Hubbard published various wordings that related Scientology to knowledge and published them in several of his basic books, such as Scientology 8-80, Creation of Human Ability, and Scientology 8-8008. The definitions and descriptions from those and other sources became the technical definition of Scientology, per Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary:
SCIENTOLOGY, 1. it is formed from the Latin word scio, which means know or distinguish, being related to the word scindo, which means cleave. (Thus, the idea of differentiation is strongly implied.) It is formed from the Greek word logos, which means THE WORD, or OUTWARD FORM BY WHICH THE INWARD THOUGHT IS EXPRESSED AND MADE KNOWN: also THE INWARD THOUGHT or REASON ITSELF. Thus, SCIENTOLOGY means KNOWING ABOUT KNOWING, or SCIENCE OF KNOWLEDGE. (Scn 8- 80, p. 8) 2. Scientology addresses the thetan. Scientology is used to increase spiritual freedom, intelligence, ability, and to produce immortality. (HCOB 22 Apr 69) 3. an organized body of scientific research knowledge concerning life, life sources and the mind and includes practices that improve the intelligence, state and conduct of persons. (HCOB 9 Jul 59) 4. a religious philosophy in its highest meaning as it brings man to total freedom and truth. (HCOB 18 Apr 67) 5. the science of knowing how to know answers. It is a wisdom in the tradition of ten thousand years of search in Asia and Western civilization. It is the science of human affairs which treats the livingness and beingness of man, and demonstrates to him a pathway to greater freedom. (COHA, p. 9) 6. an organization of the pertinencies which are mutually held true by all men in all times, and the development of technologies which demonstrate the existence of new phenomena not hitherto known, which are useful in creating states of beingness considered more desireable by man. (COHA, p. 9)
7. the science of knowing how to know. It is the science of knowing sciences. It seeks to embrace the sciences and humanities as a clarification of knowledge itself. Into all these things—biology, physics, psychology and life itself—the skills of Scientology can bring order and simplification. (Scn 8-8008, p. 11)8. the study of the human spirit in its relationship to the physical universe and its living forms. (Abil 146) 9. a science of life. It is the one thing senior to life because it handles all the factors of life. It contains the data necessary to live as a free being. A reality in Scientology is a reality on life. (Aud 27 UK) 10. a body of knowledge which, when properly used, gives freedom and truth to the individual. (COHA, p. 251) 11. Scientology is an organized body of scientific research knowledge concerning life, life sources and the mind and includes practices that improve the intelligence, state and conduct of persons. (Abil Mi 104) 12. knowledge and its application in the conquest of the material universe. (HCL 1, 5203CM03A) 13. an applied philosophy designed and developed to make the able more able. In this sphere it is tremendously successful. (HCO PL 27 Oct 64) 14. an applied religious philosophy dealing with the study of knowledge, which through the application of its technology, can bring about desirable changes in the conditions of life. (HCO PL 15 Apr 71R)— L. Ron Hubbard
Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary
There is an occult meaning of “Knowledge” or “Knowing how to know” which is evident in a study of the Mystical Qabalah. Such study is a basic prerequisite for the A.’. A.’., Aleister Crowley’s training school for magicians.1 The image to the right includes a “false” or “hidden” sefira called Daäth, which relates to an occult concept called the Abyss.
Aleister Crowley explained Daäth and the Abyss in this way:
For the purpose of studying these Little Essays, it will be sufficient if a bare outline of the Cosmic Theory which they imply be given: but it may be added that, the fuller the comprehension of the Tree of Life which the reader brings to them, the clearer will their thought appear, and the more cogent their conclusions.
This is the quintessential principle of the Soul, that which makes man at the same time identical with every other spark of Godhead, and different (as regards his point-of-view, and the Universe of which it is the centre) from all others. It is a Point, possessing only position; and that position is only definable by reference to co-ordinate exes, to secondary principles, which only pertain to it per accidents, and must be postulated as our conception grows.
This is the Creative Impulse or Will of Jechidah, the energy which demands the formulation of the co-ordinate axes aforesaid, so that Jechidah may obtain self-realisation, a formal understanding of what is implicit in its nature, of its possible qualities.
This is the faculty of understanding the Word of Chiah. It is the intelligence or intuition of what Jechidah wishes to discover about itself.
These three principles constitute a Trinity; they are one, because they represent the being, and apparatus which will make the manifestation possible, of a God, in manhood. But they are only, so to speak, the mathematical structure of man’s nature. One might compare them with the laws of physics as they are before they are discovered. There are as yet no data by whose examination they may be discerned.
A conscious man, according, cannot possibly know anything of these three principles, although they constitute his essence. It is the work of Initiation to journey inwards to them. See, in the Oath of a Probationer of A.’.A.’. “I pledge myself to discover the nature and powers of my own Being.”
this triune principle being wholly spiritual, all that can be said about it is really negative. And it is complete in itself. Beyond it stretches what is called The Abyss. This doctrine is extremely difficult to explain; but it corresponds more or less to the gap in thought between the Real, which is ideal, and the Unreal, which is actual. In the Abyss all things exist, indeed, at least in posse, but are without any possible meaning; for they lack the substratum of spiritual Reality. They are appearances without Law. They are thus Insane Delusions.
Now the Abyss being thus the great storehouse of Phenomena, it is the source of all impressions. And the Triune Principle has intended a machine for investigating the Universe; and this machine is the fourth Principle of Man.
This may be translated Mind, Spirit, or Intellect: none of these is satisfactory, the connotation varying with every writer. The Ruach is a closely-knitted group of Five Moral and Intellectual principles, concentrated on their core, Tiphareth, the Principle of Harmony, the Human Consciousness and Will of which the four other Sephiroth are (so to speak) the feelers. And these five principles culminate in a sixth, Daäth, Knowledge. But this is not really a principle; it contains in itself the germ of self-contradiction and so of self-destruction. It is a false principle: for as soon as Knowledge is analysed, it breaks up into the irrational dust of the Abyss.
Man’s aspiration to Knowledge is thus simply a false road: it is to spin ropes of sand.2
In Dianetics: The Original Thesis, Hubbard made specific claims about Dianetics in terms of the Abyss:
It is a purpose of Dianetics to pass man across the abyss of irrational, solely reactive thought and enter him upon a new stage of constructive progression to the ultimate goal.
- Ref. The Mystical & Magical System of the A.’.A.’., by James A. Eshelman. Go to Google Books for an introductory explanation for the Tree of Life by Lon Milo DuQuette, student of the A.’.A.’. , from Angels, Demons & Gods of the New Millenium. ↩
- Crowley, A. (n.d.) Retrieved on 22 June 2013 from http://hermetic.com/crowley/little-essays-towards-truth/man.html ↩