What Does A Church of Scientology Relief Effort Look Like?

Actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston arrived in Port-au-Prince last night in an airplane stocked with six tons of ready-to-eat military rations and medical supplies and a team of doctors and Church of Scientology volunteers.

Travolta’s humanitarian aid trip follows the arrival last week of 126 Scientology volunteers, about half of which were volunteer ministers “who will use Scientology techniques to assist the injured.

The church has a long history of providing disaster relief. After the 2004 tsunami, teams of volunteer ministers and aid workers arrived in South and Southeast Asia to help.

This 2005 Washington Post article describes the faith-based treatments provided in Tamil Nadu, India a month after the tsunami hit:

Meyers is healing the survivors, he says, employing the techniques he has learned from Scientology. More precisely, he is helping them heal themselves, eradicating pain waves and allowing energy waves to flow, clearing pathways for nerves to run errands of anatomical necessity, liberating the spirit to align with the body as described in the confident prose of the late L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology and the applied practices known as Dianetics.

Amid the grief and loss in southern India, against a clamor for food and attention to the threat of disease, the Scientologists are here, offering up “locational processing,” cognition and “spiritual beingness.”

Read the whole thing. The piece is like, well, a science fiction novel.

Scientology has had a presence in India since 2000, with centers in Ambala, New Delhi, Kolkata, Patiala and Mysore. The Times of India said in 05 that there were 1,500 Scientologists in the country. Auditing, a vital part of the faith, usually costs between Rs 24,500-58,800.

Have any readers in India had any interactions with the Church of Scientology? Post your stories in the comments.

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