The following quotations are taken from the Scientology web site and are submitted here to help a seeker understand himself and the meaning of life. The following which Scientology teaches is correct. It is no wonder that the church of Scientology has spread around the globe and that it has appealed to so many. It also proves that people are willing to spend what to some is a fortune in order to find the truth. Traveling the path and crossing the Bridge of Scientology is very expensive.
According to L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology:
Scientology is a religion in its highest meaning, as it helps bring man to total freedom and truth. The essential tenets of Scientology are these:
You are an immortal spiritual being.
Your experience extends well beyond a single lifetime. And your capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized.
Furthermore, man is basically good. He is seeking to survive. And his survival depends upon himself and his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.
The ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment and freedom for all.
A thetan is the person himself, not his body or his name or the physical universe, his mind or anything else. It is that which is aware of being aware; the identity which IS the individual. One does not have a thetan, something one keeps somewhere apart from oneself; he is a thetan.
From this research, he concluded that the thetan is able to leave the body and exist independent of the flesh. Exteriorized, the person can see without the body’s eyes, hear without the body’s ears and feel without the body’s hands. Man previously had very little understanding of this detachment from his mind and body. With the act of exteriorization attainable in Scientology a person gains the certainty he is himself and not his body.
THE PARTS OF MAN
First there is the body itself. The body is the organized physical composition or substance of Man, whether living or dead. It is not the being himself.
Next, there is the mind, which consists essentially of pictures.
Finally, and most importantly, there is the thetan. The thetan is not a thing. It is the creator of things.
Of the three parts of Man, the thetan is, obviously, most important. Without the thetan, there would be no mind or animation in the body. While without a body or a mind, there is still animation and life in the thetan.
The thetan (spirit) uses its mind as a control system between itself and the physical universe. The mind is not the brain. The brain is part of the body and does not determine intelligence. It can be likened to a switchboard. If one said that a telephone switchboard was the intelligence of the corporation it served, this would be like saying the brain was the intelligence of the person. It is just not true. The brain is simply a conduit that, like a telephone wire, carries messages.
The mind accumulates recordings of thoughts, conclusions, decisions, observations and perceptions of a thetan throughout its existence. The thetan uses its mind in the handling of life and the physical universe. The body (including the brain) is the thetan’s communication center. It is a physical object, not the being itself.
The thetan is the source of all creation and life itself. It becomes fully apparent for the first time in Man’s experience that the spirit is immortal and possessed of capabilities well in excess of those hitherto predicted.
The exteriorization of the thetan from its body accomplishes the realization of goals envisioned but rarely, if ever, obtained in spiritualism, mysticism and such fields.
Recognition of the thetan makes gains in ability and awareness possible—improvements that are not attainable in any practice that considers Man to be only a body and thus entirely subject to physical universe limitations.
Psychology, for instance, had worked itself into a dead end. Having no concept of the existence of an animating factor to life, it had degenerated into a practice devoted solely to the creation of an effect on living forms.
In Scientology, however, the thetan itself is directly addressed. Such an approach to improvement accomplishes increased spiritual freedom, intelligence and ability for the individual and clarifies any part of life.
Scientology is thus a religion in the most traditional sense of the term. Scientology helps Man become more aware of his own spiritual nature and that of those around him, and, hence, more aware of God.
Scientology carries forward a religious tradition extending ten thousand years and embraces truths found in the oldest sacred texts of the Hindu Veda and the wisdom of Buddhism.
Scientology holds in common with all great religions the dream of peace on Earth and salvation for Man. What is new about Scientology is that it offers a precise path for bringing about spiritual improvement in the here and now and a way to accomplish it with absolute certainty.
IS MAN A SPIRIT?
Yes. A short exercise can quickly answer this for anyone: Ask someone to close their eyes and get a picture of a cat, and they will get a mental image picture of a cat. Ask them who is looking at the picture of the cat and they will respond “I am.” That which is looking at the cat is you, a spirit. One is a spirit, who has a mind and occupies a body. You are you in a body. Some of which is described here in this site.
CAN’T GOD BE THE ONLY ONE TO HELP MAN?
Scientologists take the maxim quite to heart that God helps those who help themselves. They believe that each person has the answers to the mysteries of life. All one requires is awareness of these answers, and this is what Scientology helps one achieve. Man is accustomed to asking for pat answers. Scientology requires that the person think for himself and thus help himself become more understanding, able, happy and healthy.
DOES SCIENTOLOGY RECOGNIZE GOOD AND EVIL?
Yes, in Scientology, a very clear distinction is made between good and evil. Those actions which enhance survival on the majority of the eight aspects of life (the Eight Dynamics) are good, and those which destroy or deny these aspects of life are evil. Scientologists strive to make decisions that will enhance the majority of these dynamics of life.
Good may be defined as constructive. Evil may be defined as destructive.
DOES SCIENTOLOGY BELIEVE MAN IS SINFUL?
A fundamental tenet of Scientology is that Man is basically good; that he is seeking to survive; and that his survival depends upon himself and upon his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe. However, his experiences in the physical universe, through many lifetimes, have led him into evil, where he has committed harmful acts or sins, causing him to become aberrated (departing from rational thought or behavior). These harmful acts further reduce Man’s awareness and innate goodness as a spiritual being.
