Introduction: the Phoenix lectures contain some very fundamental data that I heartily recommend to everyone. Ron also explains how Asian knowledge of man as a spiritual and immortal being reached the Near East via the Silk Road, and from there to Europe.
Read Max Hauri's introduction letter to this article below.
A slightly different Christmas story: Notes on the Lectures – Phoenix 1954
If you wish to have the audios of the lectures, please send an e-mail to Max and let him know what you would like.
Here is an excerpt from the Phoenix Lectures #4
Now we find however, some of the things that were written by Gautama, find them very significantly interesting to us. Very, very interesting to us, completely aside from Dhyana, could be literally translated as Indian for Scientology, if you wanted to say it backwards.
And that is simply this. This was in Dharma Pada: “All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.” Interesting, isn't it?
The next verse you might say is: “By oneself evil is done; by oneself one suffers; by oneself evil is left undone; by oneself one is purified. Purity and impurity belong to oneself; no one can purify another.”
Well it's just as you say, you can't grant beingness to the preclear and overawe him, you've got to have him working on self determinism or not at all, if you wanted to give that any kind of an interpretation. In other words, you've got to restore his ability to grant beingness or he does not become well. And we know that by test.
And we go here into the next verse: “You yourself must make an effort; the Buddhas are only preachers. The thoughtful who enter the way are freed from the bondage of sin.” The toughful.
Now the next one: “He who does not rouse himself when it is time to rise, who, though young and strong, is full of sloth, whose will and thoughts are weak, that lazy and idle man will never find the way to enlightenment.”
The common denominator of psychosis and neurosis is the inability to work.
And the next verse: “By strenuousness, his strenuousness is the path of immortality, sloth the path of death. Those who are strenuous do not die, those that are slothful are as if dead already.”
Now this is some of the material from that.
Recently, a friend came to see me and brought an old Scientology book dating back to 1954 from her grandmother. Probably the last copy on this earth, printed and distributed by HASI, Hubbard Association of Scientologists International.
The title of the book is “Notes on the Conferences – Phoenix 1954”. Not to be confused with “Notes on the Lectures” from 1951, which has always been available all these years – and which is in fact the predecessor of the forthcoming “Phoenix Lectures” published in 1968. Both books are based on the Phoenix Lectures Ron gave in 1954 in Phoenix.
The attached book, “Notes on the Lectures – Phoenix 1954”, is a collection of quotations from these lectures. HASI is also mentioned at the beginning of the book:
“The following notes were taken from the July 1954 lectures, given by L. Ron Hubbard at Phoenix. We have tried, as far as possible, to keep exactly to the text of these lectures and the notes do not contain any opinions or evaluations of our own. They are designed for people who are attending, or who have attended, the Professional Courses, as an aid to their studies. They do not in any way obviate the necessity of listening to the tapes, and are therefore unsuitable to the layman.”
Indeed, the Phoenix lectures contain some very fundamental data that I heartily recommend to everyone. Ron also explains how Asian knowledge of man as a spiritual and immortal being reached the Near East via the Silk Road, and from there to Europe.
“Notes on the Lectures – Phoenix 1954” is only available in English and as we have the lectures from Phoenix in German and French, this book is unlikely to be translated.
For those of you who speak English, I'm enclosing the first three lectures via this blog. I consider them to be Christmas reading worthy of the name. In my opinion, these three relatively short lectures are definitely among L. Ron Hubbard's best, and I can't recommend them highly enough.
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