Jeremiah Films - Fear Is the Master (1983)

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Luckily there is also a censored version
Osho has been demonized during his lifetime, and this film may be the ultimate peak of that: a stream of intentional misrepresentation and systematic tendentiousness.
Osho and sannyas is framed as Jim Jones and Jonestown, and as Hitler and the Nazism, with smartly suggestive visuals and misquotes.
The film was produced by Patrick Matrisciana, founder of Jeremiah Films , which produced all manner of right wing "Christian" and political conspiracy films.
Just listen to it's official web page:
We see how Rajneesh combines an eerie charisma with scientific mind control techniques to make his disciples psychically dependent on him.
In this hard-hitting cinematic document, ex-followers reveal secrets of life under the domination of India's infamous free sex guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, self-proclaimed God of the Universal. :::We see how Rajneesh combines an eerie charisma with scientific mind control techniques to make his disciples psychically dependent on him.
For the guru, this web of control means a regal lifestyle (he had nearly a hundred Rolls-Royces at his disposal). But for his followers, called sannyasins, living in the shadow of the Master means giving up family ties, working eighteen hours a day, seven days a week, for no pay and always being available to satisfy the sexual whims of the gurus hierarchy.
Wielding millions of dollars with an iron fist, Rajneesh and his henchmen built a 100 square-mile separate state in rural Oregon, U.S.A. complete with a highly armed sannyasin security force. Like the tragic residents of Jonestown, the inhabitants of Rancho Rajneesh were taught to fear law enforcement officers and other outsiders. While tension and paranoia simmered, Rajneesh’s teachings offered the cynical consolation that, a bullet-ridden death can often accomplish what a life could not.
The world has heard the Rajneesh credo at other times, other places, from other tyrants. Might is right, hisses the bearded Master to his half a million fanatical devotees, that rule still remains the rule of the jungle.
FEAR IS THE MASTER is a stark and uncompromising warning, a shocking reminder that if we do not learn from history we will be condemned to repeat it.
(Most of that is unquestioningly copied to the IMDB listing.)
The film is available on YouTube in 4 parts, and also in many cut-up versions, on many different accounts.
1983 (?)or 1987 (according to it's website)
1 h 02 min


Jeremiah Films

see also

OshoFilmArchive catalog no : OFA00,070
Official page at Jeremiah Films
On Osho Film Festival



Rajneesh Cult exposed (1 of 4). A.K.A. the Disco Sex Guru (Weird rituals)

Rajneesh Cult exposed (2 of 4). A.K.A. the Disco Sex Guru (Sick rituals)

Rajneesh Cult exposed (3 of 4). A.K.A. the Disco Sex Guru (Weird rituals)

Rajneesh Cult exposed (4 of 4). A.K.A. the Disco Sex Guru (Weird rituals)


  • still Part 1 - 01min 01sec.

  • still Part 1 - 03min 14sec.

  • still Part 1 - 03min 23sec.

  • still Part 1 - 04min 45sec. "...and the fragrance of death is in the air"

  • still Part 1 - 04min 52sec.

  • still Part 1 - 04min 54sec.

  • still Part 1 - 08min 52sec.

  • still Part 1 - 14min 30sec.

  • still Part 2 - 00min 32sec. "His most precious possessions are his disciples"

  • still Part 2 - 01min 06sec. "Sannyasins are encouraged to break all ties to their friends and families"

  • still Part 2 - 02min 11sec. "It was common knowledge the Ashram was a centre of narcotics smuggling, passport fraud and venerial disease"

  • still Part 2 - 03min 10sec. "Many of his now penniless followers found themselves stranded in India. Without money or hope, they simply dissolved into the teeming mass of India's poor, and were never seen again."

  • still Part 2 - 05min 11sec.

  • still Part 2 - 07min 11sec. "The group's ability to attract the wealthy and gullible has made them a legend in guru circles."

  • still Part 2 - 07min 47sec. "Others, like Shannon Jo Ryan, are used to illicit political support. Shannon Jo Ryan's father, congressman Leo Ryan, was murdered at Jonestown. Today, as Ma Amrita Pritam, she seems oblivious to any similarity between her master and Jim Jones. Her description of Rajneesh is chilling"

  • still Part 2 - 08min 55sec. "Separation of the sannyasin from his money is done skillfully, often leaving him wondering what happened."

  • still Part 2 - 10min 30sec.

  • still Part 3 - 06min 06sec. "The working class were for ever breaking down, they were mentally fatigued"

  • still Part 3 - 07min 41sec. "But the Rajneesh system goes one step further. This is called dynamic meditation. ... Techniques like this can dull the critical thought process for extended periods of time."

  • still Part 4 - 05min 25sec. "Like those who choose to follow Hitler and Jones, the rajneeshees have surrendered their identities and their judgement to the master."

  • still Part 4 - 06min 42sec.

  • still Part 4 - 08min 09sec.

  • still Part 4 - 12min 54sec.
    "Will Rajneesh finally fall in the destructive path of his predecessors? Will his egotistical desire for immortality..."

  • still Part 4 - 12min 58sec.
    "... demand the ultimate sacrifice?"

  • still Part 4 - 12min 59sec.
    "The master has given us a slight hint, ..."

  • still Part 4 - 13min 03sec.
    "... in their final moments, both Hitler and Jones had themselves shot."

  • still Part 4 - 14min 01sec. Osho talking:
    "All means are good..."

  • still Part 4 - 14min 02sec.
    "... if they fulfill the end."

  • still Part 4 - 14min 04sec. (Ominous drums...)

  • still Part 4 - 14min 05sec.

  • still Part 4 - 14min 06sec.

  • still Part 4 - 14min 07sec.

  • still Part 4 - 14min 13sec.

  • still 14min 15sec.

  • still Part 4 - 14min 25sec. Osho montage whispering: "you are a corpse"

  • still Part 4 - 14min 47sec. Montage of screaming in dynamic meditation, combined with gunshots

  • Jeremiah Films also uses Osho's picture alongside Hitler's on another film. "Often bought together with 'Baby Parts for Sale' ".