Wild Wild Country: Review of Netflix Documentary on Osho

Wild Wild Country

Osho has made a deep impact on spiritual seekers when he was alive in his body and continues to make an impact on seekers of this age with his books, audios, and videos. He had a fair share of controversies when he was alive and probably he loved controversies himself because that actually help spread his reach among masses and genuine seekers could always separate the wheat from the chaff, and in turn, he got more seekers as his sannyasins (followers). Now movies and documentaries are also being made on Osho by the different set of people. Wild Wild Country is the latest documentary by Netflix about Osho’s days in Oregon.

Wild Wild Country will start streaming from 16 March, 2018 onward. The official description on Netflix about this documentary is: “When a controversial cult leader builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.” So this documentary deals with all the controversies during Osho’s days at Oregon.

Such sort of words like ‘Cult Leader’, ‘Sex Guru’, ‘Rolls-Royce Guru’ were used even during the lifetime of Osho. And he made it clear during his lifetime that he is like an empty mirror, and you will see your own face and reflection in it, i.e. you will project your own prejudices upon him. So this is nothing new for the followers of Osho.

Here is the official trailer of this documentary:

Brief History of Rajneeshpuram

Following excerpts are as per the information in the book “Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic“:

Osho whose birth name was Rajneesh had visualized a commune where his sannyasins (followers) could live freely and meditatively as per his vision of humanity. In 1981, Osho’s personal secretary, Ma Anand Sheela finalized the purchase of 126 square mile former cattle ranch in the high desert of eastern Oregon. This place is also known as big muddy ranch and is twenty miles from Antelope, the nearest town. It was named as Rajneeshpuram, which in Hindi means ‘the city of Rajneesh’.

Wild Wild Country

Rajneeshpuram in 1983 (© 2003 Samvado Gunnar Kossatz)

Osho’s sannyasins turned Rajneeshpuram into a self-sufficient community with facilities for housing (in the form of tents), book publishing, farm and dairy operations. They also laid pipes and wiring for infrastructure, set roads, and revegetated barren hillsides.

But local people in Antelope grew hostile towards this new commune. For instance, construction permits were denied, violent threats were made against Osho and his followers and their hotel in Portland was bombed. In 1982, Osho’s followers voted to incorporate Rajneeshpuram as the city in Wasco County. It was approved but was challenged in court by a group named ‘1000 Friends of Oregon’. Fundamentalist Christian preachers projected Osho as an antichrist.

It is interesting to note that Osho was in silence during this period from 1981 to 1984. He broke his silence in October 1984.

On September 14, 1985, Ma Anand Sheela and a close-knit group of her supporters packed up and left with their possessions to Germany. As soon as she left, an avalanche of evidence emerged about criminal activities perpetrated by her supporters, including attempted murder by poisoning of Osho’s physician and caretaker, firebombing of a county planning officer, and wiretapping of Osho’s room and of phones and offices within the commune.

Osho made public all the information he had received and offered his full cooperation to state and federal investigators. But investigators found reasons to indict Osho and remaining residents of the commune instead.

Conclusion

You can watch this documentary ‘Wild Wild Country’ on Netflix and draw your own conclusions about Osho but to understand Osho in reality, it is always a better idea to read his own books and his own audios and videos and that will give you the true picture and ideas of the man.

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