A Scientologist murdered: Our experts try to make sense of Australia's 'Advanced Org' - 2019-01-05
We still have a lot of questions about the murder of Chih-Jen Yeh, 24, a Scientologist at the 'Advanced Org' in the north suburbs of Sydney that happened on Thursday afternoon there. The Australian press is doing its best to gather details about the event, but it's clear that they don't really seem to understand what an Advanced Org is or what happens at one.
We've seen it referred to as a "megachurch," for example, which is about as incorrect as is possible to describe an AO. But over the last few days, a clearer picture has begun to emerge. If the press reports are correct, a 16-year-old boy had some kind of conflict with his Scientologist mother about her going through Scientology's Purification Rundown or "Purif." He apparently didn't want her to undergo the procedure, which is an intense regimen of extended time in a sauna combined with radical vitamin intake and exercise that can take one to three months, and costs around $2,500. It's an unscientific, quack remedy that is supposed to purify the body and soul, and Scientologists usually undergo it very early in their careers — and they can also repeat the procedure numerous times as they go up Scientology's "Bridge to Total Freedom" of courses.
Only when a Scientologist has spent a considerable amount of time and money can they attain the state of "Clear," and then begin to ascend what are known as the "Operating Thetan" or OT levels. At that point, for OT levels 1 through 5, they must go to an Advanced Org.