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Dharma Trading Business...
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Dharma Trading Social... P4 – 5
World Congress 2014... P5 – 6
KGC Signs with Freeport... P6
Youth on Climate Change...
P7 – 8
Sofjan Armytage Poem... P8
Christchurch Relief Report... P9
Right Perspective: Haryono:... P10
Gift from Kalimantan... P11 – 12
SICA Speaks... P12 – 13
Poem: Awesome Mystery... P14
Isaac Goff, founder of Dharma Trading, with his sons David and Sampson
From the Subud Youth
Fave Photo: Plains of Rohan...
Dharma Trading Business
God Must be One! Tie-dye enthusiasts and textile shoppers who visit Dharma Trading Co. in San Rafael,
Wilbert Verheyen... P16 – 18 California, like its laid-back atmosphere, but those shoppers might be surprised to learn that
Bapak's Democratic Ideas... this 40-year-old company is a multi-million-dollar business, shipping several hundred
P19 – 21 pounds of dye each week to Australia, Europe and the Americas. The company has supplied
Information About Subud... P21 dye to people like Cirque du Soleil and Hollywood filmmakers. Isaac Goff, the company's
founder tells its story...
Sponsoring Subud Voice... P21
Subud Events... P21 It all began with an acid trip!
Green Chair Gallery... P22 – 23 That's LSD for those who didn't grow up in the 60s. My own acid experiences led me to see
that there were planes of existence beyond the one on which I normally spent my days. I
Power of Bapak's Words... P23
also came to see that drugs could offer a glimpse into, but could not open those worlds to
Letters to the Editor... P24 me permanently.
Wisma Subud Gathering... P24
Drugs were like an elevator – they took me up, let me look around, then brought me back
Out on Kindle... P25 down. I realized I needed a spiritual path – a staircase that would allow me to climb steadily
SIHA Questionnaire... P25 up and into those levels.
Sofjan Armytage Poem... P25
Understand that this is not about advocating the use of drugs, just the telling of the story of
Subud Vision... P26 my own life experiences.
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Here was a spiritual path that fitted my the World Subud Association or of Subud Voice.
personality and could lead to an inner guided The name Subud ® and the Seven Circles
Number 5 life. Now, it's more than 42 years later and I Symbol are registered marks of the World
have to say, it's worked for me, more or less. Subud Association.
The underlying idea was to put into daily practice
what I was learning in my spiritual life
Back in 1968 it led to an epiphany that gave birth to Dharma Trading Co.
The Big Picture
It was in Los Angeles during a visit by Bapak, the spiritual leader of Subud. In a moment of revelation, I came to
see that each of us is born with certain talents – strengths given to us by God. They come to us through no effort of
our own – gifts.
In my case, it was a feel for business and a knack for organization. I understood that these gifts came with an obli-
gation to use them, and use them for the betterment of my own life as well as that of mankind. I understood Bapak
to say that starting an enterprise, working with other Subud members, and eventually donating a portion of the
profits to social projects was Subud's big picture.
In that moment I saw visually that if I used these talents my life would work – it would be like the "iron filings"
demonstration we all saw in school where the magnet causes the iron filings to align themselves in one direction. I
saw that in the same way, using my God-given talents would cause all aspects of my life to align themselves and
allow the power of God to guide my life.
So I gave up the idea of turning on, tuning in and dropping out (to New Mexico as a craftsperson). It was clear that
business was my future and so, returning to Berkeley, I immediately began helping a Subud lady friend with her
business. It was Dharma Pillow Works – she made zafu and zabatan meditation cushions for Zen meditators.
Mostly I stuffed pillows with kapok. She was also a weaver and had contacted a Peace Corps project in Ecuador
and imported some hand-spun yarns. After a few months she got pregnant and she sold the business to some folks
from the San Francisco Zen Center. By agreement, I took the correspondence files on the yarn.
During 1968 I tried importing the handspun yarns from Ecuador and selling it mail-order to weavers, but it was a
mess – ads ran, yarn didn't arrive on time; it wasn't working.
So I decided to open a store in Berkeley from which I could sell the yarn while doing the mail-order business. I
needed a name and chose Dharma Trading Co. because the word "Dharma" in the Subud context kind of means to
me, "Acting in a way that is in accordance with God's Guidance".
A Trip to Mexico
I had $2000 saved from a trip to New York where I taught in Jr. High School as a substitute and drove a taxi at
night. I borrowed another $2000 from my Aunt Rose and in early 1969 I went down to Mexico in my van with my
dog Baba (named after Meher Baba, a spiritual leader with a following in Berkeley at that time). I looked for yarn
("lana" in Spanish – which also turns out to be slang for "money"). So I was driving around rural Mexico asking
people if they knew where I could find money.
I did find sources of hand-spun and natural yarns and with the van full, I returned to Berkeley, and in July of 1969,
I opened Dharma Trading Co. on University Ave. just down from the U.C. Berkeley campus. I allocated that $4,000
to rent, deposits, shelves, inventory, etc. as shown in the original piece of paper I planned it on. (And saved all
these years and now can't find!)
The underlying idea of the business was to put into daily practice what I was learning in my spiritual life, and when
the business was profitable, use the profits to provide for my own needs and to fund social projects for those less
fortunate. This was reflected in the businesses principles and goals which are still posted on the wall at Dharma and
on its website and in the social projects we support Dharma Social Projects.
Guiding Principles and Goals
From the beginning, my goal was to run a successful business without compromising my principles, which are
similar to search giant Google's stated goal of "Don't be evil”
I didn't want to become what I viewed then as an evil businessman, or a profit-driven kind of guy. I wanted to see if
I could get involved in business without sacrificing my ethical values.
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Therefore, Dharma Trading Co. was started on the principle that it's possible to be involved in business while
maintaining good ethical values. This is to say that one can be successful in business while acting honestly,
truthfully and fairly. Therefore, honest, truthful and fair treatment of customers, suppliers and employees is the
most important goal of the company while it tries to make a profit.
Our goals are...
• To be a company that keeps its commitments to its customers, employees and suppliers.
• To "blow our customers' minds" with the excellence of our customer service.
• To make Dharma a great place to work.
• To make a profit.
We have succeeded in keeping to these ideals as evidenced by the exemplary reputation Dharma enjoys for its
customer service, honesty and straightforwardness.
Our Environmental Scorecard
Our Environmental Scorecard is something we're working on. Here's what we've been able to do so far:
1. We gave up styrofoam packing peanuts and replaced them with a packing material made from potato
starch. It seems to do a good job of protecting the jars, and can be dissolved in water after. It costs us a
lot more but what the hey.
2. The black containers for packing the dyes are now made 100% from ground-up recycled plastic. (A
black color pellet is added to the molten plastic to give it a uniform color.)
3. We reuse or recycle incoming cardboard shipping boxes.
4. All of our new shipping boxes are now either partly or 100% made from recycled cardboard.
5. The plastic bags we use to protect the clothing are made from 30% recycled material.
6. We have been using Soy inks to print our catalogs and flyers.
7. The catalogues and flyers are being printed on recycled paper.
8. More of our clothing products are made without the use of chemicals.
9. We recycle our waste paper, bottles, cans.
10. We use 95% Post consumer recycled paper products in our warehouse and store.
Over the Last Forty Years
Over the last 40 years a lot has happened – to Dharma and to me.
We started as a yarn store and then added dyes for Tie-Dye and then fabric paints, then T-shirts, then clothing, and
on and on. I opened the store in Marin County in 1975, and closed the Berkeley store sometime after.
The company has operated a storefront on San Rafael's Fourth Street since 1975, though most of our business
comes online and over the phone.We have grown from a single small retail store to a predominately e-commerce
business with 70 full & part time employees, 30,000 square feet of office/warehouse/retail space and sales in many
millions of dollars.
We started mailing a catalogue in the early 70's and the mail-order sales quickly overshadowed the store's and
became the focus of the business. Later, in the early 90s when the internet was born, I built a rudimentary web site
for Dharma which continues today, developed and perfected by other talented people who work here at Dharma.
Hundreds of employees have passed through on their way to other lives. Some really great people who have joined
in making Dharma an honest, straight talking company!
I've been involved in many other projects and businesses over the years, sometimes for years at a time, sometimes
out of the country, but I’ve always kept Dharma Trading going and continued to develop it. I still come to work at
Dharma part-time and my sons David and Sampson work here as well. These days, I'm more involved in the several
social programs Dharma has initiated and funds for disadvantaged children in Bolivia and elsewhere:
Myself and all the folks who work at Dharma continue to this day trying to keep Dharma a Fair, Honest and
Straight Talking company.
It's been a long strange trip! Web site: www.dharmatrading.com
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Dharma Trading Social
As Bapak suggested, Dharma Trading uses a part of its profits to support social projects. Isaac Goff explains...
