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Sunday Herald - Scotland    Translate This Article
9 November 2007

On 9 November 2007 Sunday Herald - Scotland reported: About 400 people at the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), in Scotland were recently treated to a question and answer session by film director David Lynch, and a song fest by Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of culture.

The Sunday Herald reported, 'Lynch, the director of art cinema milestones including Blue Velvet and Eraserhead, and creator of the television series Twin Peaks, is in Scotland to talk about Transcendental Meditation; he has practised it for much of his adult life and says it has helped him make his films.'

He explained how, when Transcendental Meditation was included in the curriculum of some American schools, such problems as violence, stress, drug abuse, even suicide were prevented.

The Sunday Herald reported, 'Two years ago he formed The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace with the aim of funding the teaching of Transcendental Meditation in schools. One of the reasons he has come to Scotland is to announce the establishment, probably in Edinburgh, of a new university based on the technique and named after Donovan.'

When someone asked why his films are so dark if he is full of bliss, the Sunday Herald quoted him as saying, 'I get asked that a lot. All great stories have conflict and contrasts—highs and lows, darkness and light, all kind of torment and suffering. But the artist doesn't have to suffer to show suffering. You just have to understand suffering. And when you experience this transcendent level, understanding grows.'

In his book, Catching The Big Fish, the director explains that he learned to meditate 'for the first time at the Transcendental Meditation Centre in Los Angeles and remembers that it was like being in a lift when the cable is cut. He plummeted through several levels of intellect and splashed down into ''the ocean of pure consciousness''—the level from which he says all creativity, happiness and intuition emerges,' the article stated.

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