DIANETICS, SCIENTOLOGY & BEYOND BY L. RON HUBBARD
or thousands of years men have sought the state of complete spiritual freedom from the endless cycle of birth and death and have sought personal immortality containing full awareness, memory and ability as a spirit independent of the flesh.
The dream of this in Buddhas time was called Bodhi, being the name of the tree under which he attained such a state.
But due to the unknown presence of the reactive mind and its effect upon the spirit as well as the body, such periods of freedom were difficult to attain and were, as we have found, temporary.
Further, few could attain even this temporary state and those who did acquired it at the cost of decades of self-denial and personal discipline.
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