There is nothing wrong with beingness or individuality, but there is everything wrong with being obsessed with it. Hubbard was so obsessed with it that he built a whole religion around it. He pretended his religion to be an extension of Buddhism, but then he turned around and invalidated the selfless state of Nirvana. This was hypocrisy. This hypocrisy now propagates itself throughout Scientology. I find most OTs to be very obsessed with self and status. I do not see Scientology or Scientologists engaged in any selfless service, though they expect it from government and others. This is hypocrisy again.
Scientology is a Western religion in Eastern disguise. In Western Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), the ultimate reality is beingness in the form of God. To a Scientologist the ultimate is also beingness, even though it is in the form of individualism. Scientology has simply elevated each person to a God in the form of an imperishable thetan. I believe that fixation on beingness is a cultural thing. It was deeply embedded in Hubbard.
Most westerners cannot grasp eastern philosophy no matter how academic they try to be. They look at Hinduism through the lens of beingness and declare it to be polytheistic. Actually Hinduism is atheistic like Buddhism because it does not believe the ultimate reality to be a being. Both religions are based on Vedas which look at the ultimate reality as unknowable and any beingness to be a manifestation. Please see The Creation Hymn of Rig Veda
So, Scientology is in the tradition of Western Semitic religions. It uses some of the eastern ideas, but it is not an extension of Buddhism. Scientology will never be able to take a hold in the east, as it is contrary in its fundamentals.
On Apollo, LRH ate special gourmet food that was couriered for him from various countries in refrigerated boxes. His clothes were also specially tailored and very expensive that were couriered for him. Whole of SO was there to do his bidding. He had his own Household Unit, which took care of all his comforts and whims.
I wore many hats in Sea Org, but just before I left in 1983 I was India/New Civilizations Programs Chief and had little support.
Scientology has been mainly PR. Even the workability of Scientology did not come as much from any processes, but from LOOKING by the preclear. You may take all those complex processes away and simply apply the principle of LOOKING and you will get at least as fabulous results as in Scientology auditing. Please see the essays on LOOKING in Vinaire’s Blog
I always took STATIC to represent the unknowable. I squirrelled at the most fundamental level of Scientology. However, I think I gained tremendously from that squirrelling.