Let me tell you a funny story…

You don’t need to be a businessman to follow this simple story…

Someone tells you that he had two guys offer him £16 and £14 for his bike, but he decided not to sell to either of them. Then along came someone else who offered him £6 and he accepted. Credible story? That’s what you have been told – that offers to purchase Anugraha for £16 million and £14 million did not complete and instead, the place was got rid of to someone else for £6 million.

Rejecting selling at 16 and 14 and then selling for 6 needs an explanation. There has been no explanation, let alone a plausible explanation. 16 – 6 = 10.  TEN MILLION POUNDS is a lot of cash.

Anugraha was OURS. It was bought with money from us, Subud members.  We, which includes YOU, have a right, an absolute right, to an explanation.

Will Ian Travers-Smith, MD of Anugraha at the time, or one of those who was on the Board with him, please now give us – in public – an explanation to account for that HUGE DIFFERENCE OF TEN MILLION POUNDS between what was offered and what was accepted.

No reply will understandably strengthen suspicions.

An Important Question

The directors of Anugraha at the time of its loss by Subud were:

  • Ian Travers-Smith – MD
  • Howard Loch – Chairman
  • R Heaslip
  • R Prescott – Secretary

Would one of you answer what you have been asked to explain since Anugraha was lost:

Why were offers of £16 million and £14 million rejected and Anugraha disposed of for £6 million?

Even at £14 million everyone would have got their money back.

Avoidance of explaining arouses suspicions.

Scotland Yard Fraud Squad Interested

Scotland Yard were given evidence of what had been going on at Anugraha and the Fraud Squad agreed that there were sufficient grounds for an investigation. However, a short while later, we were informed that the investigation had been halted.

WHY?

 

 One of the accused was a multi-millionaire and the police in his home country advised the Yard that the methodology used by his team of solicitors was to introduce complication after complication to cause investigations into his affairs to become complex, protracted and very expensive.

The Scotland Yard Fraud Squad was advised, for financial reasons, not to proceed.

Subud NEVER held an investigation

In spite of the horrendous losses, those in positions of authority in Subud have never agreed to hold any investigation whatsoever. You may wonder why. Let’s just say that friends look after each other and that it’s useful to have powerful friends.

Is this the Subud you thought you were joining? are happy to belong to?  In recent times several hundred have left in disgust. Change needs YOU to be aware, to be alert, to speak out, to have the courage to write what you think for others to read.

At a ladies latihan at Anugraha, Andreas witnessed Bapak stop the latihan and shout in furious anger that the ladies should stop trying to look and sound nice but should follow the true latihan which would make them GET UP AND DO SOMETHING.

Today, nice words abound but where are actions and achievements?  Where are truth, justice and caring?  Bapak stressed again and again that just doing the latihan is not enough.

Subud Members! We need your HELP!

If you think that Subud should help the Zyses before they are made homeless in a few months time, we need you to speak up loudly, to write clearly and publicly.  Sorry to tell you, but if you remain silent it means you don’t care.  We hope you DO care.

Subud is looked upon in some circles with considerable distaste, and is known to be corrupt.  You can help restore it to where you know it should be, but not by remaining silent.  If you care you must speak out – LOUDLY.  I’m sure you don’t want to look back in the future and have to say “I did nothing”. Every voice counts – yes, even yours.  PLEASE demonstrate that you care.

 

The Subud Organisation represents YOU.

Are they acting as YOU want them to act?

Yes, YOU matter, your voice counts – but only if you use it.

A fourth winter with no heating at age 76…and under threat of being driven from our own home

That, in a nutshell, is the sad culmination of the problems we have experienced over the last two decades.

For the past 24 years, we have been seeking truth and justice from Subud, a Spiritual organisation and registered charity, concerning their actions over a failed enterprise. However, when it comes down to the reality of everyday living, our main problems are that we now face a long, cold winter and the prospect of being evicted from our own home in our old age.