I believe we have an obligation to share our good fortune. We believe in "Social Entrepreneurship", which for us
means "helping others help themselves".
We also like the idea of giving children a fair chance at a full life and many of our projects have focussed on them.
It is the efforts of the staff at Dharma and the support of our customers that make these projects possible.
Many of our projects have been located in Bolivia. We work there not because we have any particular connection to
Bolivia, but rather because that is the door that has been opened for us. We partner with Solidarity Bridge, a
Catholic charity under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Chicago which conducts medical, enterprise and
educational missions to Bolivia.
Children's Heart Repair Project
Since 2005 we have been funding open-heart surgeries for children
in Bolivia at the rate of about one a month. These are children who
are poor beyond your wildest dreams; they would have no future
unless someone came up with money for an open heart surgery to
repair a hole or replace a valve in their hearts. To date we have
repaired about 50 little hearts.
On visits to Bolivia, I had a chance to meet some of the children
whose open heart surgeries we have made possible. Meeting them
and their parents was very emotional and very real. If one has chil-
dren, or even if not, it's possible to understand the deep gratitude
they feel for the saving of their child's life. For the latest on this
program see: http://www.dharmasocialprojects.com/heart.html
Children's Vision Program By the end of 2010, Dharma had screened 39,715
children in its Children’s Vision Program in Bolivia
During a 2004 trip to Bolivia I discovered that there does not exist a
program for screening young children for vision problems as is common here in the USA. The cost of a private eye
exam and corrective eyeglasses is totally out of reach of the poorest children, the indigenous kids for the most part.
Enabling children to see well seems like a worthwhile thing to do for a lot of reasons. So, Dharma to the rescue!
In partnership with Solidarity Bridge, we established the "Children's Vision Program" and hired a Bolivian
coordinator and three assistants to go into the schools and orphanages in the poorest areas and test the kids for
Those who test with problems are taken on Saturdays to an opthamologist for a complete eye exam. The
opthamologist provides a prescription for eyeglasses for each child which are then emailed to Dharma in batches.
We in turn, email the prescriptions to China where our agent arranges the manufacture. The finished glasses are
then sent by Fed Ex to Bolivia for distribution to the children. Dharma covers all the costs to enable this to
By the end of 2010, we had screened 39,715 children and 1,236 teachers and provided glasses for 3,385 children
and 493 teachers.
For the latest on this program see: http://www.dharmasocialprojects.com/vision.html
Sewing & Weaving Co-Ops
In 2003 an old friend asked me if I would be willing to come with him down to Bolivia and try to develop some
work for a sewing cooperative there. Bolivia is a very poor country with many problems and the level of poverty
there is something we rarely encounter here in the United States.
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From that beginning, Dharma Trading has gone on to help several
small sewing cooperatives to produce blank clothing for Dharma Give
which we import and sell without profit in order to provide work
for the coops. Over the years we have provided many hundred's of and you will
thousand dollars of income for some very poor folks. Among the
co-ops we work with are: receive
Warmis is a co-op on the outskirts of Cochabamba of women who crochet and sew clothing.
Kanchay is a sewing co-op we helped initiate which sews a major part of our Bolivian children's dresses.
Tata Estaban is a vocational training program for graduates of a Catholic school in a town in the mountains which
sews clothing for us.
The Weaving Co-op weaves the alpaca shawls available on
The goal here is to provide work and therefore income so these
families can improve their situation and sort things out
Dharma continues to expand its support for social projects both
locally and elsewhere. Our newest effort is expanding the
Children's Heart Repair into Paraguay.
For the latest on these and our other programs see:
Dharma supports weaving co-operatives in Bolivia. Isaac and
his son David visit to meet the people
"Give and you will receive" may sound like just a slogan or a
only a quote, but I am here to tell you it has been true for me – emotionally, spiritually and financially.
David Hitchcock writes...
The Zone 7 Council gathered for a meeting in Puebla,
Mexico just before Easter. I have chosen a couple of
aspects to briefly share:
Preparing for the 2014 World Congress
Top: Attending the Zone 7 Council Meeting in Puebla.
We met and received a preliminary report from the Below: Puebla Convention Centre
initial core group, chaired by Fernando Fatah Nieva,
(within the Mexican Congress Organizing Team –
COT), were treated to a tour of the convention centre,
immediately adjoining the historic/heritage site of
Puebla. We then had an opportunity to share, ask
questions and discuss how the rest of the Subud
world, and particularly Zone 7, might support Subud
Mexico (with only 50 to 75 active members) in this
I had an opportunity to test with the male members of
the COT, KCs, IHs & WSA about the Congress
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preparations. The COT now has the benefit of a Congress
Operational Manual that Lucian Parshall has started to
Puebla seems an exciting,
compile and is carefully deciding on the next steps that need attractive and safe city for
to be taken and the help that will be required. Zone 7 whole-
heartedly offered its support and assistance to Subud Mexico our next World Congress
in any ways that were needed, and we eagerly await more
information as the planning progresses. Suffice to say that,
from this recent experience by the Council members, Puebla appeared to be an exciting, attractive, and safe city for
our next World Congress.
Attending the meeting were delegates from Canada, Mexico, USA, Suriname and Cuba, together with Rasjidah
Flores from the Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA), Rosario Moir from the Subud International
Cultural Association (SICA), Alexandra Woodward from the Subud YouthActivities International (SYAI), Maya
Korzybski & Luke Penseney from the WSA and four International Helpers. At times there were 30 or more of us
sitting around the large Council table, decorated with colourful table cloths, and located out in the fresh air, in front
of the Puebla Subud House.
KGC signs with Freeport
Rahman Connelly writes that Kalimantan Gold has completed Joint Ventures for its mining projects in Kalimantan
and has appointed a new CEO…
Last December Kalimantan Gold signed initial agreements with Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc in respect of
its Central Kalimantan KSK copper project and with Tigers Realm Minerals in respect of its East Kalimantan Jelai
gold project. Definitive joint venture agreements on both projects have now been signed which will result in
substantial exploration programs; Freeport is committed to a minimum
$3 million spend over the next 12 months and Tigers Realm to a mini-
mum of $2 million over the next 18 months. Detailed information on the
joint ventures is available at www.kalimantan.com/s/PressReleases.asp.
The completion of these joint venture arrangements represents a major
milestone for Kalimantan Gold, especially in relation to the KSK copper
project where its partner, Freeport-McMoRan, is the world’s second
largest copper producer and operator of Indonesia’s Grasberg mine, the
world’s largest copper and gold mine in terms of recoverable reserves.
The milestone marks the beginning of a new and exciting phase in
the company’s development to investigate new property and
acquisition opportunities while overseeing the management of the
two joint venture work programs. This will require new skills and
energy, in light of which Faldi Ismail has been appointed as CEO to
replace Rahman Connelly. Faldi is a youthful Subud member based in
Perth, Australia who has been instrumental
in establishing a number of new listings on Rahman Connelly steps down as CEO of KGC after
the Australian Stock Exchange with a negotiating successful deal with Freeport
specific focus in the resources sector,
including the Indonesian resources sector.
To strengthen local management in Indonesia a major
Ridwan Lowther, a long time Subud member with
high level project management skills, has been milestone for
appointed as Operations Manager, in which
capacity he will provide back up to both Kalimantan
Mansur & Faldi. Mansur Geiger remains as
Country Manager & VP Exploration and Bardolf
The real stuff! Drilling core Paul continues in his role as Community Development.
from KGC’s previous Rahman remains a Director of Kalimantan Gold
programs and will assist Faldi with specific tasks. ◆
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International youth forum on climate change
Chandra MacDonald writes from Indonesia…
I was invited to represent Australia in an International Youth Forum on Climate Change in Jakarta. I was told all
expenses of my trip would be covered for and I would be leaving the next day. There would be two hundred and
fifty participants coming from around the world and it would last for one week.
I happily travelled to Jakarta from Kalimantan, caught a taxi to the Sultan Hotel and looked around for someone
who could register me in. I didn’t know anyone. I was wearing my sandal jepit (cheapest sandals you can buy in
Indonesia), carrying a large purple backpacker’s bag on my back, looking completely out of place amongst the
people in suits and fancy shoes. Some of my future friends said I looked like a lost backpacker.
My room was huge and overwhelming. I grew up on a farm, and then lived six years in Kalimantan, and when we
travelled as a family we never stayed in places quite so grand. But I was pleased nonetheless.
At the first dinner I didn’t see many of the hundreds of international members who were said to be attending the
event; I didn’t see many of them throughout the whole event actually since they didn’t come.
I brushed my hair to look more in place, wore a batik dress and put on my mother’s shoes which luckily she had
forced me to bring; the meetings started at nine that morning. We had many important speakers talk to us that day,
but the President of Indonesia couldn’t make it.
