My Thoughts on the Scientology Religious Order—the Sea Organization on its 50th Anniversary

A museum at the Flag Building that documents the history of the Sea Org.

The religious order of the Scientology religion—the Sea Organization—celebrates its Golden Anniversary

It was August 12, 1967, in the Spanish Canary Islands. Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard had resigned from the position of Executive Director of the Church a year before, was pursuing a research project into the spiritual nature of mankind, assisted by a handful of veteran Scientologists. On this date, he published a directive stating that this group, the Sea Organization, is now “a permanent establishment within the official Scientology network.”

Today, a corps of some 7,000 men and women, the Sea Org is the religious order of the Scientology religion. Its members administer and protect the purity of the religion.

Historical Background of Religious Orders

Gautama Buddha (ca. 563–483 BCE) created the bhikkhus and bhikkhunis (monks and nuns). Followers of Jesus Christ also formed into groups of monks and nuns and lived communally. They emulated Jesus and his disciples.

This form of monastic religious life and its rationale is explained by Prof. Frank Flinn PhD., (d 2015), in his study “The Sea Organization and its Role Within the Church Of Scientology.”

To Enjoy a Better Life

Members of the Sea Organization dedicate their lives to service, as does a Franciscan, Dominic, Jesuit or Buddhist monk or nun. Sea Organization (often called Sea Org) members dedicate their lives to the Aims of Scientology: “A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.” Their purpose is to see to it that all may enjoy a better life.

As Sea Org members, we live in community. Operating on the basis of directives of L. Ron Hubbard, and under the astute and highly valued guidance or our ecclesiastical leader, Mr. David Miscavige, we are…

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