Subud is democratically organised into local, regional, national
and international bodies. The World Subud Association (WSA) represents
the Subud community as a whole and is made up of delegations from
The Subud organisation exists today in over 80 countries. The World
Subud Association (WSA) represents the international Subud community
and was legally established in the USA following the World Congress
in 1989. Its constitution expresses its aim in three major fields
- the spiritual, the development of Subud and care of its members'
needs, and work towards a better world.
The World Subud Association (WSA) meets every 4 years when a World Congress
is held. Subud Congresses have been held so far in Britain, USA
(twice), Japan, Indonesia, Germany, Canada, Australia, Colombia, Austria and New Zealand.
The day-to-day management of Subud's affairs is carried out by the
Executive Committee. Subud is generally
represented by a National Committee in each member country.
For efficiency of organisation, National Committees are grouped
into nine Zones.
Zones 1/2: Asia-Pacific
Zone 3: Western Europe
Zone 4: Eastern Europe
Zone 5/6: Africa
Zone 7: North America
Zone 8: Central America
Zone 9: South America
structure parallels the committee structure from group level to
international, except that the international helpers are grouped
into 3 areas rather than the existing 9 zones. Although helpers
and committee have distinct responsibilities, they work alongside
each other throughout the Subud organization. The committee side
enables the work of the helpers to continue and develop through
its financial support, as does the work of the wings.
Both helpers and the committees serve the members in their worship
of Almighty God.
current Office Bearers
The Subud Association has ten aims expressive of its intention to
foster the development of Subud and the well-being of humanity in
general. The ten aims of Subud are:
Facilitate the members' worship to God through the latihan
and provide for the needs of Subud members
Preserve the practice of the latihan so that it will remain
available to people everywhere in the form in which it
was originally practised under the guidance of Bapak.
Protect the good reputation of Subud and makes available information
concerning the latihan
Encourage peace, harmony and understanding between peoples
Provide educational and other facilities for the development
of the full potential of human beings
Relieve poverty and deprivation
Encourage the development of a healthy and harmonious inner
and outer environment for the well-being of mankind
Encourage cultural activities and the values that enliven
the human spirit
Encourage the entrepreneurial spirit, which enables people
to improve their lives
Make available information concerning the latihan kejiwaan
The Wings are autonomous organisations with representatives
who sit on the World Subud Council and are members of the World
Subud Association. Their mission is to carry out Subud's aims in
the social and humanitarian field, entrepreneurial development,
cultural and youth programs. It is important to realise that there
is a direct connection between the spiritual experience of the latihan
and Subud members' activities in the world. Therefore the Wings
are not simply organisational instruments but channels through which
Subud members express the fruits of the latihan in business, culture,
social welfare and other realms of human activity.
The charitable wing, Susila
Dharma International Association, (SDIA), represents the social
and humanitarian work of Subud members. SDIA has category II consultative
status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and UNICEF
as a non-governmental organization (NGO).
The purpose of the cultural wing, Subud
International Cultural Association, (SICA), is to encourage
and support the expression of human culture and human values through
initiatives around the world that enliven and enrich the human spirit.
The objectives of the youth wing, (SYAI), are to help young people
develop their talents, identify direction for their life work, and
assist them with planning and taking steps toward their field of
studies and careers. It organises activities and programs run by,
with, and for young people to meet their needs and interests. It
aims to facilitate international communication between youth of
all nations and cultures.
The enterprise wing, Subud Enterprise Services International, (SESI),
provides support, encouragement, and networking opportunities for
entrepreneurial activities. Businesses contribute expertise as well
as funding to charitable, cultural, and youth projects, and to the
Important landmarks in the development of Subud have been the World
Congresses which have been held in various countries, generally
every four years since 1959.
At these gatherings, presided over by Bapak during his lifetime,
the main lines of how Subud and Subud members should function in
the world have been defined. Delegates bring reports and questions
from their home countries and it is possible to see a brief history
of Subud, particularly its organisational development, by reading
the Congress reports.
The Congresses reveal both how Subud has grown and responded to
changing circumstances, and also how its fundamental inner truths
have remained the same.
No fees are charged for doing the latihan and costs are largely
met through voluntary contributions from members.
The WSA operates on the support of national committees, individuals
and enterprises of Subud members, in the form of voluntary contributions, which finance the international activities according to
the annual budget. WSA also produces and circulates annual
financial reports to all national committees. Each year, the national
committee makes a pledge as to the amount of their international
contributions, and the WSC meeting draws up the WSA budget for the
following year based upon this information.
Delegates of the Eighth Subud World Congress established a Constitution
of the World Subud Association to manage the necessities and
requirements of the membership of Subud in accordance with the guidance
received by Bapak Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo, the founder of
our Association. The Constitution was revised at the Tenth World Congress.
For organizational purposes, the World Subud Association is divided into nine zones and three geographic areas for assisting individual members and groups in the practice of the latihan. There are approximately 13,000 members worldwide in a total of 86 countries and of this, 54 are member countries of the WSA.