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BRINGING IN THE HARVEST… by Arifa Asariah

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A LETTER FROM CALIFORNIA… from long ago and far away

Harris writes... Read more...

THE MIRACLE OF THE ANTS… an experience from Imron Comey

Imron Comey's recent article about his experiences in Kalimantan and the “Generosity Factor” aroused a great deal of interest. Here he writes about another experience, a Subud gathering in Australia in 1987...

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PUEBLA REPORT from Maya Korzybska…

Report from Maya Korzybska, WSA Executive Vice-Chair, on her working trip to Puebla (January 5th to 24th 2012 )  Read more...

SNIPPETS FROM WSA NEWS…

ANNOUNCING WORLD CONGRESS LOGO COMPETITION Read more...

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO…? (Part 2) … Ilaina Lennard writes…

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HOW TO DO THE LATIHAN

NOTES ON HOW TO DO THE LATIHAN Read more...

FAVOURITE PHOTO… cat jumping

Harris Smart writes... Read more...

MY LIFE (IS) IN SUBUD…from Melinda Wallis

My Life (Is) In Subud

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THE MOTTO BUSINESS… rise and fall of an enterprise

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TEACHING LITERATURE AT SEKOLAH CITA BUANA… Dachlan Cartwright

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FINDING THEIR WAY BACK TO GOD…compiled by Emmanuel Elliott

Finding Their Way Back to God Read more...

BAPAK TALK… Bapak talks about his mission

WHAT IS SUBUD? and HOW TO CONTACT US

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ADS AND NOTICES…

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SUBUD VOICE MARCH 2012 DIGEST

Download and print out this digest  for members of your group who do not have access to a computer. Read more...

EDITORIAL… February 2012

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LUKE VISITS AUSTRALIA… WSA Chair at the Sydney Congress

Harris Smart writes... Read more...

KALIMANTAN GOLD HITS COAL IN RUNGAN SARI… from Ridwan Lowther

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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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WHERE WERE YOU THE DAY THE WORLD CHANGED?… Livingston Armytage was in Pakistan…

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A NEW SEWING PROJECT… Isti Jenkins has a project for Mexico

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO…?

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A TEST WITH BAPAK… From Rozak Tatebe’s ‘Subud – A Spiritual Journey’

A TEST WITH BAPAK…From Rozak Tatebe’s ‘Subud – A Spiritual Journey’ (Page 143) Read more...

MEETING THE KING… a story by Sharifruddin Harris

Meeting the King an account by Sharifruddin Harris of an extraordinary dream experience... Read more...

MY GUIDANCE…by Renee Goetz

MY GUIDANCE... by Renee Goetz

Renee Goetz has long been a pillar of Susila Dharma in Australia and has played an important role in bringing ICDP to Australia... Read more...

MOMENTS OF INSIGHT… a new book by Kuswanda Wijayakusumah…

Moments of Insight by Kuswanda Wijayakusumah... Read more...

ABOUT MARRIAGE… A Talk by Bapak

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THE PASSING OF ED KERNER…

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR…

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WHAT IS SUBUD AND HOW TO CONTACT US….

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HAPPY ENDINGS… a film by Myrna Jelman

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NOTICES AND ADVERTISEMENTS…

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EASY READ DIGEST….

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EDITORIAL…Some the “best of” Subud Voice 2011

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A YEAR OF NATURAL DISASTERS… messages from New Zealand and Japan…

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SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES AND THEIR OUTCOMES… …revelations, prophecies, near-death experiences and one of the strangest love stories ever told…

It all begins with our experience of the latihan... 4 articles – The Generosity Factor by Imron Comey; The Story of Sumiko by Rozak Tatabe; Embodied Light by Emmanuel Elliott and Latihan Experiences and the Ancestors by Rohana Darlington...

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IMPORTANT EVENTS IN 2011…the gathering in Wisma Subud, WSC meets in Rungan Sari, and Luke Penseney’s ‘State of the Union’…

Subud Voice always tries to cover the most important Subud events in any year, such as the annual WSC meetings and the world congresses, of course. This year without question the most important collective events were the Gathering held at Wisma Subud in June followed by the WSC meeting in Rungan Sari. Your intrepid reporter was there...

Our WSA chair, Luke Penseney, has also been reporting vigorously about his travels, experiences and reflections on the state of Subud. Here we republish his “State of the Union” article... Read more...

LIFE JOURNEYS…how the latihan plays out in the world over the course of a life

Simon Guerrand's transformative brush with death and interviews with Mansur Geiger about his Kalimantan experiences...and the life journey of a family in Kalimantan... Read more...

YOUTH TO THE FORE…inspiring stories about younger members

We all hope the young people going to do better than us, right?. Are there any signs they might? Yes, many... here a few to show that at least some of our young people already run successful enterprises and have an instinctive, natural capacity for Susila Dharma.

We ran the story about Chandra MacDonald...and then Chandra's story about Herni Listiani and Hanafi Fraval. Read them and decided to start BRIGHT FUTURES...an educational initiative to help underprivileged kids all around the world... Read more...

REINCARNATION…experiences and a message from a member…

One day about 25 years ago, I went with R. to view an exhibition of Turners at the Tate Gallery in London. She was studying architecture at that time in London. She was just out of her teens. Her father, Abdullah, had told me that she had had a remarkable experience of past lives and I was hoping that she would tell me the story...

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SUSILA DHARMA…stories of charity and generosity

Surely, Susila Dharma, the charitable and humanitarian side of Subud, is the strongest and most developed of our “wings”, and in many ways it is the best face we have to show the world. It shows we are really doing something, we are actually making real the ideals we hold. It is evidence that it is not all just talk. Generosity and charity and the wish to help others truly are outcomes of the latihan and collectively we have been able to make them manifest in the world to some degree.

Susila Dharma has been for many years a strong, efficient, professional and mature organization. Its communications are excellent with its own newsletter bringing news of its projects. It's extremely good web site is a mine of well-presented information about the work and achievements of people practising Susila Dharma all around the world.

Subud Voice's contribution to documenting Susila Dharma's work, was best expressed throug the long articles detailing the histroy and current activies of the YUM projects in Indonesia, an article about a school in Jakarta we have not reported on before and an article about BCU school in Central Kalimantan (we have included education under the heading of “Susila Dharma”).

There is also story of  “Susila Dharma in everyday life”. Susila Dharma is not just an organization way off in Canada; it is not just a collection of excellent projects all around the world, it is an opportunity offered us, every moment of our lives... Read more...

EXPERIENCES WITH BAPAK… two Subud members tell their stories…

It all began with Bapak, and he was not only the channel for the latihan, he also explained it. And he outlined a grand vision, the mission of Subud in the world.

Over the last couple of years, we have published many stories of Subud members' experiences with Bapak, including some from that excellent book An Extraordinary Man, produced by Emmanuel Williams and Ilaina Lennard. Here are two others... Read more...