We are Andreas and Susannah Zys – if you are a member of Subud you may have heard about us before. The whole story is told on our website subudconscience.com but here is a quick timeline of what happened:

A brief history of how we came to be on the verge of losing everything

  • 1979 – Subud proposes an ambitious venture: to provide an International Centre for its members, but also to be a state-of-the-art hotel and conference centre in its own right. Andreas, a self-made successful businessman and member of Subud, along with many others, invests in the enterprise, in good faith that it will be a successful business and a worthy cause. The Centre was named “Anugraha”.
  • 1984 Anugraha opens for business but the first Subud Board loses all sense of reality and incredibly overspends funds by several million pounds (£several million!) Anugraha becomes the venue of choice by prestigious companies in preference to Olympia and Earl’s Court, neither of which have bedrooms to offer for overnight stays.  A car launch by Volvo is made spectacular thanks to Anugraha’s central rising floor. Andreas, as Subud Co-ordinator, is frequently asked by these clients to explain Subud to them. Subud becomes a regular topic on radio and TV.
  • 1988 Behind the scenes there is in-fighting and dubious behaviour amongst the Board members, resulting in a crisis that leads to Anugraha’s downfall. The final Board astonishingly reject all opportunities to save the investments of Subud members, and choose not to accept any of the bids received which would have saved those investments.
  • 1990 – Anugraha is sold off at a fraction of its value. The reasons for the failure of the business have never been properly investigated. Malicious intent, fraud and theft are all suspected, but as there has been no investigation, only fraud has been proved.
  • 1990s  – ‘Hardship Cases’ are identified by Subud, and money set aside to help those who suffered financially by the loss of Anugraha. The designated fund of £2Million disappears and remains unaccounted for. Andreas uses his own money and pension funds and succeeds in saving four houses from being lost. The endeavour costs considerably more than expected leaving Andreas with insufficient funds to save his own home. Subud then turns its back on the Zyses and offers them no assistance. The Zys home is lost to the bank.
  • 2014 – Subud still does not take responsibility and ignores communications. The real reasons for the loss of Anugraha and the whereabouts of the lost hardship £millions remain a closely guarded secret. The Zyses are rapidly running out of money and risk being evicted and their home being completely repossessed. 
  • The 20+ years of no response was recently broken by three lady Helpers. They wrote to say that Testing is only available for Subud members and as they have never heard of Andreas Zys, they cannot not look into what has been asked until they receive proof that he is a Subud member. 

Nowadays the news on TV and radio day after day relays stories of human distress. Against that backdrop you may well say “Oh, that story of the Zyses is really sad. What bad luck, but what I can I do about it?”.

You CAN help if you really want to…

Members of Subud

Get together with your group and talk about the disgrace of the Anugraha aftermath, and the fact that Subud is not helping a member who contributed so much and who did so much to help others. We need your collective voice to be heard by those who matter. We have tried, time and again, to talk to various high-ranking persons in Subud, to tell them of our plight, but it has always resulted in the rudeness of no reply. However, we hope that the more public voices there are, the more likely we are to have a response.

During the short time that Anugraha flourished, Subud became known and respected. Since then, it has become unknown and its achievements are not making news. For the first time in its history, the membership of Subud does not appear to be increasing noticeably. All this can be reversed by your collective actions.

Journalists, Writers, Bloggers, Everyone Else…

Please let our story be heard and spread online. Write on our ‘Comments’ page on subudconscience.com, share our articles on your social networks, re-tweet our story on Twitter, link to our website and our Facebook page, reveal our story publicly to shame Subud into action.  Use the hashtag #Subud.

We are now in our twilight years and tired of fighting – all we want is for truth and justice for those who have been wronged and for Andreas and his reputation to be restored.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Important Point

We would stress that we are NOT asking you for financial help. We ask for your help in convincing those in positions of authority in Subud to stop protecting those who did wrong and to act with decency, morality and humanity by admitting that mistakes have been made and taking steps to rectify them, even at this late hour.

Some people in the Subud hierarchy know what happened to the £2million earmarked for cases of hardship and to save the 5 homes, including ours. The Zyses need and deserve help, but it is also Subud that needs help, it needs help to restore its once high standing.  Knowing of the immorality and criminality that took place, several hundred people left Subud in disgust.  Present members are tarred with that taint which can be removed only by the present members insisting on right action by their leaders.

Thank you one and all.

PS…

Some of you are sending emails expressing support with very kind words. There seems, though, to be a reluctance to say those kind things out loud. The emails are seen by no-one but us. It is important for people to be aware that they are not alone in their support. PLEASE break the ice, please break the silence – please copy your kind words to ‘Comments’ on our site.

THANK YOU.