THE MAKING OF A SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PAUL TWITCHELL AND ECKANKAR
THE SCIENTOLOGY CONNECTION
Paul Twitchell and L. Ron Hubbard
Paul Twitchell was highly influenced by L. Ron Hubbard and his
religion Scientology. Recently, a number of important documents have
surfaced which shed more light on Twitchell's involvement with the
group. A former scientologist and friend of Paul Twitchell in the
"Paul Twitchell was a writer hired by L. Ron Hubbard to be in charge of selecting articles on Scientology submitted by parishioners to be published in either Scientology publications or elsewhere as a testimony to the worth of Scientology. When Paul Twitchell found out about the inner workings of Scientology, I remember him saying, "Boy, there is a lot of money in religion."Paul Twitchell regularly wrote for a Scientologist magazine entitled, Ability, which was published in Silver Spring, Maryland. For instance, in issue 61 of "Ability" Twitchell wrote an article called "The Psychology of Slavery" and in issue 70 he composed a piece titled "Outsight." In both articles Twitchell speaks very highly of L. Ron Hubbard. Below are two pertinent excerpts which exemplify Twitchell's keen regard for the founder of Scientology:
"To build an attitude of defeat into the mind's of the enemy is the constant goal of the dictators. Fortunately for the human race there are capable individuals who, like L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, leader of one of the many groups, are working to help man free himself from such ruthless control. Freedom from artificial conditioning of ingrained reflexes against enslavement of the reactive mind makes such individuals dangerous to the totalitarians. Scientology can undo, fortunately, the poison of psychology the mass-mind has been fed.What is most controversial about Twitchell's involvement with Scientology, though, is the fact that he blatantly plagiarized from L. Ron Hubbard's works. A classic example of this comes from Letters to Gail where Twitchell copies L. Ron Hubbard's "The Axioms of Scientology" without mentioning his source. The implication is that Twitchell invented the axioms. The following is a comparison study of Paul Twitchell's plagiarism:
Axiom 1. LIFE IS BASICALLY STATIC. Definition: a Life Static has no mass, no motion, no wave-length, no location in space or in time. It has the ability to postulate and to perceive.
Axiom 2. THE STATIC IS CAPABLE OF CONSIDERATIONS, POSTULATES, AND OPINIONS.
Axiom 3. SPACE, ENERGY, OBJECTS, FORM, AND TIME ARE THE RESULT OF CONSIDERATIONS MADE AND/OR AGREED UPON OR NOT BY THE STATIC, AND ARE PERCEIVED SOLELY BECAUSE THE STATIC CONSIDERS THAT IT CAN PERCEIVE THEM.
Axiom 4. SPACE IS A VIEWPOINT OF DIMENSION.
Axiom 5. ENERGY CONSISTS OF POSTULATED PARTICLES AND SOLIDS.
Axiom 6. OBJECTS CONSIST OF GROUPED PARTICLES AND SOLIDS.
Axiom 7. TIME IS BASICALLY A POSTULATE THAT SPACE AND PARTICLES WILL PERSIST.
Axiom 8. THE APPARENCY OF TIME IS THE CHANGE OF POSITION OF PARTICLES IN SPACE.
Axiom 9. CHANGE IS THE PRIMARY MANIFESTATION OF TIME.
Axiom 10. THE HIGHEST PURPOSE IN THIS UNIVERSE IS THE CREATION OF AN EFFECT.
1] Life is basically a divine spark. Therefore, this life spark has no mass, no motion, no wavelength, no location in space or in time. It has the ability to postulate and to perceive.
2] . . . It is capable of postulates and powers.
3] . . . Space, energy, objects, form, and time are the results of the powers or agreements by the Soul, they are perceived solely because Soul realizes that It can perceive them.
4] SPACE is a viewpoint of dimension.
5] ENERGY consists of postulated particles in spaces.
6] OBJECTS consist of grouped particles.
7] TIME is basically a postulate that space and particles will persist.
8] The APPARENCY OF TIME is the change of position of particles in space.
9] CHANGE is the primary manifestation of time.
10] . . . That the highest purpose in the universe is the creation of an effect.