Svoboda - jeto vasha priroda (Свобода - это ваша природа) (1991)

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Also known as Freedom Is Your Nature (1992)

This film was made by Niskriya for Russian TV, in three parts, and broadcast on 24th, 25th and 26th December 1991.

Later, an English version was made : Freedom Is Your Nature (1992), which is also described on this page.


Svoboda - jeto vasha priroda screen1.jpg
A description by Osho Film Festival :
An impressing masterpiece of historical dimension
In 1991 the Soviet Empire and all its structures fell apart, giving rise to new possibilities that no one would never before have thought conceivable.
Osho's cameraman, Berlin film maker and producer Niskriya, recognized the flavour of the hour and produced in endless night shifts , despite much resistance, a comprehensive documentary in three parts about Osho and his ashram for Russian television.
The outcome was a masterpiece documentary that does not leave any questions unanswered.
Never before was Osho portrayed in such a sensitive and comprehensive way.
Then something happened that no-one would have ever considered possible:
All three parts were broadcast by the largest Soviet TV-station on three sequential evenings at prime time 9 pm. This did not happen on any ordinary evening but during the Christmas holidays, 24th, 25th and 26th December 1991. Many still believe that that was sheer magic.
On the third evening, Osho's comprehensive analysis of the chances the collapse of communism offered to the Russian people, and a message Osho directly gave to Gorbachev, was about to be shown. But then something unexpected happened:
On this third transmission day, 26th December 1991, Gorbachev resigned from all his posts; Boris Yeltsin came into power, the Soviet Union disintegrated into its partial states and a new epoch of world history began.
The film was broadcast nevertheless but Osho’s message did not reach Gorbachev in time.
These films were seen by 70 million Russians and were a huge success.
Throughout these three broadcasting days, Niskriya started interviewing people on the depressing grey streets of Leningrad: every taxi driver or shop keeper suddenly knew Osho.
After this film an enormous Sannyas movement grew in Russia and the first Russians appeared in Osho's ashram.
This recently produced English version in two parts is based on the original Russian film but has been newly cut and edited especially for a western audience.
Osho’s message to President Gorbachev:
With good intentions, Gorbachev is going in a wrong direction, suicidal.
Opening the doors of Russia is beautiful.
Open the doors for science, open the doors for art, open the doors for meditation.
But that does not mean that you have to open the doors to all kinds of diseases.
Christianity is a disease, and if you open the doors for the pope you are going against Karl Marx, you are going against communism.
You don't understand the implications: these are the people who are the real agents of capitalism. They are against any revolution.
I consider Christianity to be the most criminal religion in the world.
It is a disease, a sickness, a pathology, a poison.
It has not been helpful to humanity in finding the truth in any sense. It has been trying to propagate lies so continuously that they have almost become truth. And I would not like a poisonous snake, a cobra hiding inside the pope, to enter the Soviet Union.
In seventy years they have with great difficulty been erasing the programming of Christianity from the Soviet mind.
Now the Soviet mind at least is free of Christianity, free of God, free of heaven, free of hell. This is perfectly good. Don't introduce all these things again.
But one thing certainly the Soviet Union needs, which Christianity cannot provide.
That can be provided only by Zen.
Zen is pure meditation.
It has nothing to do with hell, heaven, God and Jesus' miracles.
It does not even talk about any of these things.
It simply talks about the science, step by step, of how to enter your own inner world and see the life eternal.
language
Russian, English
released
1991 (in Russian), 1992 (in English)
length
3h 13min (?) (3 parts)

credits

(We have had no access to the Russian version, credits there unknown.)
(credits of the English version) Part 1: 1h 22min
A Stonehead production, Berlin
Prologue
Freedom is your nature
Osho Rock'n Russians
Part one: no mind
Camera & Editing, Video & Sound Mix : Bernd Müting
Script : Master Coincidence & Sw Shunyam Niskriya
All Video & Audio was recorded in OSHO Commune International, Poona, India
The Valeri Leontiev Concert was held in an open air theater in Poona
Commune Performances : Ecstasy Show / Mime Show / The Song of Meera
Flute and Tabla Concert : Hari Prasad Chaurasia & Zakir Hussein
Video & Sound Engineering : Sw Prem Amano, Sw Jalal
Excerpts from Osho Commune Films : "The Manifesto" , "The Way of the Heart (1984)"
Thanks to : Ma Niti , Sw Nitra , Ma Sona , and all friends who were helping
Special Thanks to Sw Pradipo & Sw Prem Raj
This was part 1 of a trilogy (sic, the Englis version only has 2 parts)
©1992 Stonehead Production, Stubenrauchstr. 28, 1000 Berlin 41, Germany, Tel.: 0049 30 852 28 85

(credits of the English version) Part 2: 1h 15min
A Stonehead production, Berlin
Prologue
Freedom is your nature
Osho Rock'n Russians
Part two: no bottom
Camera & Editing, Video & Sound Mix : Bernd Müting
Script : Master Coincidence & Sw Shunyam Niskriya
All Video & Audio was recorded in OSHO Commune International, Poona, India
The Valeri Leontiev Concert was held in an open air theater in Poona
Commune Performances : Ecstasy Show / Gurjdieff Dances / Kirtan Evening
Flute & Tavla Concert: Hari Prasad Chaurasia , Zakir Hussein
Excerpts from : "The first jump of Swami Ramarshi" / "The Manifesto" / "Zorba the Greek"
Translation "The song of the bird" - Ma Savita
Thanks to : Ma Niti , Sw Nitra , Ma Sona , and all friends who were helping
Special Thanks to Sw Pradipo & Sw Prem Raj
Copyright: Stonehead Production 1992
The End of Part 2 (of 3)

(credits of the English version) Part 3: 1h 3min
A Stonehead production, Berlin
Prologue
Freedom is your nature
Osho Rock'n Russians
Part three: no borders
Camera & Editing, Video & Sound Mix : Bernd Müting
Script : Master Coincidence & Sw Shunyam Niskriya
All Video & Audio was recorded in OSHO Commune International, Poona, India
The Valeri Leontiev Concert was held in an open air theater in Poona
Commune Performances : Death of Bobby Brain / Ecstasy Show / Gurdjieff Dances / Hassidic Songs / Kirtan Evening / Sufi Whirling / Upanishad rock Concert / Vincent van Gogh Play / Qui Zheng Ping Calligraphy
Excerpts from Osho Commune Films : "The Manifesto"
Thanks to : Ma Niti , Sw Nitra , Ma Sona , and all friends who were helping
Special Thanks to Sw Pradipo & Sw Prem Raj
After all, the last words of Osho: "I am not a saviour. I have saved myself, I think that's enough. Now you save yourself."
This was the last part of 3
© Stonehead Production, Berlin 1992

see also

OshoViha
Osho Film Festival
OshoFilmArchive catalog no : OFA00,007 (English version)