Osho Rajneesh, Indian mystic who promised utopia and ended up with bioterrorism in US

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More than 30 years after he died, Indian mystic Rajneesh, popularly known as Osho, is still providing food for thought toauthors, scriptwriters, and movie producers. He ran a commune in the United States, had a fleet of 93 Rolls-Royces, and propounded a radical form of spirituality before he was arrested and deported to India in 1985. He built his empire selling enlightenment.

His controversial legacy still can’t be put to rest. Osho is known for his outlandish philosophies and the blind faith his followers or ‘Rajneeshees’ have in him. Led by Ma Anand Sheela, the spokesperson for the Rajneesh movement, they orchestrated the 1984 bio-terror attack in the United States — the largest in the country’s history. In the 1960s, he became known in India as the ‘sex guru’.

But Osho’s teachings — ‘Rajneeshism’ — still live on in meditation centres around the world. His followers wear the signature crimson kurtas. Netflix released a documentary called Wild Wild Country on the mystic in 2018.

Rajneesh was born Chandra Mohan Jain in a small village in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh. He completed a postgraduate degree in philosophy from Sagar University and took up a teaching job at Raipur Sanskrit College.

But he found his true calling as a meditation instructor, and later, a self-styled guru.

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  1. In the 1980s Osho Rajneesh tried to force his rule over part of Oregon. Today his devotees still promote him online. The dead guru haunts the Internet.

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