FAVOURITE PHOTO… photographs and stories from around the world

Favourite Photo...one of my attempts to inject a new liveliness, contemporary and youthful feel to Subud Voice. And to take advantage of the fact that our online format permits the display of photographs in colour at reasonable size and quality.

A new feature in Subud Voice this year, since we went online, is that in every issue since February we have had a “favourite photo'. Both staff and readers have contributed photos and accompanying stories. We could republish them all but have restricted ourselves to just two... Read more...

ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF POP…three brushes with fame

Here is another of my attempts to broaden the range and tone of what we publish in Subud Voice. It doesn't all have to be solemn and serious. Here we have some light-hearted holiday reading if ever there was such. Just like you would find in a real magazine.

I felt a bit daring when I published these articles. Would people enjoy them, or would they fulminate, “how dare you publish such rubbish in the pages of Subud Voice”? But nobody protested; either you liked it or you couldn't be bothered writing about it. At least, you were not too offended...

I find these experiences of brushes with fame, particularly brushes with Mick Jagger, extremely at amusing, but perhaps the also more than that...perhaps they are also illuminating... what do you think? Read more...

SICA AND THE ARTS…two artists called Emily (Emilie)…

2011 saw a big resurgence of  energy in SICA (Subud International Cultural Association), our “cultural wing”, under the chairmanship of Latifah Taormina. Latifah is an extremely interesting person and one day I hope to add her to the list of people with whom I have done in-depth interviews.

We received two really interesting stories about artists this year, both named Emily, although one is really called Emilie, since she is French (how few articles we get about that wonderful country!)  Thank you very much Lynnelle Stewart, one of our most loyal supporters, for telling us about Emily.

And what can I say about Emilie... surely one of the nicest and kindest people I've ever met...how supportive she was of me in Rungan Sari.... She teaches French and Art at BCU school...and she is one of the very few people I Have heard of who has penetrated to the heart of Javanese art and mysticism... Read more...

ENTERPRISE… stories of effort

Enterprise, enterprise, enterprise. How many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times have we heard that word? I have been told that the correct translation of the Indonesian word is really 'effort', so anything we do, not just business, can be considered enterprise.

But then there is enterprise in the big sense, where it does mean business. No doubt our biggest 'collective enterprise', supported by many of us, is our mineral exploration in Kalimantan. Here is an interview with Faldi Ishmael, the new chair of KG.

Isaac Goff in California offers us a model of enterprise. Not only has he sustained an enterprise over more than 40 years, he has used that enterprise as a base for carrying out humanitarian work in Ecuador. This is exactly what Bapak says is supposed to happen... Read more...

GROUP LIFE…the story of Colombo

What's happening in Subud groups all around the world. It would be intersting to know. Citadels of peace and harmony or riven by confilct? Active and dynamic or indifferent and exhausted?

Here is the story of one Subud group... Read more...

STAY ALIVE AT 95… stories of the ageing process and how to avoid it (or enjoy it, or at least learn from it)…

Getting old is not for sissies... you can prepare for death, they say, but nothing can prepare you for old age... Lola Stone disagrees and I had a revelatory experience at some rocks... Read more...

FROM THE HISTORY…a pioneering welfare project and “whatever happened to the miracle baby?”

History... where would we be without it? And we must keep from repeating it, we are told. But of course that's only the bad things we must not repeat. The good things we must keep on repeating and doing even better. Here is an example of a pioneering welfare project along with a revelatory  article by Deana Sinatra. Yes, that 'miracle' baby who was such an  event in the history of Subud has grown into a woman... Read more...

SUDARTO…memories of Sudarto and his own book

SEPTEMBER 2011

Memories of Mas Sudarto

Articles by Harris Smart and Ilaina Lennard

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The Experiences of Mas Sudarto

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BAPAK TALKS…Bapak talks about the earth

SPEAKING ABOUT THE EARTH... from a talk by Bapak

Since Subud Voice is now once again available in full to the general public, we no longer publish talks by Bapak or Ibu Rahayu in their entirety, because it is felt that, generally speaking, these are really only comprehensible and of value to people who already practise the latihan.

Bapak always insisted that his talks are “explanations” for people who already follow the latihan. One of his oft-repeated maxims was, “First the experience, then the explanation!”

He compared the latihan to eating a mango. There is no way you can “explain” the taste of a mango to someone who has not tasted one. First, you must experience it for yourself, then you can talk about it.

At the same time, brief quotations from Bapak, the founder of Subud, and his daugther, Ibu Rahayu, are often comprehensible to anyone, and may contain wisdom or advice that is akin to what is said in religion or other spiritual traditions.

So what we will do in Subud Voice from now on is generally suggest a talk which relates in some way to the contents of the issue and include a brief quotation of general interest. Subud members may then go to the www.subudlibrary.net web site to read the talk in its entirety... or click 'Read More' for an extract... Read more...

About Subud and How to Contact Us

WHAT IS SUBUD?… in words and video

This magazine is produced by members of the spiritual movement known as Subud. Recently the magazine became available free and online to the general public as well as to Subud members.

Because  there will probably be some new readers who are unfamiliar with Subud, it seems a good idea to provide a few words of explanation about the movement.

Subud is a spiritual movement which originated in Indonesia in the 1920s and spread to the West in 1957, first to England and then all around the world.  It has always remained fairly small and inconspicuous, with perhaps only about 15-20,000 active members worldwide, although it is represented in close to 80 countries.

The central spiritual experience in Subud is called the latihan. “Latihan” is a commonplace Indonesian word which simply means exercise or drill. It is short for the Indonesian phrase “latihan kejiwaan” which means spiritual exercise.

Although it originated in Indonesia, and although the founder, Bapak Muhammad Subuh, was  a Muslim, Subud is not Indonesian or Islamic. Everyone in Subud is encouraged to follow their own nationality and beliefs. Subud is not a system of belief but an experience available to everyone regardless of race or religion. It does not contain  any particular culture or religion. It is open to people of all religions, political persuasions, nationalities and ethnicities.

Subud members are encouraged to be active in the world and endeavour to give form to what they have received in the latihan. Activities include setting up businesses and humanitarian and cultural projects. There is a democratic international Subud organisation, the World Subud Association (WSA) which unites the various national organisations in Subud which meet together at World Congresses usually held every four years. A more compact body, the World Subud Council (WSC), looks after the affairs of Subud between Congresses.

Other important organisations in Subud are Susila Dharma International (SDI) which co-ordinates the social welfare projects of Subud members; the Muhammad  Subuh Foundation (MSF) which funds a variety of Subud projects; Subud Enterprise Services International (SESI) which supports the work of Subud entrepreneurs; Subud Youth Activities International (SYAI) which works with young Subud members; Subud International Cultural Associaion (SICA) which supports cultural projects; and the Subud International Health Association (SIHA) whihc works in the area of health.

