David Lynch interviews Paul McCartney (Part 1) about Meditation and Maharishi (How it started)
The David Lynch Foundation
Paul McCartney talks to DLF.TV about his involvement with TM and the "Change Begins Within" benefit concert.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr played together for the first time since 2001 at the Change Begins Within benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall on April 4th, 2009 hosted by the David Lynch Foundation.
David Lynch: First of all, its a real big honor to interview you, to talk to you Paul, and I've got to tell you I am not a professional interviewer. But I'm curious. So I'll just ask you some things. And I'm curious - I assume some time in the sixties, set the stage, when did you first hear the word meditation and what did you make of it?
And I was personally not in a good place. I think you know, just overdoing it in the sixties. So I was just not very - sort of - centered and I was looking for something. I think we all were.
So we heard that Maharishi was going to have a meeting and give a lecture. So that was the first time I've heard about meditation.
But we'd actually seen him when we were kids growing up in Liverpool. Because as you know he went around the world seven times to spread his message. And he was on TV. And we remembered this giggling little guy and we thought, we loved him. We just said he's so cool! you know. And he was just on TV, and he was giving an interview and he would giggle - that fabulous laugh of his. And he was very entertaining and very attractive. So we all said that's that guy! But then I say, he was giving a lecture.
David Lynch: Where was it?
Paul McCartney: In London.
David Lynch: But do you remember the place?
Paul McCartney: I don't remember it. I think it was in Kensington, Chelsea or somewhere. But — so that was the first time I heard about it and we all went along to listen.
David Lynch: And in the talk — what feeling, you know, came over you about what he was saying - his message?
Paul McCartney: It was very interesting. It was very calming. And it seemed like something that was worth trying. He put it very well. He made it seems simple, he made it seemed very attractive, and so I think we were all just sold.
And I say his personality was a lot to do with Maharishi, you know. You know I think, you'd seen all the people who were maybe a little more serious and, it wasn't a bad thing, but he put humour. He had a very infectious sense of humour. So I think that was very attractive to us, it was a great message, it was something we felt we needed, but put over in this way, it was very attractive.
So I think that was very attractive to us, it was a great message, it was something we felt we needed, but put over in this way, it was very attractive