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Wild Wild Country

Post by Onceler » Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:30 pm

Anyone watching this documentary on Osho? It’s on Netflix and is beyond fascinating. Only saw the first part and not sure where it’s going, but it seems fairly even handed......it has a lot of original footage.
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Post by eputkonen » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:29 pm

I have finished it. It was interesting.
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Post by CaiHong » Mon May 14, 2018 9:52 pm

hi Oncler
I am 64 and we'll remember the events as they unfolded on the news. I used to hangout with the Rajneeshi's as they were known then.
I really enjoyed the doco, I came away thinking that as a doctor of philosophy and being at the right time he was able to put together his teachings that offered it all. That he was unaware of what was going on in his own community,that his strong denunciation of Sheila didn't sit well with me, there seemed to be something missing that I would like to have seen better explored.
The use and abuse of power is a theme that I find fascinating and how we can be swept along with it and compliant with the gradual loss of human rights for the greater good and protection of the community from outside evil.

ET in one of his talks made reference to some guntoting spiritual community was it that one?

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Post by Onceler » Tue May 15, 2018 11:57 am

Hi Carl,

I don’t know about the ET reference, unfortunately this may apply to a number of spiritual communities. I thought it a timely comment on our current xenophobia about anything different, immigrants, etc. the community and Osho were definitely on to something but imploded in a spectacular manner. I remember it as well, vaguely.....I was in my early twenties and had a friend in DC who was part of the community and always wore red.

I wonder about the allegations that Osho was drug addicted. A cautionary tale for sure.
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Post by CaiHong » Tue May 15, 2018 10:43 pm

To be quite honest I thought both communities quite awful in their behaviour. The saying "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely".
I remember in history class the teacher favouring a benevolent dictatorship as the best form of government, personally a half jokingly say I would prefer a well programmed computer governing me.
The program held my interest because of how the communities dealt with each other and within themselves.
I think this is why I am still such a big fan of The Walking Dead, often defending the show saying it's not just about Zombies that's the subplot, anyway I digress.
Rajneesh comes off as too much of the showman to appeal to my sensibilities ET more to my taste.
As for Rajneesh being on drugs, what kind of drugs was he rumoured to be on?

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Post by kiki » Wed May 16, 2018 1:17 am

I pretty much blew off OSHO/Rajneesh when I first heard about him in the 70s because of the bad press he was getting. Plus, I couldn't really understand what he was saying. It wasn't until I had my breakthrough that was triggered by Tolle that I revisited the writings of OSHO, and I found them to be refreshing and quite profound. Suddenly, everything he was saying made sense to me, so I bought his "Book of Secrets" 15 or 16 years ago, and it's a treasure trove of pointers. His clarity was even breathtakingly beautiful at times, and he can be quite entertaining as well.
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Post by randomguy » Tue May 22, 2018 12:09 pm

Oh that's about Osho? I will check it out. The trailer got my attention. I really don't know the story of his ranch.
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Post by Onceler » Tue May 22, 2018 12:24 pm

Caihong,

There were allegations toward the end of the documentary that he was on drugs given by his personal physician.....so I guess ‘legal’ ones.

Kiki, he may have been a good philosopher, but he definitely made some bad personal choices, especially about who was running his organization, Sheela! Who is a complex character herself and perhaps the more interesting character. Have you seen the documentary? I highly recommend it.
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Post by kiki » Tue May 22, 2018 1:07 pm

but he definitely made some bad personal choices, especially about who was running his organization, Sheela!
I have no dispute with this. Yes, he obviously made some decisions that caused one to wonder, and others that did not serve his movement well. That's why I ignored him when all the bad press started to emerge.
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