For Republic of India Day, Scientology Volunteer Ministers in India Honour Those who Struggled for Independence

Honoring the courage of the Indian people in their fight for
independence, in commemoration of the Republic of India Day, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of West Bengal held a celebration for children in the slums of Kolkata.

Teaching
the children of Kolkata the importance of responsible participation in
one’s country, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of West Bengal hold
a flag raising ceremony on the Republic of India Day.

Though India was awarded independence on the
15th of August 1947, it was not till the 26th of January 1950 that the
country actually achieved its status as a sovereign republic.

And with their work to bring personal
independence to each child in the slums of Kolkata, by seeing to it
that they have the opportunity for education, the VMs made this a
special day for the youngsters at their center, with a flag raising
ceremony, sports and a special meal for the children.

In 1978, observing a marked deterioration of ethics and values in society, L. Ron Hubbard launched the Volunteer Ministers program with the publication of The Volunteer Minister’s Handbook (now titled The Scientology Handbook).
A textbook that includes the various solutions he had developed in
answer to the wide range of human difficulties, the tools it contains
are derived from his deeper research into the spiritual nature of man
that comprise the Scientology religion. Having these simple but
effective solutions that apply to so many different aspects of life,
Scientology Volunteer Ministers live by the motto that no matter how
bad it is, “something CAN be done about it.”

Created
by humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard in 1978, the motto of the Scientology
Volunteer Ministers is “Something CAN be Done About It.”

For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program visit their web site at www.volunteerministers.org.

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Taiwan – Handling Rising Recidivism Rates in Taiwan

From ScientologyToday.org:

“If you can’t trust yourself, you will never make it out of the
revolving door of the prison system.” That’s the message of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, working to rehabilitate the self-esteem of inmates in the jails of Taiwan.


Not only is rising recidivism straining the
resources of the correctional system of the nation, it also victimizes
the community with escalating crime and represents a dead-end existence
for the criminal and his or her family and friends.

L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion,
described the key to resolving this problem when he wrote, “If one
sincerely hopes to rehabilitate a criminal population then this is the
factor one must consider: ‘Where did they lose their self-respect?'”

The VMs have found that often what
underlies this lack of self-esteem is an inability to communicate.
Incapable of relating to people or dealing with conflicts or
disagreements, they resort to actions that disregard the needs and
wishes of those around them and start on a dwindling spiral that
eventually winds them up behind bars.

The VMs deliver workshops using the Scientology Handbook
based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard. They cover such subjects as
ethics and integrity, communication and how to understand people. They
get the inmates involved through practical exercises that increase
their skill in dealing with others. And it is not unusual for those
attending to gain new insight, like a recent participant who realized,
“I thought I could just operate with my own interests in mind. Now I
see I survive better if I help others survive too.”

For more information on the Scientology Handbook and to read selections from the book online, visit www.scientologyhandbook.org

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Volunteer Ministers Helping the Children of Calcutta

I actually had the extreme good fortune to meet Mr. Ullah (the main Volunteer Minister described below) when he came to the U.S. to get his recent award for the service he’s done in Calcutta.   He’s an incredible man who just brightens up when you talk about children — he loves children, and making them do well.  So, this ScientologyToday story had particular meaning for me when I read it:

Life can be pretty grim for a child in the slums of Kolkata. But, with the Scientology Handbook
and their motto “Something CAN be done about it,” the Scientology
Volunteer Ministers of West Bengal are working with other community
groups and agencies to see that these children have the care they need.

In
the slums of Kolkata, where the spread of disease puts the children at
risk, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Center of West Bengal teams
up with health care providers to help youngsters get free, basic
medical care.

This city is a breeding ground for childhood
diseases, and epidemics tear through the slums where children whose
immune systems are weakened by malnutrition are much more prone to
illness. All too often, parents can’t afford medical treatment for
their children, even at the low-cost hospitals in the area. So the VMs
team up with health care professionals to make free health check ups
and medicine available to these youngsters at the Volunteer Ministers
Center.

But health and well-being depends on a lot more than medicine. And with their knowledge of Scientology technology,
the Volunteer Ministers make sure to supplement the work of the health
professionals with their own special kind of “spiritual first aid.”

Following
their checkups, Mohammad Kallil Ullah helps these youngsters with
“spiritual first aid” in the form of a “locational assist,” to
extrovert their attention.

As described in the Scientology Handbook:

“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 handbook goes on to state:

L. Ron Hubbard
developed numerous applications of his discoveries for the mental and
spiritual aspects of a person’s physical difficulties. And as more and
more techniques evolved, a new body of technology came into use, called
“Assists.*”

So, following their checkups, these
youngsters all get a “locational assist” – a procedure that helps the
individual free up his or her attention when it has become fixated
because of trauma, loss or injury.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers of West Bengal exemplify the qualities described by L. Ron Hubbard in his essay, Religious Influence on Society:
“A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and
injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things
and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as
well.”

