Scientology service to mourn Isaac Hayes
In life, soul icon Isaac Hayes was many things.
He was a music pioneer, actor, author of a cookbook and the voice of a cartoon character.
He was also a Scientologist.
Hayes, who died Sunday at age 65, will be remembered at a memorial service Monday at Hope Presbyterian in Cordova.
With mourners expected from around the globe, a Scientology minister will lead the service to wish well to Hayes as his “spiritual being” moves into a new life and body.
“One carries on lifetime after lifetime,” said Tommy Davis, a longtime friend of Hayes and a spokesman for Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles.
In Scientology, there are eight areas of understanding or “dynamics.” Church members try to reach the highest level.
Members are given the tools to deal with issues in this life and past lives that are hindering them from reaching full understanding. This is usually accomplished through a cleansing of negative energy called “auditing.”
Davis would not say what level Hayes had reached.
Scientology, which means “the study of truth,” was founded in 1954 by science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. Its adherents include many celebrities.
The Afterlife for Scientologists
Singer Isaac Hayes died on Sunday at the age of 65. Besides being a sex symbol, a soul-music legend, and a beloved voice-over artist, Hayes was also a dedicated Scientologist. According to his religious beliefs, what happens to Hayes now that he’s passed away?
His soul will be “born again into the flesh of another body,” as the Scientology Press Office’s FAQ puts it. The actual details of how that rebirth occurs are not fully understood by church outsiders, but some core beliefs of Scientology are that every human being is really an immortal spiritual being known as a thetan and that the “meat bodies” we inhabit are merely vessels we shed upon death. (Members of the elite church cadre known as Sea Org, for example, sign contracts that pledge a billion years of service throughout successive lives.)