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- A TV film by Oregon Experience, a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting & The Oregon Historical Society. Freely available on PBS.
- In 1981, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a spiritual leader from India, and thousands of his disciples moved to Wasco and Jefferson counties. On what had been the Big Muddy Ranch, the “sannyasins” set out to build a new city, a utopian community in the desert — Rajneeshpuram.
- Thousands of people from around the world gathered here to celebrate life. They worked hard and transformed the landscape. And more than a few hoped to spend the rest of their days at this place. But by 1986, they were gone.
- “If you live in the country you kinda like the country to remain the way it is,” said Bernie Smith, a former Wasco County District Attorney.
- Many of the Rajneeshees came from overseas, and most from urban backgrounds. They were vegetarians, now living among ranch people and small-town retirees in Central Oregon cattle country. The two cultures were foreign to each other and ultimately they clashed.
- “I think there were a lot of masters and maybe doctor’s degrees out there. It didn’t mean they had any horse sense. They were pretty illogical about a lot of things,” said Margaret Hill, former mayor of nearby Antelope, Oregon.
- As the Rajneeshee planners began to slog their way through the rules and regulations of local government, problems arose. As the new people encountered the slow-grinding wheels of bureaucracy — building codes, zoning restrictions and other land-use regulations — the sannyasins’ patience grew thin. Confrontation and rude behavior followed.
- The Rajneeshees took over the town of Antelope. Their leadership declared the local people to be bigoted and threatening. And Bhagwan’s open disdain for Christianity did not play well in the new conservative, Christian environment.
- “At some point, people stopped talking and they just started screaming. Nothing is going to get done in that environment, and nothing got done,” said former news videographer Milt Ritter.
- In the span of four-and-a-half years, Bhagwan’s people invested more than $50 million in Rancho Rajneesh. They made substantial improvements to the land. Many found real joy in being close to their spiritual master and part of the Rajneeshpuram community, but they ultimately walked away from it all.
- Twenty-five sannyasins were convicted of crimes ranging from arson and wiretapping to immigration fraud, election fraud and attempted murder. Ten served time in prison.
- At the end of it all, Wasco County Judge Bill Hulse predicted (correctly) that somebody would write a book about what had happened there: “The people who read that book,” he said, “will think it’s fiction.”
- A Reporter at Large: Rajneeshpuram I, Rajneeshpuram II, by Frances Fitzgerald. The New Yorker, Sept. 22, 1986; Sept. 29, 1986
- Utopia and Bureaucracy: The Fall of Rajneeshpuram, by Carl Abbott. Oregon Pacific Historical Review, 1990
- Averting Apocalypse at Rajneeshpuram by Marion S. Goldman. Department of Sociology, 1291 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403
- Second-Chance Family by Marion S. Goldman. Oregon Humanities magazine, Summer 2011
- Nov 19, 2012 (aired)
- (in order of appearance)
- Margaret Hill, former mayor of Antelope
- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho)
- Ma Anand Sheela, secretary to Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and head of the commune
- Philip Niren Toelkes, former attorney for Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
- Devananda Day, sannyasin
- Keith Mobley, former Antelope city attorney
- Milt Ritter, former KGW videographer
- Sw Anand Svadesh, sannyasin
- Roshani Shay, prof., emeritus, political science, W. Oregon University, sannyasin
- Scott Miller, former KGW reporter
- Dan Durow, former Wasco County planner
- Bernie Smith, former Wasco County District attorney
- Edward Sullivan, land use attorney
- Sue Proffitt, former Wasco County clerk
- Marion Goldman, Prof. Sociology & Religious studies, University of Oregon
- Ma Prem Isabel, Rajneeshpuram director of public relations
- David Frohnmayer, former Oregon Attorney General
- Sw Krishna Deva mayor of Rajneeshpuram
- Ma Anand Sagun "accepts state check for Rajneeshpuram School District" 00:33:34
- Ma Anand Puja, Director, Rajneesh Medical Corporation 00:39:00
- Norma Paulus, former Oregon Secretary of State
- Charles Turner, U.S. Attorney
- William Hulse, Wasco County commissioner and judge
- Sw Devageet, Vice Chancellor, Rajneesh International Meditation University
- producers / writers
- Eric Cain
- Nadine Jelsing
- Lisa Suinn Kallem
- Nicholas Fisher
- Todd Sonflieth
- field Audio
- Randy Layton
- William Ward
- Ted Cutler
- Melissa Dalton
- Scott Simon
- original theme music
- Cal Scott
- open animation
- Danny Rubyono
- archival material & images
- The Oregon Historical Society
- KOIN Moving Images
- Wasco County
- The Rajneesh Times
- The Oregonian
- Historic Photo Archive
- Rajneesh Collection, Special
- Collections & Univ. Archives, Univ. of Oregon Libraries
- Max Brecher
- India footage licensed with permission
- OSHO International Foundation, Switzerland www.OSHO.com
- special thanks
- Oregon Heritage Commission
- Milt Ritter
- Michele Kribs
- Geoff Wexler
- Scott Daniels
- Linda Long
- Simon Benson House
- Washington Family Ranch
- Rich Ellerd
- Pat Kelly
- Klaus Steeg
- Anand Arupo
- Ma Anand Sarani
- John Roberts
- Max Brecher
- Gary Nicholson
- production archivist
- Nikki Horton
- production graphics
- La Verne Heiman-Layton
- Stacy Coonfield
- publicity & promotion
- Paul Loofburrow
- Danika Sandoz
- web design
- John Kin
- post production
- Tom Babich
- Steve Hoyt
- Steve Thompson
- Steven Vaughn Kray
- executive producer
- Nadine Jelsing
- vice president, television production
- David Davis
- (Not on IMDB)
- Preserving Tapes of Rajneeshpuram for Oregon Experience Documentary Clip: Season 7 Episode 701 (2m 9s) - Much of Oregon Experience: Rajneeshpuram was produced using archival news footage shot as events unfolded from 1981 to 1985. Former news photographer Milt Ritter talks about the Rajneesh experience and how hundreds of news tapes were saved from destruction.
- Lessons from Rajneeshpuram Clip: Season 7 Episode 701 (1m 5s) - Why didn't Rajneeshpuram erupt into violence? University of Oregon Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies Marion Goldman explores what we've learned from Rajneeshpuram.
- Bhagwan and the Minature Rose Clip: Season 7 Episode 701 (2m 48s) - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh made daily drive-bys through the Ranch in one of his 94 Rolls Royces. Sannyasin Devananda Day describes commune leader Ma Anand Sheela's reaction when he tried to honor Bhagwan with a miniature rose.