William Samuel

 

 

 

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William Samuel
(1924-1996)

Writer, Teacher
In The Study
of
Reality, The Abosolute, Metaphysics

"Every teacher, book, writer, practitioner, sage, guru or peanut vendor, by whatever name, title or label they go by, is an aspect of the Awareness (Identity) "we" are. We take the book from the shelf most likely to render a specific service at a given moment. Exactly so, we have appeared to go to the philosophy, teacher, church, friend, stranger or peanut vendor that has unfolded as sufficient for the moment--but that philosophy, teacher, church, friend or stranger is WITHIN the awareness WE are. So is the peanut vendor. We are forever looking at our Self.".....William Samuel

                   

William Samuel, (September 2, 1924-May 22, 1996) was a prolific writer of truth, science, religion, and spiritual awakening. William Samuel was known as the "teacher's teacher" perhaps because so many teachers came to study with him. There was an inordinate number of philosophers, theologians, and members of the academe. In the later years there came physicists and mathematicians. It seemed to William that he would get the most earnest and dedicated students of Truth. Quite a number of Taoists and Buddhists had found William's message and came to study--even some who were called Masters. Many have gone from his study to become authors, writers and teachers. In some marvelous way his story has been found by the metaphysical and scientific elite of all the word--at least by a few. He said "When it is told perfectly, my whole world will hear."

Although, Mr. Samuel did not embrace the idea of being called a teacher, saying "I've been telling my own story--how it happened and what it has allowed me to understand--for over 30 years. That is not the same as being a teacher."

However, it is very clear that William was indeed a master teacher who has found a way to communicate honestly and clearly his insights on the Absolute and the premises of the metaphysical and nonduality.

William Samuel was quite well known,but he never encouraged a following. He would go to great lengths to stop any personal veneration.

In William's words saying "To whatever extent I allow Samuel to be the object of praise and veneration (instead of God-self) to that same extent I create the tangible situation which must appear to bring Samuel down in the eyes of the venerator. That is self-flagellation I can do without. It is difficult enough already for the few of us on earth who have been given the task of waging worldwide battle against the power of belief. Most tenacious among those beliefs is the insanity that one must be either a leader or a follower. Allness leads what? Singleness follows whom? The Seminal Idea discloses Identity to be nothing less than the Ineffable's very own Self-awareness! Every grain of sand and star in the heavens shouts the proof of this fact. Every flower that blooms and wild bird that flys verifies the changelessness of this fact. When the story is told properly--and listened to as a child listens--the individual awakens to DOMINION, to his birthright, his heritage from the beginning, and there is no more need of teachers.

" SOMEONE must make the honest statement in such a manner, and at this time that one is me--and shall be--until it comes to me to do otherwise. Tell me, if on the world scene I have been successful in disclosing DOMINION to those who have come to me, would this produce a following of sycophants? No. We are a camaraderie of living Light and love to whom the entire world will turn when our time has come.

"Like LaoTse who lived his Light silently and alone while working square in the middle of the teeming scholasticism of his day, we avoid human entanglements and personal popularity like the plague. We honor the Light that is Life, that every person is. We may very well appreciate a mirror that speaks to us with clarity and honesty--and we may consider that mirror unique among mirrors--but the authority lies with the awareness that looks into that mirror, and not the mirror."

The growing demand for his clear, brilliant, and effective instruction is testimony to the fact that his work is universal and timeless in its profound wisdom and his brilliant and gifted ability with words about the 'Wordless'.

Those who knew him best considered him a humble, unpretentious, soft-spoken teacher who communicated truth in a tender, simple and yet powerful way. Those who listened and heard his message were brought to find a peace and understanding that carried healing on its wings.

Samuel enjoyed a worldwide correspondence with those he has helped find the fabled "peace beyond understanding."

Many of those who studied with William found his work to be a clear and effective and enlightening instruction. And they are today passing along his name so as his work continues to grow and reaches even greater numbers around the world today.

William Samuel was one of those rare people who could synthesize the teachings of Eastern thought and Western religions. His work offers a clear explanation of the nature of enlightenment through simple uncomplicated language. He has a genuine gift of communication, a method of communication that uses words in such a manner that creates a synergy that allows the reader/listener to hear a message that transcends the ordinary limits of words.. He communicates beyond intellectualism. William discovered that he had a unique gift that allowed him to teach that which is most often said to be 'un-teachable'. He found a way to write in layers, sounding overtones, much like music; the words are like the single notes comeing together creating chords. Then, layer upon layer, the right chords are struck and the heart hears the full message in the way one hears a whole symphony. Because of this gift, his work is best read gently and without struggle to understand. William often said about his message, to read and listen to with the Heart.

William Samuel devoted his life to the search for truth, a quest that took him twice around the globe and included the years he spent in China during the Second World War, a period which his books describe in some detail.

