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WHAT IS 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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CONTACT US

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Editor in Chief: Harris Smart, subudvoice@gmail.com

Editor: Marcus Bolt, marcusbolt@easynet.co.uk

Send all submissions to Marcus

Contributing Editor: Ilaina Lennard, ilaine.l@blueyonder.co.uk

Spanish Edition: Andres (Samuel) Prez Morillas,  banque@grannet.grm.sld.c

Webmaster: Kitka Hitula

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.

SUBMISSIONS

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.

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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