Scientology Handbook Used to Provide "Spiritual First Aid" to the Children of Kolkata
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, Md. 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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