back of course. The same man
that forbode me asked me in their private meeting
and it had to be private for the guys moaned, rolled,
grimaced, sat—in short—acted cracy like
for Subud said be yourself
you are lucky to have avoided goin the way of allflesh
subud smokes, wears glasses, sits in a chair,
talks and talks all the same Islam doctrine:
God, not me, does it, so you have nothing to worry
He also blows huu on the person
Right now this is the sound of the wind outside
through the tree and sunlight
[undated, labeled "before 1968"]
arrange with any printed publication (no matter how
small) for them to run a column named
or EAST MEETS WEST
and they run them only here supply material they LIKE
no more than can be typed on postcard,
so as a press representative you can deduct
travel, hotel, food while away from home on
your income tax (and if any year is a loss
carry it over for 3 year as a deduction)
but then when you get a few articles as samples sell
them to a big newspaper
you are on your way
for you would then have a voice
you lack now
A Norweigan who couldn't get
his wife has taken her to India to find a
doctor who may cure her illness.
It seems to me this is a long
way to go
to find love.
3 of these would make one postcard. You could really
do a bang-up job with such writing and REACH people
and give a whole new view of the Orient.
Also you can syndicate it later (several papers)
and have a small fortune. But it must be
This is constructive
you can support the wreck of
Islam, Shinto, Buddhism etc. YOU make the new world.
[undated, labeled "before 1968"]
thanks for letter and right advices in deed
My ride taking me to the session came late
and almost failed me this was disturbing to me
I expected 4 persons for dinner and that huge bunch
showed up and no food on hand
the hall, that has to be rented, was not
expected to be used, and using it, jeopardized
marion saltman's living there
along with 3 other renters from a server landlady
what to do I simply was flabbergasted
I also was overwhelmed by the loving kind response
of the individuals showing up to hear me
and especially appreciative to you for leading
them there and being there yourself
also I was tired after a 22 talks in colleges
and you please advise me what to do for tiredness
the book review was awful awful
japa lost in India derided in India is double-played
with your wondrous dances ! ! ! !
if you still hunger for recognition take a dozen
dancers to the orient and you will be acclaimed
but what value is such acclamation in the end
the value is in the persons DOING IT
and, man, YOU ARE ON THE EIGHT TRACK
and just think what it will lead to, a complete
revolution in that western world IN MIND within a
decade or two or three
don't take time defending your position to others
in words just speak to the young not
well there are those who can hear you how
different than in Murshid's days
maybe ramdas' joy is penetrating the world mind
and compelling JOY DANCE TONE MOTION BLISS BLESSING
[undated, likely Feb 10, 1968]
the key is free
if you ask no money millions
will pour in
he could be orientallyburied
10 Feb NEW ADDRESS
reps 2439 Paauilo Place Honolulu 14 hawaii
YOU ARE THE LION
SO YOU MUST GO IN THE LION'S DEN
AND WHIP AND WAKE THE SLEEPING GIANTS
YOU ARE THE ONLY MAN IN THE WORLD WHO CAN DO IT
FOR ONLY YOU HAVE HAD THE TRAINING
AND HAVE BEEN BORN FOR IT
I SUGGEST TALKS THRU THE ORIENT, FREE OF COURSE,
SPONSORED AT TIMES, BEFORE THOUSANDS
ASKING FOR AN INTERNATIONAL SUFISM
CALLED MAYHAP the joiners
You require those who join you to join all other
groups, movements, pirs, organizations etc
and BY ACT become universalized oriented macrocosmically
IMAGINE 100 or 500 or 1,000 or 2,500
of your "members" calling on some Pir or organization
in mass en mass and saying "We have come to join you"
The Pir would swell up, open hearted, and find he had
swallowed the world.
I see no reason you might not extend this "move-meant"
even to nations.
You have to keep it BIG and SIMPLE You can do it!
I don’t care what you call it.
[undated, labeled "before 1968"]
THE CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION OF ME
When I was a small boy in knee pants
I was forced to
(A) wear a stiff collar
that dug into my neck and gave me boils,
(B) and sit in church for an hour and a half
each Sunday, and
(C) listen to the droning of en old preacher
extolling his idea of God, on and on and on.
Before that for another two hours
I was compelled to attend a Sunday School
taught by his chief assistant,
a rigid man who claimed decisively
that only Presbyterians were right
and that all others would go to hell
and fry there.
These were his Sunday claims.
Weekdays he was head of the packing house
slaughtering thousands of animals in hot blood.
The stench was awful. The shrieks and groans
of the animals was unbearable. I can still hear them.
I soon wrote the preacher a letter resigning from
the church. This was my experience with Christianity.
I have observed Christian missionaries over the
world asserting their rightness too, demeaning
the faiths of other races as inferior.
They were their part to turn the world
God, whispered to me, "Whatever you do,
don't call me God."
[undated, labeled "before 1968"]
Reps is booked to give seminars
Wainright House, Tarrytown NY Fri eve May 24, Sat Sun. 25, 26
Oasis, Oasis / Midwest Center for potential
3542 N. Kimball Ave.
Chicago Sat. Sunday June 1 -
Kairos near San Diego at
Rancho Santa Fe Lama Govinda Fri June 7,'s S 8, 9.
What about him arriving in San Francisco, say May 17th?
This arrival date open as yet.
He returns to Hawaii after above dates.
The older they are the less words to them please.
Europe soil has gone out on them, overcrowded, old
at birth or before 20, too smart, know something,
no we must turn to youth. I would much rather see you
conserve written words and put into book.
Anyway above is reps plans, only to jell date of
SF arrival remains and what he does there is anything
besides see you (and his sweetheart).
[undated, labeled "before 1968"]
As I see it, we are entirely overlooking
the market demand from youth,
youth younger than Hippies and wiser,
acutely wise and waiting and ready
for the message.
Not a moment is to be lost to supply
this enormous starvation, not a moment.
Service is this way, not back arguing with
people of the past about the wrongs of
other people of the past.
The tragedy of this too is that there
seems to be no one to supply this need,
no one with your background and skills
from the one stream before Islam on through.
Of course all this must have been put
into the atmosphere by the great ones,
this we know, and we knew one doing it,
but the time has come when it is here.
[undated, labeled "before 1968"]
you SAY Sufism has always meant experiences
of various stages and states of consciousness.
How come? How come no one ever said that before?
If that is true, repeat, if that is true
it becomes interesting instead of bewildering.
and one then has to ascertain if it is possible
to have stages or states of consciousness
and what one does to get into them and get them
going. Pay dues? Pay fearful homage? Bow?
Sit like a stone?
Posh on the religionists. Posh. Maybe you have
a better way. If so, its about time someone
spoke such a piece.
(see? function See? communication of function.
don't rush me.
[undated, labeled "before 1968"]
Why not no postcards, letter once a month or once
a week? Better. Very Busy.
(dropping humility), I am not a teacher but a teacher
of teachers. they make so many mistakes not having mastered both themselves and
how to communicate communing.
If IKKY (IK) wasn't a master no one is. He had had
and mastered deep yoga practices. His eye instruction however threw his vision
But when Murshida complained and complained to him in
my Plymouth going south, where in such a box he couldn't away from her, he
finally broke down and appointed me temporary head of Sufi Movement to stop
her. I told her to shut up her complaints. Then she did. He couldn't.
But Ikky would not take my advice of no-organization.
He told me the organization was in order to reach people True. But that wasn't
the way to do it, it turned out, he only reached goons like Sirdar the Dutchman
who sterilized the words of his prayers and much else.
Vilayat inherits the rich building at the Hague and
the bunch of Holland worshippers he detests. Richness on your hands, papers
galore, in the house now of the dead.
You tell it.
If you can call NS Fatso I can call the greatest of
all Ikky. Murshida advised me NOT to use Saladin in public, so I dropped it.
I was born to be an advisor (virgo).
So lets cook up something and advise the world.
re P S
[undated, labeled "probably 1968-1970"]
Red fort, old Delhi clearly shows land must then
have been verdant and opulent (for rooms to have wide
brooks of rose water running thru them).
Hindus used or burned up land, burning cow dung.
Americans now destroying their land and themselves with
sprays, DDT etc.
Meanwhile Australia and African lands still green.
But really this earth is such a tiny place and almost
inconsequential. However there is no death on it as soon as that experience
comes the gink is born again like putting one's finger thru a newspaper.
[undated, labeled “probably 1968-1970”]
You are not your own worst
enemy but your own best
friend, as, you are like the Samurai in the movie wino has killed
all his enemies (yours are dead) and looking around says, "Dear friends
I have not slain you; this is only a dream."
That bum reps talked for 4 years and got you finally
to go to
Orient. Then he talked lay off wats and finally you did that.
Then out of nothing he began stupid ravings about you ought to have
a newspaper writing, then that came.
NOW oh now he sees a tremendous success accruing to you In Near
And why not; you have the requisites
your intent (heart) is pure
your concentrations for years harmonize Moslem and Christian
you are breathing this
It comes to say also that you can live for nothing
there and let your income accrete here. You will be living as a king (we see
Those without feel or heart ray chatter but generally
sneaking, Orientals work from heart naturally. They never have been
EAST, YOUNG MAN!
[undated, labeled “probably 1968-1970”]
So intensifies by sound and shape whatever it is near
in your case, right!
brings blood to head
is understanding AMing
I have been led to read carefully vol 5 of Inayat
he knows the whole truth
talks overly (these are talks, not books)
and patronizes or talks down to the foreigners
hoping to bring them to the hindu view of god
it may work after defeat
but on my repeated questions (as advice) he replied
I organize to reach more people
he very naively said that Sirdar was actually
putting the prayers together
so sirdar may be to blame for the formal fierce
organization he did word the prayers
the point to me being
the utter innocence and simplicity of view
of Inayat about this
so here we have two things, the giver and the frameup
in the book I read inbreath prolongs life outbreath
quickens the body
just the thought of that works
along with your mantram too
it is very rich food for the starving,
my father's father fled germany to avoid
it must be in my blood
any time I have ever fought I have COMPLETELY LOST
so have no inclination to fight
my mothers father came also to st louis Mo
a bit of dutch too and a swiss name
none of which seem to me reps at all
it is you who should be named saladin not me
if you want to monkey around in name form
see dec l0 LOOK mag for fine article on picasso
who says he needs meditation
and has devised a way to get it
working in still of night
[undated, labeled “probably 1968-1970”]
Remember it takes only a word
or motion of enter you
DANCE is a way too, especially
the Sufi dance invented by
Sam Lewis to actualize ALLAH.
Pay attention to his gift.
Receive it. Practice it.
If the music is too strong or the
beat too loud, STOP.
Do one dance well.
It takes only a word or motion
to enter you intrinsic ecstasy.
[postcard size paper, undated]
reps can’t decide
maybe you could help him
to leave this
poem speak for itself
or to accompany it with
a bit from his next book:
O sum of suns
in our sun
glowing in cells
[postcard size paper, undated]
In Orient Murshid means
teacher (school idea).
Every family has at least
one Murshid in Kashmir.
You teach me good stuff.
So you are my murshid.
I license you to call
you that, if you like to.
Teacher is better, simpler,
like SAM. SAMRAM
is not sampan.
But a murshid in awe
and fear cannot really
be dear. IK always said,
call me Inayat.
Chapter on China in Segal's
(Viking) THE RACE WAR
is worth 5 months of
newspaper writings about
[postcard size paper, undated]
America will burn?
Jeanne Dixon's prophecies will come about?
One party dictatorship?
At war with China?
Disintegration of usa on purpose
to break money system and buy it all in
2ct on the dollar?
Civil war to facilitate the take-over?
[postcard size paper, undated]
has 3 faces,
the crude picture
the few words
Live it BIG + free
in the spaces.
I did not make
[postcard size paper, undated]
It looks to me from where I sit that you are
GIVING SUFISM TO THE WORLD
perhaps for the first time in the world.
There have been religious initiations in India
That have given their method to millions. But not
You can teach private exclusive Sufism and get
some students. But think of the NEED of millions!
Why not give, give, give. GIVE it all in a
public lecture, say, of course I can initiate you if you
wish (without charge) (no $35) but the
point is you PRACTICE. And it is so urgent let me
give you the PRACTICE right now. This throws the
thing wide open, makes you a giver and grinner
and you win the race, leaving the old folks far back
in the dust. Whoops! Then it SPREADS.
But don't forget, the Hippies are the old folks too
and YOUNGER generation is right behind the
[on back of the above]
This is in line with the times
and increase in population.
It breaks the charge for it system.
Charging in coin or assumed respect
for a superior. Inayat said Call me Inayat.
He had everything. He just hand t solved
the communication-communion problem.
ONLY A PURE HEART gets it. What happened was you
generated big IN wish for years, now see it manifesting
not you, me, not me, IK, not IK but ALLAH , not allah
but ALL AH
[postcard size paper, undated]
He gave me a few yogic practices I do,
not even an introduction to yoga or soof.
Sirdar, with dutch cement, hardened the
prayers. Murshid let him. He killed them
like Sufis kill everything, whitey ones.
TO THEE WE GIVE WILLING SURRENDER
WILLING S IS LOVE.
We means us, feminine,
give, all of us.
IK had 4 wives.
Islam Dept Library, McGill U. has a Sufi,
has set of 12 books all IK, big type,
printed England, wonderful photo in each
one of him; very well done. Texts of all
old books. Must be much money behind them
for sueing purposes. They all sue each
other too. Vilayat hates small dutch so
leaves his mansion in Hague for SF old folks.
Thee: archaic for you
throws you into a fear pose,
stopped cold. Fear of father.
If you could dig IK yoga teacher
you'd find rare treasure
[postcard size paper, undated]
Will tell Tuttle Japan to publish your book
unless an in, MSS lay there for a year unacted on
BUT your income from him will be very small
American publisher better, but be sure and get
dependable one, established.
Am having sent you from India GAYATRI RAHASYA
by a man who believes Gayatri is a yoga, not a
mantra, and the supreme one, curing all diseases.
He makes a good case for it. By test it works.
[postcard size paper, undated]
sent copy of MS 5 METHODS OF MEDITATION
to Dartmouth student, now he's reproducing
all over campus
I had talked there at times
students from U of Hawaii have group meeting
weekly immensely interested in subject
the thing's all over world
By forming a school (with an unimpeachable
Dean) this school can have a subordinate
School for Sufism etc etc and REPLACE
the false fighting whitey sufis in world
in fact, make a new international religious
but not if you keep turning back
to write long letters to the deadheads
over 30. It's up to you.
I do not see the
Dean as a sectarian Sufi but as an
international light assessing and USING and
commending and explaining the practices
of all religions and anti-religions.
[postcard size paper, undated]
Beloved lord, almighty god.
I don't get it. Must be Sirdar's version.
Beloved means me as lover addressing beloved
then he she scares me at once with the threat
almighty god. god almighty too stale a phrase.
so how do I juxtapose beloved (-) with almighty +
in one sentence feel thought.
Answer: I don't. Hence, frustrated.
Superimposition, talk down.
Of course we have to translate and do any word
or meaning into us
I prefer your way of doing
it perhaps more functionally; hope so
so if no condemnations, no judgments, no old folks at home
rich Hindu feel, not whitey feel
[letter size paper, undated]
It seems to me
it is an offence against man and beast
to write a letter to someone
who does not wish or invite it
praising oneself as right
and condemning others a wrong
words words words tothelivingdead
In the British museum 20 years or so
before I met I K
I read Walter Gorn Old's THE SIMPLE WAY
excellent prose of Lao Tze telling about
that later Murshid echoed in sequent prose
He really taught a presence or with his
presence focused on what he named
the only being. Ramana
Maharshi called it the Self
It calls itself silently though all nature.
you only exist as a figment of my imagination
(to me) but a good one
your school is wonderful
and you should give it up so it won't burden you
and your teaching is too
because you POSITIVISE negative people
and because you require SWEAT
which is simply wonderful
I get so enthused over it
but it is not my work
do not expect me to be as you are I cannot
for 20 years I have refused to take any pupil
I am not a teacher don't know enuf
in fact know nothing
when ramana maharshi had to make a deposition
before authorities he deposed he never had
taught anyone formally (but in silence?)
and this is my way
I do not believe in organization crystallization
and told Murshid so I declined his ranks
to see his whole organization
end in fighting and cursing each other to the death
of course this was not his message
but a device to reach others
but all his work ends up in
ALLAH MALIK no more.
Please send me once monthly if you wish a report
of your work, but not oftener as oftener takes
too much of your time and effort and my mail is
especially when I leave here as I may again
I feel your detailed letters all contain self
praise and condemnation of others and that if you
stopped these two you would be a much greater man
but this is only my idea
not true from another view at all
in emergency use postcard why not
I speak to colleges over usa and never prepare
just idle talk rambling conversational silly
but I refuse to formalize this is my way
I do not believe in exclusivism in any form
ramdas highly praised sai baba
he found him "worshipped" wherever he went
sai did thousands of "miracles"
he also promised to return in an 8 year old
this he did and is with us again, doing even more
miracles and adored by lacs of Hindus
also tested by many sharp ones this is a world
my duty as with murshid would only be to tell sai
he cannot crowd his books with foreign terms or
capitalize Vasnavas and come thru in total communication
he has things to learn too
in our dream of course
sai says it is a mistake to consider him as a separate
one as sai
and in this he gives world a real teaching
as the illusion of separate persons fails
murshid has reappeared twice in bodies* we have
3 to consider, not one
and why only 3
why not 3 million
this is closer to the truth
there is no secret teaching
that was pushed on me in book
my simple breathing is only for the outsiders
who never can get to the place where they
ever even think of finding a "teacher" or a "way"
fumbling is better than planning
so it seems to me
so do not expect me to be like you
I cannot and do not choose to be
but as in all else am helpless in this matter
in fact do not ex-ist
*not in Europe
My reply to stone who asks
for an article on zen for the magazine
if you do it please send me
a copy. It ought to be good
in re your request
for an article on rinzai
zen I defer yor to
441 precita ave
who is well qualified
to write one this subject.
He is I believe a Rev.
Thank you for your request.
I hope this reaches you
without your zone member.
Vilayat is in deed an important man
I wouldn't want the load of all this plus
you can have it
thank you for your spirited information!
Inayat used to say that mysticism of sound
was much much longer and had been boiled way
I bought a set of the books alter sending
observing my re-acts to your good letter
I find it declarative where you quote murshid
and coming alive where you experience
R and Q
why is this? I ask me
maybe because it had been boiled down?
or spoken to a living dead audience?
or carefully articulated constructed?
did you know Inayat used to have an
office in Chicago with his name on the door?
did you know he was married four times?
did you know he was murdered poisoned?
saida claimed so, said his illness was
not such as to cause a sudden violent death
when miss stam phoned the physician he said give him one more pill
his whole line had died from poison before
him I was told
it must have been so since at the moment
of his death I experienced such strong reactions
of something entirely wrong
it is not a pleasant death to be shot
in stomach they say
there is only one samuel lewis uniquely yours
money station support recognition titles people
all this behind Vilayat carries him on
and cannot be jettisoned I think you have
jettisoned pretty well
the real zen answers live under bridges
the Japanese used to tell me over and over
this is the first day of november in this year!
I asked for your SCHOOL
and you have it gloriously
now I ask for this:
instead of calling it sufi and yoga dances name it
SUFI YOGA AND QUAKER DANCING
the first makes you imposing something foreign to
many simple folk
the second includes christian and stamps you as
universal which you ARE
a quaker dance could be HUM HUM HUM Chanted by circle
and WHEE WHEE by those inside
something VERY simple setting up a sound harmony
after all quakers quake
which is itself dancing
now hire a hall for one hour only
or do so out of doors
put announcement in paper weekly for 4 weeks once weekly
SUFI YOGA AND QUAKER DANCES
8 to 9 PM only
doors open 7:30
write a simple paper describing what is intended by these dances (and let me
and give it to those coming
but say the same thing on paper, explaining the dance before it starts
as a lead in, saying no spectators, all may participate
but rest as you wish
no smoking or drinking joy without drugs please etc
and if you will limit the time to any time shorter than
the people wish—TO MAKE THEM EAGER TO COME FOR THE NEXT TIME
you will find that within the 4 weeks you will have the hall
paid for and more and MORE
now turn to next page
people are urgently wanting to DO something
and they don't know how
and they have been denied simple exercise by their cars
and mode of living
and they have been inundated with talk talk
and not knowing what to do, have turned to drugs and sex
a year ago in Canada I went to platform and said:
Everyone in room at once DID SO it startled me!
I have had whole audience chanting ALLAH HOO
giving sufism away
they love it
in a huge auditorium in Wisconsin a few days ago
I started with everyone standing up etc and moving
they were startled
and did it delightingly
why? because a vast college format has been erected
on people with droning talking lecturers they have to
listen to saying nothing but words
they are sick and tired of it
but this is all they get
so an enormous demand has sprung up for something more aliving
SUFI YOGA AND QUAKER DANCING spreading through the whole
country. You need 100 teachers at once
but you must formulate it simply
so no one will be shut out of it by esotericisms
it matters little how crude the movement is
it matters MUCH if you DO it
it matters 1% if it is awkwardly done
IT MATTERS 99% IF YOU DO IT
because in doing
you move in joy without drugs
and unlike the old square dancing with one caller
here everyone both sings and moves
Since everyone world over imitates USA in buildings,
hotels, blacktop, refrigerators, movies etc
I see no reason why this dancing may not spread world-wide
anyway I have multiplied myself a million times to penetrate
world mind (in my dream) so there is no reason you may not
put forth 10 or 1,000 Samuels.
HOW ABOUT THAT!
YOU WILL ADMIT THE QUAKERS ARE MOSTLY DEFUNCT
why? because they can t handle words with words
SO IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
SO ARE OTHER CHURCHES
LETS GET THE YOGIN UP OFF HIS ASS
LETS PUT LIFE IN THE QUAKERS WHO ARE AFRAID TO QUAKE
LETS MAKE CHRISTIAN PEOPLE POSSIBLE THEY ARE GOOD FOLK
of course they want to change and dress up the legend of
he left Europe secretly on a boat with Miss Stam Saida told
she was with him in India but he required her to keep in
purdah and she bitterly didn't like this and on boat too
she was with him when he died and it happened suddenly from
one pill Murshid in a kneeling position
hasan nizami told me he knew nothing of it until a time
that Murshid had gone to the english hotel where he died
and he might have come to him
he felt a bit put out about this and went to length to tell
me it TWICE
he also told me the Europeans came to dig up his body and
take it back
and while he objected he finally agreed with them and said
he himself would do the removing
he did and it had scarcely any decay to it at all only in
he thought this remarkable
then they gave up and they put it back
a raw shockeroo of a tale!
I told murshid in SF he should not quarter WITH Miss Stam
but he disregarded my observation
no doubt the english knew all about his life
he had to leave england suddenly without clothes
fled to France his life was threatened said Saida
all this detail has of course nothing to do with his
"message" just news
afterwards miss stam went about europe talking against him
and telling horrible things about him, saida said
saida said her place would go to Vilayat / if it has
there's a quarter of a million property right there and records papers of
murshid's talks, oodles Sirdar spent a lifetime recording I have sat reading
some of them until I could read no more no doubt that is THE library
how about that! you wrote me you had a teaching beyond
murshid's, jnana no doubt but you never gave any detail
remember THERE IS NO ONE LIKE SAMUEL
also not so long; before Murshid was bitterly shocked by
the murder in the street of a friend close to him
I do not believe in asceticism
the ramakrishna order ruling out women and sex
have handicapped themselves since its founding
by this attitude
moslems do better
probably every reverend is suspected of being a
fake, except by some old women, a home,
ditch your old self-praising letterheads and
LEWIS SCHOOL OF COMPARATIVE
RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY
EVERYONE without exception LIKES
Besides this is what you are doing.
Money, big money can be raised for a school,
especially inviting the donor to attend
Everyone wants their child to go to school
and learn something, the bastard
so they are all for a school
Almost every college has a similar chair
and an office lined with books
to study religion and philosophy is the thing
In this sense the subject is not outmoded.
A Dean is a very important man and welcome anywhere.
If you call it a LOVE SCHOOL all, all the youth will
like it and adults dislike it, so hard to support.
Just a notion from the ocean,
at the Zendo
All are IN-vited.
It is very funny to hear you complaining for assistance and being loaded
under a huge pile of papers because this could not have happened if paper had
not been in-vented.
As a mathematician you surely know cells compound and that you are only
beginning this compounding and that 1 secretary leads to 2, 2 to 4, 4 to 16 and
soon to a zillion pentagon trap. Why not set fire to the whole works?
This is only my notion of course. This is why I try to write poems of few
words. I am trying to conserve on paper for you.
Mike Murphy who phoned you had me give two see seminars at Big Sur. One he
paid my way from Japan, $800 for. I do not like seminars for paying older folk,
but only youth. I wrote him to get me a free talk in a hall if he wished or
I have spoken at Zen Center but am overwhelmed at being imposed on by a
Japanese shrine that looks like a kind of out of this world skyscraper
village—and no one ever explains to me what the contraption is all about.
Does it hold the bones of gods and dogs?
Please do not overestimate reps. He is a nothing of a nothing, no more, a
disturbance unnecessarily, and a very poor polemist. Really he is a pawn of the
skies. Not only secretaries, he smells.
letter to reps:
Naturally, I still do Maharishi meditation,
though he is down on me for not helping him in his
"movement" and previously turning down his request
to manage his finances ("I don't want to sell God,
Maharishi."—"Why not, it's being done all over
the world every day"—("That's right , but not by me").
What he teaches—mental Japa on a Mantra
given by Guru (and stepped up as time goes on)
is very valid. He himself is a great teacher,
great salesman. To sell, he compromised some.
I do not like religious financial movements,
with In groups and Out groups, and
Important people (all important).
My friend Sasaki Roshi here in
Gardena from Myosinji, only speaks
in pure non-dual terms. No compromise,
no fooling people—so he can never have
the following of Maharishi, who,
nevertheless, is doing good work.
Patanjali defines yoga as a suspension of the
modification of the thinking principal.
Reps differentiates Centering from the ZFZB stories
and is told in time it will be of more interest
than the stories.
Both Huxleys, husband and wife, used it in the
teaching of kindergarten and young children.
I never met them so don't know how.
Now the 112 ways of centering confront the
reader with mind suspensions. He is baffled.
He has to do it for himself. Reps gives him
no help either. Why should he? If he has
the brains of a bunny he will crack that nut
He will try and try, and like the Hindus get
moar and maor positive positively trying
and getting nowhere when suddenly it will reverse
on him on him, + to -, and the door will open.
So, you are right when you say all it needs
is a teacher and the pupil is IN, has made
the solution. What is that? RECEPTIVE,
yes receptive to center, allah, atman,
just plain humble honest thanking loving
and it's done.
Only the teacher is needed to keep the rig
on the track. By saying teacher, this means
for anyone. If I say Guru I Hinduize it. If I
say Roshi I dull it. If I say teacher, this
means a school and everyone likes a school,
yes they do.
In sum, the demand is so huge and already
around the corner that to limit the gift to a
few initiates is to possess it for one's own
ends and spoil everything including oneself.
The old folks have had it. Let's remember
reps: paauilo, Hawaii 96776
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Later I worked my way to India
and investigated many philosophies,
beliefs and practices. That is another story.
The most INlightening Hindu of all I met
in USA. His name was Inayat Khan.
I became his friend, admirer and chauffer
in California and, in a way, his student,
although at that time I could not comprehend
He was a Sufi. He founded an organized Sufism
in Europe and USA and his followers took
his organization away from him.
They had this in common: each one was right
and each other follower of Sufism was wrong.
Almost all of them, have passed away, feeling
on their deathbeds hatred for their fellow Sufis
and satisfaction with themselves.
The point is: what is religion? What does
it mean to feel religious? Is spiritual a
kind of experience or some hair oil?
The word religious so commonly used seems
never to be defined. Can it mean a justification
for exclusion, judgment and hatred?
Have not religious people fought and killed
each other over the centuries? Is this the
Not at all, someone will say, at once setting
up his exclusive idea as true.
IK: "Saladin, those who do not join us are closer to us than those who
Murshid said this 2 or 3 times to Saladin, once also to Murshida Martin.
He felt this.
What was the message for, humanity or a few closed mureeds?
Why were they closed? Because he closed them. He formalized something
He bewildered them with cherags and shakes and strange words like mureeds
(not an eye wash)
and with Sirdar's help gave them stiff prayers to say like robots. More than
this, he gave them a word, religion, they simply had no translation for. They
knew nothing of Islam.
No wonder they were bewildered. He shut them out?
On purpose? Maybe. I often asked him, Why do you organize?
