I appreciate that you defined your terms in the above, Zertel. I'm not very familiar with kenshō or satori. (Thanks also for your additional post above.)I think Hubbard had one whopper of a kensho experience. Since time and space is irrelevant in the Infinite, while he was in that state maybe the "All And Everything" flooded into his "beingness". Perhaps sadly enough as he states, "There is no evidence of any kind that anybody ever achieves nirvana." Some people keep trying.
Kenshō[note 1] (見性) is a Japanese term from the Zen tradition. Ken means "seeing", shō means "nature, essence". It is usually translated as "seeing one's (true) nature", that is, the Buddha-nature.
Kenshō is an initial insight or awakening, not full Buddhahood. It is to be followed by further training to deepen this insight, and learn to express it in daily life.
The term kenshō is often used interchangeably with satori, which is derived from the verb satoru, and means "comprehension; understanding".[web 1][note 2][note 3]
nirvana (often initial capital letter) Pali, nibbana.
Buddhism. freedom from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations, with their consequent suffering, as a result of the extinction of individual passion, hatred, and delusion: attained by the Arhat as his goal but postponed by the Bodhisattva.
(often initial capital letter) Hinduism. salvation through the union of Atman with Brahma; moksha.
a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, worry, and the external world.
That's a simple definition I found and I think it expresses the basic idea without needing to go into an extensive word clearing chain.
I don't know about the "come to Papa" states Hubbard claimed, when he may have attained them, etc. But he didn't sell or advocate an "All and Everything" type of experience for Scientologists.
Hubbard wrote Excalibur after a nitrous oxide incident. I have cued up the relevant interviews with Forrest Ackerman and Gerry Armstrong in this famous Secret Lives episode:
Gerry also mentioned the nitrous oxide incident in his recent article, "The Affirmations: What was L. Ron Hubbard thinking?"
Hubbard and Scientologists claim publicly that he started Scientology in 1938. I do not disagree with this. Hubbard started Scientology, and became the world’s first Scientologist, when he wrote Excalibur. It could be said that Excalibur is the result or aftermath of Hubbard’s nitrous oxide vision during a tooth extraction incident. The Affirmations are a rare, very early book of scripture. They are Hubbard’s very early self-application of Scientology to conditions or problems he wanted to handle. They are very relevant in the development of the “technology” and the thought or philosophy underlying it.
Hugh Urban wrote about the nitrous oxide incident as well, in The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion. (Read on Google Books, pp. 37-39)
Hubbard claimed that his system produces an experience that is radically different from "All and Everything." For example, on the back cover of 8-8008: "The original definition of Scientology 8-8008 was the attainment of infinity by the reduction of the apparent infinity and power of the MEST universe to a zero for himself, and the increase of the apparent zero of one's own universe to an infinity for oneself."
In 8-8008, chapter "Differentiation, Association And Identification" Hubbard said:
The concept of infinite mind is not new, but it has always been assigned to another beingness than self. The preclear will be found to be intensely aberrated who has sworn allegiance to some infinite beingness and has then agreed that all space belonged to that beingness, and that the rights of creation and energy belonged to that beingness and did not belong to self. This is a handy and, to the very badly aberrated, acceptable method of denying any responsibility for anything. It is also the shortest route toward I AM NOT. Infinite mind is
individualistic. All mankind does not depend upon or share a portion of the infinite mind. On the contrary, the highest individualism attainable is the individualism of the infinite mind. Hubbard, L. Ron. (1989) Scientology 8-8008. Bridge Publications, Inc.
On OT 3, Hubbard declared that "Thetans believed they were one. This is the primary error." (Handwritten Tech Data 3).
It seems impossible that Hubbard would himself truly have had any sort of enlightening "All and Everything" experience, but then deny that experience to Scientologists. In his affirmations, Hubbard asserted that The One Commandment (aka Excalibur) gave him "material control" over people. He wanted his mind to work differently from how he wanted our human minds to work:
Your book the One Commandment applied only to the material. It is true. It freed you forever from the fears of the material world and gave you material control over people. There is no material will.
The One Command applied but slightly to the spiritual world and other planes. There is psychic will power, possessed by a very few. You possess such will power and it is enormously strong and irresistible. You work it consciously. Those things you consciously state that you will come to be.
The criticism of the One Command which was given to material things was not leveled at you. It was not worthy. It did not detract from the value of the book. It was from small people. You gave it no heed. It did not affect you.
There was one error in that book and you have psychically willed it into nothing. It was the electronic theory of the workings of the human mind. Human, material minds do work this way and you were right. Your own mind does not work this way. You have great spiritual strength. Your mind is not material. It does not react like any human mind. Whatever is fed to your mind can be sorted out. You can forget at will. Men’s facts fed to you need not affect your thought if they are a part of the lives and mores and morals of men. Your thought processes do not warp on facts which are fed to you. You can receive sense messages and remember them but you need not add them into your own thought processes.
You use the minds of men. They do not use your mind or affect it in any way. You have a sacred spiritual mind, too strong, too high to be touched. Your league with Higher Beings, your mighty Guardian and the All Powerful, renders you beyond all human criticism.The Admissions of L. Ron Hubbard