How and Why Millions Celebrate the Birth Date of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard
The birth date of Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, is celebrated in 160 countries during March by the church, which now numbers about nine million members world-wide. With such wide membership and influence, the question has been raised by millions more as to how this annual event is celebrated.
The watershed moment for Mr. Hubbard on this path of research and discovery came in 1950, when he published the book, Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health, the first text ever written on the human mind and life that was at once comprehensive and workable and accessible to anyone. Released on May 9th, 1950, the work immediately topped the New York Times bestseller list, remained there for 26 weeks and gave rise to some 750 Dianetics groups within the first year of its publication. As he commented, from that time forward, “my life was no longer my own.” Within weeks, people lined up on his lawn to find out more and the book has since gone on sell over 21 million copies internationally in over 70 languages.
Within two years of this book release, his research had taken him to higher plateaus of awareness and new benchmarks of discoveries that would achieve the vision he had to help mankind.
Thus, the world-wide birthday celebration of L. Ron Hubbard’s life, is for the most part, celebration of the happiness and success of those who benefit from his discoveries in
many areas of life.
In the last chapter of the Dianetics book, Mr. Hubbard’s described his plans to “further research into life force,” which led in 1952 to the birth of the Scientology religion, “The study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life.”
L. Ron Hubbard drew from the larger body of Scientology procedures to develop an array of social betterment technologies.
Programs using Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries in drug rehabilitation are five times more effective than any other similar program. His breakthroughs in the field of learning and literacy are used in more than 500 centers and have been incorporated into whole educational systems, with dramatic increases in student achievement. His program for criminal reform, which produces a greater than 80 percent reduction in recidivism, is used in more than 2,000 prisons and penal institutions internationally. And the distribution of Mr. Hubbard’s common sense moral code, The Way to Happiness, has statistically reversed declining moral trends across entire communities.
Another part of that world-wide birthday celebration is today release of historical documentation of his life, and verified writings, and restored recordings. In keeping with this, the Church of Scientology International has released a digitally restored version of the exclusive 1966 filmed interview, An Introduction to Scientology, in which Mr. Hubbard explains why he dedicated his life to this work and answers the most commonly asked questions: “What is Scientology?” “Why is it a religion?” “How do people benefit from it?” The DVD is available from any Scientology church and can be ordered online at http://www.scientology.org/interview.
For more information on L. Ron Hubbard and the Scientology religion visit www.lronhubbard.org and www.scientology.org
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