Announcements from Jim

Here is Aliza’s summary of our kedjiwaan day Sunday:

The kedji day on Mother’s Day was full of quality..😄 .. After latihan  the ladies toured the house and found it lovely!  Adam, our newest member, learned how to access Subud Indonesia’s zoom team’s 2x a day zooming Bapak and Ibu’s talks, some guys connected and went to lunch, another to the store, and others left for a Mother’s day celebration and the last two of us shared two delicious salads we brought and took home before leaving, we put a happy table cloth on the kitchen table downstairs, then the garden got watered.  it was a good kedji day… as some say, “man proposes and God disposes”… and it is all good…

❤️ ❤️ 🎈 💐
Happy Mother’s Day!!
Here are other announcements:
Our next kedjiwaan day will be June 11th.  We will again have the entire house.
Members, if you have requests, please pass them on to the helpers.
We will have a general meeting Sunday, June 25th after latihan.  We’ll present what we have done over the last several months, present a proposed 12-month budget and solicit input on the desires of the group.
There are two more latihan possibilities!
Daniel is hosting latihans at his Kent business location.  Currently it’s just men, but there is space for women if there is interest.  Latihan at 6PM Thursdays.  Please contact Daniel for details.
For guys, Nathaniel and others have been meeting in the basement at the Subud house at 6PM on Thursdays.

Subud Gathering at Crescent Beach, Canada – June 23 to 25


Hi Everyone.

Hope you are all doing well and enjoying some good spring weather – now it seems to have eventually arrived!
I’m not sure who the best persons are to help promote our upcoming gathering at Crescent Beach?
Maybe you can help by forwarding the attached registration package as you see fit, and I hope that we might see some of you in June.
We always love to welcome our US brothers and sisters!!!
All the best,

Crescent Beach is a great venue. The folks are fun, and welcoming.
The Canadian dollar is worth 75 cents to our dollar.
Crescent Beach is a 20 mile drive north of the Blaine border.
Would you please put the invitation in the regional and Seattle newsletters?
If Leonard still does the Portland list server, I imagine he will publish it there.
Much love to each of you.


Registration link and other info below!

Notes from Jim

Garden day
Thank you volunteers for helping out this last Sunday for our garden day!
Ornamental plants were placed and planted, trees were trimmed, borders edged, bushes pruned, beds raked, sidewalks were tidied, and grass was mowed.
Let’s hear it for Marston, Oswald, Elisha, Dalton, Lisa, and Lucinda!
We had hoped to get a group photo, but when we were ready, some of our helpful volunteers had left.
Below are a few photographs.
Kedjiwaan day
We have the house reserved for an event  Sunday, May 14th.  Please ask the local helpers what they have in mind!
General meeting
We’ll have one in the basement hall or in the park across the street Sunday June 25.
We will present a proposed 12-month budget, a list of projects accomplished, and updates.





 We will have the  garden day originally scheduled for last Sunday after latihan this Sunday April 30th.  We’ll have some tools, but if you prefer yours, please bring them- gloves especially!
  Marston has kindly offered to coordinate, and plans to bring some plants to add to the garden.
  This will be our Earth day event eight days late!
On another note, rental revenue is down, partially due to the current market and partially due to our monthly use of the house.  Unfortunately, donations have also dipped.  Please consider donating to help keep our group and space vibrant and beautiful!

Eastside Latihan

We had to give up the Bellevue church latihan venue due to very low attendance, but we have now been doing latihan in each other’s homes.  Oswald and Rayma hosted a dinner and latihan at their house this past Friday and the Cantrell’s will be hosting on Thursday the 27th of April.  We usually have a light meal with the host providing a soup dish and the rest providing bread, salad and dessert, starting around 6:30 with latihan around 8:00 PM.  If you would like to be notified for our next get together and latihan please let Rachman know (phone 206-468-5803 cell or home 425-822-5579).  We would love to have you join us!

SUBUD Greater Seattle | Facebook

Just in case you did not know, we have a Facebook page as Subud Greater Seattle.  Check it out sometime!

Note from Jim!

