Why so little conspiracy chatter about Lynch? Is it just too obvious to even warrant passing interest?
I’ve been a fan of David Lynch since the first airing of Twin Peaks. When I was quarter century younger and TP first aired, I was impressed and started taking to the movies as well. My gradual appreciation for conspiratorial allusions in all things Lynch only added to my impatience as I awaited the fabled 3rd season of TP and I can happily report that the marathon 4 hr premiere was another tour de force, at least for me. However, a few things have changed since seasons 1 & 2, most notably the internet. The same internet that allows almost anyone with time and curiosity to find all sorts of information and opinions that would otherwise never surface in the average person’s life. So it hadn’t taken long for me to wonder whether all the conspiracy chatter about freemasons, jews, the ‘deep state’, ‘globalists’, etc might have something to say about Lynch, specifically about TP. I spent a lot of time keenly trying to find juicy podcasts but always came up a bit short. Maybe I just wasn’t searching properly, maybe my assumption that youtube should have every conspiracy or disheveled self-declared prophet’s rants on every imaginable subject was over-optimistic but I never did, and still haven’t, stumbled across much. Surprisingly, most conspiracy websites or podcasts seem uninterested. I did come across a few very notable exceptions though. The most recent was by a ‘jay dyer’ who I didn’t bother with because I listened to one of his podcasts about something else and wasn’t impressed. An earlier one was a youtube video suggesting that TP was some kind of secret code relating to the disturbing and much publicized ‘jon benet ramsey’ murder, which was interesting but not super convincing. Another was a website that provided lengthy and elaborate discussions about TP’s use of european pagan mythology, which seemed pretty well done and accurate. I discovered it a few years ago while lurking in various online David Lynch forums, in particular the ‘World of Blue’ forum, in which it had been discussed and linked to in a thread. Much as the forum and the webpage made for some good reads, I couldn’t help wondering if there might be something missing. The webpage did not, as far as I could find, discuss anything related to eastern mysticism or ‘dharmic’ traditions, even though it should be pretty obvious that they merit some consideration whenever turning to David Lynch’s work. The WoB forum however, did include a lot of discussion about ‘eastern’ or ‘dharmic’ stuff. Most of it got boring pretty fast but there were a few memorable threads well-suited for anyone with a lot of time to waste and an obsession with Lynch and the esoteric. The forum posters made reference to the infamous ‘dugpas’ (evil monks/demons in tibetan buddhist lore) and magical experiences outside of linear time — or just outside of a non schizoid waking state — that Lynch fans are familiar with. There was also a forum member dedicated to exploring every nook and cranny of the Lynch portfolio with extensive and extremely intricate analyses, all based on buddhism. I didn’t find much from that member’s threads that ultimately amounted to a whole lot content wise but whoever s/he was really ran with it and did a good job. It seemed pretty legit…with the exception of one thread that stuck in my mind.
David Lynch is not a hindu and don’t you ever forget it.
It’s difficult to imagine any Lynch threads without also anticipating something about TM or Transcendental Meditation, the ‘organization’ led by a ‘Maharishi Yogi’, that had won international fame in its heyday after attracting the attention of the Beatles. (In case you’re wondering, I’m going with the word ‘organization’ rather than say, ‘religion’, for reasons that will eventually make themselves clear.) Most Lynch fans know that he has often professed the benefits to his life of being a longtime member and a practitioner of its mysterious form of meditation, that paying members are initiated into. TM did come up in the forum and it definitely enriched the discussion, making for enjoyable reading. Most entertaining was the questionably arrived at and hardly credible ‘consensus’ that the suggestion that David Lynch was some sort of hindu, including by David Lynch, was foolishly uninformed. It was also apparently a serious enough ‘mistake’ that no thread could ever be left with any semblance of doubt as to it’s supposed falsity. I’m not a part of TM so I can’t speak for it but I have to say, it seemed a bit bizarre. Nonetheless, I did initially entertain the possibility that people had been mistaken when, after years of very frequent and public references to TM, they assumed that Lynch was some sort of hindu so I was curious enough to return and read the discussion that unfolded. Unfortunately, what followed was neither convincing nor, imo, completely innocent in spirit. Conspicuously efficient and occasionally ridiculous, a small but entrenched ‘Lynch is not a hindu’ crowd that controlled the forum undertook to correct anyone ‘misinformed’. In the end it appeared that they had convinced a few ‘people’ (or forum accounts, at any rate) but it didn’t take hold for everyone, myself included. In fact, it raised a bright red flag in the back of my unnecessarily vacuous, wasted manchild mind.
