About Our Lineage
Murshid Samuel L. Lewis (1896 - 1971) was a mystic schooled in both Zen and Sufism, recognized as a teacher in both traditions, who felt that spirituality should be a matter of living experience, not division and conflict.
His spiritual successor, Murshid Moineddin Jablonski (1942 - 2001) believed that spirituality was not fully realized until fully embodied, with all elements of the personality - light and dark - included in a life of joy and compassion.
Both lived and taught in the tradition of Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882 - 1927), who brought brought a form of universal Sufism into the west. On this way we recognize equally all the different spititual traditions of the world and honor them as an expression of the Holy.
The Ruhaniat Sufi lineage is composed of sincere mureeds (formally initiated students) who tread the path of initiation and discipleship, seeking the truth of the inner life through personal practice and direct experience - just as the disciples of many other Illuminated Souls, known and unknown, have done through the ages.
We have recently crossed the threshold between the old millenium and the new. Many contemporary tools are at our disposal to help us in our personal and spiritual growth. At the same time, we represent a tradition which has its roots in prehistory. The sacred practices and teachings which have come down to us from diverse climes and cultures in an unbroken line, have been carefully cultivated and prepared for us by innumerable spiritual forebears.
Murshid Samuel L. Lewis said before his passing:
"Divine truth does not belong to any organization. If I organize here, it will be organized under the title of “Islamia Ruhaniat Society,” that is, the complete teachings of spiritual sciences that lead to the realization of peace. As I'm working with my colleagues in other faiths, this will demonstrate this. We're not going to be called "Sufis" to distinguish ourselves from somebody else." (April 18, 1968).
"For no doctrines, dogmas, or principles does Sufism stand, calling them its own. The Sufi says, ‘Wisdom does not belong to me alone or my sect. It cannot be labeled with the word Sufi. Wisdom belongs to the human race, wisdom belongs to God. I, as any other being, desire to understand better every day more and more. And it is my pleasure and privilege to share what I consider good and beautiful with my fellow human beings.’ Never in the history of the world has Sufism been made a sect which wanted to make many of the same sect. It has never been nor will it ever be."
To each of you, mureed and
non-mureed alike, is offered these words of counsel from Hazrat
Pir Moineddin Jablonski, the spiritual successor of
Murshid Samuel Lewis, who guided the Ruhaniat lineage from 1971
until his death in 2001:
"Deepen your compassion. Love the wounded places in you that need healing. Open yourself to the grace of illumination. give freely of your joy. Share your neighbor's burden. Through all these avenues, discover your Soul."
"The passion play of personal crisis serves to create the human being anew, to move the soul a step closer to its spiritual purpose. Thus it has been, thus will it be. Let us start from our knees for a change, and pray that we become instruments of the divine compassion."