Starting with Dianetics in the 1950s, science fiction author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard developed Scientology, which claims to make enlightenment scientifically achievable

Could there be a science of enlightenment? Centuries of philosophies, spiritual teachers, dogmas and religions later, the only thing that we humans seem to have realized is that enlightenment, or complete freedom if you will, is too much of a personal experience to be achieved systematically by all.
Bottomline: you either get enlightened or you don't.

Not so, claims Scientology, a unique 'applied religious philosophy' that has been making waves in the USA and Europe for decades with dedicated followers like Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and is now gradually introducing its doctrines on Indian shores. The underlying principle of Scientology is that man is essentially a spiritual being, with more to him than flesh and blood.

Ho-hum. Every religion has espoused the same line time and again.

True. But then, how many religions really came out with a systematic process to actualize this?

Apparently, Scientology has and, in the process, this spanking new religion (the first Scientology organization was established in 1954) claims to have demystified the path not only to the esoteric goal of spiritual enlightenment but also to the far more mundane and immediate goal of mental clarity. In fact, unlike most religions of the world, whose genesis can be traced to metaphysics of the soul, Scientology came into being from a science of the mind called Dianetics. http://www.lifepositive.com/Spirit/new-age-path/Scientology/dianetics.asp

Be sure to read the summary at the end where it talks about the similarities between Scientology, Vedic and Buddhism.

See Also

18.03 - Hubbard Scale of Consciousness
18.07 - Thought as a thing - Hubbard
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Figure 18.06 - Hubbard Tone Scale of Degrees or Levels of Consciousness
Mind Force

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