Scientology! Whazzat?

Published on Nov 24, 2006 12:05 AM IST

A scientology marriage?few had heard of it till Hollywood star heart-throb Tom Cruise became its ambassador. Scientology was all the more in the news recently when he decided to solemnise his third marriage with diva Katie Holmes according to scientology rites. Few know that scientology has a very special link with the Vedas and a Lucknow connection as well!

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None | ByMANISHA Sharma

HT We couldn’t figure out what’s Hollywood actress Katie’s Sherlock (of the Watson fame) connection but found out what’s Lucknow’s link with Scientology—the religion vaulted into limelight by Ms Holmes’ recently-acquired drool-value No. 1 spouse, Tom Cruise.

A scientology marriage—few had heard of it till Hollywood star heart-throb Tom Cruise became its ambassador. Scientology was all the more in the news recently when he decided to solemnise his third marriage with diva Katie Holmes according to scientology rites. Few know that scientology has a very special link with the Vedas and a Lucknow connection as well!

Hindi books in scientology hit India recently and Lucknow was the second city after Kolkata where the books were released by none other than IIM-Lucknow director Prof Devi Singh.

Aiming to help people build self-confidence and explore their inner self, scientology dwells on wide-ranging subjects, from marriage, children and communication to study techniques.

Thomas Goldenitz, a Danish publisher, has come forward with the Hindi versions of scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s works. Founder Hubbard used to claim that the faith shared similarities with Hinduism.

“I have read some of these books on scientology and am convinced they could go a long way in serving as short and practical guides to management students to achieve their targets,” the IIM director had said while releasing a set of books.

Goldenitz proposes to shortly have a network of scientology volunteers throughout the country. “That will make it easier for people in India to understand and practice scientology," he added.

Meanwhile, scientology volunteer ministers trained nursing staff at the Vivekananda Polyclinic and Fatima Hospital. Their project included helping a premature infant, an elderly man in an intensive care etc with the scientology ‘Assists’ techniques.Nurses felt much more confident dealing with their patients after the training. 

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour has been working with
nursing staff and hospital administrators in Lucknow. Assists are techniques, developed by scientology that operate on the principle that one tends to withdraw mentally or spiritually from an injured area. Only by restoring communication with this area can one bring the spiritual element into healing, thereby greatly speeding the healing process. The nurses who had been cautious when dealing with tiny babies or seriously ill people before the training found their skill and ability to help had greatly increased from what they learned.
People sometimes get hurt in the business of living. The human body is subject to disease, injuries and various mishaps of accidental or intentional character.

Throughout the ages, religions have attempted to relieve man’s physical suffering. Methods have ranged from prayer to the laying on of hands, and many superstitions arose to account for their occasional effectiveness. It has been a commonly held belief, however, no matter the method used, that the spirit can have an effect on the body.

Today, medicine treats the body when there is something wrong with it. But it overlooks almost totally the relationship of the spiritual being to his body and the effect the former has on the latter.

The fact is, after any necessary medical treatment, the individual himself has an enormous capacity to influence the body and its well-being or lack of it.

The ways ‘Assists’ can be applied are almost limitless. They always help and often have miraculous results, claim scientologists. But that’s just a drop of an explanation... scientology’s an ocean!

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