Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) March 08, 2017
Each year, thousands of individuals from some 50 nations gather to celebrate the birthday of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. He was born on 13 March, 1911 and the celebration of his 106th birthday will take place this month in Clearwater, Florida. Held by the Church of Scientology, the event honors Mr. Hubbard and his humanitarian works as they have served millions internationally. The occasion will then be shown at hundreds of Scientology churches around the globe to thousands of viewers.
Although best known for Dianetics and Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard cannot be so simply categorized. If nothing else, his life was too varied, his influence too broad. For example, there are tribesmen in Southern Africa who know Mr. Hubbard only for his educational discoveries. There are factory workers across Eastern Europe who know him only for his administrative discoveries. Then again, children in Southeast Asia may know him as the author of their moral code – the non-religious common-sense based The Way To Happiness, translated into 114 languages and distributed in over 170 countries. Readers in dozens of languages know him for his novels. And there are countless individuals who hold his works in Scientology as the spiritual cornerstone of their lives. In point of fact, Smithsonian magazine selected L. Ron Hubbard as one of the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.
The annual celebration traditionally features stories and anecdotes from Mr. Hubbard’s more-than-grand life, as depicted by Hubbard’s Biographer, Mr. Danny Sherman, and drawing from Hubbard’s own letters, diaries and published works. Thousands look forward to this presentation every year. The occasion will also feature the past year’s accomplishments by those organizations dedicated to reaching out and helping individuals with the spiritual technologies of Dianetics and Scientology. Mr. Hubbard wished for expansion of these organizations more than anything else since these are the means by which his legacy of knowledge and practical tools are forwarded to help others. As he once wrote, “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.”
To understand how one man could become so accomplished and influential in such humanitarian fields as these and to consider that he was also an expert aviator, mariner, musician, photographer, filmmaker, poet and even horticultural researcher, one would need to know something about his broader life.
L. Ron Hubbard was born as the son of a US Naval Officer and his life was one of travel and adventure starting from an early age. By nineteen years of age, he had traveled over a quarter of a million miles, interacting intimately with cultures of Guam, Japan, and China as well as the Native American Blackfoot tribe to which he was ceremonially inducted as a blood brother at the age of six. Through a chance acquaintance at the age of twelve, he was tutored by a firsthand student of Sigmund Freud and given a first introduction to the human mind. He became the nation’s youngest Eagle Scout at just weeks past his thirteenth birthday and at the age of sixteen he served in the Montana National Guard’s 163rd Infantry where he distinguished himself as a marksman while also editing his high-school’s newspaper.
Following high school, Hubbard studied engineering and molecular physics at George Washington University while simultaneously engaged in extracurricular experimentation to isolate a postulated life force at the root of human consciousness. And during the same time, he gained renown as a daredevil glider pilot and Midwest barnstormer.
In the 1930s, and as a means to fund his continuing philosophic research, Hubbard began what would become one of the most prolific writing careers of any age and, drawing on his expansive firsthand adventures, assumed legendary status in the Pulp Fiction movement as an author of mysteries, westerns, aerial thrillers, high-seas adventure, science fiction and even the occasional romance. He has been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records as Most Published Author, Most Translated Author and Author with Most Audio Books.
After admission to the prestigious Explorers Club and earning both a Master of Steam and Motor Vessels license as well as a Master of Sail Vessels license for Any Ocean, he was commissioned in 1941 as a Lieutenant of the United States Navy Reserve. With U.S. involvement in World War II, Hubbard soon served in Australia, at the command of a convoy escort vessel in the Atlantic and then with a subchaser in the Pacific, as well as election to the U.S. Naval School of Military Government at Princeton University. While recovering at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital from injuries sustained in combat, Lieutenant Hubbard employed the first techniques of Dianetics to remove “mental blocks” with the effect of speeding recovery of otherwise terminal patients.
The years following the war were filled with continuing research and refinement of Dianetics methods. His activity included addressing as a lay practitioner some 350 cases drawn from convalescent homes, probation departments, a Georgia State orphanage and mental wards, as well as service as a Special Officer of the Los Angeles Police Department where he further studied the criminal element.
In 1950, Hubbard’s first popular book on the subject of his research was released as Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. It soon hit the New York Times bestseller list and it remained on that list for twenty-eight consecutive weeks, inspiring what newspapers described as the fastest-growing movement in America. As he continued his research in the years to come and he found himself addressing mankind in the realm of spirituality, the applied religious philosophy of Scientology was born. And the rest, though it could fill volumes describing a life of humanitarian dedication, is history.
Today, Mr. Hubbard’s materials on Dianetics and Scientology include three encyclopedic series and some 3000 taped lectures. All told, his philosophic contribution represents more than 75 million written and recorded words. Together these materials constitute the largest single body of work on the human mind and spirit.
For more information on the life and works of L. Ron Hubbard, visit http://www.lronhubbard.org.