This is a very brief sketch of Subud. Those wishing for a more detailed explanation should go tohttp://www.subudvoice.net/whatissubud/home.html. There is a link to it on the left hand side of our home page. There are also links to the web sites of the various organisations mentioned above which also include explanations of Subud. See for example the official web site of WSA, www.subud.com.

If anyone would like to make contact with a Subud group near them, they should check the telephone directory to see if there is a group in their locality. Or they should go to the web site www.subud.com where they will find contact information for the WSA and the various national bodies.

VIDEO ABOUT SUBUD…View it now right here

FINDING SUBUD” is a 9 minute documentary by Sam Mulgrew (not a Subud member), a student at the Christchurch Broadcasting School.

“As a class film assignment, we have to make a documentary. I’m making mine about Subud. I was searching the internet for what’s been happening recently in Christchurch looking for ideas, and I came across an article about the Subud World Congress event held locally, attended by 1700 people from all around the world. I’ve never heard of this thing called Subud… so I became intrigued.”

See it for yourself on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snJfaHQeevE

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Special thanks to Max Potter for provising Easy to Read Digests.

 

Subud Voice is published monthly and the English edition is issued on the 1st of each month at www.subudvoice.net. A Spanish facsimile edition usually appears a little later on the same web site.

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Send articles, photos, cartoons etc. to Marcus Bolt, Editor Subud Voice, email: marcusbolt@easynet.co.uk

Please send only email text plus photo attachment (as jpg) and/or Word.doc documents (rtf acceptable), plus the original jpgs of any embodied photos as well.

Submissions are invited which relate to Subud life or are from Subud members. We cannot guarantee when, or if, a submission can be published. Preference will be given to articles of about 2000 words or less accompanied by a photograph (if applicable), well-written in English and dealing with the activities of Subud members, or expressing a Subud member’s perspective on a subject

Articles should be written in such a way that they are intelligible and interesting to both Subud members and the general public. Sometimes this means providing an explanatory introduction or notes for the non-Subud reader. Articles and photos should be submitted electronically as requested above.

There is no payment for submissions. Correspondence about articles will generally not be entered into. Submissions to Subud Voice may be edited for a variety of reasons including the need to shorten them or improve expression. If you do not want your submission to be edited in any way, please mark it clearly NOT TO BE EDITED, but we cannot  then guarantee we will publish it.

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DECEMBER 2011 EDITORIAL: LOOK, WE HAVE COME THROUGH… the year at Subud Voice.

Harris Smart writes...

This time last year I went for a very grim meeting with Bradford Temple in Wollongong.

It looked like we would have to shut Subud Voice down. Dang! And we were so close to our 25th anniversary. Read more...

THE STATE OF THE UNION…WSA Chair Luke Penseney reports

WSA chair Luke Penseney writes…

Exhausted, I was seeking shelter from huge storms and rain at 5000 feet up in the Canadian Rockies surrounded by 10,000 ft mountains. I was driving 2500 miles across Canada to set up my new office in Vancouver. To begin a new chapter in my life... Read more...

FALDI ISMAIL…introducing the new CEO of KGC

Ridwan Lowther interviews Faldi Ismail. Ridwan writes... Read more...

LATEST FROM KGC…forest permits granted

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2012:THE GENEROSITY FACTOR – A Message from Borneo by Imron Comey

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LATIHAN EXPERIENCES AND THE ANCESTORS – remarkable experiences from Rohana Darlington…

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A VISIT TO THE SUNSHINE COAST… Rohana Fraval meets a sunny group

Sachlan and Rohana Fraval.

 Rohana has an experience of “knowing all there is to know about one another''... Read more...

FAVOURITE PHOTO – HOW TO BECOME INVISIBLE… from Osanna Vaughn

How to become invisible and still be photographed… Read more...

WHATCOMBE HOUSE – Britain’s pioneering project…

Within a short time of Subud’s first establishment in England, two pioneering “Susila Dharma” projects were set up. One was the nursing home, Brookhurst Grange, and the other was Whatcombe House (also known as the Sushiela Community), a home for maladjusted boys in Dorset. Read more...

FINDING MY FATHER’S GRAVE…by Rachman Mitchell

Rachman finds his father's grave and also a rich experience of brotherhood 'beneath the skin'...

It is nineteen years ago and I am on a night train from Chennai to Salem where my father lies buried. I am with Ravi, who has done so much to arrange this journey, and as the wheels of the train rumble and rock rhythmically under us, I ask him why he had joined the spiritual way of Subud. “To be able to face the difficulties in my life,” he says. Read more...

THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO…Murray Forbes asks, ‘Spritual path or endurance sport?’

We have received this interesting article about the pilgrimage to Sanitago de Compostela from Murray Forbes...

 

I recently walked the Camino from St. Jean Pied de Port to Sanitago de Compostela.  I know other Subud members have done the same and following the Pollo Gathering in Spain many of us walked the last 10 kms and attended a service at the Cathedral where the priest was paid to read a scripted account of Subud. Read more...

HOW I CAME TO UNITARIANISM… Myrna Michell writes about her beliefs

Myrna Michel is a Minister wit the Unitarian Church in York...

Myrna Michel (portrait by Michael Scott)

I rejected organised religion, mentally, when I was 14, but was somewhat forced by my mother to keep attending the very retrictive Baptist chapel which her ancestors had all been part of for generations!

I saw Jesus as a special human being, not an aspect of God, and I sensed that the adults dared not think of him as human. This obligation to keep attending church and Sunday School put me off for another 14 years! I had felt when I was about 12 that religions are 'looking in the same directions as each other'. When I found Subud at the age of 21, I recognised that it offered me the essence of what the religions always spoke of.

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SUBUD AND THE QUAKERS… Stefan Freeman finds some similarities

George Fox, founder of the Quakers

Quakers hold several aims in common with Subud members.

• They emphasise direct experience of God rather than ritual and ceremony.

• They believe that priests and rituals are an unnecessary obstruction between the individual and God.

• They believe that our connection with the Divine is expressed through everyday actions and human relationships, as much as during a meeting for worship. Read more...

HOW TO STAY YOUNG AT 94… Lola Stone tells all

Harris writes...

The other day I received an email saying that my yoghurt lacked quality and authenticity.  It said..

Dear Sir/Madam, Today I tried your “Greek” yoghurt. It was thick and creamy as you noted on the container. However, having lived in Greece, it was not at all up to their standard in taste. Read more...

WORKING FOR SUBUD… being indispensable from Simone Melder

Simone Melder says, ‘Go for it’…

Receiving the latihan has been the most important, the most precious thing that has ever happened to me in my life.  From the moment I was opened and felt the first stirring of the vibration of life within my being, I felt I had to do something to repay God for this incredible blessing. Read more...

ICDP IN AUSTRALIA… inspiring developments from Anne Moore

Renee Goetz has pioneered the introduction of the ICDP program in Australia. She has sent us this report by Anne Moore who is now looking after the implementation of the program. Anne writes…

Hi Renee

I am sorry I did not get back to you I have been away delivering training in Gympie and just got back.

