Meet a Scientologist—West Bengal Woman Overcomes All Odds
In a foreign country, unable to read or write, Kalindi Engle overcame enormous obstacles to her happiness and success. Her profile is one of 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos on the Scientology website at www.scientology.org.
“Where I grew up, girls didn’t go to school,” says Kalindi Engle. “I always wanted to study, but I couldn’t learn to read and write.”
In a video featured on the new Scientology Video Channel at www.scientology.org, Engle, 41, tells how she used the technology of study developed by L. Ron Hubbard to become literate and educate herself.
Growing up in West Bengal, India, Engle’s parents arranged her marriage, when she was just 15, to a man from Detroit, Michigan.
Although her husband was a kind man and she always respected him, she was unhappy in the marriage and five years later, certain it was not going to get better, she moved into a one-room apartment with her young son and divorced him. Because she knew how to cook, Engle got a job at a vegetarian restaurant and eventually moved up in the ranks of her new profession to become a pastry chef.
Over the next 10 years, time and again she took classes to learn to read, but it was all to no avail. Like so many millions of illiterate and semiliterate people in America, despite her native intelligence she was stymied by the lack of effective technology extant in the educational system.
Ten years ago, Engle met and married husband Don Engle, 42, who introduced her to Scientology, which truly changed Kalindi’s life. Using a technology of study developed by L. Ron Hubbard, she finally taught herself to read.
“Now I can read anything,” she says. Raised in an Eastern religion, Kalindi always knew she was a spiritual being and the principles of Scientology resonated. But she says the difference is that Scientology is a technology you can use to gain true spiritual freedom.
“Before, I couldn’t solve problems—I’d just cry. I’d sit there and try to figure it out. But there’s nothing to figure out,” she says. “It’s right in front of you if you just know where to look. And that’s what Scientology does. It makes you look.”
View the Kalindi Engle video at Scientology.org.
The popular “Meet a Scientologist” profiles on the Church of Scientology International Video Channel at Scientology.org now total 200 broadcast-quality documentary videos featuring Scientologists from diverse locations and walks of life. The personal stories are told by Scientologists who are educators, teenagers, skydivers, a golf instructor, a hip-hop dancer, IT manager, stunt pilot, mothers, fathers, dentists, photographers, actors, musicians, fashion designers, engineers, students, business owners and more.
A digital pioneer and leader in the online religious community, in April 2008 the Church of Scientology became the first major religion to launch its own official YouTube Video Channel, which has now been viewed by millions of visitors.