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ellion
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Rajneesh

Rajneesh, aka Osho, is most often quoted in the GFL newsletter. I was thrilled to discover last night that NETFLIX has added a six part series on what happened to him and his followers as they re-established the location of his "tribe", if you will allow that term, back in the Eighties. I did watch four episodes yesterday and do plan to finish the series tonight. I withhold my personal opinion of these events until I finish watching, but I find it very interesting. Not only for the obvious spiritual significance, but also for the political developments it produce as far as religious freedom in the USA. If you have any inkling of interest of who this person was, as well as those that sdmonished his teachings, you would probably enjoy it as much as I. Blessings to all, ellion

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I wonder, do they portray him

I wonder, do they portray him as a prophet or a villain?

We've always gotten complaints for posting anything by him, people miss his message in all the drama and controversy. That's true for both the fools who worship him and the fools who hate him.

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It was a pretty good

It was a pretty good documentary overall Will.  The person who produced it was Osho's lawyer I believe and he seemed very objective and unbiased.

I plan to watch it again sometime in the future because there was so much to absorb, but briefly the story focused on the development of the community of Antelope, Oregon and the locals.  At first, his followers did what they could to be good neighbors, but as the community grew and basically transformed this quite little ranch town of 40 residents, law became a very big part.  

Osho had appointed a young lady named Sheila as his legal voice, and she became very vocal with it, as well as active in rebuking their assault using the law and encouraging the community members to register and vote, buying most of the ranches in town and eventually taking over the town's affairs. 

We know what happens when two big egos collide...

Then the County moved on them and she did the same but eventually lost.

In general, bad press and some very questionable actions by Sheila was their downfall.  Many of their practices were also demonize.

Although Osho stayed silent for some 3  years or so, eventually he was indited and went back to India.

The lawyer who made the doc. loved him still and moved to India also until Osho's death.

The report left me with mixed feelings because I really do agree with what Osho wrote in most cases but it is all just words like all others.  I trust my relationship with what I've learned personally and the rest is either relevant or not.

 

will
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During his period of silence,

During his period of silence, Sheila organized a terrorist attack, and she got away with it until Osho turned her in. Her insanity is one of the main reasons he's so demonized nowadays and I think that pretty much sums up how everything got so screwed up.

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I agree. 

I agree. 

When Sheila began to build an arsenal as a defense, the die was cast.  I think that many of Osho's words of wisdom  will continue to thrive regardless of the consequences that were bred by Sheilla's action.  The community itself transformed barren land into "a paradise", so it demonstrated how well people can get things done for a common purpose.

I see attempts like this as a microcosm of what is to come minus the foolishness of people worship and people's biases.  Rodney King's words will forever echo "Why can't we just get along"?  The answer is obvious for those who know.  Because people don't practice unconditional love.  :)  Take care friend 

 

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