Murshid teaches the Message Volume 1: The Soul Whence and Whither—The Two Forces. He also teaches from The Quest of the Overself by Paul Brunton.

0:00—Buddha has the words and the silence.

1:00—Chanting and meditation: Ar-Rahman, the Merciful.

3:30—Ar-Rahim, the Compassionate.



9:15—Murshid speaks.

10:15—Worst disciple I’ve got.

10:50—Reads: The Soul Whence and Whither, The Two Forces.

11:35—Talks about rock in Fairfax.

13:54—“The difference between the mystic and the psychic is that the psychic has to go into a trance. The mystic does not. This is the essential difference. The mystic does not have to go into a trance, he stays awake, even more awake.”

15:58—Continues reading.

18:05—Nyogen Senzaki: took over and speaks through Murshid’s body.

18:24—“Because when you are free from your ego, you are free of your body. Your life is not affected by the body; the body which serves you can serve God, let’s speak. He did this twice that I know of … but I didn’t have that faculty of being able to interrupt people and always set them into confusion because they didn’t know what they were talking about.”

18:55—Diatribe on American Zen writers as fiction writers.

19:15—Ruth McCandless: relationship to Murshid Sam and Senzaki. “And when the Day of Judgment comes, she will be called up and have to answer what right did she have to make a pseudo-fame just by putting up money.”

20:17—“You see that stick up there. That’s a real stick, and I didn’t get it just because I have an ugly face.”

22:50—“Mercy and compassion doesn’t mean negative namby-pamby. I’m not Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”

24:56—“You know this word nirvana means nothing but no limitation.”

25:43—Practice (demonstration) not theory, metaphysics, nor philosophy.


27:00—Paul Brunton: The way of the eye, breath and heart.

27:33—”Quest of the Overself (Brunton) which I definitely recommend.”

30:50—“The general meditation I have here comes from Jesus Christ: I am the vine and ye are the branches thereof—one life penetrating all of us. The teacher must be aware of the life of everyone of his pupils, he’s not separate from them. He does not have a separate life. He is a separate form but not a separate life…. You see, we make all these divisions. Senzaki used to use this and used to use Abdul Baha’s words “People of the world, you are as the branches of the tree and leaves of the branch.” Used that in Zen meditation. He didn’t give you blankness, tell you our subject is to keep away from blankness, so you go meditate on how to keep away from blankness and see where you get. You don’t, but that’s what they do. He didn’t do anything like that. You don’t think at all, you slide out of thought. You get into the world of feeling, you get into the world of love.”

32:17—“With all respect to all of the yoga systems I know, I find Buddha’s yoga is the best I ever found: the shortest and quickest and most efficacious.”

32:30—“The difference between Sufism and Buddhism is that we do not practice celibacy. Buddha put the sangha for monks, we do not have monkhood. That’s the difference, we teach anybody.”

33:02—“Well you can’t come from lectures, you have to come from effort, from trial. I do not give too many silences. I’m urging people to go especially to To Lun for meditation, to Rev. Wagner here for Buddhist theories, and for transcendental Buddhism to Rev. Warwick…. We will have a school someday, I’m not going to teach their subjects, I’m going to teach my subjects. I am above Warwick and he is above me … in Sufism I am one grade above him and in Buddhism he is one grade above me and we don’t think anything about it.”

37:07—Buddha not opposed to sex, but to blindness/passion/excitement.