He accused Mahatma Gandhi of worshipping poverty. Or the life-consuming work hours? And where was Franklin's side of the story? The books she ghostwrote in the mid-Seventies were based on his talks and published in many languages. It was the largest biological attack in the history of the U. Satya Franklin front, middle with her now-deceased ashram lover and two fellow Rajneeshees in India.
Between the ages of 19 and 24, she had three children with her first husband whom she divorced by the time her second child was six.
His teachings offered the promise of respite from the rigors of life. Satya Franklin Sexuality was a means of control Becoming a 'Sanyassan,' or follower, of Rajneesh was easy. Franklin simply wrote to Bhagwan, and received a letter informing her that her new name was Satya. Better Dead Than Red' protest signs of the city's residents - came later.
Franklin says it is remarkable she was not mentioned in Wild Wild Country, despite being in several photos in the documentary. Most people saw him once every many months," recalls Franklin. If you don't have tight bonds between you and other people, whether family or a partner, then the community and Bhagwan became the center of your life and focus, energy and efforts," says Franklin. He had me once lie on the floor and touched my various chakras including my sex center.
He knew I was a writer and we would talk about the ways to phrase things. In Bombay [Mumbai] he always sat in a chair, and anyone who talked sat kneeling before him. On his feet he wore only velvet flip-flops. They were very fancy. He would slip them off his foot and take his toe and fondle my breast with his toe.
I didn't see him as sexual at all. He also had me once lie on the floor and touched my various chakras including my sex center," explains Franklin, referring to her genitals. Franklin fears she was one of many people that Sheela—who admitted in court to having a habit of poisoning people—targeted her. It looked like a torture instrument from the s. My neck got worse and I was fed medication.
I don't know what the poison was. And I was very ill and was fed enormous amounts of tranquilizers and hallucinogens and became addicted. Finally my weight went to 79lbs and I was sent back to the States. Over a year later, Bhagwan summoned her to the ranch. During the lunch hour, Bhagwan would drive his Rolls Royce around the ranch. We had no idea what was going on in the outside world. It was under those conditions that it became a little out of hand.
My husband and I often would not go to drive-bys. I didn't really feel a connection to Bhagwan by then. His attraction to expensive things and diamond watches was something that frankly turned me off.
I came from a middle class family and my grandparents were very well off and it was an embarrassment being driven around by a chauffeur as a child. We were worked to the bone. We had no access to radio or TV, magazines or newspapers. Followers would be dressed down for behavior deemed unacceptable. After offering advice to a customer at the commune gas station, she was told not to talk to people and instead direct them to the head office. Satya Franklin's book detailing her experiences as a Rajneeshee.
Bhagwan felt children were a distraction from the spiritual path. He said the nuclear family is a disease. I know people who left became angry about the sterilizations. They were livid that their lives were ruined. Were people forced to be sterilized? People were told if you want to be on a spiritual path this is good to do. They were not forced, but if they didn't they were at risk of losing their ashram job or being asked to leave.
He was taking a ton of medication at the ranch. Whether Sheela got him in an unclear space, I don't know. She was someone I knew for a long time and had been a close friend with. How did we allow ourselves to become subjects to a totalitarian regime? Franklin and her husband became disillusioned. A month later, Bhagwan and those close to him were arrested. By the end of the year the ranch had closed. Satya Franklin is no longer a devotee of Bhagwan. Satya Franklin Life after Rajneeshee Franklin is no longer a Rajneeshee, although she says the meditation techniques she learned from Bhagwan have helped her maintain her very passionate relationship with her husband, and eased her pain when her son was viciously murdered by a stranger.
People are attracted to these movements all the time and there is something beautiful and beneficial. But if they suspend their critical judgment they pay the price. Tons of people had PhDs and Masters degrees, and most people were college educated and had successful careers. This article has been updated to add background information.