I Get up to Speak
The next day’s meetings were a preparation for the field trip we would be going on, in my case Komodo island. I
spent the morning learning about Komodo dragons and biodiversity. At the last moment, due to lack in
organization, I was moved to a different group.
We were supposed to give a presentation on our opinion of the meetings. I had an easy excuse not to present as they had
stuck me in the wrong group. However, due to some sort of adult politics,
one westerner refused to speak and thus no one would present. Almost
embarrassed by their protests, I went up to speak.
I spoke about Indonesia having the second highest biodiversity in
wildlife, plants and birds, and how rich a country Indonesia really is if
only they could conserve what they had. If climate change continues to
happen, all this will be lost and Indonesia will be left with nothing.
All throughout the conference I had heard professors and doctors
preach about how we needed to make the government do “something,”
make them “realize,” but in my opinion, this was the wrong approach;
these rich people, already used to their corrupt ways, are unlikely to
ever change. My conclusion to my speech was that we need to educate
Chandra MacDonald at the Youth Forum on
their children if we really want to make a change. After I spoke, about Climate Change in Jakarta
ten others went up after me.
We had dinner at the Governor’s house with a police escort. Being one of the “‘important persons” throughout the
week of events, I was constantly pushed to the front of the crowd to be in photos and to be greeted by people.
I never really got used this, but by the end I knew what my role was. We sang and danced that night, something I
never do by choice, but enjoyed as I could be whoever I wanted to be.
The Field Trip
The next few days consisted of the field trip; here I had many great experiences, almost dying in the ocean, one of them.
Originally, I was supposed to go to Komodo but at the last moment, it was changed to Makassar, South Sulawesi.
The first day was full of events, planting trees, eating at the mayor’s house, eating at the governor’s house, and
later that night sitting by the ocean, which I had been missing a lot since living in Kalimantan. The Governor of
south Sulawesi was very nice. He really supported everything we were doing and raved on about us wanting to make a
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change. He was serious, but joked around in his speech.
The next morning we left early to the Kapoposan island.
By speed boat the trip would of taken two and a half
hours but because there were so many of us, ten interna-
tional participants, around thirty local participants from
Sulawesi and Jakarta, and around twenty or more local
Liaison Officers, we travelled by an army ship.
The day started out nice and I fell asleep on the crates on
the deck of the ship, but was woken up by rain, and it
rained for pretty much the rest of the trip there. There
were only two or three rooms on the whole ship. Some of
the ‘important’ international participants went to the room
down below, and the young people (Liaison Officers a few Chandra with friends she made from Indonesia and the Sudan
at the Youth Forum on Climate Change
other international participants and myself) took the
upstairs room (a tiny room) and all squeezed in to there.
It took us seven hours to get to the island. And because our ship was so large we had to park quite far from land and
wait for the small boats to collect us. On the island we were supposed to go snorkelling. This was the whole point of our
trip to south Sulawesi, so we could see the beautiful coral reefs and what damage climate change would do to them.
An orange life jacket was put around my neck, and along with five others, I was the first to be sent over a rope
ladder (no different to ones that are used by children to climb trees) into a small plastic boat that was being thrown
about by the rough waves of the ocean.
With tears streaming down my face and almost having my feet smashed against the ship because of the little out of
control boat I was told to drop into. Because it was just too dangerous and risky, only three of us (two Indonesian
men and myself) made it to the shore, soaking wet from the huge waves coming into the boat. Three people went
snorkelling for 10 minutes, not enough time to even see the coral reefs, and then we had to go back to the ship
because it would be too late. We arrived home at twelve. It was my favorite day of the whole trip. An awesome
experience and I was grateful to be alive.
The Result I told myself this was
Throughout the event I kept the same attitude. When I had
had nothing to eat, when I didn’t have a place to sleep, when I all part of the
thought I was going to die, and when I got annoyed at the
ungrateful group of westerners who couldn’t accept any cul- experience and I
tures, I stayed happy and told myself this was all part of the experi-
ence, and I should live it to the fullest as I was lucky to be there. should live it to the full
I don’t know how much of a change that week will do for our earth. Whereas if they had gotten two hundred and
fifty young Indonesian university students, like the ones working as Liaison Officers, (young university students
speaking English who looked after delegates) all smart and fluent in English, the results of the conference would
have been much better for Indonesia and our earth.
The result, the declaration that was to be given to the government, was very good, and hopefully able to make a dif-
ference to climate change, but it was pretty much the same as the original one the committee had made in the
beginning. But at least it was done. ◆
Poems by The Eggs for Lunch
The eggs for lunch that I had underboiled
Sofjan Armytage lay jellified upon the sand beneath a tamarisk;
hungry & miserable we walked away.
Eventually we reached some slabs of stone
warm to our bare feet on that cold day.
The water in the pools was clear & full of life
Suddenly I realized, so were we.
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Christchurch disaster relief report
Aisjah Addison, Susila Dharma New Zealand, writes...
As the ground ceases to shake so much, lives in Christchurch are trying to get back to some new 'normality'.
Whenever we will get back into the city as you remember it, is unknown, and will be hard to recognise.
My grandaughter goes to the Unlimited school, where SDI spent so much time and that was one of the most tragic
areas. She, her mother and other grandparents were there at the time of the quake, but the school held together and
they were able to escape. Her school, like others, has been moved elsewhere.
We can get back to no places where the Congress was held and it will be possibly a year or more before things are
cleared up safely. But life goes on.
So a run-down so far, where the generous donations have been spent:
Of the NZ$10,000 earthquake funds given to Christchurch charities or the community:
1. $3,000 to the Salvation Army.
2. $3,000 to the Christchurch City Mission.
3. $3,000 to Cholmondeley Children's' home.
4. $1,000 to the local Heathcote School to help cover fundraising
efforts lost because of the quake.
Our choices feel good, as we have spread the funding to try and
make some difference to the smaller organisations who struggle
during this time.
I hope you and your donors feel the same. Of the remaining
NZ$19,509 for relief to Christchurch members, that has been
given so far:
1. $899 for an electric generator.
2. $100 for wheelchair hire. (the wife of a Subud member broke
3. $1,000 for cash relief for a member and his family.
4. $450 to cover a member's rental needs.
5. $1,000 to a member for bridging finance.
6. $1,000 for cash relief to young Subud family.
So that's only $4,449 spent so far, and we expect $1,000 to be returned. That still leaves a good sum of money to be
available as time goes on.
We, the Committee and helpers, will have to dig a bit deeper to find out how some members are coping. They all
know we have funds available and I hope they are not too shy to come forward.
Some are also unsure of what they will be subject to as the months go by. I know that one couple have definitely
lost their house and another lady cannot move back yet, if at all. All are currently in temporary housing.
Things don't move too fast these days, as there is so much damage and insurance companies are slow.
Water, sewerage and power continue to be a major problem for our side of the city too.
Anyway, that's a first run-down of the funds. I will keep you posted as things go on.
For information about how to donate to the Christchurch and Japanese Tsunami Appeals see the item Japanese
Tsunami and Christchurch Earthquake in the Bonus Articles on our Subud Voice site home page.
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The right perspective
At the conference about Kalimantan projects in Jakarta in April 7-9 2011, Pak Haryono outlined what he believes
to be some fundamental guiding principles for the development of Subud...
1. I am bringing up a subject which is not very often discussed: to reform the culture or even the civilization.
2. The latihan kejiwaan is given to the world because men have moved further and further away from God. And the
latihan kejiwaan will bring men back to God. (Bapak)
3. This happened when Bapak made the great leap by visiting many
countries around the world, and opened thousands of people to get
the contact with God’s power.
4. Now, it is the time when we, the followers, have to do smaller
steps to follow it up.
5. To bring men back to God implies in practical terms to reform
human beings' beliefs, culture or even civilization.
6. Civilization is a product of our life for decades – even
centuries, far longer than our individual life. We may ask what can
we do? We realize that it is a huge, or even impossible task.
7. From the latihan we believe that we are part of Bapak's mission
and that we will be helped by God. History shows that God Pak Haryono with his wife Ibu Ismana
intervenes when men are in despair. I think I can mention some
examples: the dispersion of the Soviet Union; there was no resistance on the breaking of the Berlin Wall; some
disasters like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes followed by tsunami.
8. We are only taking small steps to contribute to Bapak’s mission, but when we focus on Bapak’s mission as our
perspective, it will change our motivations and impulses significantly.
9. When we express or learn art, music or dance and put that on the perspective “to bring men back to God”, it
will result in different level of feeling.
10. To realize this broader perspective will also enable the senior members, who sometimes get lost in trying to
find the latihan again, to recover new energy and spirit.
11. For the young members, who never saw Bapak, and who easily get enthusiastic arguing or fighting about
minor problems, this perspective will give immediate content and satisfaction. This broader perspective will provide
them with a better understanding about Subud and its mission.
