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Biography, Autobiography, Journal and Anecdotes

Part II - Autobiography

Holland, 1921

I visited Holland in 1921, where a circuit was arranged by a mureed, Mevrouw Corrie Smit. Several societies, among them the Theosophical Society, invited me to speak to their members. Among those who were first interested in the Message were de Heer en Mevrouw van Ginkel and Mejuffrouw Kerdijk who joined for a time, during which they brought out "Een Inleiding tot het Soefisme" and "De Soefi Boodschap van Geestelijke Vrijheid". Also de Heer Farwerck and de Heer Toeman and de Heer en Mevrouw van Meerwijk joined and then followed Baron van Tuyll van Serooskerken, who married my mureed Mejuffrouw Willebeek Le Mair an artistic genius who also joined forces with her husband. Since then he has constantly endeavored to further the Cause in his land as the National Representative of the Order for Holland. Among those who joined first was Mejuffrouw Sakina Furnee in whose soul I saw the spirit of my Message reflected with my first glance. My teaching once sown in the soil of her heart, brought a seedling in Switzerland as a proof of her ever growing interest and she then joined in the formation of the embodiment of the principal workers as Peshkar.

After more than one visit to Holland and after meeting with a great many difficulties, we were at last able to form a Society, which was constituted of four branches, in The Hague, in Arnhem, in Amsterdam and in Haarlem respectively. De Heer Farwerck and de Heer en Mevrouw van Meerwijk, also de Heer Wegelin who was made Cherag and was delegated to China to represent the Sufi Message, took an active part in working.

I found a great enthusiasm among the workers in Holland and a special tendency to systematic working. People in Holland, being of democratic spirit, are open to any ideas which appeal to them and willing to spread them among their circle of friends. Though they are proud, stern and selfwilled, I saw in them love of spiritual ideals, which must be put plainly before them. Dutch people I found by nature straightforward, most inclined toward religion, lovers of justice and seekers after truth. They hunger and thirst after knowledge, and are hospitable and solid in friendship.

After my few visits in Holland I made many friends and mureeds whose earnestness, great enthusiasm and sympathy through all conditions kept the Sufi activities lively.