By 1979, Rajneesh was already a cult
figure and his ashram at Pune was virtually taken
over by wealthy westerners where allegedly sexual orgies abounded.
Drugs smuggling, bioterrorism and prostitution - the god was omnipresent
everywhere with feet of clay, of course. Simmering resentment and
opposition from the otherwise, conservative locales of Pune saw
him being thrown out of his Pune ashram. Rajneesh fled to America
to find his fortune, which he did.
The fortune: A 65,000 acre of Big Muddy Ranch
in eastern Oregon, diamonds as gifts from disciples and a fleet
of not less than 18 BMW sedans.
However, he was soon to fall from the grace
of local administration and was deported to India in 1985.
had already made his booty in the US and then, grandly declared
that in the US he was a "Jesus crucified by Ronald Reagan's
Rajneesh's unorthodox often bizarre thoughts
and practices always courted controversies.
His Oregon headquarters, Rajneeshpuram, and the sensational experiment
with sex and de-conditioning provoked antagonism and heightening
his notoriety. Lurid confessions of sexual harassement have come
from his disciples who claimed to have been abused and used by the
Years after his death, Rajneesh's rich and
famous disciples have ensured that his creed survives
Osho cassettes, Osho books, the sprawling ashram at Koregaon in
Pune which is a more of a tourist resort - Osho has become among
the most successful commercial brands in the market today.