Sunday, December 11, 2011

Happy birthday, ex-Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

1931 Osho® (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh; d. January 19, 1990), controversial Indian guru, many of whose followers (sannyasins, or 'Orange People') believe he was poisoned by US government agents while imprisoned. According to his autobiographical discourses, he was born in the village of Kuchwara, Madhya Pradesh, and attained 'enlightenment' at 2 a.m. on March 21, 1953, "while sitting beneath a maulshree tree in a garden at Bhanvortal, Jabalpur, India.
His movement was, for a time, commandeered by his personal secretary, Ma Anand Sheela, from whom he eventually disassociated himself, amid claims that she had been involved in massive fraud against Rajneesh's organization, as well as a bioterrorism conspiracy. Ma Anand Sheela was charged with attempted murder, first and second degree assault of public officials, immigration fraud, wiretapping, product tampering.
On October 23, 1985, a US federal grand jury issued a thirty-five-count indictment charging Osho and several other disciples with conspiracy to evade immigration laws.


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