When Lynch says he’s a hindu, he’s lying because he doesn’t understand that the TM he’s been practicing for decades and that is widely understood as hindu, apparently isn’t hindu but rather ‘vedic religion’…whatever that means.
I would much less pretend to speak for mr Lynch than I would pretend to be an ‘expert’ about much of anything but the notion of DL not being hindu left me somewhat puzzled. Not because he almost always works with certain themes common to the rubric of ‘hindu religion’. No, not because it seems like he’s imagining reincarnation or transmigration of souls or has characters seemingly exchanging identities. Not because his movies often include what might be interpreted as circular time. Not because he makes a point of undermining the day to day banalization of our limited perceptions or selectively imperfect memories. Not because when pressed for detail about almost anything, he usually declines by deferring to an ineffability that he, while flitting his fingers in the air bergman style, just sort of ‘feels’. Admittedly, there’s a lot that could easily lead someone to believe that he’s hindu even if it also doesn’t mean he has to be. Especially since these themes can easily overlap with other religions and could be associated with almost any form of mysticism or even just an interest in the supernatural, whether or not related to a religion. No, the reason I found the unflinchingly aggressive assertions that Lynch was not a hindu puzzling, was that David Lynch had already described himself as one.
Now, I might be way off here but I usually take someone’s publicly declared religious identity as kind of a slam dunk. Turns out, as the forum would have it, I’m way off. At least that’s what the moderators and several long time posters on the Lynch forum suggested…and suggested…and suggested. Let’s just say, it was a very firm, persistent ‘suggestion’. Their efforts seem to have payed off in the end because I’m actually starting to come around now…although not for the reasons they were presenting as somehow convincing. More for reasons that help explain why people controlling a forum about a famous movie director might be more invested than seems normal, in ensuring that the David Lynch brand not be perceived by the public as hindu even if he’s practiced TM for decades and, in fact, even if he said he was hindu.
I don’t think many people would not have questions about that. It was an unexpected plot twist to watch the hindu label swiftly and carefully dismissed by several people including moderators. Even more bizarre were the arguments that were supposed to be credible. The initial response to the ‘mistaken’ belief that Lynch was hindu relied heavily on mentioning any and all other possibilities as though they were, either individually or collectively, more integral to Lynch’s work. People chimed in about tibetans, buddhism,(well, he did refer to tibetan buddhism very conspicuously in TP) ‘americana’, animism, bonism, christianity, native american lore, shamanism, taoism, pagans, druidism, and there was even a comment about ‘judeo-freemasonry’, which was actually tolerated, albeit with no responses. When that didn’t seem to convince everyone and the forum was reminded of Lynch’s longstanding identification with TM, the next wave of increasingly strange but well-coordinated responses once again rolled in like a thick fog, blurring the view with unassuming but impressive hostility toward everyone’s previous field of vision, undeterred by any presumptions of what people may have thought they’d seen, relentless, confident…prepared. Some were the same people in the first wave of denial and others were new but equally determined ‘educators’, committed to correcting certain alarming ‘mistakes’ that might undermine the properly understood and acceptable labels for TP and Lynch movies. With the beautiful unison of a well practiced synchronized swimming team, they hovered around the ‘controversial’ assertions in perfect harmony, tagging each other in and out of the lucha libre circus the thread was starting to remind me of, setting each other up for a highly organized, structured series of steps toward the smothering of any non-believers in favor of an obviously prearranged ‘consensus’. It seemed ridiculous but the imposed assertion that Lynch was not hindu actually lived on, presumably from other people eventually giving up in stupefaction at what they were reading. Because it really was hard to take seriously.
