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Religion, Corruption, and Amoral Hollywood:
A Review of “Wild Wild Country”
Indian godman Osho Rajneesh’s criminal utopia in Oregon, USA
A Six-Part Netflix Docuseries; directed by Maclain Way & Chapman Way
Released March 16, 2018
The “tomb-stone” over Rajneesh’s ashes reads:
“OSHO. Never Born, Never Died.
Only Visited this Planet Earth between Dec 11 1931 – Jan 19 1990.”
A skillfully and patiently produced six-and-a-half hour docuseries, “Wild Wild Country” does not explain why Rajneesh was never born and never died. His “Buddhism” taught that the “self” does not exist. Your sense of “I,” your soul, is an illusion. You feel you are real, but you are not.
Rajneesh taught philosophy before he became a guru. He knew what the Buddha had realized and contemporary western philosophers understand: God’s death means the death of human self. If God is dead. . . no human soul has ever existed. The idea that you exist as a real person, with a unique dignity and inalienable rights, is a delusion created by the Bible.
The gifted directors of this series take more time than they need in order to explain, fairly and impartially, the conflict between Rajneeshpuram and the residents of Antelope — the little city that they won democratically. The conflict between the bad neighbors ended with Rajneesh’s arrest and exit from the USA. Sadly, the docuseries doesn’t even try to understand how a religious commune could plot to kill its own people, poison 750 voters in an attempt to win an election, and ultimately (allegedly) drug and murder its own god and founder. To discuss ethics would put the series in conflict with Hollywood’s amoral worldview.
In an interview, the directors revealed that even after completing the docuseries, they couldn’t decide whether the commune was right or the neighbors. Both seem equally right or wrong to Hollywood. Hollywood and the West’s post-Christian culture is incapable of making ethical right greater than one’s legal right.
The docuseries is silent on critical ethical issues, because long before Rajneesh, Hollywood had embraced the philosophical and ethical “silence” that Rajneesh taught and practiced. Rajneesh made it into the Guinness’ book of World Records as the man who used more printed words than anyone else to teach that “Silence” is the ultimate reality.
In this respect too Rajneesh followed the Buddha. He knew that having rejected God’s Word, the contemporary western philosophy (Linguistic Analysis, Atheist Existentialism and Poststructuralism) understands that, if there is no “Word” (Logos) in the beginning (John 1:1), then human words can have no ultimate meaning or relationship with truth. Language — our only means of making sense of anything — makes no sense itself. The best that human beings can do is to SILENCE their tongues by emptying their minds of all thoughts — by “dynamic meditation,” unrestrained sexual indulgence, and drugs.
Rajneesh rejected the Buddha’s “Middle Way” between sexual indulgence and asceticism. He was born into a Jain family. Jainism still prescribes nudity for Digamber sages. Rajneesh welcomed it for all neo-sanyasins, along with Tantric indulgence of Hinduism, Buddhism, Freud, and Playboy. Sexual discipline was seen as “repression” of our nature that leads to psychosomatic diseases. Rajneesh prescribed sexual orgies as therapy. . . the Docuseries gives only a quick glimpse of a therapy session. However, it doesn’t even try to understand the core of Rajneesh’s teaching on salvation through sex. This is incredible because the producers know that “religious” sex and drugs enabled him to build his $100 million failed utopia with 93 Rolls Royces, two Learjets, and a private airfield.
A pioneer of western postmodernism, Rajneesh taught that sexual orgasm was the easiest path to realizing your divinity. Human bondage lies in thinking of yourself as finite, as a male or female, distinct from everything else — the cosmos (which is another name for god), God and the universe are one. The Creator is the Creation. As Hindu monism (Oneism) says, you are god — Bhagwan. Sex enables you to be “Born Again” into your lost divinity. It allows you to transcend your finiteness. It makes two to become one flesh. Sex unites illusory opposites and makes them ONE — (monistic) god.
Non-Dualism, Oneism, monism, or Adwaita means that dualism of good and evil are also an illusion — a part of human bondage. In my 1977 book, “The World of Gurus,” I have quoted Rajneesh extensively. He called ethics — a belief in the dualism of good and evil — the sickness of the mind. He taught authentic Hinduism when he exhorted his commune to rise above ethics. This religious philosophy allowed his commune to plan and execute evil at the highest level.
In the Docuseries, an Australian devotee, Jane Stork, who was a part of the inner circle, confesses that twice she agreed to murder people, without even thinking of the command, “You shall not commit murder.” She served jail time for attempting to kill Rajneesh’s personal physician. In the other case of planning to murder a high government official, the judge decided to put mercy above justice because her son was dying of cancer and she went to the court voluntarily to confess her attempted crime.
The docuseries notes, but does not discuss, that Rajneesh required his followers to become Sanyasis (ascetics) who renounce marriage and family. At the same time, he didn’t consider it hypocrisy to order sanaysins to go for fake marriages in order to get visas. Rajneesh condemned marriage as most Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain ascetics do, for it is an acceptance of one’s finiteness: I am a male, I need my wife, a female, to become whole. Marriage is based on the belief that God made us finite, male and female. Rajneesh rejected the idea that we are finite creatures. He ordered fake marriages because he had no respect for the spirit of the law — ethics. To be good was to be in bondage to Dualism. The enlightened disciples needed to be clever and free to (mis)use the law to one’s advantage.
This amoral religion enabled the commune to plan to win an election to control their County by (a) bringing in busloads of homeless people from all over America as fake voters and (b) by poisoning legitimate voters. They administered drugged-beer in order to control the homeless, some of whom were criminals.
Once the court issued the arrest warrant, Rajneesh tried to flee the USA on his private planes. It was clear that his amoral disciples will fight to defend him. The commune had accumulated more ammunition than the state of Oregon. Everyday it trained Sannyasins to shoot. The state trained its police force only once a week!
Rajneesh was arrested in Charlotte after midnight, because the planes had to land for re-fuelling. He pleaded guilty and the court allowed him to return to India. . . where he was (allegedly) drugged to death by his inner group.
The Oxford University Press has just published a sensational, ground-breaking book, “Healers or Predators: Healthcare Corruption in India.” It is edited by Dr Samiran Nundy, Mr Keshav Desiraju, and Dr Sanjay Nagral. Nobel Laureate Amrtya Sen has contributed the Foreword. The book documents that in India, corruption is not limited to politics, civil services, and business. It has become an integral part of our national life, including the nobel profession of healthcare. “Wild Wild Country” demonstrates that religion that doesn’t even recognise that evil is opposite of the good, is at the root of India’s corruption.
Hollywood stars financed Rajneesh. A celebrity associated with the movie “The Godfather” became the executive head of Rajneeshpuram and Rajneesh’s personal secretary. His spirituality fascinated post-Christian America because it allowed them to be amoral. It demolished the Bible’s idea that God is holy and those who seek him need to be saved from their sins.
“Wild Wild Country” demonstrates that the West needs to be civilized again. Otherwise. . . Postmodernism is a vacuum which will be filled by diabolical “spirituality.”
Vishal Mangalwadi – 25 July, 2018