William was brought up in Birmingham, Alabama surrounded by the beautiful hills where he spent his childhood hiking and exploring the countryside. His mother was a practicing Christian Scientist and she brought young Samuel to church with her every Sunday. William's father was Jewish and the enforcer of the discipline and academics in William's youth.

William was very bright as a child and appreciated and learned from life's situations, questioning and seeking understanding even at this young age. William's favorite pastime was to wander the back woods, rivers and trails, hunting ancient arrowheads, listening to the bird songs, enjoying the old trees and meadows and being immersed with nature. His love of the outdoors lasted his whole life.

As a young boy, William was gentle and thoughtful. He loved attending church with his mother and cared very much for his family. When William turned 13 his father sent him to Clemson College in South Carolina. In those days Clemson was a military school. As a young cadet he was a brilliant student, with a genius IQ. William tells us that those were difficult times for there. The older boys would heckle and harass him for being Jewish and for being so young and different from the other boys. But William also used that time adveristy to learn and gather much of his spiritual wisdom.

Although William had deep spiritual inclinations from the time he was very young, it seems that military school prompted even stronger desires for greater understanding of Life and Truth.

His natural inclination to seek honesty, integrity and Truth in all life's situations was the key that got him through those difficult years. This wise approach continued throughout his life.

At 18 years old he graduated from Clemson and was immediately made captain of infantry and sent off to battle in China, during W.W.II

While in China, William's troops were doing battle along with the British and Indians near the Burmese boarder. It was during that time when William apparently was given some much needed R&R. He took advantage of that time and went to see Ramana Maharsh in Tiruvannamalai, South India. William, at that time, was only 21 years old. This two week visit took place in April of 1944.

William was the first American student to visit Sri Ramana. Up until then the visitors were mostly Indian and British. Soon after Williams visit many more westerner's began coming to see Sri Ramana.

With grace, respect and humble words, William tells the story of his visit:

“Some years ago I was honored to be the first American student of a renowned teacher in India. For fourteen days a group of us sat at the feet of this "Master," during which time he spoke not one word—not so much as a grunt—until the final day when he bade us farewell and assured us we had learned much. And to my surprise, I had. It took months before the seeds of those silent days began to sprout one by one, revealing that there are indeed many things for which the uptight, recondite babble of books and teachers is more hindrance than a help.”

This "silent teacer" was Ramana Marharshi the well known Indian Master. This is the one whom William learned much from during those days of 1944. In the silence, with this Master teacher who never spoke a word, this young infantry officer had for sure learned much.

We also know that while William stayed at the ashram, during the full moon of April 8th William and a little group of others walked around the holy hill Arunachala. This sacred ritual is called Girivalam.

In William's teachings he often uses the idea of climbing hills and mountains. The mountain represents the tangible world and our spiritual struggle to climb to the top, wherein the view becomes vast and wide and all inclusive. When the climber finally stands atop the very narrow peak he is alone between earth and sky, balanced between both the subjective view and the objective view. William tells us we are to make this sacred and essential climb to the top Da Shan the Mighty Mountain, where we find when we arrive "there is no climber and never was."

After William's 14 day stay at the Ashram with Ramana Maharshi in the Silence and Beauty of this Presence, William had to return to the war zone.

Here as an American infantry captain William fought in some of the fiercest battles of World War II, in some of the most remote and harsh areas of China. It was during those days when Samuel lived and tested his spiritual lessons on the battlefield.

During this time in China,William met another teacher, Mr. Shieh.. This wise old man was William's Chinese translator. Mr. Shieh was a venerated Taoist Monk and as by divine providence he was there for William during those years, the field, at the very ends of the supply line. Mr. Shieh became William’s friend, guide, and spiritual teacher through those years fighting with the Chinese troops.

Before the war ended William was fully entrenched in China, again fighting along side Chinese troops retaking Ishan, Liuchow and Kweilin.

Soon after the war, William went back to China to continue his study with Mr. Shieh for several more months. Mr. Shieh would give William 'assignments', such as sitting at the fountain square in town and having to find 'something good' about every passerby. This old Taoist Monk Mr. Shieh and William were forever devoted to one another.

After the war, returning to AlabamaWilliam got married and took on the duties of a business man, running his father's bakery and restaurant in Birmingham.

However, 10 years later, by 1952 he had been called once again to war. For many months he lead troops through the Korean War, which he reports had been even more devastating than the battles fought in China.

This time, William was older and he did not have wise companion Mr. Shieh.

William writes about those horrific days in Korea: (see A Soldiers Story).

When William returned from his Korean duty, he went back to his family and the bakery business. During these years he wrote his first book titled Two Plus Two Equals Reality. Though it was a book with only 60 small pages, it was filled with tremendous insight and an whole new way of understanding Reality and God. This book brought many to notice his wisdom and people began to gather around him to listen and to study.