12. What is to be reformed? In Bapak’s words it is that men are getting further away from God. But in practical
and simple phrasing it is because life is becoming more and more difficult. The gap between the rich and the poor
is getting wider. Ethnic and religious prejudice is not weakening. Many scholars, even rich men like Bill Gates and
George Soros, say that the economy has been wrongly applied.
13. But which item from this crowd of evils are we going to attack first? We need to do a lot of presenting of
Subud first. Because to make a revolution is not our way. And before anything else we need to ensure ourselves that
we are in the right position. Any plan or action has to be measured against the right perspective.
14. So the latihan kejiwaan is not something easy, but it is a challenge. It is not just an answer to a problem. The
approach I have suggested will make the latihan kejiwaan more interesting. It is noble and God-ly (ketuhanan).
15. We envisage that the “presentation of Subud” will not take the form of sermons or agitation, but can be carried
out through research and workshops. Not just locally, but global.
16. Some members have started this effort. Simon Guerrand has taken a role in the global interfaith conferences,
Osanna Vaughn accepted a leading job in Australia at a global conference. I myself dream of establishing a club or
university as a permanent home to facilitate these workshops and research. Otjo Wiroreno, and also Hamid da Silva are
thinking of building a polytechnic. These people need encouragement and awareness of Bapak's mission for the proper
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A gift from Kalimantan
Alina Woodhouse writes...
Having read Bapak’s Talks and stories since I was a teenager, I always had a feeling
that I’d go to Central Kalimantan to see where Subud has such an important role. This
prophecy came true and I was indeed summoned to live in the jungle, but not in the way
Setting Out Into the World – 2008
At 24 years old, after two stress-filled years of teaching English & Drama in secondary
schools in England, feeling stuck in traffic, stuck in debt, stuck in life, I decided to do Alina Woodhouse
the grown up thing ... and run away to Australia.
On arrival I sprang into life; I bathed in sunshine, swam in the ocean, ate larger-than-life prawns and tried not to
feel guilty about my amazing new lifestyle in Byron Bay, Australia. I explored the East Coast of Australia – for
anyone thinking of going – GO! Such amazing natural beauty, animals, people, food and activities await you! And
so, a new tanned, healthy and happy Alina emerged ready for her next adventure...
City Life -2009
The next move was to Melbourne, where I discovered my love of the arts again; theatre, dancing, eating, drinking.
What a city! Working as a waitress and events organiser in a Spanish Tapas bar, I found myself thrown into a
whirlwind of music, wine and arrogant chefs! But after two years of narcissistic living, I began to miss teaching and
my contact with children and more importantly, the latihan. Life was fun filled, but lacked the meaning and depth
that I had found in family, studying and the latihan in England. I started attending the Melbourne Subud groups just
in time to save myself from depression over a broken relationship.
Asking for Help
Feeling alone and lost in a country far from home, I asked for help. I asked that the next stage of my life become
clear to me. Help came a month later in the form of an email from Karim MacDonald, Headteacher of Bina Chita
Utama (the Subud School) in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
They needed a teacher – an English teacher – and could I come out and volunteer for them? Five years earlier I had
applied to work at the school, but with no teaching qualification (and very little travel experience) the school told
me that testing had revealed it was ‘not my time’ to come to Kalimantan and live in the jungle. But now – they
needed me! Doesn’t everyone need a purpose? To feel needed?
Testing revealed that I should indeed journey to Kalimantan to live and teach in the jungle, which is what I did.
Back to School in Rungan Sari, Kalimantan – 2010
No words could really describe my experiences in Rungan Sari, the Subud-compound in the heart of Borneo. The
heat was intense, the silence was.... well... loud. The jungle was overwhelming and the people full of the life-force
which I was so hungry for!
The Subud school ‘Bina Chita Utama’ was amazing. Filled with children who laughed and who wanted to LEARN,
this place made teaching a joy and learning was a side effect for pupils and staff alike! Subud and non-subud
volunteers lived in this other-worldly place, working on humanitarian projects, personal journeys and other projects.
The powerful vegetable force of the jungle tore through us all and forced us to face ourselves since we had no
material distractions usually found in western society.
So what did I learn? Well, that too is hard to put into words. Ramadhan coincided with my stay in Rungan Sari, and
I embraced this opportunity and threw myself into the fast with my Subud brothers and sisters. I discovered that
living in the jungle, in Kalimantan, is a form of fast, a prihatin. No cinemas, shopping malls, coffee shops, or bars
close by. All of my treasured electrical items died. MP3 player, my phone, the internet – all proved weak in the
damp heat of the Indonesian climate. And after a few weeks of fighting to fix my items, to chase the internet
connection all over the area, I learned to let it all go.
I let go of people, of possessions, of my ego (which was, admittedly, rather large). I let go of fear, of hard feelings,
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of control. I just embraced the empty space
I let go of people, which filled me, and which surrounded me in
of possessions, the form of Kalimantan. I embraced a new
state, one where I could be happy and find
of my ego the freedom I had been chasing through all of
And in this state, I asked God to give me what I needed in the year ahead, not what I wanted.
It’s hard to believe that this was all only 6 months ago. And that the baby growing Alina and Tom
inside me is already 6 months old.
My partner Tom and I, will never forget our time in Rungan Sari. We were given the gift of life over there. We believe we
received a blessing in Kalimantan which will stay with us (literally!) for the rest of our lives.
I plan to go back to the jungle and teach at Bina Chita Utama School again, when baby is older and can travel,
when Tom and I have money to support ourselves.
I suppose the thing I bring back to England (along with Tom and baby of course) is that sense of space, of quiet and
of surrender. A state much needed in a country like England.
SICA speaks! The value of developing
Latifah Taormina, Chair of SICA writes… individual talent
Here is a little bit of news re upcoming SICA programs and projects…
We will soon be launching a new SICA website at the old address for same: www.subud-sica.org. Emmanuel Williams
is our editor and collecting material as we speak, so don't be shy to send your cultural contributions to the site. Please
send your news, SICA doings in your centers, countries, regions, zones, to me. And Marcus Bolt in UK has done some
wonderful design work for us – including a lovely new SICA logo. To be unveiled shortly.
Cultural Funding Program for Projects
We are also getting ready to launch a grant program to provide seed funding for cultural projects. The program is
called CREATING PUBLIC VALUE FOR ART, CULTURE, AND CREATIVITY. The program is designed to pro-
mote a framework for thinking about the public benefit of art, culture, and creativity – and for recognizing the
value of developing individual talent. It will provide seed funding for fresh and original cultural endeavors that
spring from an individual’s talent, reflect an inner content and touch the feelings of others. These will be small
grants, and they will be awarded through a competitive application process. We do not have great heaps of money
to dole out, so we shall start small. But it's a start. Our hope is that in the next two years we can award at least one
grant in each zone. We will be sending out the grant guidelines and application forms after the WSA meetings this
summer. And the relevant SICA chair of the applicant's country will need to approve the grant. We have no way of
knowing all the people who might apply, so we will need our national SICA coordinators to help us, to say, yes, this is
a legitimate application and we think they can do this.But we need to know who our SICA representatives are around
the world!! We know some, but not all. Please help us by letting us know who you are, and your emails please.
SICA Interactive Film/Video Project
We are also working on developing a project for young filmmakers/videographers in Subud. We would like to do
this project together with Subud Youth and with the other wings. But again, the project would happen in each coun-
try. We'd like our young filmmakers to have small video flip cameras or camera phones. And if they don't have
them or can't afford them but show the talent and passion to do the work, we'd like to try to help them get cameras.
We would like them to then interview the people in their groups about how they came to Subud, their Subud experi-
ence, and if they have a Subud name, the story behind it, etc. etc. Interview everyone. This is a way of documenting
our own Subud culture. It's also about empowering others to create and do. And it's about collaboration and work-
ing together. There will be more details about how this will work after the WSA meetings this summer.
Speaking of our Subud culture, the Archives hold the treasures of our Subud culture. They need our help. We
would very much encourage SICA groups to do at least one fundraiser in the next two years that is dedicated to
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helping the archives. The Archives are not just a
treasure for us. They are a treasure for mankind.
The late Lorenzo Music, a Subud brother in Los
Angeles, was one of the first people to reallize
the importance of establishing our Subud
archives. He was instrumental in getting a
professional archivist, Daniela Moneta, to
Indonesia to begin this process. And Lorenzo was
an actor, a musician, a writer, a television
producer (The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary
Tyler Moore Show and many many others) – and
for years, he was also the voice of Garfield the
cat. And a strong supporter of SICA.