I am delivering another program at Moonyah starting in 2 weeks and there are 20 participants. This is the first opportunity I have had this year as I am now delivering workplace training and I am all over Queensland.

 

Anne showing the ICDP Diploma she received personally from the late Rukman Hundeide, founder of ICDP.

There is some good news though, I got a phone call from one of the ladies who completed the course at the end of last year.  She had her children taken away from her by Child Safety because of her drug problems.  She had overdosed and passed out on the floor of the house.  Her 8 year old daughter found her and ran to the local shop to get help.  She was taken into hospital and then sent to Moonyah.

When I had her in the program she had only completed about 6 weeks of the 10 month program and I can’t begin to tell you about the shame she felt that it was her 8 year old daughter who saved her life and had to deal with such a traumatic event.

During the ICDP program, she made a mural for her daughter telling her how strong she was and how grateful she was and said all the things she felt she could not say to her face but managed to convey in pictures. As a result of the rebuilding of the relationship and strategies she learnt from participating in the program  she was given supervised access to her children.

Child safety monitored her progress with her children (she has 3 , her 8 year old a six year old and a 4 year old) and she has now in recovery and has all her children back with her.  She wants to do the Community Services Program at TAFE so that she can help others who have been in addiction.

She is the 4th person who has come from Moonyah and the ICDP progam to make a full recovery and come back into education in order to work in the sector and help others.

The blessing of the ICDP program is that it teaches people not to be judgemental of others, to feel empathy and understanding and makes them want to get into our services and work rom the ICDP framework of empathy and gently leading, not the jackboot mentality that is sometimes demonstrated in our sector.

I am eternally grateful to have been part of the ICDP family and to have the opportunity to use the skills I learnt in all of my training which includes mental health, disability, aged care, youth work and alcohol and other drugs, homelessness and social housing and community services.

Workers across all of these disciplines can use the ICDP framework to inform their practice and work holistically with people on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

I am blessed, thank you so much for having faith in me and giving me the opportunity.

Much love

Anne

 

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BRIGHT FUTURES… Hanafi Fraval writes

Bright Futures is the name of a new program, now supported by Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA). It builds on the success of a small fundraising effort to send Herni Listiani, a graduate of Bina Cita Utama School in Kalimantan, on to higher education. The following outlines the concept and strategy for fundraising to send deserving children with potential on to higher education. The object is to allow the kids to realize their potential while positioning them for leadership, and contributing to their communities and country. These young people might not otherwise be able to go on to college (or even high school for some of them!). Read more...

AFTER SUMMERHILL…a book by Hussein Lucas

We are publishing Ilaina Lennard's review of Hussein Lucas' book about Summerhill along with one of the many reviews of the book published in the mainstream press.

AFTER SUMMERHILL – a review by Ilaina Lennard

Summerhill – many will have heard of this pioneering English boarding school, the first of its kind, which was founded in 1921 by A.S. Neill. Hussein Lucas – a Subud member – has now put together a series of fascinating accounts of what it was like to actually be a pupil there. Read more...

TALK TO THE INDONESIAN CONGRESS… a talk by Ibu Rahayu

Since Subud Voice is now once again available in full to the general public, we no longer publish talks by Bapak or Ibu Rahayu in their entirety, because it is felt that, generally speaking, these are really only comprehensible and of value to people who already practise the latihan. Read more...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

FROM IAN AND ROHANA BOURNE...adding forgiveness

Dear Harris,

This last issue of "Subud Voice" has been totally absorbing. Unfortunately, it does keep going off line on my computer, and I only managed to finish reading it yesterday.  It has disappeared again this morning.  I wonder if you are under a cyber attack as there are some very strange URLs popping up at the same time?  Also, I cannot print out any of the articles other than the first page. I see that you are archiving "Subud Voice" in the Boston Subud Library, but haven't done so since January last.  That is such a good idea and hope you get your recent issues safely there. Read more...

WHAT IS SUBUD?… in words and video

This magazine is produced by members of the spiritual movement known as Subud. Recently the magazine became available free and online to the general public as well as to Subud members.

Because  there will probably be some new readers who are unfamiliar with Subud, it seems a good idea to provide a few words of explanation about the movement.

Subud is a spiritual movement which originated in Indonesia in the 1920s and spread to the West in 1957, first to England and then all around the world.  It has always remained fairly small and inconspicuous, with perhaps only about 15-20,000 active members worldwide, although it is represented in close to 80 countries.

The central spiritual experience in Subud is called the latihan. “Latihan” is a commonplace Indonesian word which simply means exercise or drill. It is short for the Indonesian phrase “latihan kejiwaan” which means spiritual exercise.

Although it originated in Indonesia, and although the founder, Bapak Muhammad Subuh, was  a Muslim, Subud is not Indonesian or Islamic. Everyone in Subud is encouraged to follow their own nationality and beliefs. Subud is not a system of belief but an experience available to everyone regardless of race or religion. It does not contain  any particular culture or religion. It is open to people of all religions, political persuasions, nationalities and ethnicities.

Subud members are encouraged to be active in the world and endeavour to give form to what they have received in the latihan. Activities include setting up businesses and humanitarian and cultural projects. There is a democratic international Subud organisation, the World Subud Association (WSA) which unites the various national organisations in Subud which meet together at World Congresses usually held every four years. A more compact body, the World Subud Council (WSC), looks after the affairs of Subud between Congresses.

Other important organisations in Subud are Susila Dharma International (SDI) which co-ordinates the social welfare projects of Subud members; the Muhammad  Subuh Foundation (MSF) which funds a variety of Subud projects; Subud Enterprise Services International (SESI) which supports the work of Subud entrepreneurs; Subud Youth Activities International (SYAI) which works with young Subud members; Subud International Cultural Associaion (SICA) which supports cultural projects; and the Subud International Health Association (SIHA) whihc works in the area of health.

This is a very brief sketch of Subud. Those wishing for a more detailed explanation should go to http://www.subudvoice.net/whatissubud/home.html. There is a link to it on the left hand side of our home page. There are also links to the web sites of the various organisations mentioned above which also include explanations of Subud. See for example the official web site of WSA, www.subud.com.

If anyone would like to make contact with a Subud group near them, they should check the telephone directory to see if there is a group in their locality. Or they should go to the web site www.subud.com where they will find contact information for the WSA and the various national bodies.

Read more...

CONTACT US

Subud Voice is published monthly and the English edition is issued on the 1st of each month at www.subudvoice.net. A Spanish facsimile edition usually appears a little later on the same web site.

SUBMISSIONS

Send articles, photos, cartoons etc. to Harris Smart, Editor Subud Voice, email: editor@subudvoice.net Tel: + 61 3 95118122

Submissions are invited which relate to Subud life or are from Subud members. We cannot guarantee when, or if, a submission can be published. Preference will be given to articles of about 2000 words or less accompanied by a photograph, well-written in English and dealing with the activities of Subud members, or expressing a Subud member’s perspective on a subject

Articles should be written in such a way that they are intelligible and interesting to both Subud members and the general public. Sometimes this means providing an explanatory introduction or notes for the non-Subud reader. Articles and photos should be submitted electronically by email.

