The Last Testament (Vol 3) ~ 09

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event type interview
date & time 30 Sep 1985 pm
location Sanai Grove, Rajneeshpuram
language English
audio Available, duration 0h 18min. Quality: good.
online audio
video Available, duration 0h 18min. Quality: good, but a slight constant audio-noise. (See notes)
online video
see also
online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle LAST309
A unique recording, in the sense that Osho is recorded on video in Rajneeshpuram before an audience of sannyasins, but answering questions on a audio-connection. Interviewers are Ted Knoppel/Charles Gibson, live on Nightline, ABC-TV. In the same broadcast also Attorney General David Frohnmayer is being interviewed. Most of Frohnmayer has been left out of the CD-ROM transcript.
In the video, after 15:33 "Good night Charlie", Osho namastes to leave, but is called back by Charlie Gibson and the conversation continues (off-broadcast) for 2 minutes. Audio recordings omit this part.
In the film Osho's Arrest (1985), the video is shown, but there is extra footage of Osho walking from his car to the auditorium and later back, discussing with Ma Prem Hasya and Ma Yoga Vivek.
Interview. Announcements: unknown (beginning of recording is missing).
CD-ROM on this chapter: Interview with Ted Knoppel/Charles Gibson, Nightline, ABC-TV. This is Live TV coverage including An interview with Oregon Attorney General David Frohnmeyer in Portland.
Question 1
Can the Bhagwan hear me? Are we coming through to the Bhagwan? This is Charlie Gibson in Washington.
Question 2
Bhagwan, is it true that you have not yet held this news conference?
Question 3
Bhagwan, at your news conference you are going to tell your followers that you are no longer their guru but just their friend. Why are you doing this?
Question 4
Why are you not their guru, then?
Question 5
Didn't you realize during that period of time that they were following you in a religious sense?
Question 6
What kind of a relationship did you have with her, Sheela, for those three and a half years?
Question 7
And she didn't tell you what was going?
Question 8
There was a case in court brought against you and your followers for improperly mixing church and state. So you must have known... that your group was claiming church status.
Question 9
What does this announcement today do to your group for the future. What difference will it make?
Question 10
Will this take away the tax-exempt status or your organization?
Question 11
As I understand it, it will cost you your tax-exempt status....
Question 12
You claim Sheela left with a lot of money. How much money did she take from you?
Question 13
There are some people who think you are still cooperating with her and may go to Europe with her. Is that true?
Question 14
You're going to stay in Oregon come what....
(Note that questions 15-19 are missing on the CD-ROM, where Gibson interviews Frohnmeyer, head of the investigation in Rajneeshpuram.)
Question 20
Bhagwan, your assistant, Sheela, has charged that there is widespread drug use in your Rajneeshpuram, and that many of your followers are in effect drugged most of the time. Is that correct?
Question 21
There is no use of this drug ecstasy at your commune?
Question 22
Is it used at all?
Question 23
She has charged also the illegal use and procurement of weapons.
Question 24
Isn't a leader to a large degree responsible for the actions of his followers?
Question 25
Those people are followers of yours, they are there because of you.
Question 26
Well, they have contributed money that has wound up with you having ninety Rolls Royces.
Question 27
But it certainly would indicate that you were considered by them to be their leader. Doesn't the leader at some point have to take responsibility for what his.... I think you've called them disciples, have you not?
(Note that questions 28 and 29 are missing on the CD-ROM: Gibson asks Frohnmeyer.)
Question 30
Bhagwan, will your announcement today change in any way what relationship you had with your group a year ago?
Question 31
Bhagwan, your actions today did have something to do with that church-state case that was brought by the....
Question 32 to Mr. Frohnmeyer
Mr. Frohnmeyer, your response to that?
Question 33
Bhagwan, are you saying...?
Question 34
But did you have that case in mind when you decided...?
Question 35
I'm still somewhat uncertain as to why he's done what he's doing tonight, but I most appreciate his being with us and I think this was interesting. Thank you.
Question 36
I suppose this will be pursued in the courts and I hope we have a chance to do this again as this....
Question 37
Would you be interested in coming on and... and talking to Sheela at some point?


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