Samuel Lewis, founder of the Dances of Universal Peace, believed
that when people “eat, dance and pray together,”
the world finds peace.
The Dances continue to be, as Samuel Lewis envisioned them, a way to make life-energy and deep peace a reality for all who come in contact with them, and to bring a joyous spiritual center to those who commit to deepening in them.
Samuel L. Lewis was a Mystic, Sufi Master, Zen Teacher, Peace Activist, Horticulturist, Scientist, and Madzub.
The 15th of January 2015 was the 44th urs (anniversary of passing) of Murshid SAM whose life and work continues to heal hearts, open minds, and transform lives all over the world. We remember him with gratitude so deep it has no words but "thank you."
The photo was taken on that day at sunrise at Murshid SAM's dargah (resting place)...
"The pure life is a life free from any attachments, a heart filled with love, a mind illuminated by Supreme Thought."
-- Murshid Samuel L. Lewis (Sufi Ahmed Murad Chishti),
first American Sufi master, and originator of the Dances of Universal Peace
with thanks to Farrunnissa, who originally posted this.
The Dances of Universal Peace bear the lasting influence of Murshid Sam's contact and spiritual apprenticeship with Hazrat Inayat Khan (July 5, 1882 - February 5, 1927), who first brought the message of universal Sufism to the West in 1910.
Another force in the founding of the Dances was Ruth St. Denis (January 20, 1879 - July 21, 1968) who was a modern dance pioneer, introducing eastern ideas into the dance arts.
Hazrat Inayat Khan initially came to the West as a representative of classical Indian music, but soon turned to the introduction and transmission of Sufi thought and practice. His universal message of divine unity (Tawhid) focused on the themes of love, harmony and beauty. He taught that blind adherence to any book rendered any religion void of spirit.