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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Bhagwan Rajneesh Controversy continues to surround the flagship ashram founded by Baghwan Rajneesh in Poona, India. Though Rajneesh was always as famous for his fleet of Rolls-Royces (11 to 96, depending on who you believe) as he was for his sexual theories, it is now claimed that his ashram and posthumous empire have been taken over by financial opportunists, who have turned it into a resort for stressed Western executives. Dubbed 'Club Meditation' by the LA Times, it is run by 'Swami Prem Jayesh' (formerly known as Canadian real estate investor Michael William O'Byrne). It has been said that the organisation makes between $15 million and $45 million a year. O'Byrne and his colleagues have recently started management courses in Europe specialising in helping laid-off executives. One of its first clients was BMW. Baghwan (which means 'master of the vagina') Rajneesh's story is a well-known one. Brought up by middle-class grandparents in India, he studied and taught philosophy at the University of Jabalpur. He developed a form of meditation which involved nudity, sex and making loud noises, opened an ashram in Poona (south of Bombay) in 1974 and was soon cashing in on the hippy dollar. Rajneesh moved to a 126-square-mile Oregonsite in 1981 but was followed by his reputation for material greed, sexual coercion and tax evasion. To the rest of the world, Rajneesh became the ultimate spiritual con-man. The temperature of his private swimming pool was computer controlled and he had a private plane. He died in 1990, rumour had it of Aids. His movement was by then, as now, called 'Osho'. There used to be nearly 600 Osho centres around the world, but all but 20 of these have been scrapped. As Rajneesh once said, through his interpreter: 'That the materially poor can ever be spiritual is out-and-out absurd.' To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer:


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