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Bhagwan: The God That Failed Paperback – 18 Jun 1987


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere Books; New edition edition (18 Jun. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722163029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722163023
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 986,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An insider's astonishing story of the rise and fall of the infamous guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his cult: a riveting odyssey of sex, greed, and the lust for power. From 1973 until 1982, Milne was Bhagwan's chief bodyguard and a key figure in a "spiritual" movement that at its height claimed a half-million adherents - and tens of millions of dollars in its coffers. Milne casts his tale as one of an impressionable English youth whose honest search for truth brings him to India and Rajneesh, to whom he capitulates totally. The author attributes Rajneesh's ability to dominate to two factors: the guru's psychic/hypnotic powers and the almost irresistible appeal of his tantric teachings, which urged a highly promiscuous sexuality. Milne's submission to Bhagwan - a slight, imperious figure with giant brown eyes - swirls him into an eerie world where he eats, Sleeps, works, and makes love at Bhagwan's whim, a harrowing trial of the soul through confrontation with psychological and physical exhaustion, leavened only by Bhagwan's mesmerizing presence and scores of flings with female disciples. Then, Bhagwan's sudden decision to move to America, where the cult begins to unravel: Bhagwan falls under the influence of Sheela, a Himmler-like figure who proclaims "meditation is for pansies" and reorganizes the cult into what amounts to a slave-labor force; Bhagwan's addiction to nitrous oxide and the loss of his psychic powers; the growing notoriety and rapid militarization of the cult, re. suiting in mass druggings of members, physical and political intimidation of the local Oregon populace, and, finally, a sea of warrants issued by the Justice Department, leading to Sheela's arrest for attempted murder and Bhagwan's exile to India. A compelling, important report from the dark side of spiritual search. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his Orange Movement have been in the news ever since he founded it in Poona in the early 1970s. Here is the "inside story", told by a man who was for many years a devoted follower of Bhagwan, one of his inner circle, and the head of his personal bodyguard. Hugh Milne found in the movement a purpose he had not experienced in his successful professional life, a haven from a world he found lacking in spirituality and headed for self-destruction. He details his experiences from the ecstatic early days in Poona to the recent cold and materialistic power struggles which dominated the commune in Oregon, after Bhagwan had fled from India following pressure from the Indian authorities. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Eleanora on 13 Jun. 2013
No reviews?! How strange - this book is decades old.
Anyway, it was very well written and I looked forward to picking it up every night to see what would happen next.
Wow, Sheela - definitely sounds like a sociopath! Scary how these people inveigle themselves into positions of power over others.
Yes, all in all very interesting, would recommend.
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By New User++ on 23 Feb. 2015
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Read this book years ago and wanted to get a copy - if only for historic value.
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