L. Ron Hubbard studied at the abbey of thelema. If anyone take a bit of time to read bout the abbey of thelem and crowley, they will see a selfish sexual deviant who was more preoccupied with controlling others than any kind of actual spirituality. To put it simply, thelema is the polar opposite of Orthodoxy.
It's heart-warming to see someone with conviction about their beliefs. I really do mean that. But....
Hubbard never went to the Abbey. I'm not even sure he ever visited Italy. There is absolutely no evidence that Aleister Crowley and L. Ron Hubbard have ever met on any occasion. The only connection between the two is through a mutual associate named Jack Parsons. This is what Crowley had to say about hubbard:
From an actual letter addressed to Karl Germer, from Crowley:
...Apparently Parsons and Hubbard or somebody is producing a moonchild. I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of these louts.http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/crowley-hubbard-666.htm
It would appear that he didn't have that high of an opinion of the man. Even without knowing him personally....
And on the subject of "sexual deviancy".. Crowley was a bi-sexual. Whatever your stance on sexuality is- it's up for debate. Also, i wouldn't say he was "preoccupied" with controlling others. While i do realize he had some very "douche bag-esque" qualities to his personality- as does any great artist- and up until the last half of his life he had some very sexist and racist points of view, i think its a pretty arrogant statement to claim that there is no "actual" spirituality in his writings. Obviously you are speaking from a point of view of someone who has not done their research.
I suggest you go do that, before making such bold statements.
Didn't know if you would get to this and was going to link it for you. The Parsons, Hubbard, Crowley debacle is one of my favs.
Absolutely, haha. I think a majority of his relationships were a bit ridiculous and comical. Sometimes due to others (hubbard in this case) but usually as a direct result of his Egocentrism.
I really think the man was truly the Andy Kaufman of the occult.
Al was showing charlatans for what they were along with the sheeple.
He was always the performer and magician, more in the stage tradition. I think that is his greatest irony lost on his "followers". He had more in common with the vaudevillian magician than any performer of "serious" Magick. The question always: how much of his life, his greatest trick, is smoke and mirrors?
More Marx (of the Groucho variety) than Mesmer.
A man of extremity and honesty and willing to go to extremes to help others find honesty for themselves. Like many of such character, he paid dearly for it.
I doubt his greatest sin to be ego-centrism, but rather hubris. It was unfortunate he was never able to find a worthy opponent, a friend.
Folks attracted to such people are rarely worthy of challenging their master. Who knows what would have become of good ol' Crowley had he ever found a man to fill his father's shoes . . .
After all in hindsight, his blistering critiques of his contemporaries all pretty much panned out rather prophetically. Crowley didn't place himself in too high esteem, actually not in enough. He thought nearly everyone was a brilliant and clever as he. On that account, as I am sure you painfully aware he was absolutely wrong.
Anyway, you might find such comments odd coming from a "Christian". And you ought.
I can't help but admire people who ruthlessly pursue their path and who do not suffer fools lightly, no matter how painfully it twisted and turned them in the end. If all we Christians pursued our way with as much diligence and effort, the world would change over night.
If his last words were indeed: I hate myself
, he left us fools with one last trick to try to figure out.
Wait, did I just write a eulogy to the Anti-Christ?
Love IS the Law.
Love under the Will of God.