SICA can act as a fiscal sponsor for qualified
individuals or groups whose work fits within our Latifah Taormina, Chair of SICA
mission and who want to apply for grants to
support their programs in the USA. We cannot umbrella groups outside the USA via this program, but hope it can
serve as a model for other countries. We would like to encourage those countries that have their own charitable
status as SICA to create similar programs to help the people doing cultural work in their countries. Let us know if you
would like to see our guidelines and application form for this so you can create something similar where you are.
SICA Credit Card
This will help fund some of the initiatives above. When we launch our site, there will be a way you can apply, online,
for a SICA credit card. (Capital One Bank is behind the card.) If you get the card and use it to purchase anything,
Capital One will send SICA $50.00 after your first purchase. And if you use the card to buy gasoline / petrol for your
car, Capital One will send us 2% of what you spend on the gas.
FREE MEMBERSHIP IN THE FRACTURED ATLAS OPEN ARTS NETWORK!
Fractured Atlas is an excellent national arts/cultural service organization in the USA that provides many services for
its members online. Services very valuable to artists and cultural workers. Ordinarily a FA membership costs
$95.00 per year, but SICA has a partner arrangement with them, so all our members (all Subud members) can have
this online membership FREE. Yes, some of their services will appeal primarily to people here in the USA, but they
have online courses in arts management and ways to market your arts that can be helpful to anyone anywhere. They
also have ways to help artists not in the USA get artist visas to enter the US to do short tours. (In future, we could
perhaps arrange small concert tours for artists that would perform in our different Subud houses? ) You have to go to
their website and create a log in for yourself to activate your membership. I attach information about how to do this.
World Congress Cultural Programs
We are just beginning to discuss plans for this. Please let us know if you want to be part of the cultural program at the
upcoming World Congress in Mexico. Or if you want to volunteer to help. Let us know what you do and how you can help.
We need countries to set up national SICA organizations – or at least a national SICA coordinator – so we have a
way to get information out about our programs – and for your countries to grow your own programs.
Ideal SICA chairs are good communicators, have an understanding of arts and cultural management, a passion for the
role of culture in the development of human beings and our world, and a firm commitment to Subud. This is our future.
Our big inspiration comes from something Bapak said back in 1976: (May 23, 1976, London):
"The latihan kejiwaan is first of all the awakening of the human soul according to the
will of God Almighty, and second, it is the awakening of human culture."
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Helen Watson writes to say that she has found her Subud experience beautifully described by someone who was not
a Subud member.
She says, “This poem was sent to me by a very spiritually aware friend, and it is a joy to me that she shares this
understanding. Since Subud Voice is now available to non-Subud people too, I'd have thought it good to be saying
that what Subud members experience has a long history, witnessed by many through the ages, and now, through
Subud, so wonderfully accessible.”
What is this awesome mystery
that is taking place within me?
I can find no words to express it;
my poor hand is unable to capture it
in describing the praise and glory that belong
to the One who is above all praise,
and who transcends every word…
My intellect sees what has happened,
but it cannot explain it.
It can see, and wishes to explain
but can find no word that will suffice;
for what it sees is invisible and entirely formless,
simple, completely uncompounded,
unbounded in its awesome greatness.
What I have seen is the totality recapitulated as one,
received not in essence but by participation.
Just as if you lit a flame from a flame,
it is the whole flame you receive.
By St. Symeon, a Byzantine Christian monk, 949 – 1022 AD.
From the Subud Youth Team
Excitement is rising as many people around the world are
getting ready to come to Indonesia this June and July. Some
are coming for the gathering around Bapak's Birthday in
Jakarta, some for the World Subud Council (WSC) meeting in
Kalimantan and of course more still are heading to the Yes
Quest in Rungan Sari or the Human Force Camp in Cipanas.
There are still places available on the 10th anniversary Quest
run jointly with SYAI and, due to the generosity of the GHFP,
there's more funding available for young Subud members
joining the Quest. Don't let finances hold you back from
attending! Check out the attached flyer for more information
about the ways you can get financial assistance to attend.
Check out www.yesquest.org for more about what a Yes Quest is all about. If you would like to know more about
Human Force please email Alex: email@example.com
For more information about the gathering and plans around Bapak's Birthday go to:
www.subudcilandak.com/gathering2011. If you are interested in attending the WSC meeting in Kalimantan please
Some of our team will be in Indonesia in June and July, we look forward to meeting you!
With love, SYAI team firstname.lastname@example.org ◆
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Eowen rushes out of the Golden Hall of Medusel, distraught after seeing the shocking state of her ailing uncle, King
Theoden, who has been caught in Saruman's web of deceit and sorcery. The fair shieldmaiden looks into the distance,
deep concern blinding her eyes to the stunning view that stretches out from Edoras over the plains of Rohan.
In fact, this is New Zealand's Rangitata Valley, and I took the picture from Mountain Sunday, which was transformed
into Edoras during the filming of Peter Jackson's epic movie version of Tolkien's trilogy – The Lord of the Rings.
I first read the books when I was 16 and have probably re-read them twenty times since, so it was with a certain
trepidation that I went to see the movies. Despite the adaptations for the screen – including a Frodo very different to
how I imagined him – I was captivated. In addition to the excellent cast, I was delighted at how well the New
Zealand landscapes aligned with and enhanced my imagination: the foundation for every setting was found in one
corner or another of the two islands.
Granted, amazing computer graphics were added for the likes of the Argonath (the gigantic statues on either side of
the river Anduin), the white city of Minas Tirith, and the other major structures, but there are probably few
countries in the world that could have provided the backdrop to Middle Earth so perfectly.
Subud member, Hammond Peek, who worked on the movies, gave a memo- I hope that visitors
rable presentation at the World Congress in Innsbruck, sharing behind the
scenes stories around “The making of..”, even letting us appreciate and hold will soon return to
his Oscar. Once New Zealand was chosen for the following World discover this beautiful
Congress, I had the opportunity to travel there on various occasions, and country
Hammond and his wife Renata, were kind enough to take me on a tour.
This photo was taken with a Canon EOS 500 using Agfa slide film (the best for landscapes)... on an automatic
In addition to the personal tragedies and suffering, the recent earthquake in Christchurch has paralyzed the tourist
industry which provides incomes for so many. I hope and pray that visitors will soon overcome their fears – though
understandable – and return to discover this beautiful country...
Readers are invited to submit a favourite photograph taken by themselves. Include a text of no more than 400
words explaining why the photograph is important to you and what connection it has with Subud.
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I N N E R Inner Voice welcomes stories and letters. Please send to Ilaina Lennard,
NEW E-MAIL: email@example.com
Ilaina (Ilaine for the e-mail) can be contacted at her NEW ADDRESS:
V O I C E 8 Sissinghurst Grove, Up Hatherley, Cheltenham, Glos. GL51 3FA UK
NEW TEL NO: (+44) (0)1242 707 701
God must be One!
Continuing the interview with the late Wilbert Verheyen, which first appeared in Patricia Lacey’s book
Conversations with Friends 2.
Wilbert was a Franciscan priest who joined Subud and then started social welfare projects in Indonesia which
eventually became the charitable foundation YUM (Yayasan Usaha Mulia). He was also the first Chairperson of the
worldwide Subud charitable arm, Susila Dharma.
The first instalment of this interview published in our last issue told of Wilbert’s life as a missionary in the wilds of
Irian Jaya and then how he found Subud. This episode tells of
issues of belief that arose and eventually led to him leaving the
Wilbert: After I joined Subud, I changed. I changed so much that
my colleagues – the other brothers – said to me, ‘in the beginning
you talked a lot about the adventures you were having in Jakarta.
Now you are not talking so much anymore’. I said ‘Now I like to
listen,’ actually I was listening, but what they had to tell was so
dull. Oh man, it had no content at all!
I changed so much. I was a big beer drinker at the beginning of
Subud. However, after receiving the latihan, I never became drunk
because the forces that made me drink went far away. I began
Subud and then I stopped drinking. I had been able to drink a lot of
beer. Then it would be a small short glass of Johnny Walker, or
sometimes, when with colleagues, it would be more. After
beginning Subud, all at once I lost my appetite for beer. It tasted
bitter to me. Then in place of beer, I drank lemonade. Then also the
gin stopped too, without any act of my will. Just stopped! Wilbert Verheyen with his friend Katherine Carre
Another thing that changed was that gradually I no longer felt at home. There was an ‘itch’ in me.
Then something happened that was very positive. During a latihan all at once I was very clear. God must be ONE!
ONE! You can say a lot about God, but ultimately God is ONE!
That presented a big problem, because in Christianity, God must be three – one God in three persons. But you can’t
add a little bit to God, because then He is not God; He is dependent on that little bit.
I went immediately to Father Cletus. He was an expert in the Old Testament and a Professor of Theology at Jogja.
He was a holy man. By the deeds of his life, he was already a holy man.
