Canadian icon Leonard Cohen had long been associated with Buddhism. But the 1999 bookThe Complete Guide To The Music Of Leonard Cohen says the lyric "Did you ever go clear?" from the song "Famous Blue Raincoat" referred to the Scientology state of "Clear," which according to Wikipedia is one of two levels of personal salvation in Scientology. Cohen was a Church of Scientology member briefly, saying he heard it was a "good place to meet women." Which seems like a very Leonard Cohen thing to do. In an 1993 interview with the Jewish Book News, Cohen confirmed both the lyric and his involvement. "I looked into a lot of things when I was a young man. Scientology was one of them. It didn’t last for long. But it was very interesting, as I continued my studies in these matters, to see, really, how good Scientology was from the view point of their data,
of their information, of their actual knowledge, their wisdom writings, so to speak. It was not bad at all. I know it's scorned. I don’t know what the organization is today, but it seems to have the political residue of any large, growing organization." Cohen also added his spiritual search led him from "the Communist party to the Republican Party. From Scientology to delusions of myself as the High Priest rebuilding the Temple."
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