The Last Testament (Vol 4) ~ 08

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event type interview
date & time 19 Nov 1985 15:30
location Span Resort, Manali (HP)
language English
audio Available, duration 0h 31min. Quality: not good, strong noise. Audio seems incomplete. (under revision).
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shorttitle LAST408
CD-ROM on this chapter: This discourse will be in the book India: Coming Back Home, which has not been published, as of August 1992.
Audio from 31:55 had 3rd side of another interview (The Last Testament (Vol 4) ~ 07).
Interview. Questions read by Ma Prem Hasya : questions from India Today.
CD-ROM on this chapter: Interview by India Today.
Question 1
You say you have a million followers, but are they being encouraged to spread the concept of awareness through meditation? If so, at what frequency, and after getting what number of enlightened persons around, you will say "thus far and no further?"
Question 2
Of late, you have relaxed the system of recruiting sannyasins; no more of dress restrictions -- orange, red, saffron or lavender. Why?
Question 3
I see you don't wear red, but why do your followers wear red? What is so special about the color anyway?
Question 4
You are still regarded as the guru of free sex in many parts of the world. Is that a misnomer? Could you state the recent position more clearly?
Question 5
In your earlier lectures, you have harped on a high degree of sexual repression and sexual hypocrisy in man-woman relationship in India. Is it continuing? Aren't there signs that the Indian society is opening up?
Question 6
In India, we have created a tiny but powerful rich class in the last forty years. They are not like Maharajis of the past, but are in business and industry, don't you think that they have contributed very little to progress of India?
Question 7
In the light of your recent experience, what did you think of Ronald Reagan as a leader?
Question 8
The communist countries today account for nearly a half of the humanity. Is it the fault of their leaders, Lenin, Stalin, Brezhnev, Gorbachev, or Mao, or Deng, or Ho Chi Minh, that communism has gone under, or do you think that Marx's basic philosophy is misconceived?
Question 9
Gandhi is dead and gone in 1948 and has left no legacy behind except the surname. Why are you still attacking him?
Question 10
What do you think of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi? Do you think he is doing a good job by propagating his views on Transcendental meditation?
Question 11
Do you think India should make the nuclear bomb?
Question 12
Do you feel that AIDS will ultimately be the biggest scourge for humanity since Hitler, Napoleon, and Attila the Hun? If so, can it be stopped only by condoms and avoidance of kisses?
Question 13
Will it help modern day business magnets of our time, say a J. R. D. Tata or a K. K. Berla, to take lessons in meditation?
Question 14
One last question. When you are no more, what would you like to be remembered as -- mystic, spiritual leader, philosopher, what?
Question 15
Your Rajneeshpuram commune provides a very important model for growth. This is because it clearly showed a practical way of mobilizing money from the rich and to channelize it for creative purposes. But in India, there is very little surplus. What kind of redistribution justice are you visualizing for India?

(source: a transcript)

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