So I asked him, ‘What do you think about the Trinity?’. He told me that in the time before Christ, already in the
Jewish religion there was a group that wanted to talk about God as more than One, the Creator. They learned that
the Hindus talked of God as more than one – Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva – as God in Three. The Hessonites took
over the Trinity. They felt that a father must have a son. They felt that the relationship – the vibration or Power,
between the Father and the Son was the Holy Ghost! I said to Father Cletus, ‘Then the Holy Trinity is only an
historical thing. God is One.’ And he said ‘You are totally right…’
A Happy Time
It was a very happy time for me being both in Subud and a Catholic priest! In the meantime I had also to do my
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social work. It was wonderful to have the opportunity through the
Franciscans, and because of Subud, I could do it in my own way.
I worked with the
I worked with the homeless in Jakarta. You could work with the people in
the shanty towns. You could make contact with the man who was giving
employment to prostitutes and bring him the doctor so the girls didn’t get
all kinds of diseases.
You could do something for the shoeshine boys and the market boys. Because I was a priest, the sisters let me have
their school building for these poor children, who earned their way on the streets of Jakarta. Even the students of
the school, who came from rich families, helped me when I gave the market boys and newsboys lessons in karate
I first met Bapak on the first day of the year 1972. I had heard a lot of Bapak, sitting on the platform, smoking
cigarettes, and drinking Coca Cola, while giving talks. His talks were interesting, but I had never really met him. I
never was near to him physically.
Then there was this New Year’s reception at Bapak’s house. There was a long queue again. I could see a lot of
attractive white girls kneeling and grovelling to Bapak, a short distance from him. At first I thought ‘this is crazy! If
he really were a holy man he would never ever agree to it!’
Then it was my turn in the queue to come up to Bapak. At once I saw it. I understood! He was not sitting there as
‘God the Father’. He was sitting there as a Javanese father who was forgiving his children for the sins of last year
and blessing them for the coming year. It was a Javanese
custom. I said to myself ‘you are here in Java, so follow the
custom, man! So I fell on my knees and crawled to Bapak. It
was very, very nice.
The Village is Burning
One day a man came and said ‘Please go to Campashala –
the whole village is burned down.’ So I went there and saw
everything was flaming and smoking.
Sometimes I feel that Eastern people are used to disasters.
This is unlike the West. in Holland for instance a disaster
will be tragically repeated over and over again on the news.
But there in the East, the kids were telling the story with a
sense of fun!
I was worried about what they would eat. All the kitchens
were gone. All the pots were melted. I went immediately
back to Cilandak and wrote a note asking ‘Help us now,
please, because the kids need food!’ I sent this note to all the
houses – to Bapak’s house also.
I heard that when Bapak saw the note, he went to the kitchen
and with his big arms filled a basket of vegetables that had
just come from Cipanas, and asked someone to bring this to
Suwartini to prepare a meal for the kids. It was as if Jesus
visited to make a miracle, because it came from nothing! For
more than two months Suwartini would always cook food for
the kids and it was the best food you could have! (This was Wilbert found that he could no longer believe in the concept
when she and I were already married. We were married, you of the Trinity and thus felt obliged to leave the
could say, in a strange way...) Catholic priesthood.
(The Holy Trinity by El Greco.)
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I Didn't Believe in the Trinity Anymore During
I didn’t believe anymore in the Trinity. I no longer believed in the
divinity of Jesus Christ, although I felt very strongly that
Jesus Christ was a living person. I suddenly saw
Patricia: You don’t believe he was the Son of God, then? Jesus Christ
Wilbert: Son of God, yes. But you also are a daughter of God.
We are all children of God. He was Mary and Joseph’s child, and was chosen by God.
So there I was, no longer believing in the divinity of Jesus Christ, Then one day I went to latihan. During the
latihan I suddenly saw Jesus Christ was there! He looked at me. I felt he was interested in me. Then he laughed!
I felt he loved me as an older brother would. It was a very strange feeling. I am the eldest of seven boys. I don't
know what it is to have an older brother. It was very emotional.
After that, though I didn’t believe he was God, I believed fully that he was in my life and that he was a presence
that I could turn to when it was necessary.
That is Christianity in Subud I think. That you, as a Christian, are very near to him, He used to seem far away and
now I feel through Subud as close as if he’s my older brother. Just as I would do everything for my brother, so will
he do everything for me. That was a totally new kind of closeness.
After that, I couldn’t preach anymore because I couldn’t say ‘Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy
Ghost.’ I couldn’t say so many of the prayers.
So I went to my spiritual guide within the Church, a very nice man. I told him I had talked with Father Cletus about
the Holy Trinity and with Father Martin about the divinity of Jesus Christ. He said, ‘Christ is not calling himself
God. Why do you have to do that? Don’t be afraid not to call him God. Never in the Bible does he say ‘I am God’.
I explained that the situation was that I couldn’t pray and give lessons as I had done. He said ‘Well; you are
becoming older. You are in the middle of a kind of crisis, we all went through it and we all came out of it. You will
come out of it. What you have to do now is take a three-month sabbatical. Forget all the Masses and
responsibilities. We will see after three months.’
So for three months I didn’t say Mass. After three months I went to him and told him I still didn't know what to do.
I suggested that I go to a Trappist convent for eight days. (Trappists take a vow of silence). There I would let God
tell me what I had to do, because I didn’t know anymore! So I went to the Trappists. On the sixth day I prayed,
‘you have to make a solution.’ The answer was ‘Go out of the priesthood. Go out of the Franciscan order.’
I come from a very Catholic family, so I couldn’t make a decision. I went to the Abbot and told him I needed his
spiritual guidance. He said that if he were in my place he would seek a dispensation from Rome to leave.
For me it was a shock to hear it from someone else. I asked another Father, who was visiting, also to advise me. He
used exactly the same words as the Abbott. ‘If I were in your place, I would ask dispensation from Rome.’
Then I wrote an emotional letter to my mother to let her know. I showed the letter to the archbishop so that
everything should be clear to him. He said,’ I am the archbishop of Jakarta, but sometimes even archbishops don’t
always know what God’s will is. I know from the Bible that when the tree is good, then the fruits are good.’ He
knew the work I had done with the poor people. ‘God is with you,’ he said. ‘I will arrange everything.’
The Vatican gave permission right away when the archbishop asked.
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Bapak’s democratic ideas
Architect Fernando Davanzo who passed away on December 2010 believed
that Bapak’s democratic ideas for Subud’s organisation became pivotal even in
the extreme conditions of a badly deprived region of Chile.
In 1973, a Canadian company, INCO, short-listed the Indonesian Subud firm,
IDC, to prepare a preliminary design for a new township for their proposed
mine in Sulawesi. The architect Fernando Davanzo from Chile, was invited by
IDC to help design the township.
Fernando later became an International Helper for Subud in South America.
He died on December 13, 2010. Shortened extracts from an Interview with
Raymond van Sommers conducted in 1999...
Fernando Davanzo in Chile in 1999
RVS: Fernando, how did you come to be in Cilandak in June 1973 working on the mining town project?
FD: I came as a Subud member. My consulting work had come to a standstill in Chile and I had an unexpected
opportunity to fulfil a long-standing wish, to visit Cilandak.
Soon after I arrived I was sitting on the guesthouse porch, when a messenger came from your company, IDC. They
explained that IDC had a project for a town, from the Canadian company INCO. The town was to have a
population of 6000 and the company was providing the housing and infrastructure, including schools, hospital,
shops, places of worship, recreation facilities, etc. Would I help? I had read an article about INCO, so I was already
attracted to the project.
RVS. I heard that you had expertise in social and community planning.
FD: Yes. I had been working on schemes in which the role of schools was extended so that they became
community centres for family activity and adult learning out of normal school hours. My idea was to apply this
principle to the INCO project.
RVS: Can you tell me about your architectural career?
FD: I was born in Chile, and studied architecture at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago.
At university I had been more interested in planning for human activity in architecture, rather than in building
science. I continued my interest after graduation, and when I contacted the Minister of Education, who had also
been a teacher of mine, we hit it off, sharing an interest in new ideas. In poor communities I found there was real
enthusiasm for education but the demands of life left little opportunity for study.
I then began working with a well-known architect to change the system of education for the poor people, and we
were given a pilot project. From this I got the idea that schools could also become community centres, open to the
activities of all ages at all times. This was also to become later, my aim for the INCO project. .
RVS: What happened at IDC?
FD: You then asked me to prepare three basic house designs to show the visiting INCO engineer. When he came–
a tall, thin man, bald, with spectacles—we had the layout complete, but no details of a house. He was a little
annoyed, saying that a senior person arriving in Indonesia in two weeks’ time would come to see us.
This gave us the chance to finish the layout. It was a nice experience. Many of the women in Cilandak helped colour
the three-metre long drawing. This activity was not like work for me, I was on holiday and free.
