In 1910, Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, traveled from India as the first Sufi Master to come to the West, spreading the Sufi Message of Love Harmony and Beauty. He initiated his California disciple Murshid Samuel Lewis, Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti in the early 1920’s.
Murshid SAM dedicated his life to the Path of the Bodhisattva, awakening for the benefit of all sentient beings. Over time he was recognized as a Sufi Master, Zen Master, Hindu Master, with mastery in the Christian and Jewish mysteries, and in the natural sciences. In the late sixties, he began training young students first under the banner of Zen and then Sufi. It is in this lineage that we find ourselves today. Even though he worked with around one hundred and fifty disciples before his passing, the blessing and lineage of his work is now international in scope, and growing!
Just before his passing in 1971, he formed an organization to further the lineage which is now known as the Sufi Ruhaniat International.