Friday, December 19, 2008

LT158: We Hope You Have Enjoyed the Show


This is the promised post about something I stumbled upon and if you know me, I see LOST in anything and everything. Yeah, I’m seeking help. So forgive me for this one in advance, because this has a .4815162342% chance of having anything to do with the show. Instead, think of it as a prime example of someone who spends way too much time thinking about LOST.

Actually, it is my son who needs the help…musically, that is. Unfortunately for him, he was born about 23 years too late in order to enjoy first-hand some of the best music ever produced. I’m referring to the Beatles and more specifically, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Being a responsible parent, I sit him down about once a week and we play a classic rock album together. In preparation for this, I do a little searching to find some background information to make it more meaningful. For example, did you know that “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was inspired by a drawing young Julian Lennon brought home from preschool and not the drug, LSD? Yeah, right, John. The claim is that the painting was out of character for Julian, he sensed it, and told his father that a classmate named Lucy had painted it. Thus, the inspiration is a child’s painting.

Setting the drugs aside, I suppose the story could have some truth in it, if you can trust John Lennon’s version.


If you notice the words in bold, they all have LOST connections. Maybe a few were even missed. For example, one phrase in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is the phrase, “Plasticine porters with looking glass ties”. (Yeah, no drugs involved here!) Lennon says this was borrowed from a book he read by Lewis Carroll. And we know Carroll has been found in LOST references.

The Beatles have been referenced on the show in other ways including Charlie’s tattoo which contains the lyrics from “Strawberry Fields Forever”. The lyrics are “living is easy with eyes closed”.

So imagine my further interest was piqued when I came a cross probably the least known song on the album and it had more connections!


According to my sources, this was written by George Harrison. According to Wikipedia, the song references Hindu ideas. Allow me to paraphrase the entry and see if you pick up the same LOST vibes that I got.

The first verse says:

“We were talking about the space between us all
And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth then it’s far too late when they pass away”

The Hindu idea of Maya is that all mortal people live in a false reality and what people perceive as reality is actually an illusion. What if the survivors are being described here? What if they think the island is reality, but it is a false reality? Am I over-analyzing?

In the next line it suggests that if a person doesn’t grasp this concept it is too late in this life, but Hinduism teaches reincarnation? Many have suggested purgatory for the premise of LOST and reincarnation is a form of after-life, so maybe this song is the show’s premise?

Consider this line in the song: “With our love we could save the world...try to realize it’s all within yourself, no one else can make you change.”

If this isn’t a summary of Season 2, then I don’t know what is!

The love that Harrison refers to is the doctrine of Dharma. Now do you see why I’m interested? Wiki says, “George was trying to reference the idea that people could keep the world from being destroyed (DUE TO ITS CYCLICAL NATURE) by following Dharma”. Cyclical nature? Loop, dude, loop!

It goes on to say that since the concept of Dharma is not followed, the world must be destroyed. Yet, like the bird Phoenix the earth will rise again. Follow Dharma, the world won’t end.

The song later references the Hindu god, Shiva, who destroys everything in the FOURTH age. This leads to the concept that ultimately all things are one. This is observed from studying water.

Read the entire write-up here:


Shiva, the Hindu god, means “red”. Many have observed the “red shirt syndrome” on this show and the use of colors. Shiva is one of EIGHT main doctrines.

He is also known as Rudra in other religious variations of Hinduism – the god of storms. Doesn’t it rain a lot when important things take place on the island? And Rudra is associated with the symbol of an arrow, like the kind shot through Ben/Henry by Danielle.

Shiva is also depicted with a third eye – remember this as it is the basis of a future post!

And like all great gods, many temples were built in his honor. And where are the Hostiles sent to? Hmmm…

Also…when Desmond flashed back to buy Penny’s ring, he runs into Charlie performing on the streets singing a song by the group Oasis. Oasis recorded a version of Harrison’s, “Within You Without You” on the 2007 Sgt. Pepper’s tribute album.


Hey, I warned you this was a bit far-fetched, but if learn one of the writers of LOST is a follower of Hinduism and the Beatles…well…you heard it hear first. I’m sure of that.

The only benefit to this rambling post is that if true, we should notice the fact that the earth is destroyed (or the island) and it is rises again like the Hurley bird! Maybe this means the island didn’t move but was reborn.

And the concept of water being a continual cycle (or recycle) may strengthen the theory that LOST is showing us the multiverse of life. So we may learn the only way to really stop the world from being destroyed is not by pushing a button, but by having faith (see last post on dedicated and frenzied concentration)…real faith.

If I’m on the right track, the faith of the Survivors is going to be tested big time. Watch someone get asked to sacrifice their son for the cause. Did someone say Claire?

Anyway, this has been bouncing around in my head for a few days now, and I just had to get it out.


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