I was his teacher trying to teach him? He said, To reach more people.
Well, he reaches them in heart, the way everyone reaches.
Livelove, says reps.
BUT let this be a lesson to you? Do you wish to intimidate, threaten and
stiffen more mureeds? They are too smart to go for it. Not 50% but 80% will
drop it. Who will be left? The defeated ones. What a turnover. Better to turn
over whole humanity.
How? Be a dean, no more. Have a school. Everyone likes the word school.
Everyone is VERY suspicious of the word religious or of foreign words or
systems. Make it YOUR system.
Beloved lord, almighty god
beloved means I am the lover
but right away I am confronted with
an almighty who will beat me down.
I am stopped! Sirdar at work? Dutch stiff?
being a person of some eminence,
having once been head of the Sufi
Order in USA,
(for a short time)
I must report to you I have no judgment on
or complaint of anyone claiming
he is or is not a Sufi
or that others are or are not
or about anything in particular.
When I complain it means
I am not well, not as well
as well, not as well as,
for instance all ah,
the sweetest name, so very sweet.
It is my fervent hope
that you will not look backwards
but forwards to help the stream
of youth blessing your door mat,
maybe, since the great ones
rebirth at will (or mayhap by order)
one of them being Ramdas.
it would seem to me your work is so valuable
to world that you should have a place where
you can do it privately
and not have your food box raided by strangers
and your time imposed upon for jabber
although senzaki got the stories out of
books so they were not "his" and I put them into
possible english, his was not possible, and then
got them published
I gave all income therefrom to him during
his lifetime but I was responsible for
now if you wish to republish some other
things of his you must work it your way
however it is my opinion he fails to
communicate and I wonder if the reams of his
stuff may not discredit him by being made
reps gives a seminar at stanford Mch 14-16
and probably will be in SF the 16th or 17th
en route east
what we need is a narration by you of
dervish dances 1968 (or 1970) a sequent
development of the thing and how yours fits into it
if it does and if permanent results will justify
it there is a lot of ground here never covered
that an American should even try such a thing
is in itself a marvel and should be worth more
than any moon landing where all they do is land on
the moon well where do your kids land?
also there is only one snowflake
there is only one samuel and I have grave doubts
if any european can come anywhere near approximating
him and so
thank you for this card
speaking of your life fulfillment
you have worked so hard for so long
that should have the air of great thankfulness
are the whitey sue-fees mad?
so it seems
each one while living
set himself up to JUDGE the others
to condemn the others
to ASSERT that his interpretation was right and others
and to SPEAK AGAINST other sufis
and then of course to sue them
to me this is madness
I have long rooted for your coming
through into love and congratulate you
murshida martin come to think of it
qualified more as to 2nd PP instead of 3d
no need to send me postcards as I am well
aware of what you are doing and saying
and when travelling I do not even see them
I recall being offered head of sufi
movement in usa by one of murshid's (in europe)
relatives and GETTING OUT OF THERE within
21/2 minutes after the offer was made
I do not wish to live a life of JUDGMENT
CONDEMNATION COMPARISON SPEAKING AGAINST
AND HATRED IN THE NAME OF LOVE
when we have FULL access to the
unlimited blessings of ALLAH (not god)
have only writ this
to tell you I am laughing with you
all best and keep up the good work
unasked and unappreciated you for a long time
attached your GLORIOUS SELF to whats
and now from your letter I see you are still smelling
around the great verbalizers.
that moslem and christians to not meet
that jews and moslems do not see eye to eye
is your fault for not articulating their commonglory
so they may instantly comprehend it
send me $800 at once; if you cant do that send me
$995. I urgently need it. In this way I will with words, (1) excuse myself from
my own resultants and (2) use my in-telligence to get you to work for me.
I do not wish to move my right hand in gear shifting
or left foot to open clutch so I wish a
car with automatic shift, and when hungry I wish you to feed me with a spoon
as I do not wish to lift my hand that far so send this money at once
I know you will since you have announced yourself as a philanthropist
I hope I get your money before someone else
Your evaluation of chinese philosophy is just
splendid it happens ZENFLESHZENBONES is selling BIG in England, NYC,
Chicago, worldwide. This book pulls the rug out from under Buddha Zen and makes
it 4,000 years old, so now the daily recitations of lineage shall have to go
back before Buddha to the other Buddhas. This will take roughly a week to
recite. Do not forget God is somewhere milling around in all this.
I receive letters like enclosed; a rare tea master
and dear friend is now building a home for me in a lovely valley outside of
kyoto. The picture/poems are being shown now in Tokyo on obi and have been
shown in 3 other large cities in Japan; about 10 such obi are bought daily and
they say this revolutionized obi mfg as before only decorative works appeared
on obi, not originals as art but mine is not art but before art
Keep up the good work,
Hurrah for you!
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stiffens and ages being in an approximate proportion of 5 potassium to 1
sodium, Sugar is 4,000 to 1.
Groans of earth absorb the minerals, creatures eat the greens as seeds
mutating homoglobin from chlorophyll. If one can eat 13,500 opened (cooked)
seeds a day (1-1/2 cups of uncooked rice) my billion cells enjoy it. One herb
bearing seed buds into 10,000. It is the source of my potential, energy and
No one can do this for you. Do what? Discover the spirit of life.
The miracle of a tiny seed transforming into a tree or packaging again into
a seed is possible because of an unborn spacious expansive state unfolding and
compacting tree and seed.
We are finite because of our infinite, our ever being. Speaking and chewing
considerately, our sustenance and our thanks springs from here.
THE ACCOUNT OF HOW THEY STOLE FAIRFAX
AND KICKED YOU OUT TO BOOT
AND GAVE MONEY TO THAT OAF.
LOOKS LIKE NO ONE LEFT BUT SAM
OF ANY CONSEQUENCE
WAS READING CONFESSIONS LAST NIGHT
WRITTEN AT 41 IT READS SURPRISINGLY
IMMATURELY BUT THEN HE WAS DEALING
WITH A WORLD OF IMMATURE PEOPLE.
THINK FOR ME
I’LL BLINK FOR YOU
RPS to SAM
Never never overtalk. Cut talk to 45 minutes.
Answer ?s for 15 minutes.
Then say, we have gone an hour. Talk ended.
Anyone who must please go any time.
Those who want more, I will be glad to
But if you talk 1½ you begin to wear out the
weak ones in audience and even bore them though
you enthuse yourself. Hence above technique.
Give home-made bread or gifts of hearts or
something away sometimes.
Hurrah, you'll have many public appearances.
These should be recompensed or as part of your
shool being general, inclusive of all,
not attackable, and one can go there
to get a puzzle solved, an evaluation
not only of one but of ALL teachings
and reps says ALL are good. We need a Swami,
a Yogin, a Zen Roshi on every street corner.
(With a guide, you to explain them!)
LARGE LOVING FAMILY WHO LOVE EACH OTHER
man, this is it. Buddyism better than boo-ism. New age!
am giving seminar in Chicago May 11-12.
r e p s
You are sitting atop a huge gold store.
Rip up the floorboards and you find a big white box.
With a writing on it. Read it:
We are now teaching by breath, by heart,
By eye, by atmosphere. These are universal.
They are not "metaphysical." These are
Evidently this was spoken LOOKING BACK to someone
metaphysical. But they reveal the state of world
with its ideal lost and THEY TAKE A STEP toward
replacing that lost ideal BY DOING SOMETHING
If you school this, if you teach this, you replace
the lost devotional stance with something man
can DO. This is why I am wildly enthused over
Of course if you lined up 50 persons to prove it
this still would be no proof because their words
would be questioned or lost, but you too
HAVE PUT IT IN THE ATMOSPHERE.
If you possess the school or possess the function
then you are looking back and argufying with the
living dead instead of going ahead and functioning,
maybe you cant help this. The book THE RELIGIOUS
IMAGINATION by R L Ruben stein explains why.
Reps says you have only so much time and energy
and it had better be given to youth instead of
To metas. Huzzah! Banzai! Don't possess the school,
DEAN it. Don't possess anything. How can we.
The only being may be adored but unpossessed.
anyone can deny The Only Being but no one denies
the (only) being. It is too close to him.
DO NOT READ THE WORDS. They are in english. Just
LOOK LOOK LOOK at the pictures in the Sufi books.
They are sent for THAT purpose and function.
ALL to all,
In the days of Midrash and Aggadah these moralisms were still going on
As Nyogen used to say over and over, It may not even be
called Zen in the future.
Yes, nor soofism? What "it" is called does not matter.
Only "it" matters. not reps.
[on back of the previous page]
I sent a man named Sam to see you. I know nothing of him.
Others often use my name as a kind of a talisman to get a meal maybe. Or
free lodging for 3 months.
Is that all this name will deliver?
Say, if you stopped all your doings now and just went mad writing protest
letters to the living dead soofis, your work would have been accomplished. All
work is, before it’s started.
All claimants with titles are afraid.
The titles are to back them up.
Actually man is a killer
often forgiven in his dream.
They are after Mahesh now for 10 years
of back income tax not declared.
They don’t like selling mediation as
groceries there and besides they
are jealous of success.
Man likes to undo man
and will if he claims anything for himself.
This is really Allah in action behind
But, alas, allah is a noun, and
the one=ing does not go for nouns,
but unfixes them pronto. Or near pronto.
YOUR 3 LETTER WORDS ARE ZOW!!! FCK TOO IS A 3 letterer.
Our letters crossed; you wrote me of 5 gals and I of a book.
My book idea NG; you can well write your own books better than me; also word
religious no good, repellent because so much fakery under that name. Also it
takes me a year to write a book, too long.
Send me Ryazat, whatever it is, if it is easily sent in one piece? If you
AM IMMENSELY ENTHUSED OVER YOUR POSSIBILITIES.
YOU CAN DO NOTHING ABOUT THEM.
THEY ARE ALREADY DONE.
Have spent 8 months with Hippies over USA colleges, Canada, europe. Never
talk on Sufism, just on what comes, all interested in food, drugs, an inner
outlook so I talk on those. Questions galore follow.
Rough stuff but my own. Have lived ate slept with them listened to their
music for 8 long months, thousands. Long story.
Also my assistances are now booking me over usa for 1968.
your notes on prayers before "lectures" as you call them very precious.
I have to translate it into my language, but vary precious and RIGHT. Thank
There MUST be a way to teach yoga instantly and I think you hit on it. It
MUST be that way, not sitting for days weeks months years paying tribute to
superiors and hoping something happens.
ANOTHER THING YOU ARE RIGHT IN SAYING to-lun is it. Yes, man. He is
LIGHT. He lives on a plane far above words and meanings (concepts). He is a man
worth touching and bringing an apple to.
So dear Samuel, You have the key to yoga—and its all yoking joining
merging—ah yes, but how? Let's tell how.
You do, (I think) generously, lovingly and others accept it and work it.
What more do you want than that, man !!!!!
Paul (one syllable) re (1) pss (1) this makes 3 syllables.
P explosive, 111 carrying it on re lifting pss warning
Those who can't IN lighten heavy burdens jabber.
Those who can, do, you and to-lun, I say.
Gosh you may be a no-fee soofi.
how wonderful rePS can send a letter to japan and
have Soen-san scurry Tai-san from nyc to help rescue his old letters
did they ask for them?
why not give them to them I say tell them I say that
but you may have some expenses say $l,000? I do not know your mind
Soen-san is head of the great Ryutakuji where he has dedicated a poem house
probably the only one such
he started reps giving away poems as gifts everyone brings gifts in japan
Tai-san was a young man then just starting
now he has been given outright $70,000. in nyc
and as soon as this happened a fight started as to
whether to have the zendo in the city or country
Tai-san also joined the fight complaining he simply could not handle more
than 70 pupils
all strong hard sitters for fro zen how simply wonderful!
Japanese never ask outright but plan long time to get what they want
as soon as they get that material you will never see them again
both these masters are my old friends for years
they are real professionals I am only an amateur outsider
those in japan always say after being there 10 years
they understand the japanese less than before
why not they don’t understand themselves
yet they have told me I understand them how come?
Soen sends me a picture card thanking me for putting him onto you saying:
thank you very much for your letter
all is revealed as it is now!
not bad, he?
please turn over
you can’t do anything else
you can’t I don't do ANY thing
we only represent THAT
the name reps means this
INNER SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL
Dean, Samuel Lewis
School of research
School of philosophy and religion
School of historic Christianity
School of Islam
School of Soofism
School of Jainism
School of Chan and Zen
School of love
In this school the students are the teachers
and any teachers, students. It is a non-profit
organization with its president appointed
by the students, free except for nominal tuition,
without examinations and brimming over with
love and joy.
To initiate, to start something, how splendid!
To possess initiation, to past tense it,
to formalize it, to say I have initiated someone
is a terrible thing. Formalization saturates small
Japan, hence no, repeat NO Japanese in Hawaii wants
to be thought of as a Japanese. They've had it,
formalization, and they want to get away from it.
A school is a living going-on thing, no one knows
where but who knows where anyway.
WE MUST HAVE AN UNIVERSAL
it isn't jay
it isn't joy
but JAH-EEE jai Jahee said fast
it sounds like joy
it is referred by Ramdas as joy!
Of course it is JOY! ! ! ! ! ! !
but look here
if you only chant one chant
you will be considered as those specialists
what if you have a repertoire?
AH then you are universalists
trying to show something wider and more inclusive
than private sufism
the time has come for love and joy
not exclusion and separation
Tassajara missed it when youth began coming there
from all over USA and then they prohibited them
from coming there
$300,000. raised for exclusion.
This is why AKUA
AHH KUU AH
hawaiian name for ever present BEing
should be included.
DO NOT EXCLUDE US HAWAIIANS PLEASE
we are supermen, as Fijians (See article on Fiji in squaresunsquaremoon)
if you met one of these hawaiians
you would KNOW they are supermen
full of superLOVE
This is a case to get you to say Joy and love
not love and joy
if you do you put + first - second
light being + and love -
to state such a thing intellectually or
comprehensively is dead wood stuff
anyone can ratiocinate and theorize and
conjecture about the cosmos and his idea
of it in it
but this is not BEing in it
is all JOY
and the BE
cannot be possessed or exploited
or owned or sold
though the living dead would like to do so. Krishnamurti
has suffered for years with his old living-dead audience
so no wonder the man moves to SF to take advantage of
your alive group BUT
cannot be possessed only
THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
with a subordinate phrase
of all faiths (stinks of religion)
of meditation (too limited, technical)
of meditations BETTER!!
the international school of meditations
of the world's inner practices
usable by all men
there is still something wrong implied here
what is it?
it is the pretensiveness of it
the old-man-ness of it
it lacks a bright sense of humor YOU ARE FULL OF
it lacks a sparkle
I could see each faith asked to contribute its interpretation
IN EXPERIENCING if it has any
to state explicitly where it is going
and how it COMPARES with associate faiths in the going
this then would force closed "religions" to open
AND it would put this school on top and in the center
all the world faiths
and with a little adroit advertising it would draw
FOLKS (for scholarships) all over world
and THEY would teach function explore visit study
and elect those they wished to hear more from than a
SAMRAM could do it
he IS the center n o w
just returned after 22 talks over usa
splendidly compensated in responses
and in dough
mountains of mail
your school already in effect formally
in most colleges in religion dept
With many religious attempts in book
form widely studied
but your school is already going
in your group and need only enlarged
to make it international get a
non-christian name god so casually used
as the moment that word is heard it is
associated with demonic christians in minds
of young quite rightly
the only being
the beloved is much more fucky and groovy
if not capitalized
nouns and capitals and periods are finished
start forth again in late oct
japan trip undecided
talk so poor of reps we shared was
in adverse place, christianized pretenders
trying to hang on to a dead orienting
i kept still, got out of it quietly
if I had opened up the walls would have
Instead of throwing away your self-production
at end with last chant
stand for a moment and
chant it through SILENTLY
then resume sitting.
(we are then in a condition TO SIT).
this last is what reps calls an INCHANT.
IT FEELS GOOD
(this is where WILL turns into WILLING)
S A MMM
now you've got me doing it
sending you copies of MY letters
you treated vilayat very nice
seems he should be your representative
as you are more comprehensive than he
imagine how that ram chant must have gripped him
well what is a better sufi chant
UUU of course
the UU thru upanishads
aUUUm akUUUUah you
but that ram chant CLEARS all verbalized atmosphere
and all humbug
of pretending teachers
all in one swoop
your invasion of world for peace is
only you’re going to wrong places
of course the closed religious shops
want your money and nothing else
that’s why they're closed
its as simple as that
I have visited bldg they bot in suresnes for
where he was initiated as some kind of head
as a little boy
before he was aware of anything
then he got into lawsuits, fights, bickering for an adult
lifetime also at home with catholic wife
so his nerve system is ingrained with fighting
murshid said he would have a hard life
now of course he would like to take your group over
you too and make you all constricted exclusive
self-adulant and small
that system is dead noawadays d e a d
art school sounds nice place maybe ok
made mistakes in AUKUA chant return for corrections
my mistakes, not theirs this chant very powerful
especially AFTER a 2 hr hawaiian massage by a FULL BLOODED
HAWAIIAN (only 400 left now)
RAMDAS was no fool
even tho the others were
with a trick signature signing the bldg at suresnes
was given to state for housing
that ended the temple dream
started the fighting
murshid's whole line ended life by poisoning,
he may have sensed this
shall we blame english
why did he trust english doctor to give him the pill
when stam phoned him he said, Give him another.
DONT TRUST DOCTORS, MAN
THIS IS, AS REPS SAYS,
a butterfly world.
SAMRAM SAMRAM SAMRAM
Call it a school, any kind.
(don't take my advice but call it a school.)
Members free; others under 30, $1 admission; over, $2.
This is a free school.
Tuition carries our expenses.
Income and outgo posted for anyone to see.
A livelove school, says reps.
If you want education?
Where do you go?
To a school of course.
From where I sit it looks like you have the only
FUNCTIONING zendo in the history of the known world.
I am enthused over it?
This school deserves grants!
Some parents may come with them when
a. they are asked for and
b. when they see the school is above drugs.
A secy-treasurer can receive and bank and post
money, you countersign check; school pays you salary
or expenses so you can move around, get quarters etc
thus income is not charged against you personally.
Almost no one even imagine a FUNCTIONING school
except maybe carpenters school, electric school,
Yoga system from back is only fine entry.
From front all the bigwigs hanging around pretending.
IK fine spirit but talked too much to too old folks
lacked faintest inkling of FUNCTIONAL communication-
communion (so too dreamy).
Your school does not compete with outmoded posing
religionists but REPLACES THEM.
Don't forget your young folk are already old
AND A HUGE THRONG OF STILL YOUNGER ONES TEN YEARS
AHEAD OF THEIR AGE IN INNER EDUCATION IS COMING UP.
This is the real gang. O, man.
School is social too, conversational. Why not stop
all letters etc to those over 30, especially important
A great healer came to me and gave treatment.
One more person who said to me,
"I used to give it free
no one wanted it"
when I charged little
a few wanted
now I charge nominally and many more want it.
He said, "If you don't charge you lay a quilt feel
on the receiver. He got something for nothing."
MY SCHOOL IDEA ELIMINATES CHARGE yet charges
tuition, and outsiders.
I think you need a "SCHOOLROOM" and hold forth
twice maybe weekly
on set routine of no routine no set nothing
but livelove, reps.
If you stop in 1 hr; go on; stop in reasonable
Next meeting (date)
they leave wanting more.
If you satisfy all, they leave overfed. ng.
Why should sufi professor approve buddhism
they've had it
they have lost their contact with living world
good for you,
If you call it a Zendo the wrath of zen and church and newspapers bludgeons
you. If you call it religious its the shits, If you understate it, keep it
quiet, let it grow of itself, and when they come to investigate they find
they're investigating "a school" you are in well with all, so can do your stuff
without having to ward off snapping dogs. My idea.
Also who can you blame for anything at a school? The Dean? No. The prexy?
Maybe, but he resigned. You don't like what is taught? Take another class. etc
Pronounce JAI about as joy or jaay in Sanskrit
Write it aUm sree Ram joy ram joy joy ram
[this adds a dimension to new hearers and says you actually are voicing
then see page 45 SQUARE SUN SQUARE MOON the dancing prayer
then chant sree ram mantra 3 times
beginning to move, eyes closed, as you feel like it
on 2nd and 3d time through
(to complicate a bit) on 4th time through
on first joy ram raise right arm to sky
on second joy ram raise left arm to sky
on joy joy ram raise both rams to sky
(this makes 6 times through)
9th time through do as 2nd and 3d, simple
move as you feel guided, turning as you wish
and 10th could be just Auummmmmmm
This would produce a bit effect on audience and participants.
Then audience could be invited to do up to 6.
Reps would do this with audience to let them
participate in your gang-delivered chant if I were speaker.
It should be explained what is being sung,
and number of times (6).
Must start easy.
I would also do this midway between talk
or ask permission to - to lighten up the ponderous talk a bit,
and in some cases at end, if speaker wished it.
Self dancing or self rhythmic moving to inner music (self-made) is superior
to any movement imposed by others,
and in this case superior to my book because here the dancer would be
both mover and singer.
This should be produced with other mantra to show their good too, thus
making it an universal mantra dance.
I will choreograph others for you if desired.
Allah is living.
God is dead
at least to millions
who have lost any taste for
hypocrisy and double-talk.
If you use God and not Allah
you automatically put you
on the side of the fakers
so half your following
do not even come.
The other half walk out
half way through
and there goes your school.
Of course the old folks rush in
and argufy with you
to ditch you later.
Whitey has had it.
We young need a new gleam.
Your talk God is alive
should be written,
It will be well received by the
old folk and automatically rejected
by us youth. You use offensive
dirty language. Besides just to stir
up argument and thinking is bad.
What we need is a practice.
Better not talk at all than to offend
one of my little ones.
How old habits persist.
Yes, dear Samuel,
you have done IT.
You have actualized the highest of all teachings, Jyana.
Dyana, meditation, ch'an, the trance state of Patanjali
yoga is surpassed by Jhana, Jnana, hard to english, perhaps Jyana is best
way to write it.
IK came from an all-loving family (with its attachment problems) in a long
and found westerners heartless.
So, he said to himself, I must give myself, my adoration, my worship to
How they need it.
So he outpoured worship, adoration, God.
But those westerners had already spoiled God so they had a hard time
bridging east and west so they possessed God or formalized the system.
European soil has long gone out, and the peoples are crowded and so got
small. So Sirdar smalled the prayers so they became ritual and lost some
BUT IF YOU WILL PASS YOUR TWO HANDS UNTOUCHING
OVER FOREHEAD, BODY, DOWN
you will heal it
and if you will whisper AL LAH you will feel so sweet, such a sweetness
so it is up to you to GIVE GIVE GIVE this good feel and sweetness (as you
are doing) and not sell it.
Half the mureeds will fail in west. No matter, Murshid used to say those who
have not joined us are closer to us than those who have joined
He said this often to me.
Because he said I brought him
It is still true.
Give, dear Samuel, and do not try to possess mureeds.
The name mureed is foreign itself. Why formalize your GIVING.
Ganapati who did the splendid Vasishta translation wrote me "There have been
many Vasishtas, so this man is older than 5,000 years." All Yogins say Vasishta
was top Yogin, and he taught pure Jyana. THIS IS IT.
Everyone in west
hungry for love found in Murshid
a stream of love.
He fell for it.
murshid was loving him or her.
This put him or her in the beloved position.
With the possessiveness of woman
each one then felt, felt
Murshid loves me. I am most
and others keep out.
Woman does not want to share her love.
This bewildering fix
fell on them
and Murshid schooled in his school
and delivering his presence message
did not have the time or advisors
to solve this one.
So it happened.
I hope you are doing your way
your way to clear it up.
More power to you, man!
To sit and become a stone is no good.
To sit and breathe and all ah is good,
very simple and very good.
No charge. No homage expected.
Just free service. To set you free
I thank you from
the bottoms of
s intensifies sala, energy flow,
hence saladean, dean of energy flow
zillion dollar miracle shagal why
because we already are breathed of
a l a
the nitwits will nit wit with and
against you why bother why not
do your work Dean of love school
I am talking may 1, or 2nd or 3d
where I don't know
talk by Paul reps
10 METHODS OF MEDITATION
under 25, free
[undated, likely 1959]
I do not know Prof. moore. Japanese Consulate General, my friend, wished me
to go to his reception for philosophers but I wrote him I was not worthy of
meeting important philosophers. We must be very careful not to get old or
stiff. Did you get my gift copy of Zen Telegrams?
Suzuki now 89 gave a good talk at U the other night, and crowds seem
interested in "Zen."
I think the white skinners need some doctors and their degrees and inability
to learn are really jokes and I only wish you would stop attacking others and
do it in a series of articles instead—you have a tremendous something to give
if only someone would get you started writing short bits for some
common reader (maybe a column???).
In September, Allah willing, I plan to go Orientally again. The interest in
Orientalisms is just the bare beginning of the world opening of hearts. In 500
years you won't know this place. Probably Africans will be on top, yessed by
Thank you for your copious
In a few days I will be leaving here for probably 8 or more months. Until I
get an address and even after that no mail will be forwarded, so no longer use
this address. The only one I could think of would be care American Express Co
Auckland, New Zealand.
Though I will miss hearing
you detail I will be cheered with the knowledge of your coming invasion of
Moslem strongholds and sure of your victory.
I am also wondering about
your permanent address. I remain in Tokyo but one day, then begin my unexpected
travels. Good hearts are everywhere.
Please read, criticize,
suggest, change, improve, the enclosed and return? Thank you.
I wrote it after complaining
long about the lack of one page giving the method
anywhere. They say they are not writers and couldn’t do it.
Am having fun sitting in a
short time, the walking out on their dogmatic meeting lectures in silent
protest. Ohsawa comes 15th aug. Or I may shout "Disagree."
The elder Japanese says he
likes this article and that he finds it extremely difficult to state the
principle in english, that it takes years of work to do so.
Many Japanese have followed
Ohsawa in action long before food came into it and they deplore (usually)
presenting their sacrifice-life in terms of food.
I think they are hung up on
the basic difference between China and India, Mongolian or Aryan interpretation
of the Tao God ideal. Plus the fact, the lack of discipline taught Japanese
children so they spring up as egotists later; thus egotism, brash assertion, in
Ohsawa. But his intent probably is right.
Big funds behind AMA and
Cancer Inc. should pounce down on them for putting out in health stores books
that claim cures and wreck the whole baby project. This seems only a
matter of time. They have the 2 books redone without objections of cures and
cancer in them but cant find a publisher. I suppose if they found one he would
be AMA waylaid too.
I probably will advise the
dissolution of the foundation. Gals in it very friendly to me say "Food isn't
all" etc. They are learning something for their venture. I am HAVING FUN.
[handwritten air letter]
Sep. 16, 1952
opp, No. 1 Guest House,
The Bund, Srinagar, Kashmir
Answering your good letter of May 28, the Tablighi Mission I can’t find in
Delhi as they have moved somewhere in Pakistan. Do you know where? Would like
to learn of any Sufi schools but so far they all seem to be independent
persons. I may be at this address a few months yet. I have a whole houseboat, 4
servants, meals, tea, guide on the Thellum in Srinigar for $2 a day. Kashmir
was written up in Fortune I hear with the Massachusetts cover. I have met 3
Pirs and have a wondrous one as my servant from whom I am learning too. But the
Pir here is a most practical servant of the people, naming the newborn,
advising, marrying, finding lost persons, praying, etc. The Moslem seems far
more alive than the Hindu, the name of God I seldom hear chanted as it was
everywhere when I was here before. The Hindu has fear and worry written on
As in America and in Japan (but not Mexico!) everyone says how poor they
are. It looks like the world talks one talk.
The gardens, lotus filled canals, lakes and altitude (3000’) are probably
the most beautiful of all places. I ride through them in a Shikara like a king.
The place is conducive to deep realization. Go to 8700’ today. After this
Turkey, Greece, Capri. Now I’m in the Aryan instead of the Mongolian mind as
in Japan and Thailand and China.
best wishes in the One,
[handwritten air letter]
Prof. Abdus Samad, MA, LLB, BT, Raj Bagh, Srinigar, Kashmir, India
Oct. 13, 1952
opp, No. 1 Guest House,
The Bund, Srinagar, Kashmir
Can you send any small photo of Murshid to Abdus as above? He is a good
friend and has translated for me, visiting the Pirs here. He wishes to do a
book on the history of Sufism and its practices and I told him about you.
Perhaps you could outline him your ideas on this or collaborate? He may also be
able to visit the U.S. on a government exchange grant. This seems the most
beauteous place in the world. Each family here has a Pir and there are also
some great ones but none so great as Inayat Khan in any world at any time. He
claims nothing and says trust call me Inayat.
