Documentary on Osho Rajneesh to be released by Netflix

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NEW YORK – Netflix will later this month release a documentary series about the late, self-exiled Indian guru Bhagwan Shree ‘Osho’ Rajneesh who came to Wasco County, Oregon, in 1981 and founded Rajneeshpuram, an ashram based on harmony, free love and the crafting of the New Man, according to a Den of Geek report.

The series ‘Wild Wild Country’, will consist of six episodes that will show how the controversial cult leader built “a utopian city in the Oregon desert, resulting in conflict with the locals that escalates into a national scandal,” according to its synopsis on YouTube.

According to the Den of Geek report, Shree Rajneesh, whose real name is Chandra Mohan Jain, allegedly poisoned hundreds of people in 1984 with Salmonella bacteria to rig local elections throughout restaurants in Dalles, Oregon but said that he was in meditation, blaming his secretary Ma Anand Sheela (Sheela Silverman).

But he had already destroyed the image of the Hindu guru with his fleet of Rolls Royces as well as his allegations of prostitution and drug running in India before finding the Rajneesh Foundation International and was deported from Oregon in 1981.

The Rajneesh cult came in conflict with its neighbors in the town of Antelope and the residents there ended up attacking the ashram compound, causing the cult to arm itself.

This then attracted the attention of the FBI, who also found other evidence against Rajneesh including immigration fraud, election rigging, smuggling and a planned assassination attempt on the presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney Charles Turner.

Except that did not stop Rajneesh and he went on to gathering more followers under the names of Osho and Acharya Rajneesh.

He died on January 19, 1990.

The series is executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass and directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, according to scroll.in.

According to scroll.in, the six-hour long documentary was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and will be streamed on Netflix from March 16.

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  1. I hope the documentary correctly explains that Rajneesh disciples set off the bomb in the Portland Oregon Rajneesh hotel to gain sympathy. There was no terrorist attack against them.

    “Adolf Hitler’s violence with the Jews was far more peaceful, because he killed people in the most up-to-date gas chambers, where you don’t take much time.” – “Thousands of people can be put in a gas chamber, and just a switch is pressed. Within a second you will not know when you were alive and when you died. Within a second, you evaporate.” – “The chimneys of the factory start taking you, the smoke – you can call it the holy smoke – and this seems to be a direct way towards God. The smoke simply goes upwards.” — Osho’s own words from his 1985 book, From Death to Deathlessness.

    During official testimony at the United States District Court in Portland, Oregon, Ma Ava (Ava Avalos) stated that Ma Anand Sheela had played a tape recording of a meeting Sheela had with Rajneesh about the ‘need to kill people.’ Ma Ava stated under oath that “She (Ma Anand Sheela) came back to the meeting and … began to play the tape. It was a little hard to hear what he was saying … And the gist of Bhagwan’s response, yes, it was going to be necessary to kill people to stay in Oregon. And that actually killing people wasn’t such a bad thing. And actually Hitler was a great man, although he could not say that publicly because nobody would understand that. Hitler had great vision.” See:

    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/73907-ava-avalos-trial-testimony.html#document/p53/a14420

    See “Osho, Bhagwan Rajneesh, and the Lost Truth” at:
    http://meditation-handbook.50webs.com/osho2.html

    and “The Ridiculous Teachings of Wrong Way Rajneesh: at:
    http://meditation-handbook.50webs.com/wrong-way.html

  2. I was Bhagwan Rajneesh’s second Western sannyasi, just behind Ma Ananda Prem. I lived in his Bombay apartment at Woodlands Building in the bedroom next to his in 1970 and 1971. I wrote the introduction to *The Silent Explosion* and came up with the title at his request, and helped edit the book, which was a collection of essays I picked myself. I was at Poona 1 and left India in August 1975. After that I only visited the infamous ranch in Oregon twice for two meditation camps. The last time I went there the atmosphere was so totalitarian and sick I vowed never to go back. The man was on drugs and that was easily visible in his face. Rajneesh’s/Osho’s downfall reminds me of David Lean’s movie, *Lawrence of Arabia*. Power went to his head and he started to believe his own propaganda about himself.

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