Ralph&Vitalija Hebden Br
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.
Below is a short summary about Subud.
Many books haven been written about Subud and the latihan experience - and there are many web sites - for example on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subud
Subud is not a religion but a spiritual practice for all. People are encouraged to stay in their current religion when joining Subud.
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
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.
Testing in Subud
We may do a form of the latihan in which we
ask God for guidance with a problem. This specific asking - and receiving the
answer - is called 'testing' - a kind of feedback from God.The results of the
individual receivings are shared and usually give a clear picture. The helpers
are there to lead or join in with the `testing' of personal and group matters
when they arise.
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?
"A name does
have a strong influence on a person, because when someone is called by their name
they will certainly move in response, and such a movement comes from their whole
being. So the entire self, when called by name, feels as though it were being
woken from sleep, or started up again, having been stopped. If an adult or child
has the wrong name, then, when their inner feeling is roused in this way, it
becomes adjusted to a name that does not correspond to their individuality. As a
result, in their behaviour, in their ways and actions, the inner is not in
harmony with the outer; that is, the inner feeling of the individual is not in
harmony with their heart and mind. Therefore names are very important."
[Bapak, talk given on 15 July 1963 at the Second Subud World Congress]
Religion in Subud
Subud is open to members of all religions, and those without religion, who sincerely wish to worship God.
Subud is multi-faith and is available for members of all religions or beliefs - anyone who sincerely wishes
to worship God. You can follow your religion and beliefs while practising the latihan.
Members are encouraged to refer to that One source of the latihan by whatever name or reference they felt comfortable with (e.g. the great life force, universal life force, the divine, God, Allah, Yahweh, Ishvara, Brahman, Waheguru, the Tao).
If you believe the ONLY way to God is through a spiritual master, you may find a conflict with the way of Subud which is a direct contact. In case of doubt the helpers can test for or with you; you can even test and receive the qualities of the different religions.
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.
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.
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
Video "Finding Subud" www.youtube.com/watch?v=snJfaHQeevE (9 minutes)
If you are interested and like to be invited, please contact Ralph
Articles about Subud by Ralph Nimmann:
[ this page is www.rainbow-cambridge.org.uk/calderdale/subud-calderdale.htm ]
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