May stay here a month longer. America has the future. The Hindus are very
weak, disorganized, often dishonest; the Muslims stronger yet losing
inner ground. What shall I see in Turkey? 2 of Reps' works being published in
Japan. Very fruitful here!
December 3, 1955
Amer Express Co CPO Box 115 Tokyo
It happens I am just now in Tokyo and got your letter quickly. You have been
in a rut some years and digging yourself in deeper. You need (as I have told
you for some years) to get out of it. The best
way is take a year leave, go slowly around the world, and, it seems best to
me, to go one's own rather than in a group. In Japan no one talks of God. You
would come most to life it seems to me in Muslim lands. My plans are
undetermined but I may return shortly to USA. Have just completed 84 articles
poems stories on my Japanese life and they are to be published in Japanese as a
book by a big publisher here, further opportunity for reaching the people.
The time for Delhi is winter. The time for Kashmir is Spring or Fall. The
time for Japan is not winter.
I usually bury myself in farm country, work with farmers, make friends, sans
civilization contact for months. [?] is best door to Allah, better than
political man. I have 6 books of poems done also, some being printed by a
magazine comparing them with great Chinese Zen masters. [?] me. I am nothing,
so please disregard above writing.
December 19, 1955
Your letter has a lot of cheer in it, some things that have happened well
for you I don't know what perhaps because you're starting to move move move.
The Paul problem has always been with me; I never liked the name nor do I
wish to appear affected before westerners who have big doubts and questions
when they bump into the name Saladin. Murshida told me to use it privately, not
publically long ago but this doesn't settle the matter.
I just use Reps here in Japan, easy to learn, but that too is too short for
style. What shall I do? You know experts are never experts for themselves, so
your sparkling originations should come up with something
Dec 20 I fly to Honolulu, there 8 days and thence to
11637 Gorham Ave W Los Angeles 49, Cal.
where I hear my house has just been sold.
Sep 8, 1957 world war starts, Nehru violently dies in 1958 and 1959 1/6 of
world is destroyed; war ends in 1961.
Thus take your pleasure trip now before the end of ruts and rutting,
May 5, 1957
that you should speak on
soofisms to various people or that they should be interested means little as
human minds are always chasing something.
but that you should radiate
JOY and be FRESH enough to take off your too-heavy shoes means much. If you can
radiance, if you can be joy-full and honest, then someone else can too, and it
may be for him to find out how, through your example.
It is the LIGHT within you
shining just as it has been in others that is the treasure and power and glory,
and what you have found others may and you needn't blame it on soofism or even
God because when you name it you squeeze it very small and when you live it you
live it for the good of all
April 18, 1957
I live in a lovely Japanese home, my own they say,
served gorgeous meals thrice daily, then a steaming ofuro, and an manna-san, in
the mountains where day and night nightingales are singing, the cherries
blossoming in profusion, the farmers most friendly. This is real old true
Shinto. Their bow and spirit are much like Murshid's.
The other day they built a huge arch with a big sign,
welcome on it, with American and their flag, 200 came, 9 musicians from Kobe, a
big welcome party for Reps, with Reps the chief speaker. I am in paradise.
Hawaii is also paradise, one of sun and radiantly
happy people of all races interblended, a real brotherhood.
Your letter to Shamesir is a dilly only it wastes too
many words on a clogged instrument.
Get a notebook. For one day mark down the start of
each sentence you say. Note how many start with I. Your jelal is so intense
most persons cannot take it. It is necessary for you to consciously use means
that win them over to what you have to sell—the greatest buy on earth. Only
sometimes you outsell yourself.
BUT you are on the right track, others don't even
have a track alas. Keep the steam up.
Have just finished reading copy on ZEN SKIN ZEN BONES
and it is a splendid work, to come out on lovely style probably midyear.
Thanks for addresses.
So now I have met and am real friends with the best
Pirs in Kashmir, the greatest Shiva devotee there, the farmers of Shinto Japan,
a Samoan Kahuna in Hawaii and others there where I shall settle down after
July, the Lord of heaven and earth willing.
O tiny bud
open this heart
with your invisible hands
O imo-san (sweet potato)
torn from it stem
May 23, 1957
Royer Books, 463 N Robertson, LA bought my entire edition of UNKNOT THE
WORLD IN YOU for one cent and are selling them for 50 cents have perhaps 200
YOU are the only one most appreciating this work. I am glad to hear you are
to take my advice and turn on more jelal to ignite dead wood and especially
intensifying jelal power by your not using I I I that sounds like boasting when
it aint. Am convinced you have a great mission.
Report: 200 farmers near Himeji welcome reps with huge party, big arch
erected, with welcome sign on it, meetings, etc.
Reps starts wire art with adults children in Japan, writes about it,
remarkably everyone at once becomes an artist.
Reps friend indeed another room on another house built for him, of teacher
so great here he wont let himself be known at all.
Reps the goes outside of Kyoto, totally unknown and by wandering meets two
spiritual heads of great shrines.
Reps now instructing Jodushu nuns in meaning of their practices, the most
pure hearted persons in all Japan.
Newspaper writes up reps, Ohara farmers discover it, tell reps, not even
Unworthy as he is on all counts THE SCRIPTURE OF LIGHT has just come thru
him making all other scriptures dated. About to be launched in Japan by
foremost national poet.
Reps goes to Shinto shrine in Kyoto. Within an hour on Noh stage sacred
dances are produced for him, an unheard thing, reps sitting on Noh stage.
So it goes, and this tells nothing of the heart contacts, friends made and
enjoyed, the world is an opening heart.
Tuttle Co most enthused about ZEN FLESH ZEN BONES that will appear July
1—can be ordered from Tuttle Co, publishers, Rutland, Vermont, also.
Towards the one, the perfection of love, harmony beauty the only being and
also greatest brush artist astonished at reps flower drawings.
This letter, forgive, sounds like an advertisement.
dine again tomorrow night with Ruth Sazaki.
was invited to wedding announcement dinner of Joan, Watts' daughter. When
meeting her I exclaimed on learning who she was: That’s your problem.
also my shogi playing has improved so much I beat ordinary players and they
are astonished no end.
Also got a book of 4 old Tibetan practices for increasing energy and life
and they sure click
also writing something each day
gave away my typewriter, one appears whenever I need it.
My abridged translation of a famous poem to me:
would I were
as sweet air—
with such mercy
as the sun
as a flower innocent
in beauty still
before the good
and those who will
—Chiko Komatsu, head of Jakkoin, a dream place
December 14, 1962
Dear friend Carp,
You got me a fine scolding so you ought to know of it I skeletonized the
frame for a book on Soofis by Saida and left an area that could amplify it by
filling in various Soofi practices to illustrate what to do to be good all
through. You and she have it but what you do with that framework is your
However you said (1) They try to keep those practices secret and (2) If they
were comprehensive ones and not solely from Inayat Khan it would be better.
On (2) my estimate of you rose 74.66% as it showed a broadmindedness
surprising for a Hollander.
But when I repeated (1) to Saida she scolded me and said I must not even say
such things. She said for example, the practice of letting your head go from
your body, also arms and legs, and bringing them back would kill people doing
it, What's wrong to die that way? I wondered. Doesn't God kill everyone?
Anyway she said this is supersecret and should be locked up. But the old
dervishes were prohibited from having secrets and did all their whirling in
public openly for all to see. Besides this secret practice is in books in
British Museum, Srinagar Kashmir, known in Japan, in China. The paperback book
Monkey by Arthur Waley gives an improved version of it.
Besides the Sufi practices are grounded in yoga and yoga tells of this
aparting. So where is the secret?
Now it seems to me those Soofis are fast disappearing and the Yogins too and
if they keep secreting looked up all we will find is skeletons.
If you are of an open mind you could collect Soofi practices from books,
from others, from Murshid Samuel Lewis, in fact, make a world trip and do so
and plant them like flowers in that area of the book so they need not be lost
As for me I feel that any practice that is built-in, that the heart is
already doing, that is really given by Mr and Mrs God, must be true and it is
these that are unhidable valuable.
As for me I think we should make a child book of such and drop them all over
Africa so the blacks can have an open Soofism, not a white closed locked in
Probably we should drop them by planes to keep from being ju jued if there
in person. The point is:
If you have something that is sun-gold, offer it to the Chinese and Africans
and you may get it really accepted.
The assistant head of the big museum in Goteborg, Sweden was troubled by
this look it up attitude. So he made a picture poem: DANCING KEYS that looked
rubbery. Probably this poem will free all the keys of the world. I am living in
rural Ireland now, simple friendly people, green and cool and hope you are the
December 12, 1962
airletter addressed to:
Murshid Samuel Lewis
1088 Fulton St.
San Francisco, Calif
the field over
East and West
I see the most possible
aliving pre-sentation of
s o o f i s m
t on one man
named on other side
of this paper
May 15, 1964
Hello, dearest Sam who is !!!!!
Item 1) I gave a copy of Inayat Khan book
to a young American in Hawaii married to an Okinawan gal
and find he is raving over it tho
knows nothing of "Dr Kahn" as he calls him
who says breath is the secret wine etc
but he says "Now if only this book could be
translated into Japanese for my Japanese
So, if you have any ideas on this that might
help, and you are an IDEA man, send them along.
But only once: I am now leaving here soon
as I left my two groups of Chinese friends in
China HK, and have no address; so only
an airmail if any to
reps care Amer express Co mail section
CPO Box 115, Tokyo.
Item 2) Great waves of good feel from me toward you
you know we wave all over the place, each one
but to be perfectly honest with you I feel
I have a much closer interpretation relation
with Murshid than you do
and, marvelously, you surely feel the same
and still more marvelously the European
suefees think I am barely tolerable and
you perhaps intolerable and they have IT
and Murshid smiles having played his little joke on each one
but ONLY as long as they think are right and the other one is wrong.
It's a puzzle nuzzle.
Do you know ALL ELSE IS BONDAGE by Wei Wu Wei
Hong Kong University Press $1. US prepaid?
He is the best Chan interpreter of the lot.
Neither he nor Huang Po try to exploit Buddhism.
Alls well here and surely there,
Not that it matters but just for the record
1. Murshid once turned to me and said, Do you know, Saladin, in Europe
someone is trying to make the prayers exact and even fitting movements to
He said this very seriously as if they were killing the prayers and he was
2. Turning to Murshida he said blanching, "They have taken my organization
away from me in
Europe. I can count my loyal followers on the fingers of one hand."
Of course everyone who ever met Murshid knows that he or she is ALL of those
3. I was ushering in people to see him. He met my simple father and mother
and exclaimed "Those
are the kind or persons we should have in the movement." About my brother
who died at 43, "There is something very fine about him."
He also said. "The people who do not join us are often closer than those who
"How do you meet so many interesting people?" he asked me (surrounded by
4. Murshida Martin returning from her trip to India an Arabia and Persia
said that Sufism was grounded in the old Hebraic teachings.
And they in the Egyptian?
5. A Pir in Srinagar Kashmir told me that Murshid has the power to
immediately take birth again and was living again in India.
Well, if I have done it 500,000 times couldn't he once?
6. Is God dead? Asks theologian Rahner in Dec 14, '62 Time Magazine.
Honolulu, May 14, 1958
A week ago May 7, at 4 AM Nyogen passed away in his sleep. Helen Freeman
Corle wrote me at that hour she woke, reached for a book, that happened to be
my name book, opened a page and found herself reading: Nyogen, a friend who
The doctor later estimated he passed at that time. He had had heart trouble
badly; through Helen I had him take Violin (wheat germ oil in large doses) and
he recovered. He had conducted
meditations the weekend before.
I have the distinct impression he with Murshid are out of troubles.
I also admit no limitation to "consciousness" and can easily conceive of
Murshid as passing over for those who remember and also as rebirthing for those
who wish. Why shouldn't our consciousness be synchronously in various bodies IN
SYNCHRONY? Each day, and today I get my lesson; then there is nothing more to
be done for the day except see Samurai movies and play chess with an 8-year old
Samuel merges Allah and God. Saladin merges Kami, Allah. Only ONE moment is
valuable, split moments fritter. This is electric.
August 28, 1958
lit and art mag
has Aug 25 issue article with photos
by and on reps
Takashimaya Tokyo supposed to put on
big show by reps sep 15
tuttle bringing out my new show book of
house-of-poems and poems before words
in one volume—if all goes well
500 obi done silk on silk by reps
has revived and entire old industry
big obi show also Tokyo same time
have been in many cities before this
two poem houses in country offered
for house-of-poems one near Tokyo one near
care Amer Express Co CPO Box 115 Tokyo
until Oct 1, then to Ceylon, India
via Formosa, China
saw obi the other day for first time
they used only the pictures yet they
radiated life (quite in contrast with
other local done obi) but why
Amer NYC girls wish to take my exhibition
over Europe / I wish it taken over
Japan without me / all giving
1/3 of the 44 poems are faced with actual constructions—rocks in this
December 13, 1958
Here a token gift to the Chinese temple, the only dollars available just
now. Please tell them their
formulation of intent before the world is as important as the bricks they build
it with. I should be glad to go over it with them.
Went over and made many accepted changes in delineation of meditation-zen
paper with Ruth Sazaki, so you may know reps had a hand in it / because he is
yes for everybody.
Ruth propounds an inherited transmission through love and devotion but I
doubt if you can priest this. Yes you may formulate intellectually and
unintellectual zen but haven't you dug yourself in a hole the youth won't crawl
With the 20 breaths each morning I have "hung onto" Murshid until breaths
are not breaths.
Hand over heart
speaking from palm
O finite Be-ing in my heart
thanks for perfect guidance
yesterday today tomorrow
Hands over head and down:
Every atom every cell.
build youth and health
to have me well.
December 19, 1958
772 Clementina St.
San Francisco 3, California U.S.A.
Dear Mr. Lewis:
Let me take the liberty of giving your name to Mr. Wang and his file of
qualifications (with return envelope and dollars for stamps).
What may Mr. Wang to obtain a teaching position in U.S.A? Might you get this
Question answered for him?
The U.S. Government will give him permanent resident status as a Chinese
refugee. He is uniquely qualified in his teaching profession. He is one of
those special persons making a distinct contribution to civilization.
Any counsel you can give him will be appreciated.
Honolulu, Sep. 4, 1959
Here is your Samurai sword
made of the frozen blood
to cut the confusion between
Moslem and Christian and
and you will do it for man hungers
for it just as he starves
How? I do not know for such
a cell work is not known or
stated in mere words, not
just formulated but
g i v e n
a l l a h
[letter contains a small plastic red sword]
November 1, 1960
RETURNED FROM YEAR AWAY TRIP MANY COUNTRIES
HERE FOR A MONTH THAN OFF AGAIN
NO ADDRESS SET AS YET
SOME MAILS RECEIVED 6 months later
ACCEPTING $50,000,000. for foundation
world house of poems
YOU DESERVES A REAL PLACE IN USA POLICY-ING
BUT IT'S A BIG JOB AND AMERICANS ARE
FAR AWAY FROM RUSSIAN CHINESE JAPANESE MINDS
WILL THEY BE DECOMPOSED BOMBINGLY?
SENT YOU BIG BATH, PUBLISHED HONGKONG
AMERICAN FABRICS GIVING THOUSANDS OF THAT BOOK
AWAY TO SUBSCRIBERS
VOGUE Oct 15 HAS 2 PAGE SPREAD ON ZEN FLESH ZEN BONES
POEM SHOWS GOING ON IN VARIOUS COLLEGES OVER USA
WITH ONE OF MY TRAVELING SECRETARIES
ALSO IN NEW ZEALAND, INDIA, AUSTRALIA
AND TO COME IN MEXICO, PUERTO RICO
HOPE THIS REACHES YOU
Honolulu, December 29, 1961
Thank you for two letters sent me in Japan, just
received. My address right now is above although early spring may travel me
You say you spoke to 50,000 people. Grand! But better
yet, you spoke to one person.
And in this communion you GAVE him or her something
If this be true, then it opens the door for you to
help one, one, one anywhere (and so
countless others thru that one) and you are automatically a Murshid or teacher
whether you get any documentary proof of this or not.
You are not helping another documentarily. If this be
true, then you may so focus on this as to entirely eliminate any political
activity. No one can measure the phenomenal outcome of various political acts.
Our only measure is TOWARDS THE ONE. Towards frees, away complicates
A spoonful of vinegar in a glass of water should
antidote dangerous water. Garlic should do it for food, plus less eating,
slower eating and doing nothing, no thing, called rest.
This something of yourself is of course your heart's
More, TOWARDS THE ONE is to be practiced and
techniques of ways found to do, more than say, to start anyone
This is as simple as LET receive and LET express. It
is the management of one's given
If we steal of lie or dull or dogmate or stiff or
set, how then are we respecting the instrument of attuning we are given?
May Allah bless you in your life's work.
26 March 1957
April 1 July 1 care Express Tokyo
then: Reps care, S Bergau, 402 Damon Bldg. Honolulu TH
Your letter most pleasant. Dzen, Chinese T'sien.
Herewith Reps and Lewis, associates
We are in business.
Have formulated and museum here is considering work on
MEDITATIVE USE OF ORIENTAL FIGURES.
If we form such a business, it will develop in due time later.
If you are in any business, as writer, salesman for your works,
then you can take expenses incurred as income tax deductions
and lodging, food, travel expenses away from home, if you keep
accurate estimate with receipts where possible of expenses.
You would be surprised how much postage, phones, taxis,
fares, etc mount up in your work, even when not away from home.
This is all legitimate deduction from your tax, IF you
are in business. You are if you say you are, and demonstrate it.
God or central One is a curiosity to those trying to manipulate
others, for Shamesir!
Your boat idea is superb. Look more into it.
But you still start too many sentences with I (not ego but
tremendous positive) and this makes it hard to stay with
you on a boat. You could take turns. But boat is splendid place
and way to live, anywhere. On land, trailer
All you need to know on market is this:
Pick out good Co. Buy and stay with it.
DOW at 50, 40, 30, 20
or X (US Steel) same.
This would put you in on
and double your money if you
This also protects you against down market
and relieves mind of guessing.
You automatically get in on some low level.
DOW is more growth, less return; X pays more income.
If you don't like this
you can do same with GENERAL PUBLIC SERVICES GPV
an investment Co. LISTED on NYstock exchange.
Never buy an unlisted investment Co; the commission is
Get address of GPV from any NYSE broker; write for
annual statement, last one, study it; a cross section
of best companies.
Buy GPV from any NYSE broker; write for annual statement, last one, study
it; a cross section of best companies.
Buy GPV 4, 3, 2 or however low you can get it.
This is the other way of doing it, equally good as DOW or X.
My guess is market down into 1958 bottom; am hoping
for Sears under 20 for buy; this probably would be bear market
low level. Dont know if it will go down there or not,
but this methodology prepares you.
Reason for nitwits talking Dzen is
Americans have bound feet tight with shoes all day
for years, like old Chinese custom, so tension
sets up and breaks out mouth as words.
Recall when my knee swole you sent me to foot doctor
who cured it; thanks; all nerves lead from feet
from head, from heart
Fly to Japan tomorrow.
God bless you
Honolulu, March 4, 1962
How can I share my complete set of I K books with you? Where may I send them
to you in SF?
I go to SF for 5 days in April where in Batman gallery April 10 to May 10 is
a big reps picture poem show to introduce the new poems book, GOLD FISH
Then to Japan, midsummer to Europe.
Your letter shows you deeply snagged by Soofism / if you go any deeper you
will come to center of earth.
But you are held back by who owns what. DARE TO GIVE. No one is restricting
you but yourself.
January 30, 1962
box 2934 Honolulu
Samadhi: trance state, higher consciousness
muga: mu, no ga, ego in Japanese
are the same
then what is the equivalent in Islam
Please to explain this (state) in Soofic terms?
I am doing an article on above and would like
to include a third party.
Perhaps the old Hebrew had its term for this
too and the Egyptian? Anyway, it is written
large in the eyes of all the Buddhas!
Honolulu, January 22, 1962
Dear Mr. Lewis,
I am a friend of Mr. Reps. He
informs me you are an authority on Sufism. I once joined the western Sufis but
they reviled each other for so many years I felt it best to let them fight
themselves into their graves without my pushing.
I would like to ask you
1. How is the dervish dance done (recently pictured In Newsweek and quoted
as "we are whirling less, the kids would rather go to the movies.")
Hand positions? Foot positions? How to keep from dizzying?
All detail please.
Reason for doing? Only clockwise? Your personal experience
with it? Others?
2. Name address and write up of the visit to your saint referred to as your
life's most wonderful experience. I am sure you may feel like sharing good
things with others. Or are you the old style combative exclusive Sufi?
3. A page or more giving your 9 best Sufi practices for the world and of
course then for me. I cannot accept anything unfreely given, used to collect
fame or money for the giver, in short, given for an
unworthy motive. I think 1962 is far past such function and I think such
exclusive function one
reason why so many have been disgusted with religions and rejected them.
I am told you are different, although this is hard to believe of anyone
religiously associated. I am told you plan to create (as did Inayat) a new
Sufism that anyone can have and use for their own good and that of others.
I hope this is so.
Awaiting your 3 gifts I have made bold to request,
Very truly yours,
Mr. P. Reps care of Mr.'s
January 17, 1962
Box 2934 Honolulu
After reading your long letter twice some invisible
entities (these are always good or bad, the other fellow's are bad) have simply
evaporated it. I have hunted high and low for it and your Delhi address so I
will send a carbon of this to your SF one and hold this original until that
precious letter is replaced.
We need a new Soofism and you are the renewer to give
it to us. With these requisites:
1. Anyone using it must be able to run a foot race
2. There must be no charge
3. It must be presented functionally—do this and see what results are
This is the way it was done 4,000 years ago (by Shiva in
Centering in Zen Flesh Zen Bones).
Bengalis overtalk. Ratiocination is largely avoided by the nation
4. When it is GIVEN us USE-FULLY and FREELY so we do not have to pay gold
or sombre respect for a
"master" WE CAN USE IT AND WILL.
5. It must be presented more as play and less as intimidation (if you
don't do it you're less than I
am and headed for hell).
The ranks will be in the order of the best play, the footrace, freest smile,
the lovingest ways and the fewest words.
You simply put down 10 or 25 PRACTICES and we simply start doing the one's
we choose. 122 give us an immortal text !!!!!!!!!!
For example, a recent Newsweek article shows a Dervish doing Zikr whirling,
quotes him as saying "I am losing ground. The younger folks would rather see
the movies than whirl." No explanation of any good from it.
He is defeated lacking techniques of presentation. One brief example of how
to do something was Unknot the world in you.
I look forward eagerly to your freely given instructions!!!!!
I look forward eagerly to your account of visit to the holy man in the woods
and his name and address and how to get there. If you write it fresh this
experience will not fade out for us.
It is those lads who should come to you, not you to them for good hearted as
they are, wise in heritage as they may be, ONLY YOU can communicate HOW to do
it to us outsiders.
As long as their parties are exclusive I am sitting on the outside and
waiting, so an outsider.
My hunger and starving is really healthy, keeps me lithe and racey.
Go to it, boy! Banzai!
postcard from Hawaii
March 27, 1963
There is a house, very peaceful; I lives in it with one cat.
There is another house with people in every room. They are stiff and old.
They fight with each other continually. They think every other person is wrong
but themselves. They die judging and blaming the others. They call themselves
Now which house do you want to live in?
A B reps
postcard from Hawaii
March 24, 1963
Kashmir is packed with Murshids. If you teach and you may and do you
certainly are a teacher, a "Murshid." If you say you are one and not a bad one,
you will be derided as "One more fake teacher" and turn many against God. Why
not as he said, "Call me Inayat." Wasn't that enough and let your teaching show
by presence and service, not by mouth boasts and pocket charges. Of course you
must sow your own wild oats. LION roar is poem and LIFE but asseverating lion
no one will believe; they're too ready to walk back.
Orient that was or is and Occident that was isn't are nightmares of air
breathers, not light breathers that you ARE
I never said to roar
I never said not to roar
postcard from Hawaii
march 19, 1963
In your splendid page
what are baka, fana
and how do these strange
words apply to us doubletalk?
postcard from Hawaii
March 16, 1963
THANKS for one chap, your lotus eaters
book / would like to read and return whole
thing / some good points in chap. sent/
disagree with title as motive for book
leaning negatively or attacking another
A complaint is always weaker than a simple
assertion and only advertises the opponent/
anyway work shows you are not in it at least
trying to recommend yourself as you have been
trying for years in letters / must be a
mother dominant order against child,
child still trying to overcome with words/
a long road / article however is smooth
quite wise, understanding, not much conclusion
leave me hanging up anyway not down
postcard from Hawaii
April 1, 1963
YOUR CHAPTER ON CATHOLICITY SUPERB REALLY SLAYS FALSE RELIGIONISTS GOOD A
MAN WHO CAN WRITE THIS WELL SHOULD NEVER TAKE TIME WITH LETTERS.
IT IS OBVIOUS THAT SO FAIR A MAN AND SO OBJECTIVE CAN CONTINUE THIS WRITING
TO WHAT WE REALLY WANT AND NEED, A SEQUEL TELLING US JUST HOW TO DO IT * GET TO
GOD * OTHERWISE THIS MAN IS PULLING OUR LEG * WE WANT AND NEED PERSONAL
APPLICATION NOT DEPRECIATION OF THE FALSE * SO LOOK EAGERLY FORWARD TO LATER
WRITINGS OF THIS LEWIS WHO HAS A LOT ON THE BALL AND HAS THE FALSE C'.S BY THEM
AND WRINGS THEM
HURRAH. MOAR. MOAR. SEQUEL PLEAS.
postcard from Hawaii
March 28, 1963
YOUR LETTER DETAILING YOUR LIFE VERY ENCOURAGING SHOWS YOU ARE THE MAN TO
MELT EAST WEST OR SHALL WE SAY ISLAM INDIANISM GO TO IT PROBABLY YOU ARE
OUTGROWING SAN FRANCISCO CONGRATULATIONS BETTER KEEP CLEAR OF THE SECTARIAN
FIGHTERS WHOM NOTHING WOULD EVER SATISFY HURRAH
To westerners the word Sufi means the cursing fighting sects / to easterners
a wholly man
I BELIEVE YOU HAVE SOMETHING GRAND TO GIVE EACH PERSON IN THE WORLD YOU MEET
AND EAGERLY LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING MY PRESENT FROM YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
postcard from Hawaii
March 28 1963
Lewis talk in Orient: "Friends, religion died the other day over Europe way.
There and in USA too Sufis are well known more or less as people who fight each
other continually. This is not the point. The point is: IS YOUR RELIGION DEAD?
I do not mean your official faith whatever it is. I mean something in your
heart . . . .
then with such a broad educative evocative human no-axe-to-grind approach my
LION would give a few roars and sweep the field. I do not mean a lion with
fleas but a spiritual lion eating up human smallnesses. This would then bury
the western Sufis for good. Mayhap should write it Soofii to distinguish you
Lecture by Samuel Lewis in big hall old Delhi bagh
bag means tiger. No lions in India or Hawaii.
postcard from Hawaii
April 2, 1963
another thing, maybe THE thing:
Soofees are not all great in number and good in orient, few and skunks in
occident though admit they smell pretty bad my content-ion is that THE
Lewis has something to give EACH person wherever and when he makes this gift it
may be used and multiplied / EACH one isn't fed best with generalizations and
rigging up an outmoded religious controversy; religious are about out but human
need is in / second part of lotus should man to man fill a human need moar than
just talk at others get it? No soapness
your picture of jesus is TRUE, magnificent and your call for HUMOR right
down my alley / the old die by stiffening and inches hurrah for THE L.
postcard from Hawaii
April 6, 1963
LETTERS NO WRITINGS YES
stop giving reports in letters overlong start writing would be inclined to
say also simply forget even never mention European anti-Sufis but against this
the most most most wonderful gift I ever
received was direct from you in an overlong letter
the telling of your seeing jesus! and how he was is.
such is the great Pir of Kashmir who had to flee thousands in mid-winter to
save his life, all asking gimmee, pray for me.
his inner brilliance warmed him; he found a cave; I have been in it with
him; how he cried when I left; yet guide said if you did not leave your life
might have been in danger; rival pirs circling jealously trying to get me away
brown rice yes
postcard from Hawaii
April 9, 1963
you you are a liar speech superb quite aliving much more than your overlong
unclear complaining whining letter to Sufis / how do we know they want to
receive any letter or how they hate the sender for sending it or if Allah just
visited them before the letter came how can we judge them wrong
without a co-complaint to Allah too
speech yes letter no
My complaint: do not understand foreign words used explaining speech
distinguishing kinds of muslims
you are not a liar
you are rather an honest man who lies sometimes
or anyway a man
or maybe a dream
or maybe a me
postcard from Hawaii
April 2, 1963
IS IT POSSIBLE TO FEEL RELIGIOUS? What is it?
