Who is L. Ron Hubbard?The first principle of my own philosophy, wrote
Another crucial milestone in this venture was his study of engineering, mathematics and nuclear physics at George Washington University all disciplines that would serve him well through later philosophic inquiry: point of fact,
His searches continued through the Second World War, where he tested his first Dianetics techniques, and created publishing history in 1950 with the release of the landmark Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, for the first time ever providing the oft-sought answers to questions that had eluded philosophers for centuries: What is the dynamic principle of existence? What causes man to behave as he does? And what is the resolution to the problems of the human mind? Without question, Dianetics answered these questions and more, prompting then-national columnist Walter Winchell to proclaim: There is something new coming up in April called Dianetics. A new science which works with the invariability of physical science in the field of the human mind. From all indications, it will prove to be as revolutionary for humanity as the first cavemans discovery and utilization of fire.
From the release of Dianetics, further advancement was continuous, methodical and at least as revelatory as what had preceded it. At the heart of what
The ensuing line of research, embarked upon some 20 years earlier, proved nothing short of momentous. In another critical statement on the matter,
Scientology applied religious philosophy is contained in more than 40 books and over 2,500 tape-recorded lectures. All told, these works represent a statement of mans nature and potential, and even if echoed in various ancient scriptures, that statement is absolutely the Scientology philosophy: man is an immortal spiritual being; his experience extends well beyond a single lifetime; and his capabilities are unlimited even if not presently realized. In that sense, Scientology represents what may be the ultimate definition of a religion; not a system of beliefs but a means of spiritual transformation.
Yet if Scientology represents the route to mans highest spiritual aspirations, it also means much to his more immediate existence to his family, career and community. That fact is critical to an understanding of Scientology philosophy and is actually what Scientology is all about: not a doctrine, but the study and handling of the human spirit in relationship to itself, to other life and the universe in which we live. In that respect,
Unless there is a vast alteration in mans civilization as it stumbles along today, he declared in the mid-1960s, man will not be here very long. For signs of that decline, he cited political upheaval, social putrefaction, violence, racism, illiteracy and drugs. It was in response to these problems, then, that
That he was ultimately successful is borne out in the truly phenomenal growth of Dianetics and Scientology: There are now more than two thousand organizations in 60 nations utilizing the various techniques of Dianetics and Scientology. It is borne out in the mountain of accolades for
I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days.
These shadows look so thick to him and weigh him down so that when he finds they are shadows and that he can see through them, walk through them and be again in the sun, he is enormously delighted. And I am afraid I am just as delighted as he is.
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