Monday, October 29, 2007

Get a degree in Mellow Yellowing

It's one thing for Donovan to decide to launch an "international meditation university". But quite another to decide to call it The Invincible Donovan University, which places the idea firmly on the ridicule-agenda.

Invincible Donovan seems to be aware this might leave him open to being scoffed at by small children in the street:

"I know it sounds like an airy-fairy hippie dream to go on about '60s peace and love. But the world is ready for this now, it is clear this is the time."

So... the world is now ready for the 1960s. Which means that we'll be just about in a position to accept the Clash by sometime in the early 2020s.

Invincible Donovan is basing his idea on the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:
"The Maharishi told me during that 1968 visit that I should build a university in Edinburgh. I went to my room and drew a beautiful dome-shaped place of learning," he said Friday.

"I didn't know what to do because I couldn't do this on my own. But then I met David Lynch, who told me about the positive effects of TM in education. Although it's taken me 35 years, I will do what the Maharishi told me to do."

Oh, yes. David Lynch. For some reason, Lynch doesn't get above-the-line billing for the university, but he does stress how it's going to be good news for the Scottish Parliament:
"For a country the size of Scotland it would take only 250 students meditating to protect Scotland from its enemies and to bring peace, to stop violence and drug abuse," Lynch said. "That is just a byproduct of the students meditating together."

It's unclear if English border towns, like Berwick, will also benefit from the overspill of meditation, or if they're going to have to wait for Martin Scorsese and Tom Jones to open an operation south of Hadrian's Wall.


John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Many critics consider Transcendental Meditation a cult led by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. For an alternative view of the TM Movement, readers may be interested in checking out TM-Free Blog,, or my counseling site,, where individuals recovering from Transcendental Meditation and similar groups will find helpful information.
John M. Knapp, LMSW

Anonymous said...

Cult or not many, many people have gained benefit through Transcendental Meditation. Donovan & David Lynch have both been doing it for over 30 years - both are successful, famous and made a ton of money - certainly not dumb enough to promote something dubious ...

Paul Cope - Chatham UK -

Anonymous said...

Paul Cope said...

"Cult or not..."

Best start to a sentence ever.

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