GURU – Bhagwan, His former Secretary, His former Bodyguard: (and the stupidity of the human mind.)
A Review of the movie by Ramoda.
I had a chance this week to see the film GURU – Bhagwan, His Secretary & His Bodyguard.
Two former sannyasins Shiva (Huge Milne) and a former secretary of Osho during the early 80’s Sheela (Sheela Silverman) have teamed up with a group of Swiss documentary film makers who put this project together.
In short it seems to be a combination of two biographies – Sheela and Shiva – who decades after their involvement with Osho can still not let go; and need to justify their leaving by blaming Osho and his community, all for the public record. Over the last 20 years we have seen many attempts by Sheela to clear her name, and clearly she has not come to grips with her jail time for amongst other crimes, attempted murder – at least this she does not try to pin this on Osho – and in Milne’s case for the months he spent in a psychiatric hospital (not long after leaving the Oregon commune).
It was certainly one of the most boring movies I have seen in a long time. I would suggest to watch an Osho Talk instead; it will leave you in a much better space.
Shiva who talks with a voice as if he is on antidepressants, clearly never understood the point that Osho’s work is an ongoing process of change. He just could not get the point that “Poona 1” ended and that Osho like a real Zen master put his people to work in a new phase – “carrying water from the well, chopping wood” – the contemporary version of this was perhaps to build a city in the desert of Oregon – who knows. The film shows Shiva who dropped out of everything early and then created his own mini Poona 1 world – just this time creating himself in the role of a guru and healer with special abilities. Most of the last 25 years since he left the movement he has been busy with justifying why he left.
Sheela , like Milne has also recreated a community, this time unfortunately with mentally challenged adults, who are misused in this film as a background scenario presenting Sheela as the caring mom. Now she has surrounded herself with people who cannot question her, or don’t even understand how they are misused in this film for Sheela’s personal politics. It is pathetic to see that the institution for these handicapped people is filled with Pune 1 ‘Bhagwan’ photos and how Sheela explains that she is living Osho’s vision in this ‘commune’. Can it get more pathetic?
Unless the viewer is a sannyasin or has personal experience and some kind of involvement in the events at the time of this film, the film is without context– a wasted opportunity which has cost, according to the estimates, about 2-3 million US-Dollar – most of the money came from Swiss government film project funds and Swiss TV.
Two lost people who have completely missed the point of Osho, and cannot resist on the blame game, putting their poison out to the world. The political and personal accusations are not even worth mentioning here, nothing new, just the same old wine in a new bottle – an expensive film production.
The only redeeming feature is the archive footage of Osho, of joyful sannyasins and some footage from events and locations of the journey which seem to make up half of the film. Probably Sheela convinced the film makers to make this film about ‘her Bhagwan’ as she still calls him, frozen in the past. Shiva talks only about ‘Rajneesh’. Two people in a ‘Ground Hog Day’ time loop – a 25 year loop!.
The misunderstandings, minds and personalities of these two people put on display here confirm anything Osho ever said about Sheela and Shiva.
‘Shiva had been my bodyguard for years. Then he dropped sannyas. Then he started speaking, against me. He wrote articles in German magazines – Stern and other magazines – against me. But if he comes back and wants to be my bodyguard he will be again by my side. And I know perfectly well what he has done. That does not matter at all, it is his doing; he should be worried and concerned about it. As far as I am concerned, I have remained exactly the same. He can come again and be my bodyguard. Nobody else will accept him as a bodyguard, because that is the easiest place from which to kill a man…
… He has to take responsibility for whatsoever he is doing, whatsoever he has done; he has to take the whole responsibility for it. But it is none of my business to interfere in his doings. If he feels it right to write against me, perfectly good; if he feels happy to write against me, perfectly good. But for ten years he was sitting by my side. He must have a tremendously idiotic mind – in ten years he could not see anything wrong. It took ten years for him, and now, after dropping sannyas, he becomes suddenly articulate. So what was he doing for ten years – sleeping?