We will have a garden day after latihan Sunday April 23rd.  We’ll have some tools, but if you prefer yours, please bring them, gloves especially!
Marston has kindly offered to coordinate

and plans to bring some plants to add to the garden.
Appropriately, earth day is the 22nd.

One donation box in women’s quiet room.

On another note, rental revenue is down, partially due to the current market and partially due to our monthly use of the house.  Unfortunately, donations have also dipped.  Please consider donating to help keep our group and space vibrant and beautiful!

Note from Rachman:  Consider having your bank mail a check each month or a direct deposit to the Subud account.  It is free, convenient and less of a hassle than writing a check.

Bapak’s Last Talk in Skymont 1970


Photos of Bapak and Ibu at Skymont, 1970:

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Below is the last talk Bapak gave in Skymont, Virginia in 1970.  It was sent to me because many of my photos from that event were used in the talk.  It is in the Subud Library so you need to join the library or have an account to view it.  Listening to Bapak’s talks during Ramadan is a rich experience!

More Info on the Ramadan Fast

Note from Rachman:  I remember Bapak telling us that for Subud members 14 hours of fasting was enough.  He suggested that from around four in the morning till six in the evening was adequate.  Countries around the equator have more consistent times of light and dark than ones farther north.  As Subud members we have the ability to receive for ourselves what is correct for us.
Explanations of the Ramadan Calendar compiled from those given by Bapak, Mas Sudarto and by Mas
Eve of Ramadan: The way to observe Ramadan is to take a full bath, including hair washing, and also
cutting the hair and the nails, the evening before the fast. Then, after you are clean, to state your wish
to observe Ramadan as a sincere expression of your worship of Almighty God. Then stay up at night,
preferably spending the night together with other Subud brothers and sisters, in the home of a member
who is also observing Ramadan.

(The local mosque can clarify the time to begin and the time for breaking the fast.)

To break the fast, start slowly by drinking warm tea and a light snack; you can eat your dinner about half
an hour or an hour later. Bapak also recommends no sexual union during the whole month of Ramadan.
It is also beneficial to sleep as little as possible during Ramadan, not only on the Nights of Power.
Our fasting must also include abstention from the following:
a) We must not use our ears to listen to gossip, quarrels or bad words.
b) We must not use our mouth to say
 anything wrong or unkind.
c) We must not use the emotions to reach the emotions or passions of others.
d) We must not use our eyes in a way that is not good or nice.
e) We must not use the heart and mind to imagine or think about unhappy things, fantasies or unreality.
f) We must not eat or drink or smoke anything between dawn and sunset each day.
During the month of Ramadan, we usually fast thirty days, and during the thirty days of fasting we go
through three important periods:
The first ten days:
This is a period of putting the passions in an inactive state. During this period we are made aware that
our passions become weaker and weaker day by day, and on the 10th day of fasting, it is felt that our
passions become completely inactive.
​The second ten days:
This is a period of becoming aware that in general our attitude and actions are guided by our inner-
self and the guidance day by day becomes stronger and stronger and on the 20th day of fasting our actions
are as if in a complete latihan state, but in harmony with our daily activities.
The last ten days:
This is a period of receiving the Lailatul Qodar (the Nights of Power), and this is sent by God on the 21st,
23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th nights of the fast. This Lailatul Qodar is not something that falls from above,
but it forms a certain power which can change our state.
Most of the Subud members who fasted felt, after completing the fast, there were changes to their
inner. Mostly, their spirit to worship God became stronger and also the intention of doing ‘prihatin’
became stronger.
TAK-BARAN: (30th day Ramadan):
The last day of fasting. Sundown marks the end of the month.
IDUL-FITRI: (The Night of Forgiveness):
At the end of Ramadan, we again take a full bath and put on new clothes, and then we should go to our
family and our friends and ask forgiveness for whatever sins we have committed against them. This is a

time of special celebration and thanks to Almighty God.

Note from Jim!

New latihan in Kent!  So far it’s only Men, but there’s room in the building for a women’s latihan too if someone wants to represent!
Thursday at 6pm, 115 E Willis St. (Vogel’s Carpet & Flooring building).
Ramadan will begin Thursday March 23rd.  Please see the previous post with Bapak’s advice.