Ralph&Vitalija Hebden Br
Calderdale Peace Dances
There is such a richness of alternative and spiritual groups in Hebden Bridge;
I believe the time might be ripe for launching a Subud group here as well. Are you interested?
The nearest Subud groups meet in Bradford-Shipley and south Manchester.
Intro Info: Subud means to follow the will of God / Allah / the Creator / the life force with the help of the Divine Power that works both inside and outside us. It is a way to renew contact with the Power of God, an individual experience which arises from within. Subud can be described as the reality behind all religions or the life within a life.
Subud is not a religion but a spiritual practice. It enables people of all religious backgrounds and beliefs such as Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Russian Orthodox, Quakers and Unitarians to worship together.
Subud has spread to about 80 countries. In Britain 47 Subud groups are meeting in 93 places
More about Subud on the page below & on www.subudbritain.org
What is Subud?
| The Latihan
| Bapak, Subud founder
Spiritual names | Organisation | History | Publicity | Joining / Membership | Ralph's experiences | LINKS
What is Subud?
Subud means to follow the will of God / Allah / the Creator / the creative life force with the help of the Divine Power that works both within us and without. It is a way to renew contact with the Power of God, an individual experience, which arises from within. Subud can be described as the reality behind all religions or the life within a life. 'Subud' is a contraction of the Sanskrit-derived words Susila (The behaviour and character of a person following the will of Almighty God), Budhi (The essence of the Divine Power within man) and Dharma (Complete submission, trust and sincerity towards Almighty God).
Subud is not a religion but a spiritual practice for all. People are encouraged to stay in their current religion when joining Subud. MORE: www.subud.com/english/english.Btalk.html
The Latihan - our spiritual practice
Latihan Kejiwaan is Indonesian for 'spiritual exercise /
In our latihan we empty our minds, surrender and receive the spirit of God. It is a practice, which allows us to follow God's will in thought, word and action.
We do not "do" anything, we put
our mind and control aside and allow things to happen. The outward result may be
that, sooner or later, the body starts moving and the mouth opens and sounds
come out. It may take several years - or only a second until this may happen.
The benefit of allowing God to work within us is a process of healing, balancing
and transformation. From the outside it may look like a sacred chaos.
To be less distracted, men and women practice the latihan separately.
|Bapak 1971 in Cilandak|
Bapak travelled many times around the world. He had a good sense of
humour, his power of unconditional love was so strong, that many people, when
looking directly in his eyes, were overwhelmed and literally went down on the
floor. More about Bapak: www.subud.org.uk/founder-subud.html
Some, usually more experienced, members are given a role to support the spiritual development of the group and other members - we call them "helpers". We have helpers on the local, regional, national and
international level. In Subud we call a group of helpers a Dewan.
Spiritual names in Subud
A name that could be in accordance with your inner (spiritual) development may be given to you if
you wish. Why have some of us chosen to change our names?
Subud Britain is the association representing Subud in Britain and all the local groups. It is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Web site: www.subud.org.uk and www.subudbritain.org [new version]
Registered Office: Waugh & Co, First Floor, 51 High Street, Arundel, BN18 9AJ - Tel/Fax: 0870 444 2604
Subud Britain does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age; disability; family circumstance; gender; political opinion; race, nationality, ethnic or national origin; religion or beliefs; sexual orientation or socio-economic background.
There is no membership fee - members are expected to give voluntary contributions for overheads
Short Subud history
Subud was founded in 1932 by Bapak. Subud has since spread to
about 80 countries. When John Bennett, the head of the Gurdjeff movement,
discovered Subud, he believed that this is what Gurdjeff had been looking for
in his quest for the truth. He - and with him hundreds of Gurdjeff followers -
joined Subud and helped setting up many of today's groups in Britain.
Subud and publicity
"If this is really as good as it sounds - why have I never heard about Subud
Maybe previously you have not been ready to join Subud. Subud does not use advertised propaganda - it merely provides information and is more likely to spread as a result of its own quality. In the first years of Subud, Bapak was guided not go out and spread the word, but stay at home and wait for people to come and find him. Many Subud members have this attitude to leave it to God to guide the people who are ready to find Subud.
Joining Subud / Membership
Anyone from the age of 17 can join
Subud. Since the latihan may cause changes in your life, it is
usual to have a preparation time of up to three months before you join Subud.
The helpers will test if, and when is the right
time for the applicant to join. We call the first Latihan your "opening" (read
about Ralph's opening).
There is no membership fee - members give voluntary contributions for overheads.
Subud groups in Britain: see map on www.subudbritain.org/groups
Nearest groups to Hebden Bridge:
- Bradford-Shipley on Monday & Thursday evenings, contact Susannah 07570 126088 or Howerd: 07868 052367
- Manchester South: Mon & Sat eve + Wed lunch time. contact Ida or Reynold: 01260 276048
Ralph's personal experiences
"I found my way to the Subud group Cambridge in September 1997. At my first meeting I sensed a kind of soul connection with some members. Half of the group members were involved in music, singing and creativity. My first latihan was quite overwhelming and left me in tears. I got a glimpse of complete freedom, which was exciting and scary at the same time. I realised that I do not have to practise a certain mantra, or do special postures. I don't have to do anything at all. I am free.
The first months I have been struggeling with letting go of my mind control. I know that some members have been waiting many years for something to happen at all - and I am full with admiration for their perseverence. Gradually I managed to relax and surrender more. Especially the testing was very encouraging and confirming for me, that my mind is not making things up and cheating me."
Here are a few more of my experiences in latihan:
Ralph Nimmann, Hebden Bridge, England, tel: +44 1422 647157 - e: rainbowralph[AT]gmail.com
Some Fridays: informal chat about Subud & the Latihan, Hebden Bridge, 12:30ish-2ish
Do you want to find out more about the little known international sister- and brotherhood of Subud and the latihan, which is a unique way to connect with the Divine Creator-Life Force across religious boundaries, involving soound and movement?
During the Soup Dragon Godfrey (& sometimes Ralph) will be happy to chat with you.
Organic soup & bread are served for a donation from 12-3pm.
Venue: Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, Hebble End / Market Street, HX7 8EU
If you are interested and like to be invited to a Subud info event, please contact Ralph
[ this page is www.rainbow-cambridge.org.uk/calderdale/subud-calderdale.htm ]
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