We had more or less finished when INCO advised us that a Mr. Crouch, head of INCO engineering, would arrive the
next day. That night we prepared our display. For some reason I said, ‘If Mr. Crouch falls ill we will get the project.’
When he came he began in a rather superior way, but soon had difficulty in coming to terms with the impact of
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the presentation. And then suddenly he said, ‘I don’t feel very well. Let’s meet again tomorrow at 10.00 am.’
You (RVS) then asked me, ‘Why do you think he became ill?’
I said, ‘He likes our proposal but it destroys his own approach to the project. We must not let him talk about
structures; we must talk about the town plan and how it functions.’
As expected Mr. Crouch returned ready to talk about structures but I talked only about the social dimension. Finally
he was happy with the ideas. He instructed us to continue and said he would come back in a month.
Everything went along smoothly, so that when Crouch returned we were well prepared. The site was beautiful. It was
on the shore of Lake Matano, a huge deep freshwater lake surrounded by hills. The location of roads and buildings
was determined largely by the contours, giving a settled and natural appearance. Wide spaces were provided between
the workers’ houses so they could cultivate their own food gardens.
RVS: Did you see Bapak at this time?
FD: When I arrived Bapak was ill and I seldom saw him. But later he came to IDC and was very interested in the
project, staying about an hour. He talked about how a community should be and what the relationship with foreigners
should be. It was a beautiful talk about social relationships and architecture.
We worked very hard, sometimes until 2.00 am, so as to finish the plan before I left for Chile.
RVS: Was there anything else you remember about your work on the INCO project?
FD: Towards the end of my stay, a representative of UNESCO, James McDivett, came to see us. We invited Mr.
Crouch and Mr. McDivett to dinner at your house. But Crouch did not want any outside agency to become involved.
We took the matter lightly, and I felt that the interest of UNESCO in the project was significant only in that it
enhanced IDC’s image as having important connections.
RVS: What happened after you returned to Chile?
FD: I had returned from Indonesia still exhilarated by my work on the
INCO project but the country was in ruin from bad management. I
found that Las Condes, the municipality where I lived and the largest in
Santiago, was in chaos. The offices were abandoned. Much had been
Seeing the situation, I immediately joined with my professional
friends—architects, engineers and technicians—and set to work to help
get the municipal services working again. We were entirely
non-political. Among the problems were seventeen housing projects for
the poor in an area where the people had no work, no electricity and no
Fernando Davanzo in Sulawesi in 1973
water and were almost starving.
Our group set up a committee to organise the resumption of services and the distribution of food. One day the
Minister of the Interior called me. I thought that this was to put an end to our work, or even to put me in jail, but he
asked me what I was doing. I said, ‘Well, everything is a mess, the poor people are starving. If we don’t organise,
they will die. We are a group of technical people, and we are having some success in meeting their needs.’
He was impressed and offered me an office alongside his own. I brought two friends. One was Halim Berrios (from
Subud) who had been a training officer with Standard Oil and the other was an engineer who specialised in housing
construction systems. We worked on a plan and it gradually became part of the minister’s activities. While waiting for
feedback from a proposal I was called to a meeting to explain our organisation for social development. The meeting
included those in charge of the provinces, the ministers, and the important directors. I went with my minister.
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After a time I was called to speak. They said, you have ten minutes.
I had taken with me their booklet called The Principle of Authority of
I set up an
the New Joint Government of Chile. I read out from the front page, organisational
‘The first authority of the country is God.’ I then said that I had come
because of this principle. I then outlined an organisational structure structure for the
for the country, which I had based on the structure that Bapak had set
up for Subud, substituting the appropriate local terminology. country based on
The idea was, if we the people do good and useful things, the government Bapak's ideas
is going to support us. I spoke for twenty minutes. Several ministers
asked me how what I had proposed could be applied to their problems. for Subud.
The Minister of the Interior said, ‘Now you must prove what you have suggested. You must show that your idea
will work in the coal mines in the south and in the copper mine in the north.’ Because the coal mine situation was
the more desperate, I agreed to work on that. There were five cities involved and 280,000 people. We were not
given any money, and were expected to provide our own resources.
I worked with the mining communities for three years. We started by asking the people what they needed and then
set to work to obtain it.
The people were completely with us so we were accepted, and the project succeeded. Its success helped Chile in its
recovery. And so my trip to Cilandak and my work with IDC on INCO flowed into the national needs of my own
country at a time of crisis, and Bapak’s democratic structure for Subud was proven to work in the extreme
conditions of a badly deprived region.
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Green Chair Gallery
Solihin and Sofiah Garrard have set up a gallery that is going
for global and cutting the carbon...
Somehow it doesn’t feel quite so strange or new. Telling people
“we run an online-only art gallery with a global reach and tiny
carbon footprint” seems quite normal.
We still have to pinch ourselves, and we’re still definitely
learning. And though it didn’t ‘just happen’, somehow it did.
One off events at our house some years ago based around
Sofiah’s work and that of other artists and musicians – once,
even a play – got us thinking about a gallery of our own. But
only when we could give up our busy day jobs (Sofiah the
teacher, Solihin the management consultant).
Sofiah and Solihin Garrard
Then suddenly things changed. With recession and economic
meltdown patterns of working life altered and it did ‘just happen’. Though not as a high street gallery – just too risky –
but online. After all ‘everyone’s’ doing it now. Chance of greater audiences; reduced staff and premises costs; why not?
Thus www.greenchairgallery. co.uk was born.
A ‘real’ art gallery
physical presence we are everywhere.
audience; keeping ourselves entertained and busy; and balancing the books.
Green Chair Gallery is a ‘proper’ gallery: it’s not a website selling art. But it's not just any gallery. You won’t find
us on the high street – but you will find us anywhere in the world. And it’s liberating. Because though we don’t
have a home page or a shopping cart, we do have a Foyer and a Buying Department; and while we don’t have a
And although the art objects aren’t in the same space as the viewer because they're only looking at photographs of
them, the artworks really do exist! And this fits our main aims of bringing art that is full of content to a worldwide
We’ve set two guiding principles for Green Chair Gallery:
(i) high quality work from artists no matter where they are in the world
come from over
(ii) work that can lighten, enlighten and raise the human spirit. 30 countries
These form our starting point for identifying artists and selecting their work.Work
is normally all for sale and managed through our use of PayPal. And it's only at the point of sale that an
artwork travels, just the same as other online businesses, but for us it's direct from studio to purchaser. We believe that if we
get these principles right then people coming to the Gallery will feel the qualities they embody. Adding a straightforward
buying process then helps people to make purchases that will give a lifetime’s pleasure – that way everyone wins!
How is it going?
We hold 4 or 5-week exhibitions, showing the work of one or more usually two artists at a time, but each in their
own 'exhibition room'. So exhibitions can be small or large and can easily accommodate painters, sculptors, print-
makers, ceramicists, puppet-makers. So far we’ve put on 13 exhibitions since opening in December 2009 and have
featured 21 artists from different countries with very different artwork.
Regular visitors come from over 30 countries and every continent and over 150 have signed up to “Become a
Friend” of the Gallery. For that they get special mailings, the chance to preview exhibitions and our regular Friday
Postcard, now almost up to no. 50. To support the international nature of the Gallery the option to view the site in
French is already in place.
So give us a sense of what’s happening
Maybe the bald description and statistics aren’t quite enough, so here are some of our experiences:
• surprises like opening a parcel of art works from an Australian artist that immediately met both our principles
• forging contacts with creative arts universities
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• advertising in “Art of England” magazine, resulting in a whole new exhibition
• working with Subud artists, most recently Delia Whitbread, then soon to come prints by Harold Hitchcock, and
later on a collaboration between Sofiah and poet Emmanuel Williams (editor of SICA website)
• seeking out, hearing from, working with new artists
• and of course, a programme of exhibitions now stretching almost to the end of 2011.
Finally, cutting the carbon? Certainly!
Environmental impact matters and Green Chair Gallery must play its part. Our focus is on energy saving and
reduced transport. So prospective artists and exhibitors only have to email photographs of their work not move it
to and from a physical gallery. In fact artworks only travel once – when they sell, and then from artist’s studio direct
to buyer. Art lovers and purchasers don’t travel to opening nights, or to see the show, or to collect their purchases,
and gallery staff incur no daily travel. Additionally, with minimal premises costs we can make a difference.
So why not visit Green Chair Gallery, Contact Us to tell us what you think, and perhaps Become a Friend?
Solihin & Sofiah Garrard www.greenchair-gallery.co.uk – email@example.com
The power of Bapak’s words
Leanne Seymour writes from Sydney…
I've recently shared an experience with local members and there has been comment about
sharing this with others, so this is why I'm writing to you about this.
Last year I went through a health crisis as well as some family problems. Due to my
health crisis that went on for months, I was feeling quite fragile and vulnerable and things
were disturbing me a bit more than usual because of my heightened sensitivity.