Father awe? Fear? Mother sucking? Inferiority? What is it?
I think it is possible to feel poemic rather than prosaic. We sentence
ourself. AND FORGET TO LAUGH. Now if someone says there is a holy man—what
does it mean? Wholly? Poser? Pretender? Preacher—after money? Or the gold of
recognition? Its about time someone explained these things before the last
person walked out of the church doors for good. The outsiders it seems have the
good, the insiders, well they have self adulation. None none of what you
describe jesus as having. THEN A WILLOW AROSE AND BOWED (my poem)
postcard from Hawaii
April 8, 1963
probably Murshid didn't fail but showed. He showed the not-me way to allah
who made him do this. You will show too. Orient needs to be shown. Stop wasting
energy with letters to Europe to
discredit s.l. You cant know, maybe one there is greatest of all. They feel so
stop judging, start
showing. For give
in-version by reps
postcard from Hawaii
April 10, 1963
Dear Mr Lewis,
Like a voice from another world you sent me a letter with words in it I do
not understand. What is kashf? what is darood? what is fikr? what is ryazat?
what is nimaz what is khatum? what is complete spiritual illumination and while
you are at it what is Allah? In the Kashmir Mts near Tibet they couldn't
understand my "Allah" but did UGL-LAH more as a heart sound. reps
If I say let light be represented as dodo and dodo symbolized as Z 24 this
is still one more removed from communication if I write you Z 24. Then I have
to say Z 24 meaning dodo and dodo meaning light and light meaning…. Finally
perhaps if we have the time and patience we get to Allah.
postcard from Hawaii
April 11, 1963
Samuel, I would like to loan you my complete set of Inayat's books (not the
recent big ones published in Europe) but the problem is how you would keep them
if you left your room or went to live in India and how I then might recover
postcard from Hawaii
April 8, 1963
your letter confirms my guidance of your coming service to man and so to
man-kind and man-unkind. When a request comes to you for help or a
CONFRONTATION by another you are bound to help that one MAN TO MAN. You cannot
even impose a sheet of paper or papers between you and him. This makes you a
giver (hence a receiver) before generalizations. If you have 1,000 before you
still must give TO ONE MAN, then thru him or the atmosphere or presence the
1,000 also receive. This then precludes papering, complexing, confusing,
puzzling, referring to others. There is only you and he. The more complex your
gift the less will receive it; the simpler and grander your gift, the more will
he and all he's and she's receive it. You know all this; I am only enthusing.
You haven't time for books and papers.
You are YOU!!!!!
PS. man to man is secretly man to Allah.
postcard from Hawaii
April 9, 1963
R to L: You say you can't find anyone who puts God first. That's not God's
fault; it yours. We are waiting for you to show us how. Don't tell us something
or tell us about your aches and pains, just tell us how to do it. We are the
outsiders. We are the most.
It should all go on a postcard or telegram. Have you seen reps book GOLD
FISH SIGNATURES? Will write Marlene Casperia altho the last dame you sent me to
seduced me in 5 minutes. Jungle very dangerous. unsigned
postcard from Hawaii
October 19, 1964
Why didn’t you come see my short time in SF? Did you miss my message?
Banzai anyway. Do you recall sending me some sufi mantra you said you found in
a book so could transmit? ya Shafee ya khafee (health) ishk allah mahebood
lilla (love). they always work Do you recall giving me a nondescript reply as
to why? Do you think Jesus knew when he was miracling? If you answer yes, then
apart, if you answer No … etctetcetc.
postcard from Hawaii
January 26, 1968
Talking to and with thousands of college students I find them all really
hungry for PRACTICES of a true inner life and each one against forgiving
Christianity, yes, repeat, each one. This means a mind and soul revolution is
underway in world youth and a tremendous demand set up for the SCHOOL, in LOVE
in JOY in PLAY with no scoldings and against and criticizing no one, that can
give them a survey of variant practices all leading, where, whisper it, to THE
ONLY BEING! Chinese Zen, Jap Zen, Hindu Japa, Tibetan Jhog, you can list 20 or
30, scheduling one for each night and, man, THEY'LL HAVE A LIBERAL EDUCATION if
you can or dare make it liberal. If you do, one will tell another and thousands
will come to the playground and love teacher. Isn't this uniting with all the
illumined souls? Those teachers will all love you too for telling about them
and sending them
scrutinizers so freely. No one is ever against the word school somehow; they
are conditioned in favor of this word. Plenty are against private religious
set-ups for private gain of some kind or
another. You can have dozens of teachers in your faculty, a travelling school
and world wide
branches, all non-profit and pro-you. It can be done, it can.
Precita is Spanish for proceed, precise, preserve, precipitate. Go to it,
postcard from Hawaii
March 7, 1969
leaving this address for 2 or more months no more ratiocinative letters for
postcard from Hawaii
July 16, 1963
Samuel: No more letters here; am leaving.
Temporary address: 2139 Puualii place,
Honolulu 14, Hawaii
Leave Mon. 10 AM PAA 844 July 27 arr. SF 5:45 PM but plane may be delayed,
late, takes hour to get in town etc; would like to see you any time Sunday 28th
/ leave SF 29th AM plan to be at
California or whatever its name just outside down town terminal air depot;
it had neon sign on it last time I was there / do you have phone? I can phone
you say 8 AM Sun morning 28th or you me if you're still in occident. Hurrah.
August 13, 1963
Box 238. Chico, Calif.
Obviously, from your mastery of the terms of the Moslems they have a
spiritual culture equivalent to the Hindus and I think stemming from the Jewish
which may make you so agile in it. Your grasp of it is astounding and probably
would floor most anyone. Surely this means you have a mission there and
probably will become immensely rich. In fact you already are rich, perhaps in
one sense the richest of them all.
That To Lun talks as if you are a beginner is interesting. I think he is way
out, a wondrous man who has left the "world" and is way out there in his bliss
a bliss so immense he wishes others to join him in it. If a black God were to
come along and tell him all men had this bliss I doubt if he would even be able
to think black or bliss or believe it. Anyway I must thank you for taking me to
see him and I wish to go again, perhaps on my own, and just look and look at
him. But I can't go for his
ceremonials as a way to get into the thing. In brief, some Chinese in some ways
have simply lost communication with the whites. Senzaki (help Chinese) often
said he could not "handle" me, that is he didn't have the facility to impart
his Perhaps you stole it?
I have come upon a remarkable scientific work an wish to send it to you 1)
to get your opinion on it and possibly 2) to get your advice as to where to get
it printed PROVIDED you will read it and send it back to me. Read translator's
preface and page 49,58,107,117,135 and you have it all in 15 minutes. It was
placed in my hands to get a publisher, not amuse me, and I enclose envelope for
its return. If your time is too busy, kindly return without reading.
September 9, 1963
Hello. Send me nothing but postcards or air letters as I leave Tokyo and
mail forwarding is long delayed.
I enjoyed seeing you very much and meeting TOO-Lun but I feel your hundreds
of letters elevating yourself (unnecessarily) and complaining about others
(remembrances of Murshida) had better have their energy put into books more
constructive for others. I can see from your overtalk about being embraced and
about some other man giving To-Lan teachings years ago that you are
misunderstood as a breaker up of other persons' meetings (to your discredit).
Your three time dogmatic recommend of some writer on Egypt complaining by
implication of other writers sounded questionable. I also question the food
accumulating on your unbrushed teeth. These things offend me and may others who
may then miss your submerged genius. God has become a dirty word in world,
Allah an historical one, so when you give a function Walk with God and fall to
identify the God you mean your communication breaks down somewhat. You have so
far in common with all other western Sufis the belief that you alone are right
and they are wrong and you know why they are wrong. This is the regular outworn
line. Is a religious feeling possible or soapy or faked or superior? Can people
of different color skins using different God names ever approach on a religious
basis? Religion has done me more harm than good, exemplified in most cases by
charlatans or talk-talkers who elevate themselves over others with it. If I
tell you he zuzzed her and you ask me what does zuzz mean and I tell you it
can't be translated, I have double-talked you out of my sphere effectively at
least for a year while you try to look up the word. Is this human or
You could write 3 books in the time you take extrapolating but you may be
blocked from communication by being prohibited from giving function without pay
and your charges are enormous. Do you dig this? "Are you aliving?" is an
African morning greeting. World revolution to sweep away all
religions and establish belief in new god named Lah-lah.
September 17 1963
I met a fellow who gave me his impress of S.A.M. as below. I do not agree
with this nor do I agree any person as S.A.M. exists: or that inside outside
are feasible sneezable wheezable, a small old man (contractile)
with baggy pants
dirty teeth deep
staring eyes (hardening nerve system)
quick to judge and condemn others
one of the hating Sufis each one alone right fight to death
who writes endless betters praising himself
and criticizing others and
who goes around breaking up other peoples' meetings
complaining complaining complaining.
March 21, 1963
TEN MINUTES AFTER I SEND YOU POSTCARD IN RE MURSHID—BECOMING I RECEIVE
YOUR REQUEST FOR SUGGESTS
FRANKLY YOU MAY BE THE ONE MAN ALIVE WHO CAN RECONCILE ORIENT AND
OCCIDENT IN IDEA (AND ALL COMES FROM IDEA) AND THIS MAY BE WORKING OUT IN AND
AS YOUR LIFE BUT IF SUCH A BIG VICTORY COULD BE IN WORLD SAVING LIVES OF
SINKING DOWN MYSTICS ALL OVER IT SHOULD NOT BE LIMITED OR CONSTRICTED BY
COLLECTING PAPERS, ACQUIRING LEGAL RIGHTS AND PLACATING THE DEAD OR DYING.
I SEE YOU AS A WORLD TEACHER OR ADJUSTER, NOT AS A PRACTICING ACCREDITED
MURSHID SO AWAY WITH BOOKS PAPER CREDITS NAMES STATIONS "JUST CALL ME INAYAT"
AND DO IT BY PRESENCE, BY YOUR PROFOUND SENSE OF JOY, BY PLAY, BY
RECONCILIATION OF FAITHS, BY TALKING, ESPECIALLY BY SPEAKING IN THE ORIENT AND
I WOULD WASTEBASKET ALL THE SHODDY ACCREDITING MURSHID WORSHIP
STUPIDITY OF THE OCCIDENT AS HANDICAPPING AND BELITTLING YOUR GREAT SKILL
you may not be able to do this for suffering under a mother command you have
fought for verbal recognition for years and the more I recommend or praise
myself the less others think of me and the more I depreciate myself the others
like me / its a law of reversals you ask for it so I tells you no soap
and start sending telegrams, all caps, power punches, lion roars instead of
overworded overwritten detail that belong in sequent books. you will be a huge
success anyway in orient in talk dept.
you are right / all groups are interested in
possessing and hiding the teachings, plus money
so you should reverse this
openly give everything,
not admit you are a teacher (murshid) God alone is
and never never ask for money
what you have to give is priceless
so how can anyone pay you
start in this vein and a few roars
and they'll all fall down
I know heart love is precious and private
but I also know religion has a dirty
due to fighting, judging, claiming I am right and you
are wrong, and if you don't agree you go to hell
they all orient this way
so why associate yourself with such fights
your mission should be grander than this
you should have some precious present for any human you meet
and GIVE it to them
man to man, no more, no less, and wastebasket all
organization / leave that to the worms
in sum, your heart communication is for every man in world
take it or leave it
I base all this on your JOY no soap may be the most
valuable words you ever wrote
Muraraff sued Vilayat so he dare not claim he is sufi movement
big fight, he may sue you too tho he's jump at chance of
any affiliation to bring in the dough
all papers for ten thousand thousand years are in your heart
ALL THIS ONLY FROM MY VIEWPOINT THERE ARE ALL VIEWPOINTS
TOO USE THEM ALL
AND 101% HONESTY
AGAIN read the chapter of your LOTUS and it reads better than ever
but where is the letter writer interminably long too many
who has always been complaining and scolding and whining for
the last 33 years? There is NONE of this in the book.
Of course am inclined to agree with his scoldings but this
makes him and me right, God wrong.
Murshid once had an office in Chicago with his name on the
door. He organized to reach more persons.
You do not worship a knife and fork after eating. The
organization was his fork, no more.
He said, Saladin, they want to regularize all the prayer
motions. This was Van Tuyll Dutch formalism. So when I
told this in Europe they didn't agree with me (with Murshid)
because he had taught them regular movements.
Where do you find such interesting people? he asked me.
Many of his gang were deadheads as Shamser.
So, if you want to follow the rules, you must die
with your Murshid all secreted and never break a rule and hate
and exclude your inferior fellow man.
Not for me, boy. No soap.
I see a wide open, happy free world-gift from you
because you have wrote so well in this chapter
AND BECAUSE YOU ENJOY YOURSELF. Don't lose this as you age.
Let her rip, kiddo and scatter the papers to the winds
to read instead of selling to others as a pontificator.
Naturally the Orientals want you to have a station because
that helps them but they don't realize it undoes you and makes
you a laughing stock. They wont write you from Europe
because they think you're crazy, having deserted the best
Murshid. So, each seed sprouts in its own field. Be
you, be Samuel if you can.
So the puzzle is before you: which road, small or great,
closing or opening, charging or freely given?
Von Stolk, an appointee, went to Africa and got
hundreds of followers there
he just died
and of course left his daughter a fortune, whom I know
whose husband also immensely rich
I gave them both hell in their home dinner for me
for being only a fourth alive as their children
and they loved it and admitted it
IF you had a pure heart, =
and no wish to get, only to give, AND THIS INCLUDES MONEY
you could go to Africa and sweep the soofis up
off their feet do you have these? I doubt it?
nor do you act lionlike lions only send telegrams
never long discursives
they save those for their sequent thoughts in books
in Europe they know you to be a crackpot
because you are untrue to your Murshid,
you accept other Murshids so have defected
so of course they are going to avoid you like a plague
they don't avoid me because I am not at all advanced
only a harmless eccentric
and very ignorant, only an outsider who met Murshid
I never frequent any religionists nor have writ on zen
for 30 years
you once wrote me you were thru with them but have fallen
back into their clutches because secretly you want
recognition and money? is this it? I ask you answer
it is no use to be a scold everybody
you must be a lion and so positive they must bow down to be
eaten to get POSITIVE send $2 to
667 E 3 St.
for book MACROBIOTICS and follow Ohsawa food plan
I do its terrific
no meat few vegetables meat too + vegs too -
and put in a balance +- of cells by
MAJORING IN RICE OR MILLET
this Ohsawa probably greatest man living on planet for
curing cancer, leprosy etc of thousands; he is 70 looks
40 they tell me.
anyway this is a BIG opportunity hurrah
postcard from Hawaii
June 2, 1963
S L: We do not see how you are a man without free time; really you have
almost nothing to do. When you make a talk in Orient and get 100 pupils you
really will be busy with papers. Maybe you will have to buy a paper factory.
"You should see the higher Sufi mantrams and the higher Buddhist mantrams"
Hurrah!! let me see them; the potency of sounds seems immense but only because
they all stem from the one sound soundlessly. Even so sound is the best
medicine. Here living is before the invention of the typewriter and before
paper. This is not type and paper you are reading, but sound. You know this.
Apr 15 National Observer newspaper, in libraries, p 8, has an account of the SF
Buddhist church. There is money enuf in Europe to build a soofee Taj if they
would do it.
postcard from Hawaii
May 14, 1963
THE NAME OF Buddha is bud-ah!
THE NAME OF Jesus is yes-us!
THE NAME OF Allah is all-ah!
The name is a word, the word is a sound,
the sound is a shaking of silence, the silent
being who is, the ONE through the many, me, you.
You may turn both ways, towards the many and
towards the ONE, out or in, down or up, in fact,
you may breathe since you are breathed. By taking
a watch, seeing how many times you breathe in-out
a minute you will find it comes to 24,000 times
a day, this many opportunities of turning.
But do not fool yourself.
This turning, this breath, this being is in heart.
Whoo silent and sound
shakes us awake, ah, the first
baby mouth sound, Oh, the
sound of wonder—such are
through ordinary extraordinary
speech. Listen. Listen
postcard from Hawaii
May 7, 1963
diagnosis started, cure possible:
THE TWO GREAT PROBLEMS ON EARTH ARE THE FOOD STARVATION IN THE BACKWARD
“LANDS AND THE HEART STARVATION IN THE FORWARD LANDS.”
This may be the most penetrating sentence ever written in English.
Consonants constrict sounds that vowels give free flow to. Said another way
the silent audible sound stem raying into space creating nature may be
re-entered through sound and consonants are the stoppages of sounds. As one can
be sounded and silently sound through pores and feet as well as mouth and mind,
one becomes kind of
What suggestions might you have to feed the heart starvation? in forward
postcard from Hawaii
May 21, 1963
SL: Your Saladin expert probably is truer than your life (poemly speaking).
Your letter to Bahai exposes the whole thing splendidly. If "Satan" is analyst,
you are using Satan, maybe an employee? You say "The whole country is
'schizoid.'" Maybe Allah's way to get you with more heart people, even save
your life (as we predicted).
If OK with you, I plan to arrive SF Sat July 27th, 5:45 PM, take airline bus
to downtown terminal, stay at hotel with neon sign just outside terminal door
(Clift?) spend Sunday there, leave Sunday AM. Me: postcard. You: probably might
save oodles of time if you dictaphoned instead of typed writings. No soap.
postcard from Hawaii
May 16, 1963
told you shamser was dead zombie
brain cramped walks around in fathers image
this cramps heart to open heart unknot
this un ok everyone has a beloved someone
in heart but this someone sometimes gets tired
being squeezed and cuts up a bit what fun
Moslems but plan to open heart yet cramped
closed fought others each others for centuries
still fighting lost key sounds open but only
simple ones not formulated keys codes brainings
its too simple moral abolish newspapers books
cement sidewalks walk instead on path
postcard from Hawaii
May 3, 1963
Feeling fine but great Japanese Dr in Japan says from photo: Large nose
means possible heart strain, lines under eyes kidney weakness. OK. Now how to
correct any such? Your Ya Shafee of course. Any other suggests? Thank you.
The 20 lines carbon copy letter sent to someone with prescriptions very
precious. The Ishk Allah ALWAYS has worked for me for years. You are IT. Thank
you again and again.
postcard from Hawaii
April 30, 1963
Dear Mr Lewis,
In receipt of your letter of the instant instant this is to advise you that
practically each political minded person in USA is completely mad including the
entire nation. All the more the it is your duty to decontaminate them thru
sound but this should not be foreignized labeled. If you can do this you will
receive the heartfelt thanks of
Anent notice on other side be advised that if receptivity is cut off the
doer becomes mad thru unbalance. This (receptivity) is impossible to entertain
due to contamination of such impartation by the clergy, educators, scientizers
and humanizers, trapped by words, opinions, biases and you know what. Good luck
to you but NO SOAP. Please breathe.
1 To many God (Allah) (Khudah) has become a dirty word.
2 To many Khudah (God) has become a etc.
1. Right 2 Wrong.
Better than 1 or 2
no foreign word at all
Foreign words are for foreigners but HE is not foreign nor prosaic.
postcard from Hawaii
April 29, 1963
What is Wazifa? what is tasbih (sounds like ashcan)? Why does Ya shafee work
rather than some other words? (as it does) Just what is divine love? throne in
heart, thot we were thru with "thrones?"
THOSE instructions are particularly yours; you got them no matter where to
give. What is the difference between feeling and materialing and how do they
relate? Do your "practices" produce a split between feel and fact? Can you get
results with ordinary words or do you insist everyone must be a Muslim? In
brief, is it propaganda for a payoff? Or, maybe you wish to be exclusive? And,
lastly, what are you complaining about today? Hurrah. reps
but why not complain
something to do
postcard from Hawaii
April 29, 1963
I guess it would be OK to write me once weekly should you, choose care of
Davis, 71 Pohakulani, Hilo, Hawaii for the next few weeks. Your patented Ya
Shafee (and Ishk Allah) I have use for years (as your gift) and so am
continually thanking you. These gems I found again in your letter copy sent me.
How wonderful could you give them to world in their own language not foreign to
them. Of course they work but magic is really love unforeign. In converse
Murshid never obscured his talk to heart with words needing explaining. Just a
notion from the ocean. Please see from my point of V.
postcard from Hawaii
April 18, 1963
Dear Samuel, your medicino trip sounds loving and loved, very good am
leaving this island very shortly, mail probably not forwarded—discontinue
sending until we set somewhere again / hurrah
1 to 1 / following Murshida's instructions I do not use name saladin
publicly, postcard is public sayonara reps
your each page should tell how to realize Allah no time for social or
theorizations public desperately hungering, forget professors how how how who
ALL AH !
postcard from Hawaii
April 19, 1963
YOU ARE RIGHT SO RIGHT WITH MAGIC FOREIGN ABACABA YOU TURN ON LIGHTS. BUT
THIS IS SYMBOL OF GIFT YOU ARE GIVEN TO TURN ON LIGHTS IN INDIVIDUALS, 1 to 1,
NOT DO SHOW MAGIC. THIS CAN BE DONE BY YOU WITHOUT PAPERS, CHARGES,
COMPLICATIONS, DEFERENCES STRAIGHT AHEAD WHOOPS GOD ONCE BURNED UP ALL YOUR
PAPERS. BUT HE HAS GIVEN YOU THIS GREAT GIFT. EACH PAGE SHOULD SAY THIS, TURN
ON YOUR LIGHT. LEAVING HERE. HOLD LETTERS, O TURNER ON OF LIGHTS. reps, "pray
(famous moslem begging phrase)
INSIST YOU CAN TURN ON FOR ANY PERSON IN ANY LANGUAGE DIRECT 1 TO 1.
BUT THIS GIFT IS TO GIVE NOT TO GET WITH AND THE MORE YOU GIVE THE MORE
COMES ALONG GO TO IT, BOY.
postcard from Hawaii
April 13, 1963
"when we are released from some hate or fear, from some unbalanced lust,
passion, persuasion, from birth or death, we have made a grade in school we
have surrendered and so some miraculous appreciation is given us—as seeing to
the blind, hearing to the deaf, touching to one who was turning to stone. This
play is about turning."
(In one of a book of 30 reps plays)
postcard from Hawaii
April 17, 1963
WHAT keeps you cooking, youngering, is that you are given a
tremendous power to help another. You know what.
So he she comes to, you and what do you do? I don't know. Maybe you fill his
arms with old papers, lecture him on how grand you are, let him in on the
fighting Sue-fees you delight to fight with and so do they. Maybe you tell him
Come back tomorrow. But its man to man. He by presence ASKS for help and
deserves it. It may not be what he expects. But he needs help desperately. This
is why he doesn't want to read long papers or listen to a self praise or a
fight that continues until death among cursers. This is your great opportunity,
your cooking. No soap. reps
PS THIS MAN TO MAN STUFF is easier among Orientals than white skinners.
letter no to others
letter to me yes
if letter to me is
shown another then
I must be told or
it must be headed
see from my viewpoint
postcard from Hawaii
July 27, 1959
'54 in Young East mag almost verbatim in my long poem your title 'How to be
a Buddhist, how to be a Buddha" but cannot sue you because I love you and
titles are not copyrightable. But send me Horizons; or at least issue and
address. NY World ran article on me after I left for India; found stone
book-ends, said I was stone worshipper; threatened to sue them, made good
friends, became their
feature writer. Gentry mag cribbed stories from ZFZB, wrote them, became
fast friends; they ran paid spreads on reps; even went with me to Japan; this
is another opportunity for love (with force)
Strange I had similar sick experience to yours; laid down breathed ya shafee
etc got healed. But Allah is sole owner of all vowels.
postcard from Hawaii
August 28, 1959
SL: HAVE DISCOVERED TREMENDOUS WEALTH IN YOUR NAME YOU ARE UNAWARE OF: YOU
HAVE TERRIFIC POWER TO HELP OTHERS BY TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO (if when as you
leave yourself out of it and don't extol yourself. Your self-claims sure to be
resented even if true). Just specialize on helping others. I KNOW NO SINGLE
PERSON YOUR ENEMY. Our enemies we imagine because we are not 1000% building
constructively. Forget your imagined enemies. BUILD BUILD BUILD THRU OTHERS FOR
YOU HAVE THIS POWER. USE IT. IT WILL REDOUND TO YOU. (It took me years to get
you to go Oriental. Long ago I said forget wats.) NOW I HAVE DISCOVERED YOUR
ENORMOUS WEALTH. USE IT. Letter splendid.
postcard from Hawaii
May 25, 1963
water moves earth
fire flows water
air dances fire feel
sound stirs air breath
all from the one sound
never leave it if you
Well, you're always telling so: a boy was named after me in New Zealand; a
NZ woman offers me her daughter; a NY group wants one of my plays to produce
forgive my saying this
will meet you in India Dec 21 and we will have a 2 member speaking tour
they need and like speakers in India desperately
missionaries, always white, have missions
YOU FORGET TO SAY WHY YOU THINK THE MAGIC WORDS WORK
YOU SHOULD KNOW SOMETHING OF THIS YOU ARE THE EXPERT EXPERING
those old fellows cribbed my unknotting but failed to verb it
consonants kill verbs sound alives
postcard from Hawaii
June 17, 1963
Why not be a world citizen
why not spend half of each year in orient wintering
What about you mother, your brother?
Many secys possible in orient stir up
you haven't told me yet why the magic words work so well.
postcard from Chico, Calif
July 31, 1963
urgent to 5 am wakers sent two books on brown ricing, also sample sea salt,
shoyu sauce, brown organically grown
El molino mills 3060 valley blvd alhambra has nice long grain brown rice
don't know if organic
also can usually get this in health food stores their make
only 4 copies left here of bigger book sent you
hard to work this elec typewriter it hums
with seaweed a fish weekly
sea salt = rich man ways to paradise hurrah
sea salt in health food stores
postcard from Chico, Calif
August 5, 1963
you are perhaps the most brilliant brain on earth specializing in writing
letters to the dead.
You are destined to enliven the mission of Inayat and give it to the orient,
give his life to the orient as only you can but fewer and fewer persons will
stop these days to delve in old tomes to find the meanings of foreign words or
even read books
why not dictate speaking by word instead of fingernails
you can see through iron 50 feet thick
you can solve problems 5,000 years old
you can speak the word and rain comes
you are the greatest
the most the exquisite and you admit it yourself
you give me endless exuberance and hurrahs you are
all organized religions have this in common:
1. I am right and you are wrong and
2. If you don’t agree you go to hell
postcard from San Francisco, Calif
August 7, 1963
BICYCLE THRU WOODED COOL MORNS
NICE YOUNG FOLKS
FOOD COOKED FOR ME MACROBIOTIC
PICTURE POEM SHOW LATER
BUM TALKS I REBUKE
FINE AIR AND WELL WATER
COOL NIGHTS, AIRCOOLED ROOM
JAPANESE AND WHITIES
VERY PLEASURE AND NON
RELIGIOUS GROUP OPEN
postcard from Chico, Calif
August 16, 1963
Have airmailed you Kevran book, asking its return in very short time
thinking his scientific work of possible interest to you and hoping you
1. give me a react on it
2. and how to publish same
this if you like it.
Ohsawa comes this Sat 17th.
If not impressed I leave here for Japan in about a week or 10 days.
Picture poem show goes on Sat on.
postcard from Chico, Calif
August 26, 1963
Dear Samuel, Your address is not clear.
I probably will be in SF next Sunday and would like to see you. Before then
should you write me give times To Lun meditates. IF YOU HAVE NOT MAILED ME HOLD
IT. OR MAIL IT TO REISER BY AIRMAIL: I'LL PAY. From your letters you do not
state if you have mailed it to me or not definitely. Will stop at California
hotel as before. See you soon.
postcard from Hawaii
by reps-yoga presume you mean unique anyone's yoga, lewis-yoga, wholly
expressing with utmost love and joy
as per 112 practices in centering in ZFZB
if you wish moar copies of that book in paperback, can send as gift
fikar must be uniquely one's own led from within not fro outer guru
heart must melt heart must melt
how is reps-jhog
walking as zombies to another's pace is not so good except for zombies
it's all an exploration, there are thousands exploring in
Rishikesh and so many other places this evening,
yes this evening
OM SRI RAM JAI RAM JAI JAI RAM
THIS IS ENUF WITHOUT BOOKS
well Krishnabai worked it, not by comparing, not
by judging and not by complaining and not by
self-elevation but by the heart-melted mantram
what is ryazat, who by, contents?
