Thursday, October 07, 2010

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John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

New film by Richard Beymer on David Lynch Following His Master’s Footsteps Throughout India

You are Invited to a Sneak Preview

Richard Beymer’s Stunning New Film from India
“David Lynch Follows His Master’s Footsteps”

Saturday, October 9 • 7:30 pm
Dalby Hall, Argiro Center • Maharishi University of Management

$10 General Admission • $5 Students

Tickets can be purchased at MUM Bookstore & Flying Leap Art Space

All proceeds go to the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment

Be in your seat promptly at 7:30 p.m!
There will be no seating once the film begins!

In December 2009, David Lynch retraced Maharishi’s travels across India in the years before Maharishi inaugurated his Spiritual Regeneration Movement in 1957. Richard Beymer’s stunning new documentary follows David up into the Himalayas, to Jyotir Math, where Maharishi spent much of 13 years with his teacher, Guru Dev; and to Uttar Kashi, where Maharishi spent two years in silence following the passing of Guru Dev in 1953. We go with David to Jabalpur, near the birthplace of Maharishi; and to Ramashram, Kanyakumari, and Trivendrum–all rare and special sites integral to the founding of Maharishi’s movement. Richard’s filmmaking is artful, magnificent, and captures the behind-the-scenes look and feel as David and his traveling buddy, Bob Roth, make their way with awe, humor, and dogged persistence to each new destination. See David Lynch at his best: wise, funny, insightful, and inspired.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Very interesting. Thanks, Revoluce, for sharing this. I hope the film will not be confined to Fairfield or those strictly TMish. - While as a travelogue I think this would be a very, very interesting film, there's something about David Lynch as a person/speaker that tends to creep me out. When he does that "thing" with his fingers when he tries to talk about transcending, I just have to look away.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

This isn't related to the previous posts of this thread, but a question occurred to me that I though someone here who had more experience with various spiritual practices than I do could answer. I received an e-mail from the TM center in Arlington, Virgina (where I used to live until I moved to Juneau, Alaska earlier this year), and they were talking about 'ahimsa' as a concept arising from the Yoga Sutra. I think they were trying to explain how the 'Maharishi Effect' worked. They way they put it. Ahimsa is 'when a person is established in non-injury (peaceful action), in the vicinity of that hostile tendencies are eliminated'. The examples they used were Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Now, I'm a great admirer of both, one having freed a whole people and the other an entire nation by peaceful means, and both may well have been established in 'Ahimsa', but the fact remains that both were shot and killed, so I was wondering if anyone here could shed further light on the concept. Thanks.

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