At first, he began teaching and talking with the many students from Birminghan University who would come to see him at his bakery. There these young students could sit with William and enjoy a good discussion on life, truth, religions, and philosophy. The meetings there became popular and began to gather varied people and groups that sought him out.

He was at tthe same time becoming a well known practioner and healer to thost how belonged to the metaphsical groups that were related to the Christian Science Church. William's gift as a healer was evident and soon many people from the those who sought healing found there way to him. He never called himself a healer, but he did see that his ability to make the Truth plain and clear to others brought them the healing they needed at the time.

Soon folks from all walks of life and from all parts of the world came to see him; metaphysicians young people on a spiritual search, and people of all religious and philosophical outlooks, Eastern and Western began to show up.

At this time, he also devoted himself to writing, and teaching, traveling to speak with the differnt goups who invited him and he would go to wherever he was asked to do seminar. He wrote and taught about what he called "a new way of understanding Identity and Reality."

By 1968 he had written and published his most noted book A Guide To Awareness and Tranquillity and completed its companion book The Awareness of Self-Discovery in 1970.

By now he had sold the bakery and gave himself entirely to writing and to the many people whom he corresponded with and to those who came to study with him. His love for the outdoors was such that he held most of his classes under the pine trees of his home in Mountain Brook, Alabama and aboard his houseboat "Lollygog," as it drifted along the banks of Alabama's Coosa River.

The stories that lead to his own enlightenment are told throughout his books and audio recording. His work is iconoclastic on the one hand; tender and warm and inspiring on the other. He has the unique genius of being able to bring together Western Christian metaphysics and Eastern thought, offering an indispensable guide for any seeker wishing to peace and understanding.

William Samuel's writing isn't based on theory. On the contrary, he lived the words he wrote, and passed the wisdom on to us. In doing so, he left us extraordinary insights and discoveries which help us rediscover the Divine that already resides within us. In William's own words; "Every word I've published, I have lived. I do not write from theory, speculation, nor from the opinions of other--only from my own LIVED experience. It seems most important to me to put every revelation and glimmer of light to the living test. I've done just that and have published nothing that did not first prove fruitful in my own experience.... and I had still another criterion;. Nothing is included in these works that had not only borne fruit for me but had also proven to do the same for others who had put it to the same test as I. An intellectual difference, perhaps, is consistency".

Several years after publishing his works, William was delighted to find this statement in THE TEACHINGS OF SILVANUS (vii,4): found among the Nag Hammadi Library scrolls 'Put all words to the test first before you utter them.'

William was informed by the British Philosophic Society, who had finished an examination of his book 'A Guide To Awareness and Tranquillity' that they had found this book to be 'A thoroughly supported philosophic system. Every statement in his work, has been properly supported with the reason and logic a philosopher considers necessary. Mr. Samuel has made a statement for the allness of God which is intellectually sound even to the most demanding members of the academe--the philosophers. To address the Heart without galling the intellect is a feat indeed'. In William's humble and honest style he responded "Human intelligence couldn't possibly do that, but Awareness is that feat in action."

By 1986 he had written and published his final book The Child Within Us Lives! A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics. This book charts a practical and livable course through the labyrinth of the objective sciences and religions into the mysterious states of the new quantum sciences and metaphysics, further, we are taken to the transcendence of such divisions, by way of the discovery of our original nature, the Child within.

If you have studied non-duality and feel you have not yet understood fully, then this is book is for you; The Child Within Us Lives! will be the most enlightening and liberating books you shall ever read. Here you will learn of the essential Quantum Leap needed in order for the fullness of your study to came alive, wherein you will know and know you know.

You will find this book The Child Within Us Lives! to be a working and proven study of metaphysics that does not decry the reality of matter, but insists that matter be understood as part of one's self-discovery in process. In this book Samuel speaks to the primal nature of light and linear time and to the necessity of understanding them. Scientists and religionists alike will appreciate this well-written work that is filled with clarifying analogies.

Samuel's brilliance combined with his keen awareness of spiritual life is evident in his ability to write in a gentle, unpretentious style. He is powerfully iconoclastic on the one hand and tender, warm and inspiring on the other. He speaks the Truth without the stilted jargon of Eastern non-duality or Western Theology. In his work you will find a nonsectarian view-unconventional beauty-beholden to neither establishment nor organization.

William's books are filled with personal stories telling us how he put his insights to the test, showing us exactly how we can live and prove these precepts in our own lives.

If you are searching for an end to personal turmoil, here, in William Samuel's books you will find a teacher's textbook and guide that goes from Alpha to Omega in clear, simple, tender language.

His books are written for those who want Illumination itself, not a description of it-and for those who want to know how to live it.

 

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