Through Scientology, one confronts these acts, erases the ignorance and aberration which surrounds them, and comes to know and experience truth again.
All religions seek truth. Freedom of the spirit is only to be found on the road to truth. Sin is composed, according to Scientology, of lies and hidden actions and is therefore untruth.
WILL SCIENTOLOGY PUT ONE IN CONTROL OF HIS MIND?
Yes. Scientology addresses the spirit and, through application of its principles, increases one’s awareness and ability as a spiritual being. As Man is a spiritual being, quite separate from the mind and body, Scientology will help one achieve a far better command over the mind—just as it helps one to control, in an intelligent way, all aspects of one’s life.
IS SCIENTOLOGY ABOUT THE MIND?
No. Scientology is about the individual himself as a spiritual being separate and distinct from the mind.
DOES SCIENTOLOGY BELIEVE IN MIND OVER MATTER?
In practicing Scientology one addresses oneself—not your mind, not your body, but you.
Scientologists have found that the spirit is potentially superior to material things, and that the spirit (you), if cleansed of past traumas, transgressions and aberrations, can make miraculous changes in the physical universe that would not otherwise be possible.
DOES SCIENTOLOGY BELIEVE ONE CAN EXIST OUTSIDE OF THE BODY?
Before entering Scientology many people experience the feeling of looking down on one’s body, but they do not understand what is happening. Once they have achieved greater spiritual awareness through Scientology auditing and training they find that this experience becomes nothing out of the ordinary. In Scientology, this phenomenon is called exteriorization—the detachment of one’s spirit from the body while yet fully conscious and aware. Scientology believes that Man is not his body, his mind or his brain. He, a spiritual force, energizes the physical body. Indeed, through the discovery of exteriorization, Scientology proved, for the first time, that Man is a spiritual being.
DOES SCIENTOLOGY BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION OR PAST LIVES?
The vast majority of the world’s population believes in reincarnation and only in the last few hundred years, with the rise of the physical sciences, did a strictly materialistic view begin to eclipse the spiritual.
More recently, the traditional definition of reincarnation has been altered from its original meaning. The word has come to mean “to be born again in different life forms” (such as an animal, an insect, etc.) whereas its actual definition is “to be born again into the flesh or into another body.” So what is commonly thought of as reincarnation is a definite system and is not part of Scientology. Rather, the Church ascribes to the latter, original definition.
Today in Scientology, many people have certainty that they have lived lives prior to their current one. These are referred to as past lives, not as reincarnation. Past lives is not a dogma in Scientology, but generally Scientologists, during their auditing, experience a past life and then know for themselves that they have lived before. To believe one had a physical or other existence prior to the identity of the current body is not a new concept—but it is an exciting one.
Of New Era Diaetics, LRH wrote: "There is really nothing that has happened to anybody in this lifetime compared to what happened over thousands of lifetimes....
"As far as the basic seat of aberration, as far as his reactive bank is concerned, it all has its fundamentals in his past track before this lifetime ever began."" LRH
Then there is the LRH datum that "To make an OT one has to clear the time track."
It is a fact that unless one begins to handle aberration built up in past lives, he doesn’t progress. In Scientology, one is given the tools to handle upsets and aberrations from past lives that adversely affect the individual in the present, thus freeing one to live a much happier life.
“Scientology carries forward a religious tradition extending ten thousand years and embraces truths found in the oldest sacred texts of the Hindu Vedas and the wisdom of Buddhism. “
(Scientology web site)
"We speak and talk of our mind as if it were something that belonged to us. The truth of the matter is we are under the grip of the mind. We discover this painful fact when we are advised to something which the mind does not accept. Then the struggle begins."
Charan Singh (Surat Shabd Yoga)
All great masters throughout the ages have taught what Scientology teaches today. The teachings are not new; however, the terminology and methodology used to achieve the same results are different. This becomes apparent when one finds a living, perfect master and studies their system which is called Surat Shabd Yoga, The Yoga of the Audible Life Stream, Sultan-el-Askar, Ism-y-asm.
This system was taught to seekers by Kabir Sahib, Guru Nanak and his successors, Muslim mystics such as Maulana Rum (Rumi), Sultan Bahu, Bulleh Shah. In Christianity it is beautifully expressed in the Gospel of John. It is found among, Gnostic Christians, Manicheans, Zoroasterens in Persia, In China sometimes the masters appeared as Buddhist, Taoist or Confucianists. The world is never without perfect living masters. They are called Satguru Vakt or Teacher of the Time.
“---------“The Divine Teacher of this generation is very unusual. Although young in years, he has a remarkable command of the Way. He’s not an ordinary mortal. He can appear in any guise he wishes. People call him the Master of the Way.’
13 Century Chinese classic. Outlaws of the Marsh, p. 10:
The sage symbolizes the goodness inherent in all sentient beings. The origin of the ancient sage is difficult to fathom. He is the manifestation of the Tao and can appear in many forms. Since he takes on many forms it is difficult to enumerate all his incarnations. Sometimes he appears as a Confucian sage. Sometimes he appears as a Buddha. Sometimes he appears as a Taoist immortal. His deeds are limitless. He is elusive and mysterious. He guides our intuition, instructs us in the virtues, and induces stillness in our hearts
pp. 3-4 Cultivating Stillness, Shambhala, 1992