Islamic library McGill U, Montreal has 12 set books of Murshid, fine.
postcard from Hawaii
January 26, 1968
Your activity should be named PLAY SCHOOL OF THE INNER
(such as I have been setting up in usa)
and teach different "Jhoga" each night
and refer audience to place they can study further into special one,
and then they'll all LIKE you for advertising them
and the idea, school, lets you out of Guru attacks and slander, and its
and I think it's what you are really doing in LOVE and JOY.
But it must be free, on donation basis, and even a button, something should
be given to receive,
and it could be a world survey of PRACTICES as you can do it,
and the REAL education the young hunger for,
and thousands will come to learn and I will help you;
and like a library they will go there for references and comparisons because
it is HONEST,
not wanting money or recognition or anything but REALLY HELPING!!!!!!
This is IT. Teacher no scold is best best best.
With world of youth hungering what mockery to set up a private charge—for
instruction only for the elect!
No, no, that will only exclude the ones who need to be included.
It ain't love, it ain't.
It is up to you to open up a world soofism freely, from and to heart,
giving, giving, radiating.
You must formulate this, otherwise no joy in doing, only labor and
Go to it.
Shall I send you fine Yoga book?
January 27, 1968
Please forgive me for offending you by non-reception of
letters, ban now removed, but I don't read long books any or letters except by
touch. Think your love and joy and no scold reverse old policy of, like
Murshida, condemn condemn condemn. Hurrah.
30 is nothing, you will have 300, then 3,000, then why not,
They are there waiting for your school, worldwide.
If you say you can handle any more than 30 this sounds like
the Zen Roshis complaining. How about getting a hall, opening the doors!
How about asking them to given $1 a week if they can afford
it, and putting a box or plate for it, and they will respect the small sum
asked and double it.
Then if you also say, a report of income-outgo will be posted
and give a financial statement on the wall they know you're not digging them
All Yogis and Gurus, hail! But Mahesh Yogi 8 times has milked
Americans for money and taken it back to India. His paid talks go on and on,
they pay to hear they should pay a week's wage to study with him. Very
takeative. And North Americans so innocent they don't see through it.
ZEN NEEDS A TECHNICIAN ADJUSTMENT. It has entered and
appeared often as a foreign import. You adjust it into a universal experience.
They easily raise $300,000. For a few to sit exclusively, whereas all men SIT
Sufyism, Islam, Icelam and other lams also need your
adjustment. If there were 1,000 or 10,000 or a guru on every street corner they
could not even then fill the coming need.
ALLAH orders followed, MOHAMMED says Give him what he asks,
so BE it.
$1 a week means, or, say, $1 a week, that's better, means 52 x 300= $15,600
See your lawyer for non-profit set up to work from.
Why only 300?
Why not 3,000? 52 x 3000 = $156,000 a year. You NEED a building, not for
SCHOOL but to HOUSE all the youth who will stream to SF to attend this
The $15,000 will pay for your announcements and let them know where to go.
You don't need to do all this; your managers will do it; you direct.
February 1, 1968
I am writing two books on RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES OF
One is finished but has NO word religion in it and no
smell of it, all one-to-one simple, repeat SIMPLE practices. Format startling.
I propose to write another book. Name
RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES OF THE WORLD
all packed prose in
this book by Samuel Lewis.
The word packed may not be right. Maybe sequent, or maybe, informative
You supply me with 12 single-spaced typed pages, not more than one page for
each of the 12.
You detail the religion and its practices and results.
I contract with you to give you HALF of all income from the book, and all
income if I predecease you, and both contract to devote total income of book to
spreading it after we die.
I have full management of selling book and its movie rights etc but in any
contract of sale your half is specified. Maybe I can make you $20,000. or moar
for these 12 pages.
This is my proposition to you, subject
A. to your approval of text
B. and mine.
You get your 12 pages in 12 talks. Announced ahead, and you use them as
instruction in your SCHOOL too. This delivers a liberal education and a CHOICE
of religious practices to anyone, a free gift to humanity and a kind of
exposure of the closed-fisted past ways of religious teachers, and a liberal
comparison of all of them including the Eskimo.
postcard from Hawaii
March 9, 1968
MAN, YOU ARE REALLY COOKING WITH DYNAMITE. ADVICE: FOLLOW NO ADVICE. LOVE
AND JOY ARE THE DOCTOR'S PRESCRIPTION YOU BET. AM SENDING TO MONTREAL TO GET
NAME OF PUBLISHER IN ENGLAND TO HAVE SET OF KHAN BOOKS SENT YOU KEEP AS MY
GIFT. MAGNIFICENT PHOTOS OF HIM IN THEM. KEEP CALM.
postcard from Hawaii
March 12, 1968
Samuel! I never intended you should come to Stanford talk
lounge talks are invariably dull besides you have heard and do hear
please avoid this energy expenditure in favor of your own work
postcard from Hawaii
April 1, 1968
The eyes are the windows of the sound
a brilliant title.
Waiting for book with baited breath!!!!
Man in Sweden did a book, 1st picture in farm suit with hat, second without
third without hat and coat, and so on and last picture he stood entirely
Long text I could not read in swedish.
postcard from Hawaii
April 8, 1968
would love to drop in and listen, just listen to your Sunday May 19
Speaking high school May 16th, May 17th 2:30 PM San Jose State College,
Journalism Bldg 141. Expect to be at Don hotel May 19 SF;
seminar outside NYC, Rye, NY May 24,5,6;
Chicago June 1-2. San Diego
perhaps June 7,8,9 Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
then SF late Fall.
postcard from Hawaii
April 11, 1968
Your teaching by breath, heart and eye and atmosphere sounds wonderful!!!!
Your defense of it to oldsters sounds unnecessary. With your permission plan to
sit in your May 19 meeting (what time?) Sunday and leave Tue or Wed for NYC.
This would leave me only 19 or 20th open (maybe stretched to 18th or 21st
A Marion Sattman (whom I have met and is not my representative) seems kindly
helping with a reps talk but reps doesn't need to talk; she wrote I would hear
from SF State College but I haven't.
I doubt the advisability of any houseboat talk as I think this is Bro.
Isn't it enuf just to talk with you?
YES. Plan return thru SF in Fall. Don hotel SF, my plan, after talks San
Jose, 16, 17.
postcard from Hawaii
April 20, 1968
Sam says! I am now teaching by Breath, by Heart, by Eye, by Atmosphere.
These are universal. They are not metaphysical. These are operational
Excepting it should say we, since you are not doing it apart,
this is the most or only worthy statement you ever made,
and this despite the fact that it is in sequent English that kills any
Long self praising other-condemning reams into the ashcan but this shines
with Allah's glory.
Of course it is not substantiated by humans because there are no humans,
only unknown beings calling themselves humans, ranking themselves as
important and right.
This statement puts a new soofyism into world
antiquating old methods completely including initiations.
To initiate is to start.
It cannot be formalized.
Except for the living dead.
postcard from Hawaii
July 16, 1968
Asia drama was sent not because we like it
but dislike it as a test
but between each word ramdas is smiling
however there are some other reasons
if not you might not have received this card.
postcard from Hawaii
August 5, 1963
LET me confess to you I have been working on a book for almost a year and it
is now done
NO NEED TO KILL
11 WAYS TO MEDITATE
Inayat (he always said "Call me Inayat") told me his mysticism of sound was
a large thick volume at first and it was reduced and reduced. This shows us we
teach ourselves by talking with us about what we think might be so, ne.
postcard from Hawaii
August 6, 1968
It seems I have two speaking living engagements at colleges near San Diego
thus to arrive in SF weekend of Nov 9.
Your vast energetic letters shower me with a 3,000 audience.
OK, man, all samee 3,000 or 3. or 3.
The number 3 has a vast significance.
It comes after 2 and 2 comes after 1, yes it does.
The effects sequence and the English language. ah oh
postcard from Hawaii
September 5, 1968
You seem to be doing nicely, no complaints. Its the others who should be
Leave for Japan Sep 12; leave for southern Calif. Oct 30th series of
seminars and college talks; plan arriving SF about Nov 15. Return from Japan
Allah to you!
"Call me Inayat" he said, and made a simple "order." Now an order sounds
harmless enuf. Not so. Lawsuits and threats and boasts for years and years
continually afterwards. SCHOOL FOR WALK is superb. Meditation is an overused
word, so is international for title.
postcard from Hawaii
October 21, 1968
had most wonderful experiences of life on recent trip to Philippines and
leave here Oct 27 for college talks as far east as Wisconsin, Nov 10
on houseboat at Sausalito 6PM I think.
postcard from Hawaii
November 25, 1968
Samuel, thank you for your life your life
your dancing is the most important innovation in the history of the western
your book is superb
your oracle is splendid.
I will see you march 10, 69
postcard from Hawaii
December 6, 1968
The $900,000 Siamese Buddha and the $750,000 Sineasy Buddha are worth less
than the two words you sent me. but what do they mean? Imagine their worth in a
time when people knew what they meant! And what does ryazat mean AND HOW CAN I
P99 ANALOG science fiction Dec newsstands 60ct has article by scientist
"situation of some gravity" excellent predicting bad times for Dec this
Probably why the pope lost his temper in public the other day. Very well
Fatigue diminishes by the way as interest rises.
I wished to have you and yours to dinner that night also but there were too
many for too few food we need a hall under 20 free, over 20 $1, over 30 $3??
postcard from Hawaii
December 13, 1968
If you get discouraged with the quaint customs of old Europe or the
druggists delights just turn to the back cover of dejected avatar and see that
Soupism is nothing to me without a SMILE don't forget world is upset right
now but Nixon is a Quaker and will calm it down but Europe suefees have only
been sueing one another for one lifetime rest assured,
postcard from Hawaii
December 16, 1968
SAMRAM forgive me for writing you a letter
why send a handful of trash when you can send a whole post (card)
why capitalize on someone or period or comma him.
I got to nothing about the utter innocence of Inayat when he said, just
sirdar is making all the prayers with just the right wording
I was shocked at this I never expected such detached innocence from the wise
but I realize anything not rejected from me talking is or may be
because of an innocence, the very nerve of getting up
and saying such things if we write down what is said
it has lost its spontaneity innocence but gained in formalism,
in other words gone from heaven to hell
and everyone living in hell as a matter of coarse
postcard from Hawaii
December 23, 1968
S a m
you are RIGHT
food articles mere trash without LOVE
words without LOVE better never said
you are RIGHT
and shall be right in 1969
in the face of the pretenders deniers
nowwhatis love? hunger?
[after Christmas 1968]
esalen has taken control from mike murphy and is in the hands of the old men
though they paid me $850 to come from Japan
and $450 another time to come from hawaii
my seminars must have been trash for the place
to arrive where it is (in our dream ha)
esalen chicago man who paid me for a seminar there
with elaborate reception of apartment with a great
round bed and a private airplane
imported lama govinda at his request
to break the midwest monotony
they liked him
as he sat on the platform always beside his wife
which is tiring
so en route to india where he lived in mayavati
which is tiring
and writes long strings of words
which is tiring (to me)
he endured (with oppositions of fellow germans
already ensconced there) esalen big sur
I must buy some of my stock you say is going up
but it has nowhere else to go
our abject non-functioning in western world
the day after lama's seminar in chicago reps gave
one (functional) talk
the young turned out for it
they never had before
and the recording was muffed
so it is where it belongs
down the winds
but it was a dilly
it wrapped up the llama good
who by the bye likes reps books
his wife wont let him be hugged because she says
holy men are never touched in India
however he winks at this
so you see the SITuation
take a look at your photo in your book LET'S LAUGH
The repository for Nyogen Senzaki works should be
Soen Roshi was the inheritor of all Senzaki-san things
by his written last instructions and should honor the material.
As you know Japanese are notoriously careful about keeping treasures.
May God bless you in your work,
postcard from Hawaii
January 4, 1969
there aren't very many of us
most of us are rushing pressing forcing
others fearing just to be me
a cat and Asian trip was given you thru me
the best gift Inayat ever gives is his
innocence about those prayers
the rest was projected by him and others to do good
in these projections we lose our life
that never loses us what fun there is
absolutely no one like Sam Lewis nosiree
so be it.
postcard from Hawaii
January 8, 1969
did you ever have any idea of why the q sound used with the Sufis?
is it a language situation do you think?
why do we find no such sound elsewhere?
you usually know any everything so I suppose
an inspired reply maybe put in spheres here or there.
postcard from Hawaii
February 14, 1969
Hurrah you have made playboy
altho I know nothing of such things you can ask for 150,000. and settle for
5M not bad
they have oodles of bread and would use suit
for publicity purposes perhaps your stuff so good why? because your
is pure that's why,
WHAT ISSUE PLAYBOY REJECTED YOU?
postcard from Hawaii
February 20, 1969
When Inayat asked me what I wanted I would say only your good feeling and he
You already have that
indeed I have we have and not only that but yours and not only yours but
THOUSANDS of others likewise MILLIONS do you appreciate THIS?
It poureth thrueth hereth so-it-is.
postcard from Hawaii
February 21, 1969
Thanks for copy of asvaghosha
please send me book reference, publisher, price address
wherefrom your page was taken.
It is even better than Inayat.
postcard from Hawaii
February 28, 1969
shaku patronizing of nyogen in very bad taste
because the father boss dominant superior is always in bad taste asking to
allah alone IS however nyogen was half chinese
so the closed end setup of the smaller Japanese
didn't sit well with him who at end of life
outgrew his father and did pretty well for
himself but couldn't convey it clearly functionally,
you have the only dance in USA so far
it promotes health and do-it-yourself
tho it may be contaminated with exclusivisms
by no means can we call exhibitionism or theatricalism
or eroticism dance in deed no
topless in USA does not mean headless but up to breasts revealed
to the man-child in USA who couldn't get any
higher yes it is a disgrace to be mentioned in play, boy.
however Japanese use derogation as backhanded praising
the moar derogate the moar praise
Paauilo, Hawaii 96776
March 6, 1969
you offered me the huge sum of $40 to do a cover
for a book for you
and when I asked you how I get paid
when you didn't even reply
so maybe you don't have that $40
you specified it, not I
it was your idea, not mine
you suggest I speak at barkeley
and when I suggested your place was too small
to get even 100 persons in
you did not oven reply
it was your idea, not mine
I am sending george hoyt to you
who can do your magazine you speak of
perhaps without cost for you
also I suggested a better title for your endeavor
would be good and you never even replied to this
as all things ARE
PLEASE REPLY SEMI-ANNUALLY ONLY
HEAD REPLY: "THIS REQUIRES NO ANSWER"
Paauilo, Hi. 96776
July 4, 1970
I am fully cognizant that your prayers
as your call them are changing the race mind
yes they're being answered and changing
the race mind
this is obvious
hasan nizami told me he had a million mureeds
or followers quite a bite for a soofee
I called him on it and he said it was so,
factually yes in deed factually
they were the living-dead ones
you have done a whole of a lot better than that
sometimes I think you are the only living soofee
Paauilo, hi, 96776
December 30, 1970
thanks for good, short, telegraphic, compacted,
let us correspond jan 1 each year and
maybe july 1
glad to hear things going well for you
I too had an infection
stopped eating for 7 days, one
fruit a day, and with a few streptomycin
exhibited and talked over usa in 70
also two Us in Sweden also nyc gallery
show and 3 talks
after 10 days in nyc it took my throat
2 months to clear itself of lodged
minerals I refuse to stay overnight
in nyc in future
speak at esalen sf april 29, 8PM
love and blessings,
November 7, 1962
My dear Saladin:
I received your note from Bergen and had no intention to write—your life
seems so utterly far from mine in everything. But in the next mail I received a
letter from my Pir-o-Murshid from which I quote:
What a joy to remember you this morning. I was spiritually busy or less I
would have replied to you earlier.
I hope you would be kind enough to forgive me. It is no exaggeration to say
I have never met a man to touch you.
Your devotion to ISLAM is very highly appreciated here. The message of our
Pir-o-Murshid SUFI INAYAT KHAN CHISTI is of course a real message of ISLAM.
Love to humanity. Unconditional and unrestricted love to humanity
irrespective of black and white. Your love to humanity is the real worship of
God. If you love humanity means you love God. Very few SUFIS know this.
End of quotation
I am enclosing picture which shows me in robe. This robe was instituted
first as Wali and then as Murshid over the Khalifs, 200 being present at the
first, 500 at the second gathering. I won't tell you here what happened because
in view of what is written above it is so out of line with all our
traditions, sentiments, attitudes.
When the real Zen monks came here all the experts kept away. When they had
their convention I insisted on addressing them when a hostile chairman wanted
to refuse. I simply Fudo'd and I can Fudo because I am Fudo and this robe is
the Sufi equivalent of Fudo and man can do nothing about it. And when I
finished a Japanese monk arose and supported me in everything, down to fine
details and said I should be given a vote of thanks and ovation. Bye-bye
blackbirds Watts, Humphreys, Blythe and a bunch of Ph.Ds, and P.D.q.s Whose
words are read far and wide.
Then I wrote to the vice-President of India about my read mission and the
Consul-General here at once telephoned me. Ho-hum.
Bryn objected and Bryn also did not take my reports on salt-water conversion
and now he is stuck with two big problems and at last he has gotten into his
head that may be, just maybe, this one is not a complete idiot. But you know
what Pir-o-Murshid said about his true disciples.
I am trying to convert some Sufi mureeds not to inner practices, but
occasionally to accept a few things written in the printed publications. Like
Shaw happing to convert a banker to Sufism, I hope to convert a mureed here and
there in the West.
Now all the seers, psychics and saints including this Pir-o-Murshid, Barkat
Ali, predicted two things for me and then minor things. The minor we won't
discuss excepting to say that a Sufi may function anywhere, in anything and
does not depend on the faith of others. When you are interested talkie, but
not. Also nearly all the x-followers of Alan Watts are on the fringe, and he,
of course, is fur, fur away.
[next page(s) likely missing]
April 4, 1963
The deluge is upon me which I knew was coming. Today another letter from
Pakistan. More and more Sufis are not only looking to me but want to know about
Pir-o-Murshid's teachings. I do not favor the purchase of books for these
people because the book without the teacher does not help and I do not like to
ask for money from anybody for Gatha typing because I know of nobody excepting
in Cleveland who is suited to this work and there they would also supply the
money. I cannot go and ask people to type this class of writing. But since
writing this morning the next letter confirmed the need to a simple breakdown
of Pir-o-Murshid's lessons, plus the commentaries which he asked me to do.
In 1957 after I was snubbed by everybody the Prime Minister of Pakistan came
here, lined up
everybody in the room and made them come one by one for my blessing. He,
Mohammed Ali Bogra, is now dead. But the man who started the same thing in
Pakistan, Hakeem Sahib, has suddenly
appeared in the midst of my friends and they made a pilgrimage to my Khalifa,
Khawar Khan, who has been ill.
I two or three of instructions for Khawar:
a. The new method based on Mohammed, Ali and Hujwiri mostly for Muslims.
b. The method Pir-o-Murshid wanted plus commentaries.
But this is a sign of what if going to happen after I leave this world, that
all the mureeds of
Pir-o-Murshid are going to be lined up by him just as the Pakistanis were lined
up by Mohammed Ali Bogra. While I have seen this again and again, the kind of
recognition from Hakes Sahib is the basic reason why I do not to travel any
more. I want somebody with me, one or more persons and let them do the
Pir-o-Murshid said: "It is his teachings that make the Murshid" and all
inquiries given me are
basically by esoteric methods with a minimum sermonizing and just enough
explanations to make things clear. Or as Pir-o-Murshid said: "What I give to
you must give to others. This is the great curse and some day diseases or
plagues will break out among the gatha-hiders who do not either teach or
Once I want to Purdah and Pir-o-Murshid came and gave me three sets of
studies and when I came out I found the original papers, almost identical and
tore the sheets up. But the subject matter is
going to be integrated for mureeds and possibly others at the University of
Islamabad and no
gatha-hiders or githa-secluders are going to stop it.
I am even now on the verge of spiritual training through music, and there
are the methods of
magnetism and concentration which I consider too. The praying, "May the Message
of God reach far and wide" and then hiding his attainment but by the reactions
of the simpletons who do not practice what Hazrat Inayat Khan taught them—or
what they assume he taught without even getting the instructions.
The finality of this will come, no doubt, when we meet and I explain in
universal terns the Fudo
mission which I neither avoid nor wish to avoid though others may want it. I
wish to give you a complete picture before anything else.
[next page(s) likely missing]
January 12, 1968
Mr. Paul Reps
I here is a moral law and there is karma but one doubts whether one can
convey the nature of them to the experts and metaphysicians who have been
dominating the fields of Oriental philosophy (?) and mystical teachings. Hazrat
Inayat Khan spent some time with Samuel in 1923 outlining his hopes, a matter
not stressed because of the seemingly more important interviews of 1926. But
having begun the study of the Upanishads in 1926, one might imagine that the
person knew just a little on the subject. But when I returned from India with
the "Lesser Upanishads" the experts with their "moral-spiritual" (?) outlooks
refused almost unanimously to accept the bare fact that one had this
literature, let along the knowledge involved.
The first prediction coming true is that the Hindu students have now their
own cultural society and they have invited Sufi Murad Chisti to join them. This
is sometime no "good" expert (?) on "Oriental Philosophy" would think of doing.
But now the cards are going on to the table.
The real follow up of 1923 came when Paul Reps proposed a School. A School
of learning and techniques, not of important and self-important people to bring
East and West together. Evidently this must be in the Sphere because yesterday
a special delivery registered letter arrived with the first endowment. I don't
know how it got around. I do not even know the name of the donor but it is
certain that the young people of the day, wishing to find spiritual liberation
and Joy with (or without) drugs, and finding a solid person (to them) are
responding more and more. Indeed putting one's foot down one got one's first
substantial collection during the week and one's first effort to get public
lectures have had what the Oriental but never the Orientalists would call
"karma." Or in another way Sam is getting the reward of what Her Serene
Highness called punya and I do not wish to go into that for Princess Poon has
no use for the "only in America" ?Orientalists?
Indeed the welcome she gave Sam's delegates to the conference of The Temple
of Understanding shows she is satisfied. And it is remarkable how the "experts"
on Oriental ?Philosophy? and our public speakers kept away from the Calcutta
conference where the cards were on the table.
The obtaining of the endowment came at a critical time for the total
difference between Sufism and" only in America" Oriental ?Philosophy? is that
in the former Teacher and pupil are one and Sam has taken on a tremendous
burden and this has been wiped away very suddenly. And one is unable to share
because the people accepting checks do not accept that Sam is a yogi or a Sufi
or passed his Zen Buddhist credentials. They are willing even to forego money
than to accept these basic facts so it is necessary to come out now and give
the young Oriental-Oriental Philosophy.
On my sixtieth birthday Swami Ranganathananda Maharaj invited Professor S.
Chatterji, then head of the philosophy department of the University of Calcutta
and this worthy immediately attacked Sam. "You Americans! You miserable
Americans! You are not only liars you are woards. You not only lie you employ
Germans to lie for you, you cannot do your own lying." It took the Swami some
time to calm the professor down. And Sam said, "Which do you want, the
flute-of-Krishna or a talk on Chandogya Upanishad right off, no
preparation?" "He means exactly what he says." Swamiji interjected. The
professor apologized but I can assure you the men whom Chatterji loathed have
been the speakers before during and since that period and even now when you
never find Sam invited to address public audiences at any East-west gathering!
This is our moral-and- spiritual law!
The coming of Swamiji caused Sam to Contact the Hindu students and they not
only invited him to join them but to participated in their Independence Day.
This was followed up by Sam finding an address of Mahatma Gandhi which I can
assure you none of these German, English and Phdesists would dare to read in
public. So Sam has this for January 26 and it will be accepted—no "experts"
stand in the way now just as no "experts" stood in the way in India. We are all
Sam had reached the end of his rope—standing all the expenses and burdens,
so he applied for an outside job and had a favorable answer. The miserable
situation when all these "experts" on "Oriental Philosophy" adamantly refuse to
accept the religion of the President of India! But they'll "celebrate" India's
Independence Day. So Sam will be with the Hindus and not with the "experts" and
The very theme of Hindu-Muslim unity is deep in my hidden self. The refusal
to accept any real speaker on Sufism is going to have its karmic repercussions.
True, I have been invited to speak at certain groups which means Sam brings the
audience and they take the collection! This is the moral-spiritual outlook!
Yesterday I received a report that a least four colleges in the Bay Area
want a real speaker on real Sufism and real mysticism and I am tired of
crabbing about Emperor Akbar whose name, fame and history has been shut out
from the public by the "experts."
Add to that that a letter from Vocha came yesterday anent Ruth St. Denis.
Sam is carrying on the work or Ruth St. Denis and we are going to have some
real yoga dances on either a May day or a Maypole holiday. And I am going to
tell the young that the "experts" don't want any such things—they want
lectures, not realities.
Yesterday the Dancing Class got a real lesson on Kundalini Yoga from a real
guru and the effect was magical. It was particularly true on a Hatha Yoga
instructor named Krishna Das. He realizes he is getting neither bunk nor
oratory from this person and the centres are not only being awakened but
functioning and everybody (without any university degrees) is learning through
direct experience of a real Guru what this all means.
The classes go on with several being ill. Differing from the
verbal-verbal-verbal "Advaiting" Sam has considered it his duty to look after
the health of the ailing disciples. Kwannon, or if you wish Avalokitesvara, is
the other side of Fudo, who is a sort of Avatar of Shiva. While the "experts"
and PhDeists refuse to accept hard facts and realities, the young are getting
them by example and demonstrations.
Another group of absentees are those who have gone off to hear Vilayat in
Los Angeles. Nothing could be more pleasing. We hope to have tape-recordings
and more. Everything has started right. Everything. Praise Allah! And we are
also planning to join him in Colorado this summer and the campaign is off to a
The paper called The Oracle came off the press yesterday. Indirectly Sam is
the guiding spirit now and sooner or later there will be an article, not
exposing but pitying these "experts" who have refused stubbornly and absolutely
to permit any talk on Sufism. Akbar or President Hussain—one after another,
often in sharp disagreement with each other but refusing to accept
A Parsi—and he may be very spiritual—has been given the attention Sam
could not get with a thousand pleas. The totality of these people is small. A
single Order of Dervishes has more members then the whole community and there
are many orders of Dervishes.
This work on real Esotericism takes much time but the response of the
assistants and secretaries is tremendous. They are finding out what is, not
what important people think, and they are getting keys to their own
personalities and the solutions of their own problems.
There is not much time. Swami Ranganathananda will be here shortly and then
"Papa-Guru" is expected. We will let those who wish to run off to the Maharshi
(who was welcomed by the "experts"). Now the possibilities of the School loom
but as a single person, even now with an easy financial situation I cannot
alone do it. Fortunately the young are so different. They act rather than
react! They do not observe the word karma. One of the chief "experts" pleading
for money actually insulted a very wealthy man who was in his audience
purposely class in very poor clothes: The bible says: "Show kindness unto
strangers for many have thereby greeted angels unawares."
It looks now as if Sam would have his own school of real Oriental studies.
Or what you call The School. We are ready for the next act. Sam wanted to
include the "experts" but they have rejected Sufism and Akbar and President
Hussain. The Indian students have now. Don't we have fun?
Love and blessings,
January 30, 1968
Saladin, Beloved one of God:
The surprise letter with check has been received and the contents of the
letter are more important than the money, which will be put to the usages you
want, not because you want it that way but because that is exactly what has
been going on.
The faculty called Kashf by Sufis and Prajna by some Buddhists and most of
all by Dr. Radhakrishnan is the direct insight into the nature of things. And
first Insight and now Direct Sight are coming into manifestation. Not only that
but the story of m God-daughters is going to affect life.
One confesses that Sillivitic Estelle had been my God-daughter and she
walked out on me, and no sooner had she walked out than Nancy walked in and the
Voice said, "This is your new God-daughter." And Nancy has recently had a full
illumination experience and we have a date tomorrow.
In the meanwhile the same Insight-Voice said to Samuel about Nancy's
husband, Ralph, "He is your Mr. Zanetti." And I know that my financial future
might lie in Ralph. Since that time he has been very successful financially. I
still do not know what it means.
Sheila also walked into my life and the question of having two women
favorites (most of the disciples had been men and the men still lead) never
came because when these two women met they recognized that they are as sisters
in the aeonic life, or in our language, in former incarnations. Sheila has two
wealthy men in toe that she has been trying to arrange to meet me and after the
Nancy meeting tomorrow there are what one may have to meet.