There is no payment for submissions. Correspondence about articles will generally not be entered into. Submissions to Subud Voice may be edited for a variety of reasons including the need to shorten them or improve expression. If you do not want your submission to be edited in any way, please mark it clearly NOT TO BE EDITED.

The opinions expressed in the various articles are the sole responsibility of their authors and cannot be seen as representing the opinion of either the editor or the World Subud Association.

The name Subud ® and the Seven Circles Symbol are registered marks of the World Subud Association.

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SICA SITES

From Raphaëlle, French SICA coordinator.

Dear Harris…Could you give all the SICA websites address in the next issue? And speak about them? If someone do not understand the language, it is possible to ask automatic translation to help.
I know four: www.subud-sica.org , www.subud-sica.fr , www.sicabritain.co.uk, www.sica-deutshland.de , there are certainly others…Love. Raphaëlle, French SICA coordinator.

Hi Raphaelle, thank you for this suggestion. Please send all sites you think you should be included. Love, Harris

ICDP WEB SITE

Hello friends of ICDP!

Just want to inform you that we are now on facebook, so please join us there for latest updates and info!

We also want trainers and other participants to send "field notes" from projects that you are working on. Pictures is also nice to share (make sure that ppl represented on theese agreed to be on the webpage) . If you have someting to share with the rest of the ICDP family send the notes and pictures to me at: storkas@stud.ntnu.no and I will post it on the facebook page!

We would love to hear how you are doing.

Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ICDP-International-Child-Development-Programme/284229031606874

Best Wishes, Marianne Storkås

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REAPING THE HARVEST…a musical editorial

The editor writes...

Dear Readers (I mean it! You are not yet many, but you are quality),

Sharif Horthy once told me, unless I have invented the memory (we all sometimes do), but I believe he told me that he had a dream or vision not long after he came into Subud, in which he was told, “You will live to see the harvest”. (Dear Sharif, please correct me if I got the details wrong, or perhaps you might wish to communicate the experience in full detail. It is so important!)

Subud has been a hard road. Long the way we've travelled and hard the way we've come. But now I am seeing it. Around me I am seeing people bringing in the harvest of their lives. Soon the barns will be full to overflowing.

Are we about to have a dawning, a precious morning?

Years ago I wrote a song called “Precious Morning”. It goes…

Haven't we seen how dark it can get, Haven't we know the night?

Haven't we felt how cold it can get, Haven't we know its blight?

Hard the road we've travelled, And long the way we've come

And if there's to be heaven, it’s because we've known that hell

Some there've been who've fallen, And some have lost their way

But we pray they'll join with us on this happy day

 Because this is the end of the old world's waning,

This is the start of a new day's dawning

This is the day you'll see us walking

New and well-born in this precious morning

To hear the song, click here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6es3L24mJvc

BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME…Part 3 of “My Kalimantan Adventure” by Mansur Geiger

Bapak in Kalimantan during his visit in 1980... it all goes back to him.

The final part of an Interview with Mansur Geiger by Harris Smart. Mansur talks about some of his extraordinary experiences and future prospects for our mining venture in Kalimantan now that a partnership has been formed with Freeport, one of the biggest mining companies in the world... Read more...

ENTERPRISE…Leonard van Hien outlines a vision

 

Leonard van Hien continues his critique of aspects of the Subud organization and presents a vision to rejuvenate enterprises in Subud... 

I haven’t attended World Subud Council Meetings for a very long time. In fact not since the one held at Escorial near Madrid which was chaired by the late Varindra Vittachi. We stayed in a convent. I recall some of the nuns slipping secretly into an upstairs gallery in order to listen to Ibu Rahayu’s talk, probably not understanding very much yet enthralled by her voice and her aura.

An overall impression is that the greatest success stories in Subud these days occur at local level especially the efforts to establish group premises where members can do latihan.

Meanwhile the WSA appears to be frittering away Subud’s international reserves. It might be better to treat those reserves as endowments considering that they were derived mainly from the proceeds of sale of Bank Susila Bakti and PT S Widjojo.

Since then, contributions to WSA from enterprises have dwindled to almost nothing. I don’t see this as an unwelcome development in the short term, if it encourages members of the World Subud Council to reform WSA from within. WSA has been running chronic deficits ever since the Christchurch world congress. WSA honorariums need to be thoroughly reviewed.

Not enough is being done on high priority matters that WSA was asked to address. Too much time and effort is being spent on things that WSA was not asked to do or that are low priority. At the current rate of burn there seems to be a real prospect that WSA will have depleted its own limited financial reserves by the time of the next world congress.

Included among various potential solutions to this inconvenient state of affairs are to:

  • cut WSA spending
  • boost WSA’s income through fundraising
  • call on the Muhammad Subuh Foundation to subsidize WSA

I am in favor of an independent mid-term performance review of the WSA Executive to evaluate its progress on world congress resolutions (such as those related to Archives, improved governance, international centers, consolidated financial reporting and so forth). Perhaps such a review will conclude that the WSA Executive team needs to be changed or strengthened.

Some things are going better than others. One arm of WSA that comes across as being both task-oriented and cost-conscious is Subud Enterprise Services International (“SESI”). SESI has recently set up a website www.subudenterprise.com and has taken an initiative in exploring the establishment of an enterprise to support Subud endeavors in Kalimantan. We have yet to see how that develops. At least one can see a bona fide effort to get something moving.

SESI’s role is mainly to provide a supporting environment for Subud enterprises, rather than to set up enterprises itself. It can do this by developing a network of experts. That is easier said than done. SESI has this important task on its agenda.

In the forty years since Bapak Subuh set up Bank Susila Bakti and PT S Widjojo in 1971, much has changed in the world and in Subud. To state some of the most obvious changes: Bapak is no longer with us, the bank and the building have been sold, only one widely held enterprise remains (Kalimantan Gold Corporation, a speculative work in progress in which non-Subud interests might soon take control), whilst the worldwide membership of Subud has at best remained static or more likely it has shrunk.

There are several, albeit not enough, enterprises owned and successfully run by Subud members. Stand outs are the businesses founded and run by Isaac Goff and Marcus Hoff-Berg. Maarten Giel’s and Samuel Simonsson’s businesses were success stories in times gone by, as was Connelly Temple. These are the ones that usually come to my mind although there must be others flying under the international radar that make significant contributions quietly and locally rather than internationally. I can think of at least a couple of examples here in Indonesia.

Mainly what are needed to get enterprises going are encouragement, inspiration and motivation.

