an Art of Dying fragment
A friend of mine who years ago spent an extended period (nine or so months, if memory serves) one-on-one with Our Prince — and consequently got to observe Him in all kinds of situations, including while writing — told me that based on LRH’s behavior and countenance he suspected that Our Prince at times channeled some celestial being when he wrote.
No, seriously, that’s what he thought.
Now, I don’t know whether He channeled anyone or not, but what I have come to realize over the years is that whether the source of His writings was Our very Prince or some Celestial Ditto, some of what He wrote and said was and remains, in many aspects, amazingly true.
The document called “The Factors” is one example.
I guess as good a definition as any of the word “factors” would be those things or events that contribute to what now is. The New Oxford American Dictionary sums up a factor as: “A circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result or outcome.” Nicely put, I think.
Our Prince wrote (or took down) these Factors on April 23, 1953, and signed the document:
“Humbly tendered as a gift to Man by L. Ron Hubbard.”
Both classy and sweet, methinks; though almost over-played.
But more than that, and more importantly, from my now long-time and deeply held Buddhist view, and from personal experience and insight gained in meditation, I am amazed at how true some of Our Prince’s factors ring.
From the top then, each Factor in italics, my comment in not.
Factor One: Before the beginning was a Cause and the entire purpose of the Cause was the creation of Effect.
All Buddhist (and many other) schools agree: the ultimate truth is a never-caused, unconditioned, potential-loaded Emptiness or Nothingness (sometimes referred to as Nirvana).
A small but significant detour into the Scio Axioms will shed more light on this Princely Truth:
Axiom One: Life is basically a static. Definition: a life static has no mass, no motion, no wavelength, no location in space or in time. It has the ability to postulate and to perceive.