Now this same Voice said that no matter how Reps-san acted, Saladin was to
be among the elite and in addition to the "Mauna Yoga" in the back of ZGZB, one
had to start reading the stories. No matter what is said in writing or life,
one never disobeys, one dare not disobey the Inner Voice. And it is certain
that the young take to Reps-san and I am only the communicator (my ruler is
Mercury, not the Sun, no Jupiter).
You are right in pointing out that Kashf-Prajna is not always in accord with
my wishes or plans of anything and I had been considering asking you to visit
this city. There are two sorts of projects: alone and with others and really
they are the same.
Some time ago on Dr. Neville Warwick came into my life. He claimed to be a
Lama and I was utterly shocked the way he was treated, absolutely contrary to
social customs and also the "Sutra of 42 Sections" introduced to the West by
Roshi Shaku Soyen. I have never forgiven the so-called "Zen" master here of the
Soto School but since then he has been berated by the late Mrs. Sasaki, and
Roshis Soyen and Yasutani—all egotisms parading as spirituality, a fashion
show which people love. And four of the Pancha Sila are thrown into the dust.
Popularity, not spirituality.
As to the so-called Maharshi. It has been one's career not only to meet the
saints who come here like Soyen, Yasutani but also Sidi Abu Salem Al-Alawai,
Rabbi Schlomo from Jerusalem and others. I don’t know how far advanced
ThichThien An is but Thien is Vietnamese for Zenshi. But also the first to meet
others, some "neutral" like Dr. Chaudhuri and some decidedly like this
Maharshi. I was the first person to have had an interview with him and can no
more meditate than Samuel can operate a Jet Plane. Only my war is with the
Establishment . In fact I told one of his followers this was the cheap-skate
meditation hall. But I send those who wish "Zen" either to Rev. Wagner my
"nephew" in Dharma or next to Master Too Lun, also a disciple of the great Tai
Wagner, Warwick and my life-long friend, Joseph Miller, form a spiritual
Sangha to bring the Dharma to the America people. And in class on "Buddhism"
last week not one person knew the Triratna! This is "only in America" Buddhism!
I was initiated as Fudo Bosatsu on Mt. Takao to purify the Dharma and have
acted under initiatory processes and not from ego.
The same is also true in Sufism that the visitation and blessing of Khwaja
Khizr is the source of the continued vitality in life. When the masseur came
the other day she was amazed at this—she is also an occultist and directly
aware of the "finer bodies." The second reason for vitality is the Tawajjeh of
Inayat Khan given at the Beverly Hills hotel and he put all his magnetisms and
power (not his wisdom) into it. These things happened and I have been directed
on the same Jelali path by Zen Masters and Sufis over and over again. It was
only Ramdas who smothered it all in Love—he did not change it, he smothered
it in Love.
Now one kisses the girls and embraces the men—this also derived from
Talbut Mundy. But one feels like a father, sometimes like a grandfather and it
is only because of the tremendous
progress of disciples that one feels like a teacher. "It is the Mureeds who
make the Murshid."
The Power from Nyogen Senzaki came at his last lecture when he closed the
Zendo here, in the Dharani: "Buddha Hridaya." Samuel passed this on to one
Helen who claimed to be his last secretary. It is only by giving that one can
Brother Neville Warwick has been initiated into Buddha, Christ and Mohammed.
Sometimes he tells sometimes not but until recently the Philistines rejected
and he has had to go through the same negative nonsense which characterized
one's own life. But it is different now. And it was not so much the arrival of
beautiful Hippy girls here as that it had been shown in vision and was
dismissed as fantasy.
The reason for the illness of last year was that Samuel was not to go away
but lead the Hippy community toward spirituality. And equally Inayat Khan
wanted him to contact the intellectuals and now universities to accept what
"occultists" and "mystics" refuse, in the name of "Love, Harmony and Beauty."
But firmness has won an apology from Hugh Lynn Cayce who has built his career
on that of his celebrated father. The substitution of messiahship for science
and the non-recognition of the prowess of Asians stands in the way of
good-will. But now some universities are accepting Asians with occult
sensitivities, not "Maharshis," for Christ is in the low as well as in the
After seeing Nancy one must see both Ralph and Sheila. Everything you have
written may come true. Inayat Khan explained (at the Beverly Hills hotel) the
relationship of masters to money and how this was overcome. I am keeping your
letter for these special purposes. Now you can how one is busy day and
God bless you,
410 Precita Ave.,
San Francisco, Calif. 94110
May 23, 1968
While consideration to write an evaluation report to you today some
surprising things happened about which more below. You will not be surprised
that your two chief critics were the oldest men there; at the same time they
were each far more opposed to each other.
People from 28 to 35 in general liked you, but were slightly ashamed of the
dualistic picture which comes during the proceedings. Those under 28 loved you,
and in general the love and devotion increased as one went down the age scale.
The youngest once were enraptured and nothing one can say can add to that.
One's only comment is that it fits in with the general picture I have of the
psychic evolution going on.
If there is any suggestion from me—and do not take it too seriously—it
would be to revive some of your earlier works. I leave that to you.
There is a long story here. When my father died I went to the University of
California, Asian Studies, to settle some enigmatic portions of his will and
was thrown out on my ear. After my first trip I went and tried to get them to
accept some reports on my living in Indian villages. This was worse. The same
thing happened to two friends to two friends of mine and we agreed to cut them
out of our wills.
The articles published became more subjective and finally Sam challenged
some PhDs. with hard faces. The PhDs. accepted the corrections, the editors did
not. Now I challenged them by going to the Pakistan Consulate and followed this
up by calling on Prof. Shover of San Francisco State. He told me he has nothing
to do with the University of California. After all he has lived in Pakistan,
about the worst credential for becoming an expert. No Sarcasm.
All one has to do is too read the latest book of Commander Lederer. It is
very, very true and hits the very spot I have been aiming at for years. Indeed
I have just refused to play the hypercritic to get articles published. One is
anxious to solve problems, not to become famous.
Prof. Shover discovered the Sam Lewis who celebrated with Luther Whitman
years age. Our "Glory Roads" is now used as a reference book in courses on
history and social studies! Here we two "bums" and got nowhere but made enemies
and now we are becoming famous. We stood for integrity and there one stands and
does not care.
I did not see anything going on the San Francisco State campus. I am not a
newsman. Besides I have been enrolled in courses there from time to time. Am
also fighting a "war of two worlds for integrity." Don't know which is worse,
Asians on America or Americans on Asia.
July 29, 1968
O Reps San:
I am enclosing copy of a letter to Julie Medlock who is directing the
construction at Auroville, near the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in India. Some day
when we get out of "realism" into objective honesty some people will listen to
the history of Julie as she revealed it to Sam but just now that is the last
thing the various "East-West" centers want to hear. And really this letter and
the enclosure is for Sri Haridas Chaudhuri for one has still the hope that he
will get into the actualities of cultural exchange and stop this nonsense of
promoting self-important people of previous generations as the "Suez Canals" of
Why, he has associated with men who have the audacity, the damnable audacity
to consider themselves as representatives of "Universal Religion" which is
nothing but the defiance of the Living God Himself. As you know, this is a new
age and with the efforts of Judith Hollister and Julie Medlock—who have very
many friends in common but whom the "humility" experts do not want to hear
about—we are seeing that the very persons who are rejected and ejected by
their culture are being chosen by God Himself to be the female Moseses, so to
speak, of the New Age.
And it is most regrettable that while Sri Haridas Chaudhuri is promoting
reverends and ex-reverends who have no congregations as spokesman for
"universal religion" the grand operations are going on in this land and in
other parts of the world without the approval of the self-esteemed
The presence now of the Master from Korea means a further approval of your
School. Master Seo gave everybody he contacted an examination in true Buddhism,
the Buddhism of Millions of Asians and you might guess who passed #1. And I
shall follow this up by summoning the living Vietnamese Buddhists who in this
land of the free (?) are excluded and especially by the cultural exchange
Having the heritage and some of the original papers of Roshi Shaku Soyen I
must continue his efforts to have real cultural exchange from the average as
well as the superman of Asia and America, and this can be done, is being done,
without any interjection of State Department, the press of the self-esteemed
experts. God created all mankind in His image and likeness and last night we
had some fusing of Buddhist and Hebrew yoga, and no nonsense.
Why, we even had four mature ladies, something that never happened before.
They have tried everything and not seen a single sign of God-consciousness or
Samadhi but last night they saw the real integration of real Love and real Joy
in little people whom God does not neglect and whom the proud and naughty must
serve in the next world, if not in this. Why I am even "converting" my oldest
friends! A long time, but effective because "heart calls to heart and soul to
With Sheila and Shirin nothing goes wrong. Sheila has already met and I am
hoping this week Shirin will meet the non-existent Sufis of the Bay Area. Why,
I had a son of a Sufi here yesterday for a whole hour and his application of
the sacred phrases proved successful. This is what the "east-west-experts'
don't want to hear.
Both Sheila and Daniel gave their versions of the Saturday night dinner and
there will be more, next time in Berkeley. The Indian Professors were so
delighted. And as Nyogen used to say, quoting Tauler: "The eye with which I see
God is the same eye as with which God sees me." Functions, functions,
Love, real Love, is the greatest magnet. The day is full and the night is
not empty. The last thing I am worrying about is money. There are wealthy men
and plenty of funds on the horizon, and apparently publicity too. And when the
nature as well as the young experience expansion in real Love, real Joy and
real Peace, no further argument is needed. Why, I am even supporting two
secretaries from the collections which I never touch!
It may be legally necessary to reestablish Mentorgarten exactly as both
Robert Clifton and the disciples of Senzaki wished, and now with the blessing
of Soen Nakagawa I don't care a hoop about any "Zen" Buddhists presenting
anything to the American public. Not a satori in a shipload but lots of
I hear Conze has been removed from the University of Washington. On the
surface this is unfortunate. And now with Lama Govinda coming and 40-11
bandwagons ready to meet him. We shall have a repetition of Nicholas Roerich,
no doubt. Same old stuff, the big cheese! "My puja is better than your
I must, however, give an unfavorable report: The last time in Samadhi, Sam
asked a cabbage! "What have you to say?"
Love and a'that,
August 2, 1968
This is being written very rapidly. I have a number of very good friends
(you among them) who are constantly sending wonderful inspirations,
disregarding constant remarks that I have been working 16 hours a day six days
a week, and now I am working over 16 hours most days. These good friends (you
among them) are sending wonderful things and may things which are "musts," and
it is only due to the fact that I have now three secretaries and that they see
sides of me that other people, for the most part, have a priori rejected, God
Most important, no doubt, were the two letters received in the same mail
from Bryn Beorse of Keyport, Washington and Shamseddin Ahmed of Lahore.
Shamseddin was a mureed of the Khalif Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan had in
undivided India. He is now closed to the brother of the great Hasan Nizami who
is regarded as the great saint of the day.
Both Shamcher (Bryn) and Shamseddin have declared that the understanding
between Vilayat and Sam will have world effects. There was no question, Vilayat
wanted the world (the circle) and Sam was instructed to lead the Hippies (the
dot). And there is no question of inferiority, but only of complement and
supplement. Vilayat goes to Darjeeling and I am preparing Sheila and the higher
up one goes the less the obstacles.
Both Sheila and I have been bothered by "mosquitoes," little people who play
at being big and who delight ion nothing more than being able to turn down big
minds. I won't go into detail here, but the meeting of Sam with a lot of
younger people who are in effect the leaders of the Hippies, made it necessary
to "annex" rather than throw down the gauntlet to what passes for the
"Semantic" movement, a priestcraft cult led by power hungry individuals with
Freudian frustrations. They try to conceal them by autocratic behavior toward
others and they do not realize that there is still a democratic spirit which is
certainly not in the words they utter and that when enough "peasants" get
together there is a revolt. And although this revolt (a negative move) was not
planned, it will go along with a pile of positive moves.
It is very serious to have you address 3,000 (three thousand) people when
you come next—i.e. if we can keep the number down. We start our first "thing"
Sunday. The rehearsals hare been very good, the Ramnam and Zikr. Actually this
is totally in line with Vilayat's real universal approach, not the claptrap of
seek-corporations and hundred "pretas" who steal the words but never the
thoughts from sages.
I am compelled to absorb from Vilayat because that exactly fits in with my
existence. And the young are getting what they seek, God willing and apparently
He is willing.
Added to the events of March 1925, and the initiation in public in Pakistan
the affairs of the week now throw the gauntlet down to all the pretenders to
Asian Wisdom. It started last Sunday when dinner was dinner to Krishna and
Juggernath, two Indian savants and the disciples Sheila and Daniel saw that we
met at once and are discussing deep facets of Indian philosophy which are
totally hyberbolized here. There is no doubt we shall meet again.
Then the main lesson of the week was the extension of "Concentration on
Salat" but now Sam is able to efface the ego and demonstrate the prayer. And on
Wednesday night there was the manifestation in walk (there has already been in
sound) of Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed. It was so obvious
and so effective; only in the Krishna effacement Sam fell in love with all the
young women and how beautiful they are (or are becoming), that he was glad to
get out of it. But said God: "You need it. For you this experience is good, for
others this would be dangerous." nevertheless last night Sam demonstrated
Christ-consciousness and while there were probably no followers of Yogananda,
there certainly were of the Bhakti-Vedanta movement. A person is not ordained
as "Sufi" for diplomatic purposes.
It becomes tiresome to give fasts. The self-centered people won't accept
them, Realism is the calm acceptance only of pleasurable facts. It has little
to do with Reality.
But last night Sam was able to demonstrate any and all age-levels causing a
degree of delight by meeting each child at his or her own age. He is giving
spiritual teachings through games such as "Follow the leader" and coalescing
all the teachings of the late Mother Ruth St. Denis and Hazrat Inayat Khan.
Jesus said, "By their fruits ye shall know them." Havelock Ellis said, "By
their dance ye shall know them." Srimati Ruth and Sam said, "By their walks ye
shall know them." The children understand what the PhDeists simply cannot
surmise. "The lamb and the lion can only lie together if We lead them." No
wonder Sam has come out for "Cosmic consciousness for the brethren of dirty
I am hoping to get a day off next week. If people would stop sending
suggestions I could get time off; but they will not and I am asking nobody to.
The secretaries all realize where Sam stands in the real mystical life and that
is something. We do not walk alone.
Love and blessings,
August 30, 1968
A copy of this letter I being sent to both Pir Vilayat and Shamcher Bryn
Beorse. Things are happening so rapidly that it is hard to keep equi-mindedness
and the weather is very hot.
I have written Vocha about the forthcoming apparent successful ending to the
war against the General Semanticists. They have forgiven me neither for having
studied with Korzybski's teacher nor for successful application of semantics in
laboratory research. But one finds this hauteur has been overdone and one is
now is full alliance with number of others who have been given the same unfair
A number of articles have been accepted and the last news is that those
opposed to the G.S. people are starting two papers, one basically on
psychedelics and one basically on mysticism, but both largely objective. It
would appear that the alliance with Prof. Huston Smith of MIT is on firm basis
and now I have been asked to submit an explanatory paper on "Sufism."
This is not so simple as it seems. The Sufis are out. They are ignored. The
vast highly toted Auroville project at Pondicherry has been expecting Sam to
help them out both with money and errands. It is ridiculous. They have refused
so far alike to accept Indian customs laws and the existence of Sufis. Now one
of the top friends of Sam is now one of the chief custom inspectors, but this
is a long, long subject related to my work with Luther Whiteman. Metaphysicians
and speculative egotists always choose to ignore rather than refute those with
whom they do not agree. And with a disciple of Sufism as President of India it
is utterly fantastic that a paper proposal to bring all religions and cultures
together should ignore the Sufis, and with that the Taj and Fatehpur Sikri.
Later today I shall address the present ambassador from India to the United
Stated who is a Shia Muslim if not a Sufi. Even he is "out" in all these paper,
fund-raising "East-West" campaigns. There are now at least four "East-West"
foundations in this city!
I am awaiting a return of a disciple from New York. He has established
friendships with both Huston Smith at M.I.T. and Cantwell Smith at Harvard.
Cantwell gave him an introduction to Prof. A.A. Siddiqui at Punjab U.
Ala-ed-din is not only one of Sam's very best friends he is totally against the
family of Hazrat Inayat Khan with the exception of Vilayat who is approved! But
here again we encounter "Reality us. 'realism.'"
There is considerable pressure of wealthy men behind efforts to get Sheyla
to leave for India. It is Sam who does the work and he is going to suggest some
financial cooperation from one of them who is one of the wealthiest and most
powerful men of the religion. Also in secret, a high initiate. This will be
taken up later.
The basic reason for writing is The School. There is now not a single cloud
in the sky or anything standing in the way but action. I don't know where to
begin. Don McCoy has asked to go to India and I shall prepare him and another
disciple. I am writing letters of introductions to all sorts of people whom
VIP's refuse to recognize one knows. (This is "realism" and "moral
[?]-honesty"). In turn Don has asked Sam when he wants to go to India and has
promised to finance the trip.
When Sam asked God—and Sam does just that—about living at the Ranch in
Novato God answered him in the negative but said Sam might be living near
there. Now a group of disciples has selected a place for a Khankah in the town
of Novato just a little over two miles from the Ranch and our first meeting
showed me might raise the capital but after that it would be easy. The rent
after that would be less than Sam alone pays now. So there is a good chance
that Sam will move near to Novato and then take over for the time the spiritual
overseeing. It is too early but it looks fine.
Vilayat has already dedicated the place as International Meditation Center.
Sam has suggested that those people who go cooperate to the full with both
Vilayat and Prof. Seyyed Hussein Nasr who will be the official Sufi at the
gathering of all faiths in Darjeeling this October. Dr. Huston Smith is also
preparing to go. Everything is moving very rapidly.
Sam has discontinued several classes until these people depart and then will
start School of the Walk and apparently will have a goodly following to begin
with. The Dance Class is the best of all. There is no nonsense about the
objective fulfillment of Salat and the prowess in self-effacement is affecting
an ever great number of people.
There is no question one complies with Vilayat. There is nothing else to do.
We shall next have to give attention to Berkeley. The Bolinas and Novato
people, though miles apart, are already cooperating and the Bolinas people may
move to Novato. There may be a change in Southern Marin County and there is an
increase in Central Marin. There are two parties planned to eat at Khyber Pass
in Oakland, owned by members of Sufi families and there is cooperation with the
Persian Art Store in Berkeley, owned by a Sufi. Everything changes.
I am only awaiting papers from Vilayat to go on a really great venture.
The family opposition to him is based on nothing but egotism and cannot
last. God does not wait on or for anybody. God alone was Founder of Sufism.
The manifestation of actual Love and Light and not just verbalisms is
affecting more and more people. There is no time for anything else. And there
is a strange re-invigoration of body, heart and soul which one experiences
without being able to understand.
If God permits Sam to go to India with Krishna Das it will become a matter
of great import. The tremendous respect shown to Sam at the Indian (and some
other) Consulate stands in marked contrast to other groups but Sam is pretty
sure to gain the good-will of Asia Foundation.
Next Tuesday is the "Summit" Buddhist meeting and Thursday the Vietnamese
Art Exhibit! Tonight Indian dance actual. No time for "nonsense."
Love and blessings,
[undated, October 1968]
My Dear Brother,
I hope this reaches you before you leave Paauilo. We shall certainly welcome
you when you come again—the question is where shall we put the audience. That
houseboat will prove too small.
I have not seen the current issue of the Oracle. I understand it will
largely be devoted to Sufism. Also to a review of The Rejected Avatar. The
brochure of this poem is now on the market. The first I hope of many objective
endeavors, inshallah. The next one scheduled and for Tuttle is the Tai Hsu
The khankah—The Garden of Inayat—was opened Sunday. About a hundred
present, nearly all young. The program consisted almost entirely of spiritual
dances, Sufi and Yogi, choreographed by this person. There was also a birthday
dance. From the birthday dance came the idea of the "Dance of Love and
Brotherhood" which will be presented tonight. Also on the forthcoming agenda is
the pas des deux for Jemila and Murshid. This will put the numbers one and two,
the triangle, the cross, the five and six-pointed stars in dance forms. There
will be a degree of complexity here, the next step beyond the six-pointed star
will be Shiva and Shakti and or Shiva and Parvati. I do not know what relation
this will have to your material in Zen Flesh Zen Bones. Allah, to Whom be all
Praise, reveals the dances one night and explains them on some subsequent
We already do the Rama dance, mostly for Murshid (Guru) and men only,
chiefly mureeds. The Krishna-Radha dance was originally programmed for a
disciple now in jail. Murshid Sam took the part of Krishna, but when Krishnadas
is released he will be welcomed with it, inshallah. This is a completely new
cycle, the heritage of the joint efforts of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Ruth St.
Denis given in this country in 1911.
Disciples Sheila and Dara are now with Vilayat either in Calcutta or
Darjeeling. Now work seven days a week for man and open to divine vision at
night. Murshid's progress accompanied by great progress among disciples.
All love and blessings,
December 4, 1968
O Reps San:
The teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan that a Sufi is one who sees from the
point of view of another as well as of himself does not go over readily. Indeed
a great part of the so-called "generation gap" is simply that older people in
general (many exceptions) cannot see from the points of view of others at all.
It is beyond their capacity.
An eye-witness to the Free Speech drama at Berkeley, the gap between the
actual happenings and the reports was tremendous. It was two years before any
article was accepted from the President and Secretary of the student body on
that campus. Older people simply refuse to accept anything but what appears in
the papers and on radio-TV. Facts do not interest them. They want to be
entertained. And the same thing is going on at San Francisco State. And the
very worst took place in Honolulu and was not in the papers at all!
Thus older people also do not and cannot accept the teaching of Sankara of
the identity of Brahm and the human ego. They cannot accept it and do not know
why. The younger people cannot accept the differentiations against which Hazrat
Inayat Khan protested. Older people want differentiations even though they pray
A warning was sent out that it would be an easy matter to get thousands of
people to attend your sessions. Although Sam only wanted the 20 of his dancing
class and for obvious reasons, to meet you, word get out. There was a big
faction of Mahayana Buddhists and another of Vedantists. Less than half who
joined in the Dervish dancing had ever been in it before. The audience also
included a number of followers who are not mureeds, and also a group which is
building up a big spiritual power here and are all for you and even more for
Sam is not hungering for recognition. But as elder people refuse to accept
that he has met many Masters in and out of the Himalayas and that these Masters
(several of them real Sufi real Murshids) gave him instructions he is expected
to fulfill these instructions. He is more likely to be criticized for
nonfulfillment and does not give a hoop or whoop whether he has the world
acclaim or not. But again elder people simply refuse to accept that he has the
joint heritages of Ruth St. Denis and Inayat Khan so these things have to be
demonstrated, and , of course, the young rush in. They want facts and not
ego-individual reactions to personalisms.
There is a whole history in the robe were which will make Douglas's book,
"The Robe" very trite. Older people do not come here. The oldest disciple is 47
and she has been rejected by her generation and is accepted by the young, and
this is too obvious. Her husband and brother-in-law and one Hatha Yoga teacher
are the only disciples ever 35.
The last dance, the Ram-Sita not only big but in the Guru capacity one finds
it very hard to maintain sobriety.
There is little doubt but I shall live on and in the Grace of Health until
all the messages of Hazrat Inayat Khan are given to the world. It may still
take a long time. The fracases on the university campus are opening doors,
doors to honesty, objectivity, sobriety and truth.
Love and blessings,
December 5, 1968
You must understand that the Sufi invocation means exactly what it says.
There is One universal mind-heart. Renee is far older in age than other
disciples. She has never gotten along with her own generation. She gets along
fine with the young, although lately one has found that she is on excellent
terms with the university professors and more mature students—the type with
whom I am associated when not with the mystical young.
Renee has opened a store to be used as a theatre-workshop. Last night at the
Sufi meeting in Marin county we discussed using the place for both spiritual
dancing and spiritual drama. Therefore, when I opened your letter in regard to
"Sufi Yoga and Quaker dances," there is nothing more than to put it into
You must realize, however, that there is a full program to begin with. We
are now having in our midst a woman long connected with the Cleveland Sufi
group who is also a friend of Vilayat Khan. The house on Precita is being
turned into a Sufi motley—very gradually, involving financial problems not
solved by a wand; there is also considerable changes in disciples with regard
jobs and residences; this also involves cats.
There is another complex for which there is no cushion which has hurt Sam
very hard. The disciples sent to India not only did not fulfill requests, but
one of them has broken many principles of morality and decency. Add to that
that there is an average of 2 conferences a day on personality problems—I
mean at least 10 every week in addition to normal conferences with disciples. I
see no way to travel, and yet have been urged to do so. On Sunday we go to
Golden Gate Park and attract public audiences.
My work has been effected in many directions by the San Francisco State
The work on the ryazat of Inayat khan is hardly touched. And there is
probably nobody on earth but Sam who can to this. We are just beginning to
Esoteric Sciences are very difficult to impart. The behavior of electricity
through rubber, steel, nylon, silk, copper, etc. is very different The
blockages in the breath functions of people may be in any part of the anatomy
from the pituitary to the feet. We gave 6 sessions in dervish dancing, 3 in
yoga dancing, and 2 on walks last night. Instead of a 15 minute reading—and
the reading did not occupy more than 15 minutes—the whole sessions took 2.5
hours, at least.
The Murshid-guru has to act as a Condenser-Transformer. This is very
important and functional. Samuel's critics are faced by the hard fact that the
body is not aging though at times the mind seems to be .
A number of years ago Sam met Earl Blighton. He had been victimized by the
same powerful social dowager, who regards herself as very important spiritually
and has been very successful in collecting a following of mature females who
benefit from her opulence. She is a past master of gossip and innuendo. Very
successful in spreading rumors and lies. Those who do not know her remain
totally unconscious of her nefarious schemes and successes.
Having been victimized by her (as well as by many other mature ladies) Sam
formed a defensive alliance with Earl Blighton. At that time we each had 6
followers. Now Earl has over 50 and is acquiring a series of inn-hotels for the
young, especially those who have been rejected by their families of society. He
has raised these young from the various gutters.
Sam teaches Christian mysticism and a Christian yoga, most certainly not
from the Himalayas. Salat says, "Let us know thee as Rama Krishna Shiva Buddha
mosses Jesus Mohammed etc. To the Sufi these are actualities, not petitions,
demonstrable and demonstrated. This is our Christmas work and no nonsense.
Next week we have a birthday, followed almost immediately by the visit of
the family, followed by a wedding, followed by Christmas, It is only because
one is responsive to constant inner guidance that he is possible to endure such
Nevertheless what you have seen or proposed also seems to be part of the
Love and blessings,
December 8, 1968
O Reps San:
You are entirely right. It is necessary to "damn the torpedoes, go straight
ahead." You will find enclosed copies of two letters just written and also
"Announcement of Courses" for the "California Institute of Asian Studies."
This is one of those many organizations for which the money of people
(including that of Sam) is very welcome but knowledge and wisdom not so. And I
am quite willing they go ahead and collect all the money in the world. We give
them the money. We want and maybe we have Sri Krishna.
The next few weeks shall be appalling not in any evil way but in the parade
of persons coming here from various parts of the Orient, in particular India.
Yesterday we had a Persian girl at our spiritual dances. She is the lady who
asked Sam about Shams-i-Tabriz. So we gave her copy of "The Whirling Ecstasy."
Her family came from Tabriz and were Sufis—the very reason which also
excluded her from seminars here! That day is over.
Not only are celebrities and lesson persons coming here but the doors will
be open at the University of California in the spring and no more nonsense of
the welcome of the money of this person but otherwise no welcome. Even now the
great project of Auroville is leaning on this person. The important
Karma-Yogins and Purna-Yogins are too busy to indulge in such matters as the
obtaining of machinery and heavy equipment and the shipping of them and the
passing through customs. They have to go ahead with vapid dreams which are
called "Yoga." We do!
Doing is our work. We have no lip service for any hypothetical Sri Krishna.
We act and leave the fruits to Him. I mean actually. This puts us in the manger
where he was born and lived.
The challenge this week will go to Lama Govinda and we shall challenge him
with "Finite Compassion" against his "Infinite Compassion." No wonder Tibet was
so easily conquered with its "Mahsters" and "Infinite compassion." Govinda, the
Beorses, the reports from Pondicherry, Pir Vilayat and then the visit of Swami
Maharaj Ranganathananda, and I understand more. And the Dances and rituals not
Well as I have been excluded I have been excluded. Now the School will be as
you proposed. There are no alternative.