When Bapak set up the Subud Bank, so many countries still imposed exchange controls. These days the movement of financial capital across frontiers is much easier. However, banking regulations everywhere have become more rigorous and rightly so. Occasionally initiatives emerge to find a path back to a Subud World Bank. In 1971 there was a specific and pressing need for such a bank. The construction of the S Widjojo Center would have been so much harder to accomplish had the bank not been set up. Bapak’s vision was, of course, much broader than that. However, the regulatory environment and the small capital that could be mustered at that time placed some very real constraints on the scope of its activities. Things have not gotten any easier in that respect.

Given that the worldwide membership of Subud is probably no more than 15,000, of which relatively few are business minded and that the only real shared experience is the latihan kejiwaan, two threshold questions that SESI will probably have to address are:

  • what is it that Subud business-minded members actually wish to do together at this point in time?
  • does that require a Subud Bank?

What sort of bank is needed? Should one begin with development banking? Or micro credits? Is community banking the preferred direction in developed economies? Is virtual unlicensed banking a step too far? Clearly different countries and communities have their own needs.

Is there sufficient unity of purpose within Subud to justify setting up one “world” bank?

Two types of Subud member of whom I am particularly wary are those who are prone to “bashing” the establishment and amateurs who come up with half-thought-through ideas and then expect professionals to do the heavy lifting.

I have been privileged and fortunate over many years, as must others in Subud, in having met so many people from different walks of life – businessmen, politicians, religious leaders, academics, artists and musicians, diplomats, bureaucrats, technocrats, environmentalists – who, with only very rare exceptions, have an as caring, socially conscious and intelligent an approach to their work as anyone I have ever listened to in Subud in these fields.

For example, I was astonished to discover, when I met him, that the immediate past world chairman of one of the largest global banks was concurrently an ordained priest and had written a book “Serving God, Serving Mammon”.

If Subud is to make a positive influence, we will have to learn to work with not against the establishment and vested interests, whatever their shortcomings may be. Too often one senses that the problem is not “with them” but more likely “with us”. What is it that we in Subud can offer that isn’t already available in the marketplace?

There are some outstanding experts in Subud. For various reasons most of them will not come forward unless encouraged and approached personally.

Part of the motivation will have to come from the World Subud Association. Its Executive needs to provide a better example on governance and needs to improve the manner in which Subud’s international affairs are currently being run. Helpers can play an important leadership role.

More needs to be done to motivate talented members to come forward and to register themselves with SESI.

 

LvH   Pamulang, Indonesia, 27 September 2011

 

FEEDBACK TO LEONARD'S PREVIOUS ARTICLE...

" I was delighted to read your article dated 5th September 2011 in Subud Voice.  I very much agree with your second to last paragraph. This is certainly my view."

" I also agree with you with regard to small inexperienced investors - and would add that having investments of this kind is a nightmare to manage, and if priced realistically, is exceedingly expensive. "

" Incidentally, when the bank was established, Bapak said that the senior persons involved - directors and so on - should receive a lower than average remuneration, while the lowest paid workers should receive more than the average."

“Thank you for your article.  I read it on the SESI website.  It is good to have a clear-eyed, well-informed 'watcher' like you around.”

 

ENTERPRISE NEWS… a start, a site and ‘where to from here?’

Harris Roberts writes from Indonesia about a new venture...

Several months ago, SES Cilandak undertook to establish a Subud Members Enterprise for Central Kalimantan.

The 23 shareholders, commissioners and directors of that company are happy to announce that today 10-10-2011, the company PT United Dharma is officially established. Read more...

FAVOURITE PHOTO…on the river with Andrew Clague

On the river.

 

Andrew Clague writes from Norwich...

I am attaching a pic for your consideration as 'my favourite photo'. Some may recognise the hills in the distance. It was taken from Lorna's boat as we approached Tangkiling village towards dusk.  It's a reminder of the black waters and the sights & sounds of the creatures in the forest. Read more...

SHORT STORIES… a quake, the spread of Subud and an eye-opener

A WEIRD ADVENTURE… from Maynard MacDonald in Christchurch

I had a weird adventure. There is a Chinese film called Aftershock which is about the quake in 1976 that killed 240,000 in one city. I had just put the film on and the little girl sitting in their old truck remarked to her daddy how strange it was that there were suddenly thousands of locusts in the air. You just knew that this was the peaceful family scene before the disaster that was going to come any minute, and sure enough it did. The TV set was rocking back and forth smashing into the wall and I was being thrown about with my chair. For one astounding moment I thought the roar was coming from the speakers and the whole room was shaking in response (great speakers) and then I realised it was the real thing - not special effects leaking out of the TV. Read more...

SUSILA DHARMA IN EVERYDAY LIFE…can we be Susila Dharma every minute of the day?

Pak Kuswanda, cowboy of Cilandak.

Harris Smart tells a story...

What is Susila Dharma?

Often we think it is a substantial organization somewhere in Canada that does marvellous social welfare work, supporting humanitarian activities all round the world.

It is our most successful “wing”, our flagship and our shop window to the world. Something to be very proud of. We hear all too often of our “failures”. Here is our success.

But what can I do that is Susila Dharma? I don't run a social project. Well, of course, I can support others with my good will, my prayers and my money. Read more...

THE RESURGENCE OF MORNINGSIDE CARE…a new start for Sine Cera

The Board of Mornigside Care: Back row l to r it is Renee, Leonora, Stephen, Muhsin, Arif thumbs-up, and front row Roland, Hayden, Irma with Joshua, Tony with Lukas.

Nearly thirty years ago a charitable foundation called Morningside C.A.R.E. (Child, Adult, Rehabilitation Endeavour) was created by Subud members in Brisbane, Australia.

This foundation started out as a home for old aged people in the Brisbane suburb of Morningside (hence the name Morningside). It was conceived by our late Subud sister Munawaroh English and her husband Labasir and over the years has been supported by many people who volunteered their time and money. Read more...

WISH GRANTED…from Gibran Ohri

Gibran Ohri writes…

It was in early January 2009 that I decided to test if I would be attending the 13th Subud World Congress in Christchurch

(N. Z.).  My receiving was a positive yes! Read more...

ONE CLICK IS ALL IT TAKES… Leonard Wells finds a woman on the Internet

Leonard Wells and companion in Romania.


It was way back in 1969 that I started having the feeling that I wanted to speak to audiences. I took this to indicate a talent for politics and this was confirmed by a letter from Jakarta a little later. So I gave up my job with the Inland Revenue Surtax Office where - in those days - the UK rich were taxed at a top rate of 97.5%, and I went to work in Oxford as the Liberal party agent. Read more...

THE DEATH OF MY FATHER…from Rachman Mitchell

Rachman Mitchel writes...

This took place in the April of 1947 when I was on holiday in Scotland visiting my Aunt Rena in Pitlochry.

Our parents had divorced at the beginning of the war. Their marriage had long been inharmonious and had suffered one of the worst things that can happen to married couples, the death of their first child, John or Jackie at the age of about eighteen months from diphtheria. Their second, my sister Sheilagh (now Roanna) did not satisfy their longing for another son, hence my conception and birth. Read more...

