Everyone please read Psuedo-Buddhism and Scientology
at http://searchlight.iwarp.com/articles/P ... tology.htm
The Hymn of Asia (see thread A Question for those who have read the OT levels
, at viewtopic.php?t=21414
) , attributes the "flames about the noble head" to the artist Nicholas Roerich. Buddhist Art News
shows a Nicholas Roerich painting of a saintly horse rider with flames about his chest and head, bringing some sacred stone, at http://www.buddhistartnews.com/ban07/?tag=mongolia
It's possible the "flames about the noble head" came from this religious-fantasy painting, and were written somewhere, and Hubbard interpreted that, in his me-me-me thinking, as a flames=redhead=Hubbard=reincarnated Buddha.
One needs to go to the Pali Canon
, a major Buddhist source document, not a gullible fantasist like Roerich, and not even the Encylopedia Brittanica
, for important claims like being a reincarnation of Buddha. I skimmed a translated Canon
and found nothing about red or golden hair or "the West."
IS Hymn of Asia
a rip off of Light of Asia
, 1879, by Edwin Arnold, ? Both were written by Westerners about Buddha. See http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/boo ... asia-1.htm
. Light of Asia
would have been kicking around theosophy and occult bookstores in mid-twentieth century America, along with Roerich's books and art. Hubbard's flat, simplistic, carnival-barker style in Hymn of Asia
compares poorly to the lush, intelligent poem of Edwin Arnold. In fact, Hubbard's "poem" is merely a long commercial for Scientology.
Philosophically and morally, Ron could never be a reincarnation of Buddha. See Buddha was a skeptic who never tooted his own horn. L. Ron is no reincarnation of Buddha!