Love and blessings
December 21, 1968
O Reps San:
Today marks the solstice and another climax. The last one came unexpectedly
with a step forward in a mystical-spiritual direction and has brought the love
and devotion of a number of young people. This mystical-spiritual direction
looks as if the application of the words of Academicians who popular in certain
circles and so concerned with monetary charges and intellectual credentials. It
is easy to convince the American public that God-consciousness is in some ways
connected with the bizarre, the complex, and certain terminology. This has gone
on for years. But now the young want the realities of Love, Tenderness,
Sincerity, Compassion, Power, Generosity, Fearlessness, etc. Their elders given
them words, words, words.
Lama Govinda is here. He is, of course, among the elite. He has been
welcomed by Esalen and no doubt will be by the rival academies of "Asian"
Studies. The stock of Reps went way up. The Lama was asked to given a simple
practice and it knocked him for a loop. He had to stop and ordered a silence,
the only decent thing on a whole program which undoubtedly delighted some of
the seniors, but not all; and which failed miserably to touch of young who
actualize and not verbalize. It was this that prompted this letter.
This expectation of non-violence from a Sufi (who is never of the elite) to
be used as a doormat received a stern reaction. The reaction was entirely
successful. And I am sending a copy of this to Dr. Chaudhuri. I was the first
man to meet him when he came to San Francisco. I have sat at this feet but the
opposite is almost impossible although this did happen with Dilip Koomar Roy,
once an associate of this. And with Swami Maharaj Ranganathananda coming we are
going to see a new day, with real culture exchange with real Hindus without any
more interposition of Suez-Canal "experts." I am sorry. We could use their
educated people but they have assumed the role of spiritual interventionists
between man and God.
The reaction resulted in my receiving some money due and some of this will
go to Pondicherry. The elite are too busy to help Pondicherry where the real
disciples of Sri Aurobindo are doing things. Here it was not accepted that Sam
had been there and when he spoke not a single disciple of the Ashram excepting
the chairman showed up. This is our moral and spiritual outlook. Pondicherry
needs help. And humanity needs help and these are not two causes.
The conference for The Temple of Understanding was a farce. The same old
sermons of the same old people and they are asking the young for ideas and not
accepting them. And the idea of religion without God-consciousness nearly fell.
Princes Poon did her part but it was Vilayat who saved the day. And us
non-existing Sufis who occasionally listen to God and don't yap at Him all the
time will undoubtedly affect the young.
With the Swami and Pir coming here within a few days of each other, this
means that the School will advance. I should like some of the academicians but
they have "humility" which means frozen ears. The Supermental consciousness is
not just a phrase, it is an activity, it is a stage in cosmic development but
apparently those who do the lecturing don't have to recognize anybody (else).
The irony is that the nephew of Judith Tyberg has attended at least two of my
meetings and may be in the class of Spiritual Drama. This depends on the
experience of transformation and transmutation and not on the use of these
words from platforms without any corresponding exemplification.
The basis of my present program is Chanting to Singing; Singing to Dancing;
Dancing to Darshan; intermingled by Walk. The rejection of my relations to
Hazrat Inayat Khan and Ruth St. Denis will become in time the basis of scandal.
And when my diaries are published, the world will look at dismay at the
attempts of nonparticipants to monopolize the universe of spiritual
Shamcher Beorse has been here and will return. He has already conferred with
the disciples who are in virtual control of the Oracle. When a revolution took
place and the Oracle was acquired by the New Age people they had no direction
and the directions are now in the hands of the disciple of man known as a Sufi
teacher in Asia, but not yet here among the elite.
One no longer cares. Most of the staff of the Oracle, originally followers
of Timothy Leary, have been affected the spiritual dancing. This will climax on
Christmas Eve when, with God's help I hope to put on a fine Darshan about which
there is no nonsense and these Darshans are very effective.
Hazrat Inayat Khan says that the sings of spirituality are Love,
Tranquility, Compassion, Joy, Power and Equi-mindedness. These words belong to
the prelates. The actualities are feared because they require
ego-transformation. That is why I shall introduce next, inshallah, Spiritual
Drama. It is noticeable that all religions teach this basically but deny it to
other religions. What is worse, those who pretend to believe in universal
religion are champion excluders. None of them appeared at the conference in
Calcutta. They had better not.
The Lama was fatigued and it is evidently the privilege of the superman to
become fatigued. The superman, the privileged, may do anything including
sermonizing the rest of us for our imperfections. So next night Sam called on
all his disciples who suffered from fatigue and gave them one after another
spiritual practices. The rejection of this by the elite and academicians will
become, as I said, a scandal to the New Age.
Today Sam goes to a wedding. Matthew is the groom. When Sam met him he
asked, "What is your name?" "Matthew." "Why aren't you?" "What?" "Matthew."
Today he is, which will undoubtedly annoy all the sermonizers and lecturers on
Zen and transformation, etc. He has a teacher and this teacher has had more
disciples having illumination than all the rest of us, spiritual and
intellectual together. While the rich and powerful and elderly sit charmed at
sermons on spiritual transformation this teacher is affecting it. The New Age
There is going to be a New Age Coffee shop in the Haight-Ashbury District
and, shades of the Beatniks, they will serve bagels, too. There is going to be
a New Age "thing" on Fillmore St. in the heart of the so-called Negro ghetto.
This sort of undertaking is going to hit deeply into the efforts of all the
dualists whose solutions are simple; put us in charge. The young are taking
Both these will be avenues to reach the young and misled, but I do not know
if there is time.
The non-existing Sufis are now contacting each other and we shall have
another kind of brotherhood, inclusive without having to accept this or that
PhD. as the spoke for the Heavens. The University of California is opening
doors closed by the academicians and PH-deists. It is the New Age.
A fire took place at The Garden of Inayat. It was soon put out. But the
cause for the fire was exactly the same as that which destroyed Kaaba Allah and
caused a forest conflagration where Meher Baba was supposed to come and did
not. Superman does not have to obey any moral laws, they are just for us
ordinary people. But this is giving us the opportunity to do some real
spiritual art work and no nonsense. Shamcher has had the opportunity to meet so
many of the young directly and he may be back any hour.
The house here is being changed and we have cleaned the garage for dancing.
One after another of the Beautiful Names of God are being put into dance-form.
And also we have more real Yoga dancing and no nonsense. I shall write this up
also for Washington and Pondicherry. I have given up trying to reach people
here. As Murshid tells of the story of the man who chased the horse and did not
catch him and then awaiting his coming, I shall now await. You only saw a
fore-shadow of what will happen to Pir Vilayat Khan and Swami Ranganathananda.
Besides the Hindu students have their own Indian cultural movement, totally
difference from the academicians and Esalen. Nothing can stop truth.
Love and blessings,
January 2, 1969
O Reps San:
The New Year is here and perhaps the New Age. Sufis, who are excluded by the
elite, hold more to karma, which is to say that for every action there is a
reaction and also believe in what Jesus Christ has said, "Whatsoever ye do to
the least of my creatures, ye do it unto me," are now gradually coming forth
and the possibilities of the School, as you envisioned it, is coming. This was
not the way Samuel wished it but there is no use going into that. A professor
is a professor is a professor and a prominent is a prominent is a prominent and
although we may hold to, "There is no God but God"; these words are not part of
the culture of egocentric seniors who control the world and promote its
I am sending copy of this to a Hindu professor, and I had the experience of
being the first American whom he met and which he has never forgiven. I also
had the privilege of being the first American to meet the Maharshi but there is
no great moral code in Hinduism as in Buddhism or Christianity and you can't
lecture on the Gita unless you have a remarkable manas-ahankara, which is
denied Samuel and which he denies too, so there is agreement.
With the establishment of an Indian Cultural Society by the Indians
themselves without the grace of Prof. Von Plotz or Dr. Smythe-Smythe, Samuel
will be permitted to join in discussions as an equal and not as an outcast.
Besides, with the coming of Swami Ranganathananda Maharaj, the whole picture
changes. And while in my autobiography there are plenty of notes there is no
intention to try to convince the more equal.
The New Years Eve Party might indicate the way for the year. It was the
largest gathering, more than when you were here, with many disciples absent. We
had to have three circles and this means I shall open up another item of real
Occult trashing soon, using the Fire, Earth, Water and Air types separately,
making their rhythms, etc.
It was a joint meeting with the Vajrayana Buddhists. While I have been
somewhat skeptical, there is an end to that. This Puja is operative and it was
very hard to keep the external consciousness. Besides, the Leader has always
accepted the actual history of this person and his initiations in actual places
by actual people—something both the elite of the clergy and the puppeteers
who have replaced them refuse to examine—this being part of "moral and
The week is full of other climaxes. For the first time we have made an
alliance with "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" and forebode an overwhelming
meeting. This next Monday. The young want truths and their elders personalities
and there is a war between them.
All this stuff about "generation gap" is nonsense. The old want to lead and
the young want knowledge. Another climax may be reached when The Oracle appears
which may be this week or very soon. This publication is now in the hands of
disciples and friends and if the forthcoming issue succeeds—and well it
might—there will be a big opening for honest spiritual philosophies and
Oriental-Oriental wisdom, Already the staff has accepted unofficially
Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.
And the next item will be the welcome to Pir Vilayat. He may be here only a
short time. He is becoming, as he wished, the leader of the New Age and the
pulpiteers will gawk, no doubt. And some day a pulpiteer here and there will
accept "repentance" as taught by his religion. But they all want the Kingdom of
Heaven without repentance. And they get just that.
Then the Guru, disciple of Sri Aurobindo. This is a case of "Heads I win,
tails you lose" for he will not join the pulpiteers and he has already foretold
he is coming to help The School. To have the International School of Meditation
without Prof. Von Plotz and Dr. Smythe-Smythe will be something.
Last week we introduced the Sufi analogue to Kundalini Yoga into the
Dancing-Walking class. Already several have passed and we gave the essence of
this to a few disciples in Tantra New Years' eve. Why not? No use trying to
tell anything to the manas-ahankara people. They reject—being of the "moral
and spiritual-awakening" school that Sam has the inheritance from both Inayat
Khan and Ruth St. Denis.
The San Francisco house is being changed and we have the basement for
dancing. The landlord is so delighted he may make some improvement of and by
himself. There is easy enough room for thirty people for Walking and
Tonight we shall get the report on Auroville which is no interest to the
East-West groups and in Los Angeles. Both have excluded this person and in turn
the young ignore them. The joke is that Judith Tyberg's own nephew may be in
one of Sam's classes! That is, on Spiritual Drama. We are planning this
But the great work quantitatively is "The Heritage of Inayat Khan" and at
the moment secondarily of "The Heritage from Nyogen Senzaki." No nonsense,
God is in His earth and all's right with the Heavens.
Love and blessings,
January 9, 1969
O Reps San:
Samuel is in a deep difficulty today and it is for the sake of wisdom that
this has occurred. And if one were to be helped out, it might also be that the
karma not being completely fulfilled, another difficulty would arise until the
fundamental problem—which is not yet clear—were solved.
No doubt one has almost superhuman power and superhuman faculties but one
still is human, has to pay rent, meet social and financial obligations, income
tax, etc. One gets plenty of advice, no end to advice, advice, advice world
On New Year's Evening one performed the Darshan that not even the greatest
teachers who come this way can give. And yet one is supposed to sit around and
wait for appointments with this one and that one. This will not be done. And
tonight one mall make a farewell address because the people who come to
Samuel's meetings are quite capable of paying admission, fees to all sorts of
meetings before all sorts of speakers on all sorts of subjects but for
spiritual instructions, they have not been paying and one cannot stand this
burden any more.
There are several ways out: (a) one is that people who accept spiritual help
should be willing to do something material for Murshid. Unfortunately some
think that metaphysical help is more beneficial than financial or physical
help. But Murshid does not need metaphysical help or advice.
The other is to get the manuscripts out first for Tuttle. The first is ready
and is being mailed today. Others will follow. This is preferable than seeking
help from persons who may even be willing to give it. For there should be some
return from these manuscripts. For instance we have a lot of real Zen material
collected separately and together by Nyogen Senzaki and myself during the
There is the greatest volume of Senzaki's writings. And here is a peculiar
situation which shows the difference between the anatta Buddhists who are real
anatta people and the Western people who are still ego-bound. Samuel wished to
publish the papers for Roshi Soen Nakagawa and the Roshi wants Samuel to
benefit, partially because Samuel has done the work and partially because Soen
doesn't believe he will live as long as this person. Now very few have
fundamental honesty and one has not been successful even to getting acceptance
of one's relation with Sokei-An Sasaki and this movement is moribund because it
has remained egocentric. The relations with Mary Farkas have been one-way
traffic but with Mrs. Sasaki were two-way traffic.
A lot of disciples do not pay dues. And besides there are non-disciples who
come to meetings and pay nothing and then they go to this lecture and that one
and pay whatever is asked, and they seem glad to pay. So one does not know
whether one will continue any more lectures.
Besides, yesterday one took up with a colleague the possibility of lecturing
on Oriental Philosophy for money and this man who has the meeting places says
it is right, only he is getting more meeting places and wishes a slight delay
so he can pick out the right ones. And then these people who come to all of
Samuels gatherings will come and pay. They will pay for public lectures but for
the real mystical instruction and Darshan, that has not made the impression
that there should be any sacrifice for the Teacher, and yet the Teacher cannot
charge. But all he can do is to stop.
Besides, this one is opening up all the spiritual methods. Between Vilayat
and Samuel I do not think there is an esoteric teaching we do not have,
although there are some one never refers to. And one sees people using I Ching
like it was a super scripture and they ask little questions of no avail and
think that is wonderful and from God. That is also all right but it has nothing
to do with mysticism and spiritual awakening.
One is now working alone at a feverish pace on what Hazrat Inayat Khan
wanted. One today has the inner knowledge and does not care if all the
"experts" and public speakers who charge money deny it. Samuel does not
begrudge anybody money.
The manifestation of the Dance-form partly delays the work on "The
Esotericism of Inayat Khan" and partly illustrates it in comprehensible
manners. Sooner or later this will be given to the public and one hopes to get
an article published here soon on "The Religion of the President of India." Why
is it by-passed by all the "experts" on Oriental Philosophy?"
One has had the audacity to send at least one of your postal cards to
Tuttle. He and his staff have been cordial; the laxity has been at this end.
Love and blessings,
January 16, 1969
O Reps. San:
This year started off with an unusual celebration, over seventy persons, and
a report was sent to you, that it may be ominous for a real new year in a New
No doubt miracles can happen to all those establishment seniors who will
not, under any circumstances accept the words of Jesus Christ, that we must
become like little children to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. I am sending copy
of this to two old friends, one of whom has been empathetic and one who should
have been not so, for I still hope that some older people will recognize the
signs of the times.
There was an important football game on last Sunday. The New York
quarterback intuited the game excellently and all his predictions came exactly
true. So he was accused of egotism, bombast and braggadocio. My disciple Melvin
who lives with me, and I tuned in with this man and sometimes we could intuit
the game play by play. But the rejection of intuition is the abuse of all our
troubles made infinitely worse by too many self-selecting their "messiahs" who
invariably turn out to be false. And a true "messiah" like this football player
is held to public ignominy despite his foresight and accuracy.
Of immediate concern is that our Cinderella turned out to be a fairy
princess in disguise. I shall not relate the story. She and several disciples
have been with Vilayat and the date of their return is uncertain and perhaps
unimportant. But there is no question that Vilayat will be leading oodles of
young people and the only senior whom he has accepted and who has accepted him
is a man turned down and shamefully down by the "seniors." I won't tell the
story—if you are really "in" in Asian philosophies and spiritual development
you did not have a chance. Be a phony and you get money and fame.
The great Swami Ranganathananda Maharaj will be here any moment. Already the
Hindu students have had the audacity to invite S.A.M. to partake in their
program for their Independence Day. They have not accepted a single great
"expert" of whom there are a legion and never a single one ever called upon by
the Indian Consulate. And of course the Indian Consulate is in bad stead with
the "nice" people. How could it be otherwise? "Do you know Mr. Lewis? He knows
more about India than any other American?" Why, the "experts" will not even
invite the staff of the Indian consulate.
But Allah is great and a colleague in Ajmir has sent a speech by Gandhi on
Brotherhood which you can bet no "expert" would dare to read. They would rather
praise Gandhi, but never, never, follow him. There are few Americans who can do
that and this person once got into the doghouse by winning an essay contest put
on by Vincent Sheen. He should have know better.
The Oracle" is out and there is a one-page display from a plagiarist using
your name. Or is it you? The resemblance is remarkable; so is the contribution.
What is more, the young readers like it.
The most important scene is the number of young people having spiritual
experiences. This has two aspects; (a) that the young are having enlightenment
experiences which would be dreaded by our metaphysical friends, and even by the
so-called "Zen Buddhists." The second thing is that there are three groups,
Christian, Hindu and Sufi and these are all on good terms with each other. This
sort of thing does not happen with seniors and as Hazrat Inayat Khan foretold,
the brotherhood would form of itself.
This is a good warning for we are scheduled to lecture on Oriental
Philosophy before the young. The class in Christian mysticism is resulting in
evaluations and assurances. My colleague here was lambasted by the "good
ladies" some time back, blackballed and gossiped all over. Their result is that
in a short time his disciples have risen from 3 to 60 and from no centers he
has 5 and growing. You convince the metaphysical people that God may have some
ideas and selects His own—without their help.
As there are so many pseudo- and self-praising cosmic-consciousness (?)
people last night Sam read of Edna St. Vincent Millay. He got two jolts: (a)
young in the audience not mureeds who had this experience; (b) the love,
veneration and warm heart-feeling between the guru and the audience and the
various members of the audience one with another. Love ye one another is a fact
with so many young people.
The Dervish dances have had two revocations: (a) almost all the moral
teachings came now be imparted by dance without any need of sermon! (b) the
"chorus" is given a role to play while the selected ones perform.
When Hazrat Inayat Khan gave the science of commentaries to this person, it
was not envisioned this could be done sub-verbally and super-verbally. We are
teaching more Yoga methods than all the advertised and advertising people and
don't stop together. For the real Zen holds that we all have Enlightenment
(something our Zennists almost unanimously reject!) They have words, words,
words and are stuck.
This has been also marked by influences and this tough curmudgeon has had to
work—also using the dance—to promote vitality and healing. Actions work
better than words.
There is lots more going on. Not a dull moment.
Love and blessings,
January 24, 1969
O Reps San:
There were three letters in the mail when I returned from The Garden of
Inayat and I, am therefore writing to you and sending copies to each of the
others to save time, one of these carbons goes to F. Clive-Ross editor of
"Studies in Comparative Religion," and the other to Julie Medlock of Auroville,
Pondicherry. Each of these letters will contain a small contribution.
The beginning of the year found one a thousand dollars in debt, mostly due
to unforeseen problems with disciples. There is no need to go into that for the
very persons involved also became the means of getting out of debt. It is just
like a fairy story. Here the "Cinderella" whom we rescued proved to be a "Fairy
Princess" in disguise, so to speak.
One has been very slow in getting out manuscripts. The one of Master Tai Hsu
went to Tuttle. We have not heard from him but soon will send on Shaku Soyen.
My plan—and it is not based on any particular principle perhaps, other than
if the name appears in enough fore-words, it will warrant a follow-up. But here
I have a long complex relationship with the Korean Grand Master, Seo Kyung Bo
which will be taken up—in a few days.
At the present time Swami Ranganathananda Maharaji, Secretary of the Supreme
Board of the Ramakrishna Mission is here. When we met at the University of
California it was similar to meeting Her Serene Highness, Princess Poon Diskul,
only this time the audience was composed either of young people or University
staff members and there was nothing but harmony and acceptance. I have put
myself on a limb, advertising this man as "God-realized" as against a lot of
fly-by-night temporarily important persons. Yet the names of Meher Baba and J.
Krishnamurti were on the bulletin board—at the University.
Fortunately nearly all the young people who came to test Murshid's statement
that Swamiji was a real Master, having had actual Divine experience, accepted
it. And instead of being out on a limb, one's stock went up. In turn this has
enabled one to take disciples and non-disciples further on the spiritual
At the present time my most important work is the commentary on Hazrat
Inayat Khan "Cosmic Language." The work is being harmonized with Mme.
Blavatsky's "Akashic Records" and the Buddhist "Alaya Vijnana." But the day is
passing when everybody can speak on "Oriental Philosophy" and "Cosmic
Consciousness" excepting those who have experienced it! There were at least
three people in the audience when I read from Edna St. Vincent Millay's
Renascence who have already had that experience. You can be sure none of them
has been recognized by the "experts."
The commentary on "Cosmic Language" is being written in full Alaya-Vijnana
consciousness. It is interspersed with many anecdotes from my life, but it is
also written in fana-fi-Sheikh with the consciousness entirely merged in that
of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan so the genre is entirely his and nothing like my
There is also a gradual recognition of the work done with Luther Whiteman
years ago. And we found a single carbon of a piece of my "social prophecies"
which had escaped the fire of 1949 and the seizures of "Her Imperial Majesty
IOD" who languishes somewhere around. The store of her infamy will soon become
public. For not only are there offered for Samuel to speak in public to the
"Hippies" but an old friend of IOD has suddenly relented and ask Samuel to
speak on Sufism! Too many followers, too much money coming my way, etc.
The Dervish dances are still coming. Last night we put on a variation of the
Mevlevi Dances for those in the Khankah only not to be taught to others but
presented to others. The reason is that we use meditations and concentrations
on the Centers, and no nonsense. And the effect is exactly what Hazrat Inayat
Khan said, although if this was broadcast the world would have said he cribbed
them from "Yogis," whatever that means!
These dances are dedicated to The Temple of Understanding and also to
Fatehpur Sikri in India. They are coming in exactly the same way dances came to
Srimati Ruth St. Denis, and the future generations will appall the refusal of
the passing "Pisceans" to accept simple and honest fects if given through the
The main theme is the distinction between real Joy (Ananda or Wujud) and
euphoria. Gradually one takes the disciples up the stairs.
We also have the job of working with Vilayat as my Esoteric Secretary
(Mansur) has been using his tape recorder. He was one of the top students of
Prof. Huston Smith of M.I.T. regarded as the top real American real
I now have six classes a week with the possibilities of more being
requested—the Gatha and other classes are in the hands of disciples. We are
prepared to demonstrate this work both for the Pakistani Consulate and the
Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design. But this is also complicated that Yoga
Dances come in vision and Alaya at the same time.
We are not yet properly organized and the quantity of duties is just
becoming impressed on others. And remember I have a stack of Nyogen Senzaki's
manuscripts never published, etc.
Love and blessings,
January 28, 1969
O Reps San:
When you send me a letter with reference to "The Mysticism of Sound" I am
reminded of some of your early works which seem to have dropped by the wayside.
It is often necessary to use Fabre D'Olivet and I have just had an interview
with a man trained in Mantra Yoga.
The other night I heard Nicol Smith again. He was hosted by Hasan Nizami.
The friends of the latter give a totally different story of the last days of
Hazrat Inayat Khan. They all say that Kismet Stam was not with him much of his
last days because of Indian customs. She was kept in Purdah. The story told me
by people who were there is somewhat different and I still have one disciple
who was present but who is now in Arabia.
Vilayat is very strong despite the women in his life. I have told him so and
naturally all the young ladies wish he were free. Somebody put his picture on
my altar; it has not been taken down. He is there with Mataji Krishna Bhai of
Anandashram, Nyogen, Shaku Soyen, his father and this vociferous chatterbox.
You have my address of "441 Precita." It is 410. 441 was the Zen address at
one time in L.A.
Very very favorable answer from editor who will accept real Sufi
stories—when they can be written. Psychotherapist here from Tennessee wishes
course on the mystical side of psychotherapy. This is very encouraging and he
says he has many followers and associates.
I should not make the claims put out by Vilayat yet many are true. He is no
Maharshi. When Swami Ranganathananda was asked, he replied: "All meditation is
Lots of drama at the Ranch in Novato which Vilayat dedicated. Here totally
immersed in writing and no way out. Secretaries copying materials of Vilayat
and miscellany collected in the Orient, for humanity, I hope. Next week should
visit the Berkeley campus. Things very different now.
February 5, 1969
No day could be more appropriate than this, the anniversary of the passing
of Hazrat Inayat Khan, to write some factual material and also some material
which may be factual on the inner planes, accepted or not accepted in the outer
Yesterday I spoke on the inner interpretation of a passage found in the 1st
Epistle of John, "There are three witnesses on earth: water and breath and
blood." I also read three sections of "What Christ? What Peace?" written in
1942. I believe that all the prophecies in this poem have been validated in the
material world. It has been rejected no less than 10 times, the common history
of the earlier parts of my life. Among those who have rejected it are the
celebrated Alan Ginsberg, who has become famous or infamous, going around
shouting, "What the world needs is more Blakes and Witmans." He is going to be
up-ended soon. The younger generation will not stand for this nonsense. It is
on a par with the Honorable U Thant saying, "What we need is a moral and
spiritual revolution." When leaders refuse to lead, nothing but chaos can
I understand that Meher Baba is dead. This will undermine the efforts of La
Duce, who literally stole or seized all my earlier work, excepting that burnt
in the fire of 1949. This is an example of topside yelling, "What we need is a
moral and spiritual revolution." What these people fail to understand is
existence of Akasha and the function of Alaya.
In "What Christ? What Peace?" there is a line, "Not feasts in the name of
Love, but Love in the name of feasts." We had the first such feast last night,
and I understand intuitively more will follow.
Intuition-kashf-prajna-panna-never fail. Never, never never fail. The seer can
see on all planes, and we are coming into a new age in which metaphysicians
will no longer be able to ham-string mystics.
The love Feast (agape) was a total success. It was the first occasion when
Sam functioned on all 3 planes at once with some composure. I have two very
beautiful, positive young women here, who seem destined for high developments.
Let me say that they seem to represent the second and third cards of the Tarot.
This is complicated by our relations with The Ranch, 2 miles above here. The
dominant people at The Ranch have been under the sway of lust and anger. This
has increased since their legal and financial powers have been withdrawn. This
in turn has been followed by a series of tragedies.
Now Pir Vilayat has dedicated this place to International Meditation Center.
Whatever Vilayat saw has been corroborated by visions of others, quite
interesting, especially in view of these tragedies. It may be, inshallah, that
this can become the sight of the enfoldment of the ancient and the Eternal
Mysteries. I do not know, and do not care, where Vilayat stands with regard the
"ancient" mysteries; it is much more important where he stands with regard the
Eternal Mysteries, and I think on this point we are in agreement.
On Friday afternoon my first talk on Aquarian Asian Philosophy. This is a
gimmick. It simply means the Asian philosophy of Asians, as against the
so-called Asian philosophies of Englishmen, Europeans, their western students,
and metaphysicians in general. When I was at Kamakura, I was told, "You are
already 2 grades above Daisetz Suzuki." I can assure you that both Sokei-an
Sasaki and L. Adams Beck visited sectors in Kamakura of which Daisetz was quite
unaware though he owned and occupied a home on the hills above the grottos.
Extracts are now being made from my diaries for editors to whom you have
given me introductions.
I am seeing to it that you get a copy of Irfan. It has taken a very very
long time to get the Complete Ryazat of Inayat Khan is order. There is simply
not secretarial help. Indeed, of the secretaries now available, any and all but
one may be inducted into some form of government service. And, unless there is
a radical change, it may be necessary, inshallah, for the soul of this person
to remain a very very long time in the flesh.
It is not only Irfan but also Mushahida and Mujahida which have to be put in
literary form for posterity. Sam did not make any friends by passing #1 in
Buddhist competitions. The Grand Master said, "You have the patriarchal
Buddhism." This was easy, because one already had the hierarchical succession
in Sufism. This is something man can neither give nor take.
When in seclusion in 1930 on this anniversary, the subtle body of Hazrat
Inayat Khan appeared before me in quite visible form and he opened up the
sahasrara. Owing to opposition and harassment this function was aborted. At a
somewhat later date in Santa Barbara, the spirit of L. Adams Beck manifested to
this person and repeated the Initiation. The functioning has remained. The work
in fana-fi-Sheikh continued though once stood alone. It will stand as an
evidence in history that the Sufis and their disciples in Asia took an absolute
opposition stand on this matter. Indeed in 1962 Pir-o-Murshid Hasan Nizami was
a full witness as to prowess in fana.
In 1962 one was initiated into fana-fi-Rassoul by the Prophet Mohammed. This
confirmed the poem "What Christ? What Peace?" and came to a climax in the poem
"Saladin," which was originally dedicated to your good self. These epic poems
have the answers to many of the problems of the day. So long as they are
spurned, the turmoil will continue. People, especially leaders, with so-called
"humility" too often have and frozen ears and frozen hearts. "The Rejected
Avatar" is now on the market.
