LostInTheMovies wrote:it does make me want to take a look at the Vedic scriptures which have supposedly had a big impact on Lynch (through the Maharishi, whose teaching he avidly followed). I suspect Fire Walk With Me is a more Hindu film than many realize (the last sequence in the Lodge, with Bob taking the garmonbozia definitely feels this way to me, though perhaps the vaguely Indian-sounding Sycamore Trees instrumental adds to this vibe). There was a comment I read once, somewhere, about the Maharishi believing that Transcendental Meditation generated an energy which spirits devoured for their sustenance. That certainly caught my attention in light of FWWM & garmonbozia. Not sure if this is the case though or if it was an anti-TM conspiracy theory.
I’ve known about this for a while, and I always sat on it because I didn’t want to get into controversial territory. I was tempted to get into it a little ways back when discussing the transformation of pain and suffering into a golden substance of nourishment. Since you’ve mentioned it, we may as well discuss it, because I have no doubt that there is a direct relationship between TM and TP mythology.
I think that Garmonbozia is a sort of flip side of Maharishi’s reinterpretation of Vedic and later Hindu scripture. It came out in a court case, apparently with a videotape as evidence, that the Maharishi, who claimed TM was not religious, did, in fact, preach about Hindu gods. Those practicing TM would produce “Soma
” in their bellies through meditation and prayer. The gods would then descend to feed upon this nutritious substance. So, these Gods, Indra principally among them, would more-or-less feed upon the well-being of the TM practitioners. Therefor, the Black Lodge spirits feeding on Garmonbozia produced through “pain and suffering” is a straightforward reversal of this phenomenon. So the Lodge spirits, in this sense, are demonic counterparts to the benevolent(?) Hindu deities. It’s easy to imagine that the White Lodge inhabitants may have represented the Hindu gods, and therefor may have benefited from the well-being of citizens of Twin Peaks (and perhaps of the greater earthly realm).
From what I can glean, the Maharishi’s apparent conception of Soma is not the same as the original Vedic interpretation. The difference being that Soma was produced from plants (etc.) and consumed without any mention about religious practitioners producing it in their bellies.