Tim Guest gives an insider’s view of how a charlatan fooled many people most of the time in his childhood memoir of life in a commune. My Life in Orange by Tim Guest Granta £12, pp300 A large slice of my childhood was spent living in a commune in Norfolk, and a great deal of what Tim Guest recounts in his memoir of growing up as a child of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – in communes such as Medina Rajneesh in Suffolk, as well as Pune in India, Oregon and Cologne – stirs memories. I remember the absolute freedom afforded
PUNE: The celluloid image of this century’s most celebrated and controversial guru, Osho induces instant laughter and cheerful spirits in the swank pyramid shaped Osho auditorium. The occasion: Osho Film Festival 2004. Hundreds of maroon-robed Osho disciples laughed and cried in a joyous frenzy while watching the inaugural film Moments with Osho during the much-awaited festival organised by the Osho Commune International from January 3-18. In a span of 15 days, the ongoing festival will screen approximately 14 films on Osho, ranging from 25 minutes to an hour giving an honest glimpse into the public and private life of the
Fourteen years after godman Rajneesh aka Osho‘s death, a Nepalese disciple who spread the movement in this Himalayan kingdom plans to focus on India, the goal being an Osho centre in each village. Osho Tapoban in this city is a popular destination for disciples of Osho, who hit world headlines with tales of his lavish lifestyle and free sex in communes. Swamy Anand Arun, a 59-year-old civil engineer from the Terai plains who became the first follower of Osho in Nepal and then his “ambassador” entrusted with establishing the movement in the Himalayan kingdom, says it was no easy task.
PUNE: From black slippers, an ordinary watch and an unstitched white cloth to Rolls Royces, diamond-studded Swiss watches, rich flowing gowns and Gucci goggles. This is the story of Osho, who first came into the limelight as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. For the first time ever, the Osho Commune International here has organised a public screening of rare film and video footage providing extraordinary glimpses into the public and private life of the late controversial mystic (1931-1990). The commune will be screening a series of 14 films on Osho, ranging in duration from 25 minutes to an hour, during the Osho
The New York Times, Dec. 10, 2002 http://www.nytimes.com/2002/ By AMY WALDMAN PUNE, India — Participants in the Osho Commune International wear maroon most of the time, because that is what Osho wanted. For evening meditation they wear white, because Osho wanted it that way. They takes AIDS tests before entering the commune, because Osho said they should. The buildings in the commune are black, with blue film on the windows — yes, Osho wanted that, too. But these days almost nowhere in the commune that bears his name are there pictures of the late Osho himself. Would Osho have wanted
The Times of India, Dec. 5, 2002 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ PUNE: Osho disciples and the friends of Osho Meditation Centres on Friday urged Vinod Khanna, Union minister of state for tourism and cultural affairs and also an Osho disciple, to inquire into the activities of the Zurich-based Osho International Foundation and protect the Dhyan mandir at the commune. Over a hundred Osho disciples, led by Ma Yoga Neelam and Swami Chaitanya Keerti, submitted a memorandum to Khanna in the evening when he was on his way to inaugurate the Pune International Film Festival. Khanna stopped his car on the road leading to
The Hindu (India), Nov. 22, 2002 http://www.hinduonnet.com/ Pune, Nov. 22. (PTI): Disturbed over construction of the new Osho Auditorium by demolishing the Buddha Hall, a rebel Oshoite and former spokesman of the Osho Commune International Swami Chaitanya Keerti, has urged the Centre to institute an inquiry into the issue. Keerti, who was among the 21-member “inner circle” of late Bhagwan Rajneesh alias Osho, charged the present management of the Osho Commune in Pune of being responsible for the destruction. The hall, which is being revered by thousands of Osho disciples, was being demolished by the management of Osho Commune International.
The Times of India, Nov. 11, 2002 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ ABHAY VAIDYA PUNE: Big changes are silently taking place at the Osho Commune in Pune where the Commune authorities have begun dismantling the much-revered Buddha Hall and opened new facilities such as a pyramidshaped auditorium and a hotellike ‘Guesthouse’. While the nine-storey black Pyramid is described by the Commune authorities and rebel sanyasins as the realisation of Osho’s last wish, there are sharp differences between the two over the dismantling of the Buddha Hall. Constructed in 1975 at the Koregaon Park Commune, thousands of Osho sanyasins have strong emotional attachment with the