*Assists: Developed by L. Ron Hubbard,
founder of the Scientology religion, assists can be used by anyone to
help people who are ill, distraught or injured. Assists do not take the
place of medical attention but aid it by addressing the emotional and
spiritual side of the trauma.

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Botswana

This, from ScientologyToday.org:

After almost a year and a half of service to the people of Botswana,
stationed primarily in Gaborone, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers
(VMs) say their farewells. Rounding out the first leg of their Southern
Africa tour, they are proceeding now to Namibia. As they depart, they
are happy to know that they were able to truly help and leave behind
new VM groups of trained local residents in nine different locations,
who will carry their legacy of help forward to the rest of Botswana.

A Volunteer Minister delivers a communication course to the Botswana Defense Force.

Botswana could not be a more perfect place for
the launch of this tour. Until 2001 it suffered from one of the highest
AIDS rates world over and, while this is now dropping, it is still
strangling the prosperity of the nation. AIDS leads to further problems
such as the 6.4 million children orphaned by AIDS in subsarah Africa,
which accounts for more than half of the 12 million orphaned children
world-wide and leads to poverty and economic strife.

But as Philippa Sondergaard, one of the
VMs on this tour, told BOPA News in July 2005, when the tour first
arrived, “we do not close our eyes to the pain and suffering that is
around,” further elaborating that “our motto is ‘Something can be done
about it.'”

Her words ring true when one considers
the 41,300 people who have been contacted through this programme with
over 4,500 trained on VM courses based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard,
the founder of Scientology. The courses cover subjects such as how to
study, improving marriages, dealing with the ups and downs of life and
much more.

Those trained on these VM courses
include teachers, police, pastors, business owners and their employees,
students and others from all walks of life including hundreds of
officers of the Botswana Defense Force trained in Scientology
techniques
.

VMs bring real help by addressing the spiritual aspect of the problems in one’s life.

One young lady from Block 8 of Gaborone
discovered the healing powers of the VMs when her eight-year-old
brother had lapsed into an uncharacteristic aggressive and unwilling
state after his twin brother passed away. Increasingly alarmed by his
refusal to eat she went for help and found the VMs. Through her
training in the VM programme she was able to relieve his pain and
upset, thereby, restoring her brother to a happy and healthy state.

Others have discovered the help that VMs
give, such as the two schools in Mochudi where L. Ron Hubbard’s study
technology was taught or the three local Pastors who took VM classes
and now use the technology to help their congregations. In the
Broadhurst suburb of Gaborone the VMs taught Scientology communication
skills to the employees of the CB clothing store and the Woolworths
Clothing and Home store.

Internationally the Scientology
Volunteer Minister Corps is 87,000 strong and is the largest
independent relief force on Earth with over 1.6 million people
personally helped. Find out more at www.VolunteerMinisters.org. If you want to be trained as a VM in Botswana contact Janie at VM_africaoffice@VolunteerMinisters.org and she will direct you to our training centre.

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On Catamarans! Scientology Disaster Relief Team Going Village-to-Village

The Scientology Disaster Relief Team traveling between villages in Albay Province in the Philippines.

Since early December, the Scientology Disaster
Relief Team
has been working one-on-one with those who survived Typhoon
Durian, which killed hundreds and displaced hundreds of thousands from
their homes.

With seminars and workshops based on the Scientology Handbook and the book Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard, they are giving men, women and even children tools by which they can put these painful experiences behind them.

I was writing about this incessantly in my blog, trying to get enough people informed about what was going on so we could have some people get down there and start helping out.

Well, now the Scientologists who went to the Phillipines to help, have now also been getting natives trained up on what to do, and they’re now all over the place in canoes and catamarans, going village to village to help people out.

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Something was Done about the Bushfires

Though there are a few smaller ones burning still, it looks like, from what I’ve heard, that the majority of the large bushfires which were going in Victoria, Australia, are now handled — thanks partially to the rain, and partially to some utter heroics from firefighters and Scientology Volunteer Ministers in the area. 

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More Miracles from the Scientology VM’s in the Philippines

Stories like this one I got off ScientologyToday is the core of what the Scientology Volunteer Minister program is all about:

“One three-year-old boy was hanging around,”
the volunteer continued. “He wasn’t laughing or joining in with the
other kids and was quite solemn. He didn’t talk or smile. He watched
closely as the VMs taught the nurses and other residents to do the
assists. Then he came over, laid down on the mat and closed his eyes as
if is to say ‘OK my turn!’ but still without saying a single word. One
of the VMs asked him if he would like an assist. He just nodded and the
assist began. At first he looked like he was in a lot of pain —
grimacing, frowning, tightly clenching his fists. But at the end of the
assist he relaxed, opened his eyes, smiled and gave the VM a big hug!
Those are the stories that make this all worthwhile.”

Help is needed in the form of more
volunteers and funds to support those on the ground. If you can help
the Scientology Volunteer Ministers in the Philippines, contact the
International Volunteer Ministers Coordinator at www.volunteerministers.org/contact/

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