For starters, people were told to believe that TM is not hindu. In other words, the organization often described as ‘new religion’, ‘religious cult’, ‘ashram’ or, for the apparently uninformed, ‘hindu’, was in fact not hindu. Bear in mind that, ‘hindu’ is kind of an umbrella term, the details of which can be pretty vague… kind of all encompassing in fact. To be fair though, it’s true that there’s a lot of shifting and shuffling of dates and terms by various ‘scholars’ of hinduism, often for shady reasons and often subject to equally shady ‘new’ and ‘different’ understandings of languages, categories, population groups…or just pieces of rock. Regardless, whatever the latest ‘solid new research’ has yielded, I don’t think too many people would be offended by the ‘crazy proposition’ that an organization formed and led by a ‘yogi’ named ‘maharishi’ who is indian, was raised in india as a ‘hindu’ and achieved his supposed status as a ‘yogi’ in an unambiguously hindu ashram before heading up his own religious group that he names ‘transcendental meditation’, might, perhaps, just possibly be…hindu. Maybe? Do you think? Yeah, so did I. It didn’t occur to me at all that that might just be a wildly uninformed guess, especially since TM’s foundational texts are the same ones as in hinduism. And here’s where it gets a little kooky, perhaps appropriately so since we are after all talking about the weirdest brand in popular cinema. Hinduism’s foundational scriptures are the Vedas, from which the other texts and related branches of hinduism, by definition originate. Enter the tricky crazyclowns. For some ridiculous reason, certain people seem to have chosen to re-classify the various ‘dharmic’ traditions of india. It’s certainly possible…just like any category can always be broken down into as many smaller subcaterories as imaginable. Turns out someone imagined that it would be a good idea to pretend there’s a meaningful difference between hindu and vedic religion as practiced today. They’re not saying vedic religion is an archaeological and historical speculation that is a part of hinduism’s early foundations, they’re saying it’s not hindu. That way, people can also say that TM is in fact ‘vedic…umm..religion’ and therefore is also not hindu. Unfortunately for them however, there isn’t much of a ‘consensus’ about what a supposed ‘vedic religion’ would even have been, much less one that is supposedly revived today. But hey, that’s never stopped the campus parasites from making new shit up by inflating the value of a few bits and pieces and then playing different kinds of tetris on other people’s dime, to arrive at a slightly new conclusion that their cult leaders decided, in recent lodge meetings, to start using as part of a broader political strategy. Perhaps that’s not a problem though because as a supposedly separate label, it refers to something now obsolete for millennia and therefore cannot be a malappropriation of any living people’s words or cultures. Besides, mr. Yogi no doubt knows what ‘vedic religion’ should be, so we can take people’s word for it. Nevertheless, without the Maharishi’s magic TM secret, it’s not something that has much meaning, other than that it supposedly used to involve sacrificing horses into a fire. If it’s supposed to be significantly different than hinduism, I’m not sure I, or anyone really, knows exactly why.
Harmless? Probably. Still, on first blush the idea that ‘vedic’ should be so insistently preferred instead of just hindu, seems not only mistaken but suspect. Why even bother when, whatever someone might want to claim ‘vedic religion’ should be, it’s never going to credibly differ much from hinduism anyway? Additionally, what is publicly available about TM does not in fact differ much, or at all actually, from the wide and flexible category of hinduism. Because the truth is that hinduism is practically a non term that doesn’t have a problem assimilating anything that could conceivably be absorbed within it’s general and very fuzzy boundaries apart, perhaps, from a total rejection of vague and simplistic broad premises underlying ‘dharmic tradition’. So if someone isn’t hindu they have to be pretty radically different from the many, often disorganized and frankly pretty murky, variations that easily fall under the hindu banner. In fact, I think it’s very likely that the only people who are not hindu are not hindu because they specifically don’t want to be, not because hinduism wouldn’t find a way to assimilate their local culture or idiosyncratic adaptation of kinda dharmic somesuch into its forever and routinely revisable mishmash of anything and everything. In some cases it’s probably just the result of refusing to accept that certain priests generally identified as hindu can have as much or more authority as another community’s priests or holy men. However, when we’re talking about something that originated in india, be it an esoteric, ‘philosophic’ or other religious tradition, school of meditation, yogic ‘technique’, recitation or flat out invention