Towards the One
The Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty
The Only Being
United with All the Illuminated Souls
Who form the Embodiment of the Master
The Spirit of Guidance
“Sufism is not rituals and forms and is not bodies of knowledge, not doctrines, not ideas, not theories. But it is impeccable manner, the manner of the lover in the presence of the Beloved.”
“Sufism is an essence, a truth. There is no form, no ritual, no custom in it. It is pure essence.”
The Sufi Ruhaniat International (SRI) 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.
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 (1896–1971) was a mystic schooled in both Zen and Sufism, recognised 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 realised 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 Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan (1882–1927), the bringer of the Sufi Message to the western world. On this way we recognise equally all the different spiritual traditions of the world and honour them as an expression of the Divine.
Our current spiritual director is Pir Shabda Kahn and the Head of the esoteric school is Murshid Wali Ali. For about ten years I was guided and supported on this path by Murshid Saadi and since 2008 by my beloved Murshid, Guide and Friend Pir Shabda.