Wednesday, 3 February 2010

My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru is an account of a child growing up in the Osho movement led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The book is a firsthand account, written by Tim Guest years after his experiences, at age 27. The book was published in 2004 by Granta Books. The book's title is a reference to the term "the orange people" – which was used to refer to members of the Osho movement due to the color they dyed their clothes.

Guest describes how his mother was initially raised in strict Catholicism but later turned to a tape of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh after going through a period of experimenting with sex and drugs. She dyed all of her clothes orange, took on the name of "Ma Prem Vismaya", and "Yogesh" for her son, and moved to an Osho movement commune near Bombay. Guest's mother moved to many different communes, and had leadership roles within the movement, eventually running a commune in Suffolk. Guest recounts how he regretted the absence of his mother's presence during this time, and describes controversial living conditions with other children at the various ashrams. Guest and his mother moved to the 64,000-acre commune in Oregon, but his mother was demoted in position and sent to live at a different commune in Cologne. His family later disassociated from the Osho movement and moved back to north London, where they each encountered difficulties reintegrating back into mainstream society.

A book I received for Christmas, CULTS. Fucking yes.

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