As I was struggling with issues, I saw a small clipping that I'd pasted up on my bedroom mir-
ror a long time ago; so long ago that I'd forgotten about it, or in other words I ignored it. It
was an excerpt from one of Bapak's talks. It said... Bapak Muhammad Subuh,
founder of Subud
“For, if you pay too much attention to worldly things.. .Bapak is talking about too much: it
is alright for you to think about this world, but not excessively; meaning that you think about, imagine and pay
more attention to it than to your wish to worship God. If you do that it will not make your thoughts clearer; on the
contrary, it will obscure things and make your thinking muddled, with the result that the things you think about
and want to achieve will not turn out well.
“But if you think about things a little bit and surrender them to God, it means that you open the way for God's
power to work in the direction of what you are thinking of. That is better and will in fact lead to better results. At
the very least the result will be quicker than usual.”
Bapak's Talk in Detroit August 6 1963, 63 DTT 2, (Talk 9 from Volume 10 of Bapak's Talks published by SPI)
I read this carefully at the time, feeling that it contained the vital clue to my current dilemma. What could I lose, I
thought and knew that the old familiar thought patterns (or imaginings) that accompanied my situation were of no
real value or use to me; and if anything I felt the connection of them to the 'nafsu' or energy that had fed into nega-
tive outcomes for me in the past.
So as thoughts entered my consciousness, I quickly examine them, so to speak, and felt the need to use the above
advice from Bapak urgently to counteract the powerful negative influence I felt contained therein. I was going
about my normal daily activities at that time and noticed these or similar thoughts trying to 'play with my heart
and mind' so to speak on and off. Each time I allowed the thoughts enough space for me to see them for what they
were and then felt my inner quiet and spontaneous latihan which arose through that quiet.
It was so liberating, as the more I practised this the less power these thoughts had until they dissipated
completely and I felt lighter and freer than I had for a long time. I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I
have a valuable tool by the grace of Almighty God and through the blessed gift of the latihan, that acts as a 'redeemer'
for me and my life. And the greatest gift is that I can call on it at anytime, anywhere. Praise God/Allah! ◆
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LETTERS TO THE E DI T OR ✒
NICE QUIET FEELING Myrna Jelman writes…
I have just been reading the latest edition of the new SV and am very much enjoying it. All articles have a nice
quiet feeling that transpires beyond the page and offers more than just words. Thank you for making Subud Voice
evolve to its current form.
I am a Subud member aged 38. I live in England, near London (Loudwater Farm group) and yes, I intend to read
SV regularly now. I enjoyed all the articles because most were personal stories from diverse eras and geographies.
A big thank you again.
INSPIRING Rohana Fraval writes…
Absolutely wonderful. I first started looking at it casually thinking I will read it later on. Once I started reading, I
was absolutely mesmerised. Almost two hours later here I am very emotional, reading about anecdotes of Bapak,
Abdullah whom I loved dearly and Muftiah who was so kind to me. She and Ian had moved into an apartment in
London, and I would visit them most evenings on my way home from London, share a meal, and come away
absolutely saturated with her heady Patchouli perfume that had permeated all my clothes! It took days to get rid of!
Photographs are magnificent. Great stories Harris. Balm to my soul. What an inspiring story of Manike. A picture
tells a thousand stories – I loved the joy these photographs and stories evoked in me.
Thank you so much. You do it so well.
A PLEASURE TO READ Armand Bisson writes…
Suddenly I got the bad feeling I forgot to say to all three: Thank so much for the job you did for Subud VOICE! It
was a great pleasure to read it and an honor to give you some support.
For sure I am a little bit sad our newspaper disappear! A paper is so convenient! A newselectronic is a little bit
difficult to handle! But OK! That is life!
As we say in French: ‘Que vive this newselectonic!!’ Thank you for your dedication and the inner joy and inner
peace you gave us!
Wisma Subud Kejiwaan Gathering
Wisma Subud is hosting a kejiwaan gathering to coincide with Bapak’s birthday and it is about a month and half to
go! The gathering is open to all Subud members and their families. The gathering will include latihan, testing and
sharing, a selamatan on Bapak’s Birthday and a trip to Bapak’s grave in the mountains outside Jakarta.
If you have been lucky enough to visit or live in Wisma Subud you probably understand how important this small
plot of land in Indonesia is. If you have never been then this may be the opportunity you have been waiting for.
The program runs from Friday June 17 to Saturday June 25.
The gathering coincides with the Zone 1&2 meeting and will be followed by the Subud World Council meeting
which will take place in Kalimantan. An optional trip to Semarang, Central Java, where Bapak received the latihan
and Kedungjati where he was born in also being arranged.
For more information about the gathering log on to: www.subudcilandak.com/gathering2011
If you would like to share your expertise at the gathering email:
WismaSubud@gmail.com or share your ideas right here on Facebook event:
Wisma Subud International Gathering 2011 (in Jakarta, Indonesia).
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Out on Kindle Lester Sutherland writes..
The book Experiencing the Miraculous: A Gift of Grace is now available as a Kindle book.
The U.S. price is $3 and the UK price is £2.12. The Kindle edition has this description:
“In times of doubt and pessimism, when the old verities have been cast away and life appears to have no meaning
and purpose, help does appear. It appeared in the first century with the coming of Christ and in the sixth century
with the coming of the Prophet Muhammad.
“In even earlier times, the Buddha and the great Jewish prophets brought their messages of hope and moral certainty.
“Today, unknown to all but a few thousand people, help has again arrived to humanity. But not in the form of a person or
teaching. The help that is being offered today is in the form of a spiritual action that people can receive merely by asking.
“Once received, this spiritual action gradually repairs the inner content of a person, replacing what is wrong within
that person with what is right. The writers of the stories in this book describe how they found this spiritual action
called Subud and the powerful benefit that it has brought to their lives. In the Epilogue you will be told how to find
out more about this spiritual action, should you be so inclined.”
Matthew D'haemer – France Poem by Sofjan
and Temporary Chair of
There have been a few The Spangled One
changes with SIHA over the
last couple of years. And on I'd love to be a Mexican
the organisation side of things & laugh like him
we're close to getting some
but debris chokes the tube
momentum going again.
when I'm like this.
We're starting with a general
check-up to see what is Nor are these tears
happening on the health front all crystal
within Subud. We would like
that I shed –
two minutes of your time, if
you know anything that might
'Crying is NOT a talent.'
help us. This is a short
questionnaire to helps us gather info on what has happened in Dusk in the garden now
your group / country / zone with regards to SIHA related & drongos going squiffy
activities (small or large).
in the almond trees;
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Subud Vision is an initiative started by some Subud members four years ago. It is a website containing articles
mostly expressing disagreement or disappointment with some aspects of Subud and suggesting solutions.
Subud Vision is controversial. Some people think it is a very good thing, encouraging freedom of expression. Other
people do not like it. They find some of the criticism unwarranted or even offensive.
Subud Vision asked us to put the following notice in Subud Voice. We do not think it is our business to censor
anyone and so we leave it up to you whether or not you want to go to the Subud Vision site, and what opinion you
form about it...
Subud’s Best-kept Secret
Many, if not most, Subud members seem to be unaware of the Subud Vision website, which has been publishing
free-thinking, wide-ranging articles relating to Subud for nearly four years.
This is a pity, because:
1) an independent journal is a healthy phenomenon in an organization that wants to avoid being labelled a cult;
2) most of us have had questions, doubts, and concerns about the Subud experience, and it is hugely liberating
to be able to discuss them freely;
3) our organization is not thriving; there’s a need for a wholesale re-evaluation of how we function, but the
ordinary channels are obviously ineffective for change;
4) Subud tends to be a top-down, patriarchal organization in which there is little scope for expression at the
grass roots level unless it supports the accepted wisdom;
5) Subud is good at burying conflict and differences; Subud Vision provides a space for ‘disruptive’ view-
points that need to be aired before we can move on;
6) Subud Vision examines Subud culture, which may feel cozy and familiar to long-term members but can be
experienced by newcomers as alien and off-putting;
7) Subud Vision counters the Subud tendency to dismiss the mind and recognizes the vital importance of
8) Subud Vision authors, some of whom are ex-members, have learned to look at Subud with some detachment
and objectivity – a perspective which can be valuable to those who only see the insider view;
9) if Subud members can accept those among themselves who ask awkward questions and imagine new
possibilities, that opens the door to all those enquirers who are looking for a new experience while still
retaining the right to question and think for themselves.
Subud Vision has now published roughly 125 articles by over fifty authors, with more than 20,000 article hits. Even
if the contents are sometimes controversial, it deserves recognition as a Subud members’ initiative.
We invite you to visit www.subudvision.org with an open mind,
read a variety of articles and judge for yourselves.
The Subud Vision
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