The greatest of my poems is incomplete. It is called "Rassoul Gita." When
visiting the tomb of Amir Khusrou with Pir-o-Murshid Hasan Nizami, I was for
the third time invested with The Robe. In the presence of the Pir-o-Murshid,
the spirit of Amir Khusrou said, "I initiate you this day as the successor to
Mohammed Iqbal in the school of Jelal-ed-din Rumi."
Both poetry and now the dance confirm this and other initiations.
Sentimentally and perhaps more than sentimentally I am tied with Pir
Vilayat. The relations with the Ranch have shown one must continue to pursue
the Aeomic function of Hierophant. The Robe was given to me physically when I
returned to Pakistan. It is something like Marion Crawford's "Mr. Issacs," all
the elements of which have occurred in my life, both physically and
As I said, Friday afternoon I go to Haight Ashbury to speak directly to the
young. Friday night, immediately thereafter, the first public rendition of the
dervish dances—and perhaps, inshallah, of at least one yoga dance—no
nonsense, no metaphysical or expert interference.
The class I am attending at the university presented the first time in 30
years when a Professor mentioned Emperor Akbar in discussing India. I have seen
a multitude come and go and have even been derided and disgraced publically on
this point. The Wheels of the law turn and very definitely.
I have no desire to keep anything hidden, other than to pursue the policies
of Pir Vilayat. Having such a policy coordinates my efforts.
Next week the class at the university will be headed by Dr. Nottingham of
Long Island. I have long admired this lady but had no idea how beautiful a soul
she is—much smile and a greater heart and a professor too! When I told her my
backgrounds, she said "I ought to be learning from you, not teaching you."
There is always a first.
I will bring her copy of letter to my esoteric secretary Mansur from Philip
Kapleau. I shall also enclose carbon of the letter to him which will be written
Now as to the history and personality of Hazrat Inayat Khan. From the very
beginning I met him on planes hardly touched by most of his disciple. Even my
early development was far above that of Nargis, who had several books
published. But in saying this I must add, today I find myself also with
disciples who have reached a similar state, which is most wonderful. You have
had a rapid glimpse of them; Pir Vilayat has had a better glimpse.
I do not regard perfection as being without flaws. I regard perfection as
being the ultimate harmony between flawlessness and the common places. The
earth with all its chasms, landslides and floods is smoother than a billiard
ball. My disciples are myself and they are learning that. Others either teach
differentiation or verbalize it. The New Age offers the group, not the
If meetings are large, I give love; if meetings are small, as much esoteric
instruction as possible.
The unwritten memoirs of Hazrat Inayat Khan, given to Murshida Martin, were
seized by Mrs. Duce together with all carbon copies etc. etc. While it is
memory, these belie many of the legends and gossips circulating about him.
On the one hand, they reveal "the soul" of a man. On the other hand, they
corroborate with his teachings on Tasawwur into which I shall not go here. It
is only a master, saint, or prophet who can lead and teach from the inner
planes. Much of my occult and mystical knowledge comes from this source. The
rest from the very early training of Murshida Martin, which she herself
discarded later in life.
If one were a master in breath or in Kashf etc., one would know the truth.
The atmosphere of the Tomb is also a collaborating element and a corroborating
one. I have to speak on Hazrat Inayat Khan tonight in Corte Madera. The group
is getting very large, and now between my Khalif-designate and myself, there
are meetings every day—and more demands for more meetings.
Love and Blessings,
March 8, 1969
O Reps San:
If this person has been amiss in correspondence it has been due to factors
outside of his control. He has had one day off this year and not a chance of
any break. There is a renewal of family litigation and the time and energy
consumed is something which one has to present oneself and one has not been
very successful in making others realize how this time and energy are
This week has been terrific, a constant flow of activity, successful lecture
and streams of interviews which do not consumes outsiders' time at all. This is
complicated by the struggles going on the different campuses and the further
one is drawn into these controversies one finds almost without exception there
are struggles between those who wish to be honest and objective and those who
wish to proclaim authority, either of themselves or others and try to push this
authority over on others.
Anyone who has gone through a mass and mess of conferences on so-called
"Asia" knows that in almost every instance in the past a person has been
introduced as an "expert," overpraised by the chair and meetings restricted to
questions. Now there is a reaction against this on several of the campuses and
the more one meets the dissidents the more one finds they also are struggling
for honesty, objectivity and impersonality.
It has taken weeks to get a person to go over my notes to get stories for
one of the magazines you have given an introduction to. And there are other
outstanding such efforts and the few secretaries and helpers are busy every
single day either with work of life's problems, such as the need to get a home
or residence, etc. Those problems touch a larger portion of humanity than you
There is no cushion for illness of oneself or family or anything and now
with a following of about 80 people and growing, no leeway for them, everyone
an individual, a beloved one of God, a soul who is a universe and not a vague
thought-form and I doubt whether a single one is not looking for a father image
or something like it and a reality, not a Jungian archetype, much less the
Christian pseudo-conception of a father-image.
One or other phone is always ringing. There are cries for help, for love,
for compassion, for consideration, and there is still the tremendous work left
by Hazrat Inayat Khan, tremendous excepting for those who are not participating
Today one was successful again in getting a university professor to
recognize one as a Sufi and there is a course coming up on the spiritual and
mystical experience. One has to meet this emergency.
Inayat Khan asked Samuel to prepare to present mysticism to the
intellectuals. He has had the semantic discipline plus the training of Cassius
Keyser, Korzybski's friend and mentor; and Asian disciplines—which few
Westerners have had. In speaking at State College one always supported
statements by facts, illustrating more the non-Aristotelian logistics than
anything western and now we are busy circulating papers on Buddhists logic
which our semantic friends, claiming to be anti-Aristotelian, have shunned.
These opportunities come to one's door and they are connected with the events
of the day.
At least eight hours a week are devoted to dancing and this means time in
dancing plus meditation and preparation.
One still does not have proper office assistance—demands are too much and
help too little. With the irony that when one said help was needed more than
money the money has begun to filter in, but not the help.
Every person who comes is oneself, and there is nonsense about "love thy
neighbor as thyself." One has one's family. Some pictures were taken today
which will be published and slowly, very slowly, the pieces are fitting.
One cannot even tell at the moment whether one can go to Stanford next week.
This will be shown to disciples who are very busy acting as agents for
with love and blessings,
April 9, 1969
I am not going to ask you to excuse either my efforts or my faults. One is
simply overwhelmed, one has bad too many rebuffs, and it is necessary to come
out fighting. Besides, again and again I have been warned inwardly and
sometimes outwardly to fight more regardless. All the dreams of my life have
been thwarted by egos.
Let me say now that the basic reason for writing is that you proposed the
School. Whether this was an ego-suggestion or an inspiration it does not
matter. It is now approaching me socially and geographically from two different
directions. I am tired of telling people I already have a crowded program—it
isn't believed. Fortunately some people have been reading Marie Corelli with
her "Two World" outlook, and they must accept logically if not actually this
may be a norm for souls at certain stages of evolution.
In any event we are having a seminar on Mystical Experience this coming
Saturday and afterwards. I shall no doubt wear both a Zen robe and a dervish
robe and carry the Zen stick. Evidently the ides of March are most favorable.
Yesterday one of the classes at the University of California not only accepted
my spiritual background, but I was amazed to find the professor, an Italian
lady, come out for Sufism. She is Currently teaching a course in the evening on
the Mysteries, and two of my very best disciples are enrolled therein.
In the day class which I attend I found a young girl come out for both
Mahayana and Sufism. This is in the wind. Inasmuch as one has had a career of
snubs, rejects and personal criticisms, one has given up entirely the Gandhian
outlook and is going to stick to "Therefore fight O Arjuna."
Tai Hsu. Tuttle has rejected his manuscript. Two days after this rejection I
received a copy of "The Buddhist Revival in China." This same Tai-Hsu whose
manuscript they rejected is a dramatic hero of this work. I refuse any more to
accept any snubs or rejections that I did not sit at the feet of this Master. I
am sending the Tai-Hsu manuscript to Harvard along with a suitable letter to
Holmes Welch, the author. While this is a commendable book I must factually
differ from the author on one small point, and that is concerning Dr.
Trebitsch-Lincoln. Welch says he disappeared, but during that period in which
he is supposed to have disappeared he was in touch directly and indirectly with
both Senzaki-san and Zoso, now both deceased.
While this is a minor point I hays been constantly speaking on Dr.
Trebitsch-Lincoln whose cosmic predictions invariably came true. He was no Jean
Dixon, Edgar Cayce., Eileen Garrett, or Alice Bailey. He was very unpopular,
totally honest and invariably correct. He died on Mt. Emei-Shan in central
China. In fact anent Emei-Shan Holmes Welch is very weak. He mentions Harry
Frank who had been there most unfavorably; he does not mention Fleming, author
of "Tibetan Marches" who also spent some time at Emei-Shan. This may not be
important of itself, but I am no tyro and I do not care anymore what people
think of it.
The Temple of Understanding. This very beautiful inspiration of a housewife
is now coming dangerously near to self-destruction. You are the only one who
ever saw the pageant-vision I saw years ago regarding a conference of world
religions. You may have forgotten, but it is in my scrapbook. I have seen one
of these after another come along, all with delightful ideals, and all
floundering in the morass of egotism.
In the same letter which gave one a detailed report, praise is given to Alan
Watts, a man of absolutely no integrity and of no faith, and they're using his
pictures. In a presumable conference of Faiths held at San Francisco held in
1957 the World Buddhist Federation submitted the names of ten acceptable
Americana end ten reprehensible Americans. The conference chose for the
speakers the bottom three names on the reprehensible list. This seems to be the
"American Way." Watts is perhaps more inimical to the World Buddhist Federation
than any other American. In his private life he has flaunted four out of the
five provisions of Pancha Sila.
I am sick and tired of having important persons by-pass karma and moral
laws. I see nothing but destruction as I have both seen and foreseen in the
past from such misbehavior. To have a universal religion led by a man of sex,
alcohol and drugs is hardly a way to salvation.
Before the conference Saturday on Mystical experience I have been scheduled
an interview with an associate of the late Thomas Merton. Merton himself had
been scheduled to come to San Francisco to see this person. Of course this is
egotism; every time I mention such things it is egotism, but Yasutani came
here, Sidialawi cams here, Thich Thien An and others have come to see this
person, and there will be more of this because it is written in the
While my following is yet small the total weekly attendance has shown a
slow, steady and constant increase. The number of young and beautiful girls is
slowly growing. The visiting women have seen the joy and beauty of my
disciples, and they want to go, and they do go, on the same path. But what is
more noticeable and perhaps more important is the slow and steady increase of
men slightly more nature. I hardly know of a single case of any of these men
coming to the lectures and attendant spiritual dances and or Darshans that has
not admitted the awakening of joy and exaltation. He may not become a follower,
he may also be a follower of some teacher, but this much is universally
One of my disciples attended a Hindu students picnic. As I expected no
"experts" of Oriental philosophy was there; in fact I am going to take the
negative path of visiting Universities and putting the cards on the table
regarding shams, pretenses and bloated personalities who have been paraded
together or apart as the Suez Canals destined to bring East and West together
are no longer used. My long negative campaign to have Oriental philosophies
taught by Asians and Americans who have lived in Asia and studied under Asians
is coming to pass. The grapevine is that the State Dept. is seeking Americans
who can instruct diplomats in Oriental philosophy. I am skeptical of this, but
it is an admittance.
Due to the advancements and mystical experiences of my disciples I am now
compelled to open on some of the higher esoteric sciences about which we as a
culture know little or nothing. It is very difficult, for to pursue such paths
properly one should devote more time to esoteric practices, and for me there is
no such time. Days are for work, nights for visions.
Yes, this was the norm of Emperor Akbar, one of the greatest rulers of the
world and almost universally by-passed by our "experts" in Oriental philosophy.
God knows what is to be done. The failure and refusal of a former leading
disciple to visit the tomb of our Pir-o-Murshid is going to be followed
inshallah by one of my most beautiful and certainly youngest in age disciples.
She wishes to take up spiritual dancing as a career.
My own efforts are now more involved and evolved. In addition we have
started ceremonial and initiatory dances, and expect to erect a May-pole soon
for a more or less public exhibition of the same. Divine vision of the Teacher
is followed by the joy and exaltation of the pupils. Here we are at one. But
there is another difficulty, that very few people give leeway for the time
needed in conferences and consultations. I am a man, not an institution, but
thank God He has given me the strength to carry on. Even physically this is
I am receiving some of the most beautiful letters and again I must express
my appreciation for your gifts to Susan Miller. She has planned to study
organic gardening and then return. What she does not know is that in addition
to The Garden of Inayat, the household where she lived has just acquired a
place which may become inshallah, The Garden of Allah, and where her services
may become invaluable.
My financial situation is peculiar. There has also been a steady increment
of remuneration. But it means carrying several persona and a constant danger of
them abandoning self-reliance. Whether it has been jolts, or awakenings, or
Divine Grace, there seem to be series of rainbows at the moment with actual
pots of gold on the horizon. If these projects go through we should have enough
money to carry on all operations and also to absorb some of the younger and
All this time I am working on the commentaries as Pir-o-Murshid wished.
Lessond and classes have to be arranged for. Seven classes a week now with
probabilities of increase, inshallah. Without the higher papers of Hazrat
Inayat Khan must get into mystical states and do creative writing. "The
Rejected Avatar" is making a slow sale. There is the probability of submitting
"Saladin" at the seminar on mystical experience. There is all the work of
several gardens. There is all the work of internal and external attunement to a
growing Sufi Order.
In addition to the dancing there is the development of the spiritual walks.
These involved also the awakening of the Centers. They apparently are very
successful. Sometimes psychiatric problems are "solved" thereby. We have not
yet come to the world of chanting; it is there. And we are just at the
threshold of cosmic dancing—there are no secretaries to record here. It will
soon be fifty years since my first meeting with Rabia Martin.
Our methods are very different. Basically I teach and hope practice that
"Murshid and Mureed are one." The invocation is always kept in mind internally
and externally. No doubt at times one gives more from Swami Ramdas and Paul
Reps than from Inayat Khan. But one also gives Lord
Buddha's Jhanas, and believe me, they work.
A Love and Blessings,
Psychograms to Reps
Written with an eraser.
This worn out ribbon tells only lies.
Palimpsest looks into a mirror. Gets X-rayed.
True autobiographies are written at the Fun House.
Dishes retain their ether-grams.
Lying in the grass forgetting wars, I watch the bugs eat each other.
The winner gobbles the grass.
The Sufi Message: Forget everything you have learned. Then forget you have
Instant Zen embraces everything but Infant Zen.
The ocean swallows all the fish and remains hungry.
April 20, 1969
O Reps San:
Not part of diary entry which is enclosed.
The great work of Sufis has been to expand and extend the areas and arenas
of love. There is a certain modus operandi and Hazrat Inayat Khan certainly
gave it to me and I think it is found in some of his writings. I don't give a
damn for all the egocentric people who will not accept facts coming from wrong
people and that is why the world is going to be remade. It is simply to get
people to be human, to love and trust more than they have been doing.
No doubt there is some God in a pea potato or marijuana, in the century
plant (which has some divine essence), but there is more in the higher forms of
life. Having been a botanist and horticulturist which anybody not a
metaphysician can understand, there is an essence in the aloe which works for
longevity and some day some enterprising scientist will no doubt discover it.
It will be more valuable than the emotional dietetic work because this will
last. What did God put into the century plant? or the redwood? or any
long-living tree? Certainly not emotions.
Whatever it was it is also found in the heart-of-man because everything in
the universe is reflected in the heart of man and Alexis Carrel's heart beats
on and it is not meditated upon.
Purusha. There are two aspects of existence, Prakrit and Purusha and anybody
but the "humble" can study and learn, that this is operative in the divine
temple which is the body of man. Sam has not come to say anything to the
"humble" but to the curious and a lot of young people are curious while their
elders are "humble."
The energies from the heart are both Purushic and Prakritic and the Purushic
emanations contain the life and love and these are communicable and it is
marvelous how the young and curious come and drink of the fountains of the
waters of life emanating from heart while the "humble" are always looking
elsewhere and never finding.
The whole of life is different today and will remain different as long as
one douses both pride and humility and adheres to curiosity and listening. And
now the break-through to larger audiences, more conferences and even more
money—but by one's own efforts.
In June there will be a seminar on Poetry as effected by Oriental
philosophy. Watch and see. Now the professors are becoming curious but the
religious and metaphysical people, they are "humble." They never listen and
learn, only assert. Watch and see.
[Undated, about April 27, 1969]
The Confessions of Samuel L. Lewis
O Reps San:
It had not been my intentions to write thus. There is a vast barrier between
what Lord Snow calls the scientific culture and the literary humanist culture.
In Sufi terms it is very simple; the former determine life by facts and events;
the latter by their personal reactions to their reviews of the activities of
others. They are usually not participant and depend upon reactions, directly
contrary to the whole teachings of the actual Indian cosmic psychologies, and
also it seems now, to the latest in the real Sciences, not to be confused by
the uses and misusage of the world "Science" by multitudes of the
literary-humanist cultures from Mary Baker Eddy on.
The first event of importance was the introduction of Hazrat Inayat Khan to
Nyogen Senzaki. Much of your own life has stemmed from this meeting and it is
awful even to refer to the hard, hard fact that this grew out of the
Khan-Senzaki meeting and so did a lot of other things, a lot of other things.
The immediate aftermath of this meeting was to be put on the Bodhisattvic Oath
by the Sufi Inayat Khan (of course you can accept the verdict of the
literary-humanists that Inayat Khan was not a Sufi nor Nyogen Senzaki a
validated Zen teacher).
One has little to complain here. After years of all kinds of silences there
leaked into one of Nyogen Senzaki's books the opinion the great Roshi Shaku
Soyen had of him. And here I have the impudence, the imprudence, the audacity
to tell—and it is hard, hard fact—that my first satori took place right
here in San Francisco exactly where Shaku Soyen had walked. And in this one
picked up from the cosmos—actually Alaya—the place of Nyogen Senzaki long
known to Zosi Fernandez and myself and to practically nobody else. And as this
includes the Alaya-Vijnana experience which has to be spurned by the
literary-humanists, involving others—usually the prophets—whom I can name
actually being persecuted and maligned.
The next of importance was the 1926 interviews with Hazrat Inayat Khan, six,
interviews only one sought by Sam, five by Inayat Khan and one has never been
forgiven for that! It was Pir-o-Murshid who summoned Sam, not the other way,
but this had happened in San Francisco, too. No use going over the content of
those interviews, reject by all the important people who were not there, this
being an example of popular "morality" based on words and egos.
Out of the above so much has come. Nyogen Senzaki has written in detail and
despite the importance people, his works have fallen into these hands. He
declared that much of the understanding between Hazrat Inayat Khan and himself
came out of their common backgrounds in Nyaya Logic, a logic which our whole
culture has refused, adamantly and egotistically refused to examine but
willy-nilly is coming out at the Royal Asiatic Society, an organization to
which practically none of the "only in America" experts on Asia belong.
The Generals of Semantics, for what type of "logic" one does not know, have
adamantly and persistently refused any articles on non-Aristotelian logics and
it is only now that the culture is waking up and curiosity if not more that
curiosity is piling up the lists of the actual savants of the day asking for
papers and meetings with SAM which is very hard on the "selfless"
On February 5, 1930, three years after the demise of Hazrat Inayat Khan SAM
went into seclusion and as he sat down to meditate the "Astral Body" of the Pir
came into the room and he sat down and meditated with him. If one's name had
been Palladino or Sir Oliver Lodge, or now Rev. James Pike this would have been
accepted but "peasants" must not have unusual experiences, only "important"
In the original Esoteric Constitution of the Sufi Order it was called that
Khalifs-designate should write commentaries on the Gathas, the papers for the
first three years, and Murshids-designate papers on the Githas, the studies for
the next three years. At that time there were already Murshids and Khalifs by
title but none of them had fulfilled the original prescriptions, papers either
now destroyed by fire or in the hands of Mrs. Ivy duce. Ergo, the Esoteric
Constitution was changed and appointments or elections have been substituted
for initiatory processes. This shows how far "we," the literary humanists, have
Anyhow one began writing the commentaries first by telepathy which no good
Koharich could possibly accepted and now slowly but positively as the result of
inner experiences, understanding and wisdom which no "saint" must ever mention,
Only the "writers" can do that! Inayat Khan positively stated and who
cares!—do not write or speak on what you do not know.
In the summer of 1946, while one was in the woods in South Carolina one was
initiated into fana-fi-Rassoul. The results of this are in the poem "Saladin,"
the dedication of which has been refused but the poem has been completed. As
there is a living God despite all the literary-humanists, there is a course
coming at the university on poetry-writing as influenced by Asian philosophies.
No doubt this was rude or not intended but then things happen. Sufis teach God
alone exists. Sufis say to God: "Thou alone are, I am not." Literary-humanists
say: "Thou alone art, (and to others) you do not exist."
When one went to Asia in 1956 one was amazed that one was always received at
the highest level everywhere, scorned and rejected in his own land. One will
not relate here what is in the diaries. But around 1961 one received the basis
for Rassoul Gita which, if God permits, will be a companionate piece to
Bhagavat Gita, which is daring, simple and absolutely true—all the "good"
people of the world to the contrary. Anyhow one has met so many saints, holy
men, etc. which it is atrocious to refer to as it spoils shows.
In 1930 one met Sokei An Sasaki, sat at his feet and returned to San
Francisco in 1931 knowing all the scriptures of the world by
Dharma-transmission. Years later, on meeting master Seo Kyung Bo found this to
be true but not until both Japanese and Vietnamese Zen masters also found it to
be true and one carries both the Zen stick and the Sufi equivalent, hard facts
shocking the literary-humanist egocentrics.
When Three Pillars of Zen came out one danced. Sam has had all these
experience which is very hard on the professional book-writers on "Zen" who
have not. But now the culture changes and not only is Kapleau accepted but the
contemporary professors of Buddhism are on excellent terms with Sam. His
manuscripts have been reject it is true—not his writings that is something
else. But the New Age will accept these manuscripts.
The rise of a New Generation which will not accept traditional poppycock has
slowly but definitely changed situations. Americans do not read American
literature, but only either European or definitely decadent things from the
peoples of the early part of this century. Hawthorne's Great Stone Face still
holds and the Americans resemble the French in seeking a hero who will solve
problems. However we mean here the literary-humanist portion of our culture.
Scientists depend on facts and human experience.
The financial situation began to change when one turned to Therefore, Fight,
O Arjuna. After practicing selflessness (assumedly) and non-resistance and
getting nowhere one began to fight back and won. Then one had a celebration,
became really ill for the first time in one's life and had a mystical
experience in the hospital with the prediction that one would become spiritual
leader of the hippies.
Now the background was laid by earlier mystical experiences accepted in full
by Hazrat Inayat Khan but not by his good disciples. Than reaffirmed by
Pir-o-Murshid Hasan Sani Nizami in New Delhi and more and more and more by
those who alone have the right to make decision. This was finally publicly
acclaimed by Pir-o-Murshid Sufi Barkat Ali in Pakistan but of course "I" was
not there so it could not be: Asians are never as real as Europeans and
So when God pointed out that Sam would become a spiritual teacher of hippies
He began to manifest His predictions and they are coming true at a rate hard to
But behind this is the sad story of all these beautiful young people: they
have had sex, they have had comforts, they have had luxuries, but never true
love and affection and they long for these, because these are the realities
belonging to the soul itself. They are not satisfied with words or philosophies
and they look askance at their elders who are so satisfied or
Since Kapleau has come out with the real Zen experience of a real Zen
devotee, it becomes logical and normal for a Sufi to do the same. There is no
sense in trying to convince elders. And the young who are willing to be
convinced wish this conviction to be in the forms coordinate with the neglected
line of a prayer of Inayat Khan: "Until in us be reflected Thy Grace, Thy
Glory, Thy Wisdom, They Joy And They Peace." Elders want the words, the young
the realities. This is the generation gap.
The story splits. On the side of Murshid there is the communication of some
Wisdom, Joy and even Glory—Grace comes from God and Peace is the aim. But one
does perform Darshan and one does reflect the persons and personalities of
Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed and this is reflected
in the esoteric sciences of Walking and Dancing and now gradually Ritual, the
dharma-transmissions from Ruth St. Denis. This is Murshid's work.
One the other side one is finding a large section of these young and very
beautiful souls finding vent to their real potentialities and this is not only
coming out in the arts of the New Age, but the possibility of large sums coming
into one's hands.
One need not here relate the financial jolts which have tripled one's income
excepting to a good portion has come from one's literary and lecture efforts
and the rest by legal contests, and all of these have been in some way
successful. And now one has been sent for to visit both New Mexico and
The first policy has been not to raise one's standards must although this
has been done, but to cooperate fully with Pir Vilayat Khan. At the moment
Allah has made the possible. After writing that one was unsure whether a
cortège or caravan was going to Colorado within 24 hours it became evident
that it could be a caravan and one is tending fully at the moment to do
Put as there is potential or actual wealth to be inherited by disciples, or
potential or actual wealth coming as a result of their efforts, we are looking
for new undertakings.
While this is going on one professor after another in different universities
is a accepting the result of Sam's experiences, inner and outer. It is, of
course, the literary-humanist people who yell "Ego" every time any effort is
made and they take joy in hammering down "Ego" (when the other person is
involved). One is far behind even in this undertaking. But the disciples who
see Murshid know that he has been contending is true.
It is now also a question of manifesting that Love and Affection and Joy
which the soul craves and which is not satisfied by books or emotional mob
appeals. At least the University of Virginia did accept Sam's cosmic reports,
based on actual substantiation exactly as required in scientific reporting.
The next climax comes on Sunday May 4 in which the combined May and Wesak
festivals will be held. The Wheel-Dance given yesterday had the psychic and
super-psychic results and actually "seen" by the Third Eye of a person who has
the Third eye. The oldsters reject and react, but the growing number of young
who not only accept but participate make one realize fully one's cosmic purpose
as accepted by all the Zen and Sufi teachers and by Papa Ramdas.
One does not expect real humility from the literary-humanists but one would
welcome a little more curiosity and a little less reaction, semantic or
otherwise. Problems may be solved by "in the hour ye think least the Son of Man
cometh." Older people will not accept this, the problems remain. But the young
do not wish to continue to pay for the sins of their forebears and want some
problems solved. And also the Love and Affection which is at the heat of all
sentient beings. Living exemplification, not words, is needed and this is what
is offered by
May 10, 1969
O Reps San:
Inayat Khan is dead. Inayat Khan slain by his living disciples, and slain by
those who swore fidelity to him.
Inayat Khan is resurrected. Resurrected because the message is in the sphere
and not in this ego or that ego. Buddha did not teach there is no God; he
definitely taught there is no ego but we have improved on that, and among us
Buddhists most of all who certainly demonstrate they believe in their own egos
and in God not at all.
But it is not only Buddhists that believe in their own egos and when
disciples in Sufism swear "There is only one Being, the most Supreme God," they
think from that platform they can go ahead seek fame, wealth and step over
other human beings, which has been the wont of the world but no more.
We do not all live in the eternity. This person has not asked for
forgiveness of sins but trusts Allah enough that the punishment will have "fit
the crime." It is a pity that you do not realize you cannot take wealth and
fame with you and cannot avoid your own memories and karma. All the teachings
have been dropped to support your name and thus you will have nothing to take
with you in to the next world but a four-letter word identified with ego and
not with the Supreme.
The Oracle has been published and some of one's works, not because one
wanted it that way—one did not, but the next generations will find that the
stone that was rejected is become the corner-stone and man cannot stop that.
Great people are concerned with piffle. Look at the semanticists. We have
Vietnam, we have food problems real or unreal, we have the generation gap with
psychedelics and piffle people are concerned whether grass is better than
clover as fodder!
Tomorrow morning to San Francisco State to consider the reality of mystical
experience and soon to Berkeley to consider Vietnam. Pifflers do not give a
damn about the suffering of multitudes, only whether they wear Dacron instead
of nylon or is it the opposite. Millions in terror and billions down the drain
and the semanticists and pifflers arguing whether we should revise the
My heir is a chair. A chair in which Report Clifton sat and told me all
about the dangers lurking in Vietnam. He was rejected all over the place. He
was tender. Samuel is tough. Now Samuel received a mostly beautiful first name
letter from the retired commander of the field forces in Vietnam and the
pifflers and semanticists will go on questioning the abolition of the
There is a Rinzai Center in the telephone book and we are taking pictures of
Soyen Shaku and Nyogen there this morning (don't ask me whether the frames are
of oak or chestnut or fabric, very important you know—real people may ask how
one got those picture!
Wealth to the wealthy, fame to the famers, but those who live in eternity,
Eternity will live in them.
God bless you,