LIFE AFTER DEATH…Levi Lemberger writes about death and beyond

by Matthew Levi Lemberger

It was my father first. He had sent for me and I flew across the country to see him lying in a hospital bed. He had suffered from Parkinson for five years, the stiffening kind, and although his body had betrayed him, his mind was always perfect. Towards the last few years he had difficulty speaking. Read more...

GOD THE THERAPIST… new book from Husain Chung

Husain Chung

Harris writes...

He is a rebel and a renegade. He is not your usual, conventional Subud member. He is “the most unforgettable character I ever met”.

I owe him my life. It was through him I found Subud, and if I had not found Subud at that time, I had painted myself into such a black corner, that I would probably have done away with myself (as my sister did). Read more...

TWO LOVE STORIES… by Arifa Asariah

This month, Melbourne visual artist Arifa Asariah releases not one, but two books – A life Worth Living and Eve and Lucifer. They are both available from .lulu.com in print (and soon in electronic versions). Go to www.lulu.com and search Arifa Asariah's name or the titles of the books. Read more...

READER FEEDBACK…more response than in the previous 10 years put together

In the October issue I asked for reader feedback and I got it. In abundance.

Thank you to the many people who have already sent us feedback about October Subud Voice with your appreciation, criticisms, suggestions and reports of technical issues. Thank you especially to those who wrote to say you don't want your subscription back.

This feedback exceeds by far any previous response to an issue of Subud Voice. In fact we got more letters this time, many more, than we have received in the whole of the last ten years.

I have written individually to each of you I hope, but am also writing this collective response. Read more...

POET’S CORNER… a rave and a rant from Emmanuel Williams

Singing in the car                    
 For Adrienne Thomas

Read more...

WHAT IS SUBUD?… in words and video

This magazine is produced by members of the spiritual movement known as Subud. Recently the magazine became available free and online to the general public as well as to Subud members.

Because  there will probably be some new readers who are unfamiliar with Subud, it seems a good idea to provide a few words of explanation about the movement. Read more...

CONTACT US

November 2011

Subud Voice is published monthly and the English edition is issued on the 1st of each month at www.subudvoice.net

A Spanish facsimile edition usually appears a little later on the same web site.

SUBMISSIONS

Send articles, photos, cartoons etc. to Harris Smart, Editor Subud Voice, email: editor@subudvoice.net Tel: + 61 3 95118122

Submissions are invited which relate to Subud life or are from Subud members. We cannot guarantee when, or if, a submission can be published. Preference will be given to articles of about 2000 words or less accompanied by a photograph, well-written in English and dealing with the activities of Subud members, or expressing a Subud member’s perspective on a subject.

Articles should be written in such a way that they are intelligible and interesting to both Subud members and the general public. Sometimes this means providing an explanatory introduction or notes for the non-Subud reader. Articles and photos should be submitted electronically by email.

There is no payment for submissions. Correspondence about articles will generally not be entered into. Submissions to Subud Voice may be edited for a variety of reasons including the need to shorten them or improve expression. If you do not want your submission to be edited in any way, please mark it clearly NOT TO BE EDITED.

 

The opinions expressed in the various articles are the sole responsibility of their authors and cannot be seen as representing the opinion of either the editor or the World Subud Association.

 

The name Subud ® and the Seven Circles Symbol are registered marks of the World Subud Association.

 

 

Classifieds: 50 cents a word. Minimum charge AUD$15.00. Display rates on request. (Developing countries – no charge).

ADS AND NOTICES

 

 

SICA SITES

From Raphaëlle, French SICA coordinator.

Dear Harris…Could you give all the SICA websites address in the next issue? And speak about them? If someone do not understand the language, it is possible to ask automatic translation to help.

I know four: www.subud-sica.org , www.subud-sica.fr , www.sicabritain.co.uk, www.sica-deutshland.de , there are certainly others…Love. Raphaëlle, French SICA coordinator.

Hi Raphaelle, thank you for this suggestion. Please send all sites you think you should be included. Love, Harris

ICDP WEB SITE

Hello friends of ICDP!

Just want to inform you that we are now on facebook, so please join us there for latest updates and info!

We also want trainers and other participants to send "field notes" from projects that you are working on. Pictures is also nice to share (make sure that ppl represented on theese agreed to be on the webpage) . If you have someting to share with the rest of the ICDP family send the notes and pictures to me at: storkas@stud.ntnu.no and I will post it on the facebook page!

We would love to hear how you are doing.

Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ICDP-International-Child-Development-Programme/284229031606874

Best Wishes, Marianne Storkås

ICDP, Marketing manager

 

SUBUD WILL LAST FOR 800 YEARS… a talk by Bapak

Since Subud Voice is now once again available in full to the general public, we no longer publish talks by Bapak or Ibu Rahayu in their entirety, because it is felt that, generally speaking, these are really only comprehensible and of value to people who already practise the latihan. Read more...

EDITORIAL…Why we have changed Subud Voice again

Subud Voice editorial team. Editor-in-chief, Yo-Yo, on right. Good-looking but rather young and inexperienced, Yo-Yo is responsible for any mistakes that occur such as typos, objectionable opinions, uncalled for remarks etc.

As from this issue, October 2011, Subud Voice goes back to being free to the whole world.

Bit of a shock? Those who have already subscribed may well be thinking, “But I paid! Why should I be supporting all those freeloaders?” Read more...

WELCOMING YOUR FEEDBACK AND APPRECIATION

 

Feedback!

We would love to have your response to Subud Voice.

Were there any articles in particular in this or recent editions that resonated with you? Were there any that particularity entertained, informed or enlightened you? Were there any that made a difference to your life, brought new insights or valuable ideas and feelings? Were there any that caused you to reflect on aspects of your own life? Read more...

JENKINS AND THE STONES…Peter Jenkins and the Rolling Stones

It is not generally known that Peter Jenkins, founder of the YES Quest,  was once offered the opportunity to manage The Rolling Stones. This is the story... Read more...

SNAKES ALIVE!.. Mansur Geiger in Kalimantan Part 2

King cobra.

Harris: You talked about an experience with a python. What about encounters with poisonous snakes? 

Read more...

YUM IN JAVA…Olvia Reksodipoetro on the history of YUM

Street clinic in the early days of YUM.

Olvia Reksodipoetro is the chair of Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM) one of Subud's longest running social projects working in several different areas Indonesia. Here is Part 2 of her interview with Harris Smart... Read more...

GUITAR HERO…Interview with Top Topham

Top Topham in 1963.

Emmanuel Elliott writes...

Did you know that one of our longstanding Subud brothers here in the UK  just happens to be a legendary 'guitar hero' who helped launch the original Yardbirds? Read more...