No, it is not against me that he is writing those articles. It is just to console himself that what he has done by dropping sannyas is right, because the man was wrong. He has to prove it to himself that “the man was wrong, that’s why I have dropped sannyas.” Otherwise it will continuously be a wound – that I loved him so much, trusted him so much, so unconditionally, and this is what he has done to me. I can understand his difficult situation. So writing against me, he is simply trying to cover up the wound that he has inflicted upon himself.’
– Osho (From Unconsciousness to Consciousness #6)
And of Sheela Osho said:
‘…the problem was that Sheela was never inclined towards spirituality, towards any inner growth, towards meditation…from the very beginning. If she would have been inclined, then I would have immediately detected the change. She was never a meditator, she never meditated. She has other qualities: she was very pragmatic, very practical, and very strong.
Sheela seems to be really insane. In fact all power-oriented people are a little insane. A sane person would not like to enslave anybody. Just today I have come to know that Sheela and her group tried even to poison my physician. They wanted to poison other persons who were close to me, for the simple reason that nobody should be close to me except Sheela…
… I was simply sad – sad that a woman from whom we expect a more loving heart, should think in terms of killing people. I was simply sad – sad for Sheela, that she must be in a mess. The very idea is sickening. I am not angry at her, because I can understand these things can happen to power-oriented people.
..Sheela never wanted anybody to be close to me in any way. She never wanted anybody even to talk to me, so that I don’t know what is going on. Three persons she was trying to kill. The people before whom she discussed the plan are here. One was my physician, one was my dentist, one was my caretaker.
First, my caretaker was given poison while she was visiting Sheela’s house and took a cup of tea – but nobody suspected. We thought some illness has happened. She was immediately taken to the hospital. She remained few days in the hospital, got well, and nobody even thought, nobody could even conceive that.
Then my physician one day was taking coffee at Sheela’s house and he came…. But because he is a physician, with the best qualifications from England, he could feel that there was some poison in the coffee. But everybody laughed at the idea that, “You must be mad! Who will put poison in your coffee and for what?”
He remained sick for few days and while he was sick, he was here in the medical clinic and Sheela’s accomplice in all these crimes was Puja, who was a trained nurse and knew everything about medicine, drugs, poisons. She injected him again with a poison. Since then he has been feeling weak, for no reason at all.
And third time, just in the last celebration – here in a meeting – a woman who was the third in Sheela’s group, Shanti B., she injected him while he was sitting in the meeting. And he immediately thought that something has been pushed. He took over his robe and called people to see: there was blood and something has been injected.
He was taken to the clinic, but he refused to go to this clinic, because now he was afraid. If these people can do it in a public meeting where fifteen to seventeen thousand people were present, what they can do in the medical clinic? And Puja was a dominant figure in the medical corporation. So he insisted to go to Bend. He was taken to Bend. His wife, Hasya, was with him there. …Today, one sannyasin has come on his own and he said, “I am an eye witness. In front of me, Shanti B. has injected Devaraj, but I was keeping silent: if they can kill Osho’s physician so easily – I am a poor sannyasin – they can kill me any time.”
– Osho (The Last Testament)
Here,15 years after Osho spoke these words … his timeless review of this film.
As for the film producers — a project like this with public funding could have been a fantastic opportunity to present to this messed up world a new vision of meditation and living on this planet with reverence for life — instead they have chosen to go the usual political way – the controversy – the usual political opposition and sensationally pushed up film presentation. Trapped in the usual mind pattern they are probably convinced they have done a great job.
It looks like we will all still have to wait a bit longer before a film is made actually presenting Osho’s vision through his own understanding rather than through countless misunderstandings of unenlightened people.
Until then, luckily we all can enjoy Osho’s books and talks in video and audio format. Just by looking for these quotes from Osho I found out that the complete OSHO Library with all his English talks is now available for free on www.osho.com/library.