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Lynch: 'Bliss is our nature'
by Cathleen Falsani
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16 January 2005
On 16 January 2005 Chicago Sun Times reported:
The internationally acclaimed film director gives Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Transcendental Meditation Technique credit for transforming his life. 'I'm not enlightened. But it's much, much, much, much better. Life is so beautiful,' Lynch told reporter Cathleen Falsani.
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The Chicago Sun Times reporter contrasted Lynch's dark and quirky cinematic creations to his actual character, noting that he 'peppers the conversation with concepts such as light, peace, and bliss'.
Lynch told the reporter that he has been practising Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme for 31 years, and three years ago learned Maharishi's Yogic Flying Technique.
Lynch began the interview explaining, 'Pretty much everything I'm going to tell you I've learned from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He said, 'Negativity is like darkness - it goes away when you turn on this light of peace and unity. Bliss is our nature. Bliss. We should be like little puppy dogs. So happy. ... And that includes unbounded, infinite intelligence, creativity, consciousness.'
Lynch described Maharishi as 'a holy man who teaches you how to become a holy person'.
Lynch said that his earliest memory of God was 'a feeling of happiness', and that he still believes in God, in a slightly less abstract form. Lynch went on to say, 'Anybody in any religion who practises Transcendental Meditation generally says that it gives them deeper appreciation of their religion, greater insight into their religion. The bigger picture starts unfolding and things that used to bug you stop bugging you so much.'
'I sort of think that the great religions are like rivers. Each one is beautiful, and they all flow into one ocean,' he said. 'It's like a mystery. I love mysteries. And they lead somewhere. And once in a while you're going along, feeling the mystery, and you become a seeker. It just happens. I don't know quite how it happens, but you want to know. You want to experience, and you learn about things. That's what happened with Transcendental Meditation. I heard about it, and I said, ''I've gotta have it.'' And I'm glad I took that.'
Lynch talked about his experience with the TM-Sidhi Programme. 'I'm not a great flyer. . . but the experience, when it kicks in, is so phenomenal, it's not funny. It's intense bliss. And I've seen the unbounded ocean pour into me, and it's so beautiful.
'It is what they call ''bubbling bliss'', and it is so intense and so fantastic. Bliss is physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual happiness. It's so beautiful, it'll make you laugh like a little kid. It's like we're light bulbs, it just fills you up with light. And then an offshoot of that, as we see in the light bulb, the light goes beyond the bulb. So it effects the environment, and this is the principle that will bring perpetual peace on earth.'
Lynch also explained his belief that the Transcendental Meditation Programme not only produces positive effects in individual practitioners—including lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and increasing focus—it does the same for society, reducing crime rates, and even ending war.
Lynch said he is dedicated to speaking about this and trying to raise money for a permanent large group of meditators to help create world peace. 'Large groups of Yogic Flyers . . . together produce an exponential effect of bliss, coherence, peace,' he told the reporter. 'The square root of 1 per cent of the world's population, in a group, going day in and day out, will bring about peace.
'And that's what I've been trying to do in talking to people about this, and trying to raise the money to make it on a permanent basis, and I haven't had a whole lot of luck, but I'm still trying,' he said.
According to the article, the filmmaker had recently established the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that any child who wants to learn Transcendental Meditation can do so. The foundation will cover the costs of meditation instruction (about $2,500 per person), and will provide some scholarships for students who want to attend colleges where Transcendental Meditation is taught, such as the Maharishi's university in Iowa.
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