DAWN OF A NEW AGE…Rachman Mitchell on Bapak

Bapak and Ibu Siti Sumari with John Bennett at Coombe Springs. (Photographer unknown)

 Rachman Mitchell is a medical doctor and was for many years Bapak's personal physician. He writes... Read more...

FAVOURITE PHOTO…A happy accident

Like so many great photos in the history of photography, this one was a happy accident. My wife was preparing to take a picture of the sea with her Iphone but instead she shot herself in the foot. Read more...

FINANCE FOR SUBUD’S INITIATIVES IN KALIMANTAN…by Leonard van Hien

 

 

Leonard van Hien writes...

The autobiographical parts of what follows may not be of interest to many members, but for those who don't know my background I believe that to leave those parts out somehow leaves readers wondering what authority I have to be making the observations that are in the rest of the article.  Read more...

LETTER FROM CHRISTCHURCH…from Maynard MacDonald

 

Christchurch Cathedral before and after earthquake.

Maynard MacDonald, Chairperson of Subud Christchurch, sends this touching and informative letter. He includes financial information on donations and expenditures. We are extremely grateful for Maynard’s excellent reporting and for the outpouring of donations to assist our sisters and brothers in this devastated city, home to our not-so-distant World Congress.  Here is an excerpt from Maynard’s letter; you may read the complete text, write to wsa@subud.org.

Read more...

DISAPPOINTING MICK JAGGER…By Maya Korzybska

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An interview with Maya Korzybska. Harris Smart writes... Read more...

LIFE…A Review of Keith Richards’ autobiography

Harris Smart reviews Keith Richards autobiography, Life, and thinks there may be some lessons in it for us all... Read more...

MICK JAGGER AND SUBUD…A final word from Latifah

Latifah Taormina, Chair of SICA, writes...

When we had out improv company back in the 60s, CBS was going to do a sort of hit parade type show, and our company was going to host it. We were sent to UK to do some teasers and also some television shows there to prime us for hosting. Read more...

GOD THE THERAPIST…Husain Chung’s autobiography

Lusiah Rott writes...

Dear friends, colleagues, and family,

I would like to announce the publication of a wonderful book that I have had the great privilege of working on, called 'God the Therapist', by Husain Sam-Tio Chung.  It is available through online booksellers. Read more...

DANCING THE ROUNDS…Rasunah’s poems

 

Of North American Aboriginal descent, Rasunah is a much anthologised poet in her native Canada. Some of her best and most beautiful, inspirational poems are included in this book. The reader or listener senses the deep but subtle aura of spirituality, transcending all ethnic, religious and international boundaries, which emanates from her work. The poem which gave the book its name: Dancing the Rounds, reflects the traditional “round” dancing to be found in so many lands and ethnic communities, expressing an unspoken veneration of the elements and a mystical sense of communion with timeless universal forces. Read more...

AFTER SUMMERHILL…New book by Hussein Lucas

Aftert Summerhill

What Happened to the Pupils of Britain’s Most Radical School? Read more...

INSIDE STORY…Picture-poems exhibition online

Mutahar Williams writes...

Years ago I gathered my best nature poems and asked UK Subud artist Sofiah Garrard if she’d illustrate them. She produced a series of exquisite etchings which went in a book - “Witness.” Read more...

SOLSTICE 2011…Poem by Sharifin Gardiner

 

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OBITUARY: RUKMAN KARSTEN HUNDEIDE…Keeping the Flame Alive

On the passing of Professor  Rukman Karsten Hundeide, founder, chairman and leader of ICDP for over twenty years...

Dear friends,

Yesterday, the 7th of September, we lost Rukman Karsten Hundeide, the founder and leader of the ICDP family. While we mourn our friend and brother, we also reinforce our commitment to carry forward his message of compassion and humanity by continuing to work together, spreading the ICDP progamme in the world. Read more...

OBITUARY: MIRIAM KARIN…An unforgettable sister

Mariam Karin, seated in front second from the right, with ladies attaending the Thursday morning latihan at Subud Clarinda in Melbourne.

Miriam Karin passed away in Melbourne on Friday September 16 after a long illness with cancer.

She was a deeply beloved and highly respected woman in many parts of the world, particularly in Israel, where she spent the early part of her life, and in Australia where she spent the last 30 years or so. Read more...

BAPAK TALKS ABOUT TALENT AND ENTERPRISE…Sydney 1982

 

Bapak (extreme right) talks to some Subud members. His wife, Ibu Siti Sumari, is seated in the chair beside him.

Since Subud Voice is now once again available in full to the general public, we no longer publish talks by Bapak or Ibu Rahayu in their entirety, because it is felt that, generally speaking, these are really only comprehensible and of value to people who already practise the latihan. Read more...

WHAT IS SUBUD?

This magazine is produced by members of the spiritual movement known as Subud. Recently the magazine became available free and online to the general public as well as to Subud members.

Because  there will probably be some new readers who are unfamiliar with Subud, it seems a good idea to provide a few words of explanation about the movement. Read more...

VIDEO ABOUT SUBUD…View it now right here

FINDING SUBUD” is a 9 minute documentary by Sam Mulgrew (not a Subud member), a student at the Christchurch Broadcasting School.

"As a class film assignment, we have to make a documentary. I’m making mine about Subud. I was searching the internet for what’s been happening recently in Christchurch looking for ideas, and I came across an article about the Subud World Congress event held locally, attended by 1700 people from all around the world. I’ve never heard of this thing called Subud... so I became intrigued.”

See it for yourself on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snJfaHQeevE

CONTACT US

Subud Voice is published monthly and the English edition is issued on the 1st of each month at www.subudvoice.net. A Spanish facsimile edition usually appears a little later on the same web site.

SUBMISSIONS

Send articles, photos, cartoons etc. to Harris Smart, Editor Subud Voice, email: editor@subudvoice.net Tel: + 61 3 95118122

Submissions are invited which relate to Subud life or are from Subud members. We cannot guarantee when, or if, a submission can be published. Preference will be given to articles of about 2000 words or less accompanied by a photograph, well-written in English and dealing with the activities of Subud members, or expressing a Subud member's perspective on a subject.

Articles should be written in such a way that they are intelligible and interesting to both Subud members and the general public. Sometimes this means providing an explanatory introduction or notes for the non-Subud reader. Articles and photos should be submitted electronically by email.

There is no payment for submissions. Correspondence about articles will generally not be entered into. Submissions to Subud Voice may be edited for a variety of reasons including the need to shorten them or improve expression. If you do not want your submission to be edited in any way, please mark it clearly NOT TO BE EDITED.

The opinions expressed in the various articles are the sole responsibility of their authors and cannot be seen as representing the opinion of either the editor or the World Subud Association.

The name Subud ® and the Seven Circles Symbol are registered marks of the World Subud Association.

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SPONSORSHIP

This issue has been generously sponsored by the Guerrand Hermes Foundation for Peace.

 SUBUD VOICE TEAM

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Ilaina Lennard: Founder & Contributing Editor

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