of a mantra, creation myth, metaphysical assertion, peculiarity of diet, astrological method or anything related to somehow defining and accessing a higher ‘reality’, immediately or after this life, it is in no cases the result of radical divergence from anything hindu. If something is from india that isn’t a result of abrahamic transplants, rest assured that any requirement that it not be hindu, not just that it have it’s own name and recognized variation but that it also be ‘wrong’ to refer to it as hindu, is exclusively due to political motive, never because the beliefs are incompatible with ‘hinduism’. Moreover, since there aren’t any modern day ‘vedics’ –if that’s even a word — to offend, the simultaneously uncompromising and conceptually barren insistence that Lynch not be hindu becomes even more curious. It’s hard to imagine which people would prioritize differentiating themselves from the largely unassuming and notoriously recalcitrant category of ‘hindu’, especially since there are probably thousands of ‘yogi’ leaders with their own versions that are supposedly unique but fall within the general hindu mishmash. If it’s a based on a whim of the very indian, definitely hindu in the past, Bhagavad Gita enthusiastic Maharishi “not a hindu, I swear!” Yogi, it’s truly laughable, not to mention hopelessly useless since anyone possibly interested in him and his TM not only wouldn’t care but will never perceive it, along with the several other thousand yogi ‘organizations’ from india who have international (white) bases and followers, as wholly distinct from ‘hinduism’. Hope, however, is something the self-proclaimed authorities on David Lynch are incapable of losing no matter what stares them in the face. So when naive and befuddled Lynch fans happened to have furnished them an article in which David Lynch told the world about how David Lynch was hindu, the Keepers of the Lynch Brand, without breaking stride and in perfect but equally unimpressive talmudic form, proceeded to explain why God is subordinate to rabbinic deliberations about God so that everyone could sleep easy knowing that, while he said he was one, David Lynch, (being obviously subordinate these Holy Lynch authorities) ain’t a hindu.
I finally faced the light: I don’t think Lynch is hindu either.
Would a conspicuous absence of conspiracy buzz about one of the most bolstered, well received, and widely promoted directors lead people to come up with a conspiracy theory about them? Maybe not. Maybe it’s just so obvious as to be a waste of time, even a bad idea. Sadly for me, bad idea is my middle name. Bad ideas have, I’ve implicitly been told, suffocated and embarrassed me for years now, what a shame.
Being a political stage prop past its originally intended utility gives me a lot of spare time. Time to waste meandering through all manner of unseemly conspiracy ‘theories’. Aliens, secret societies, ancient babylonian astrology, freemasonry, organized pedophilia, international finance, world government, black market money laundering, yada yada yada. I wasted so much time wading through these grubby plebeian displays of ‘religious delusion’, ‘bigotry’ and ‘mental laziness’ (intellectual inferiority too though, right? wink wink nudge nudge), along with all the rest of the ‘garbage’ that the internet sadly affords the many ‘under-educated’ little people the chance to spew unrestrained, that I was even starting to get bored. Until about 7 or 8 years ago. Sometime around 2008/9 (or was it 2010?) I finally stumbled onto something different. In some ways, it was kind of basic and unimaginative compared to say, evil lizards or human cloning. It was pretty down to earth and matter of fact, no religious grand theories, no secret sci-fi realities leaked by mysterious ‘whistleblowers’, not even a money laundering or governmental corruption crime saga. But if anything, that made this website’s assertions even more engrossing to me and apparently to a lot of other disillusioned ‘seekers’. The kind who weren’t sufficiently servile to make a life as professional ass-lickers in any of the ubiquitous campus cults whose leaders get time and money to churn out carefully pre-ordered, sophisticated (usually…) and most of all, approved indoctrination so that the selected metascript for the university-validated ‘intellectuals’ can dominate the collusion based credibility market and filter out the undesirable opinions of the ‘lesser’ intellects. However, the ‘lesser’ intellects unworthy of being conferred full citizenhip (or personhood really) by the campus parasites and other narcissistic ‘academes’, were not quite as easily dismissed this time. It turned out that those with too much time on their hands due to SWSI (the crime of studying while socially inferior) had found a plausible, documented and groundbreaking new popular story whose premise that the ’60s ‘counter culture’ was fabricated by the US gov’t is now widely acknowledged and has already served as a catalyst for similar enquiry about other more recent cultural phenomena.
