Subud is an international organization of men and women
who practice the spiritual exercise known as the latihan kedjiwaan of Subud and
follow the spiritual path that is received during this exercise.
Subud is not a religion and it is not the aim or purpose of Subud to replace religion or to change existing religious affiliations. There is nothing in Subud that contradicts what exists in the great religions, and Subud members are encouraged to continue to practice the religion of their choice. Many people of all religions, including clergy members, report that their Subud experience helps to deepen their spiritual awareness and strengthen their commitment to their religious practice.
Subud has no charismatic leader or hierarchical authority structure. Subud members are encouraged to think critically, to trust and follow only their own experience, to use their hearts and minds fully, and to be actively engaged in the life of their families, work and communities. Subud social activities are funded by the voluntary contributions of its members.
Subud is not a new age psychological self-help technique or self-improvement program. The aim and purpose of Subud is simply to surrender and submit to the power of God with patience, sincerity, and a willingness to let go, and to receive and follow the guidance and direction that then arises spontaneously from within.
Subud does not advertise or proselytize in order to seek out new members. The Subud contact is a gift and grace for all of mankind, and it is freely shared with all who sincerely desire it. All that is required to receive this contact, is a genuine willingness to surrender to God with patience, submission, and sincerity and a commitment to follow and to put into practice what one receives.
Although Subud originated in Indonesia in 1932, it is not an "Eastern" spiritual movement. It has since spread to more than 90 countries around the world. People of all religious, national, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds come together in Subud to worship God harmoniously. When we stand before God we are all the same.
Membership in Subud is open to anyone over 17 years of
age. Applicants are asked to wait for a period of
approximately three months before receiving the Subud
contact for the first time. During this waiting period, applicants are
encouraged to regularly attend applicants meetings, to ask questions, and to get
to know other Subud members. The decision to embark on a spiritual path is not
one that should be taken lightly. In order to avoid misunderstandings,
confusion, or disappointment later on, applicants should try to acquire as clear
an understanding as possible of what Subud is and what it is not before making a
decision to join.
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