Is David ‘weird genius’ Lynch an artist or an agent for some kind of international deep state propaganda?
And then it struck me. The WoB forum was right all along: David Lynch is not a hindu! because TM practitioner or not, Lynch could easily be little more than a figurehead for a brand that has nothing to do with his real life. The entire substance of the DL brand, its developing consistency of message and the basis for DL’s ‘auteurship’ might, for all we know, be the product of long term heavily researched set of military files. A series of pych experiments, social science research, marketing studies, expert consultations, administratively justified opinions, memos and recommendations reviews and considerations etc passed around to a select crowd of lucky (or possibly very bored) bureaucrats’ desks in a section of the US(?) military. It is now completely believable that a hidden, experienced and well resourced clan with some connection to the more secretive upper regions of ‘military intelligence’ (based on Dave McGowan’s Laurel Canyon research) undertakes a host of operations so as to produce a meta narrative of themes and storylines before DL even knows whether he’ll be developing them into one of the captivating finished products we know and love.
Pure speculation, yes. Unlike the late great Dave McGowan’s entries on the initial musical outfits that propelled the original ‘hippies’ of Laurel Canyon (now only available as a book for purchase) whose unorthodox perspective was surprisingly well documented, lending it objectively evident credibility that few people could ignore. It’s pretty obvious that he was onto something whether or not his thesis was complete or even in part incorrect because it was all based on verifiable facts that either remained previously obscure or were never contextualized with one another. Since then it’s been revealed that the notion of a gov’t fabricated ‘controlled *cultural* opposition’ is also plausible elsewhere. For example, in the back story to The Police, whose drummer was from a now famous cia family or in the origin of the Foo Fighters whose front man comes from a well entrenched military pedigree. Even Henry Rollins has some kind of military family connection. So given that DL is already pretty hard to nail down, I’m giving myself permission to let my mind wander a bit, unsupervised and even devoid of any real life data directly concerning him.
Well, not totally devoid. A few things about DL (that’s David Lynch, not Dalai Lama…) are easily accessible on line. He was born in Montana, grew up in small town America (?) lived in Pittsburgh, went to art schools including the School of Museum and Fine Arts in boston, married a Peggy giving birth to Jennifer Lynch before the age of 22 and his father was an agricultural scientist for the US gov’t. He also used to be married (?) to Isabella Rossilini, who is basically show biz royalty. I guess he met her when she was cast as the lead for one of his early feature length movies, Blue Velvet, which as I recall got A LOT of publicity and critical acclaim. In fact, I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t universally bolstered as a household name. He even got enormous support for Blue Velvet even though he had just come off of a huge commercial failure with Dune. Some people just have a destiny I guess, you know, ‘born to be’ as mtv says.
And actually, I do think DL had/still has a destiny. As much of a destiny as Dalai Lama and probably one that’s very similar. His movies are riveting and the TP season 3 premiere did not fail to ‘hook’ and reel me in for another thoroughly enjoyable ride. Perhaps though, do we have, in addition to DL, a wing of the US military deep state to thank for that? One that is also quite keen on making the world a better place through ‘progress’ and global ‘collaboration’? I don’t think it’s too far fetched. As a matter of fact, I also think it explains why the DL brand may have been revised away from hinduism toward buddhism, taoism, and north american and celtic mythology. It’s another layer of the DL phenomenon that I can’t ignore and that may well provide unwelcome order to the hypnotizing and mysteriously powerful world of DL, including one of TP’s most tantalizing secrets.
What is Blue Rose?
There’s a secret in the fuzzy boundaries of DL’s vision. It’s a secret in the world of DL’s movies which include a network of powerful, dangerous media producers and the players in the theatre who know about ‘silencio’ even if they don’t remember. There’s a very overt secret — but still a secret — in Twin Peaks as well called Blue Rose that some fbi characters know about but can’t disclose. Whatever it might be, inverted twin triangles transposed upon one another form a very recognizable jewish model of reality…which is funny because that is the one conspiratorial aspect that, unlike virtually all others, is not obviously referred to in DL’s world. (see brief point form notes : #13)