Published on April 15th, 2013 | by Suket Dedhia0
We Review the book, “Don’t Kill Him” by “Ma Anand Sheela”
A Philosophy Professor, a Travelling Philosopher, a Self Proclaimed Bhagwan and a man who loved Rolls-Royce, Exquisite Watches and Stylish Pens. This is but a small intro about the man who gave birth to a entire new business sector known as “Spiritual Gurus”. The man in talks is ‘Bhagwan Rajneesh’ or simply known to many as ‘Osho’.
In the book titled, “Don’t Kill Him” by “Ma Anand Sheela” a devoted Rajneesh follower and his personal secretary. Ma Anand Sheela has divided the book in two parts, she starts the book with her life after she left “Rajneeshpuram” the bitter ending to that journey, when she could not take any more of Rajneesh’s torments and decided to quit “Rajneeshpuram”. Charged with a 55 Million Dollar Robbery from the commune, Bio war, and conspiracy to murder US officials, Ma Sheela spent 39 months in jail from what was liaison between the rage of Rajneesh and the people at the “Rajeenshpuram” who hated her.
In the latter part of the book she describes meeting Rajeensh for the first time; when he was not the man he later became, she sheds a lot of light on her life after meeting Bhagwan Rajneesh; the way Rajneesh changed her, manipulated her to his abiding, her transition from being a ‘sanyasin’ to his personal secretary and his second in command at “Rajneeshpuram” and her journey through the years serving him at different ashrams from Poona (Pune) to “Rajneeshpuram” in Oregon. Ma Sheela emphasizes on how her love for Rajneesh grew from the first time she met her to after he put her through rough times.
As expected the book does not duel into Rajneesh’s teachings much and that is what is refreshing. Though the book uses a lot of his quotes and excerpts from his books. Ma sheela tries to shed light on the controversies and mysteries surrounding the working of Rajneeshpuram. She also narrates the unconventional working style of the commune instigated by bhagwan, his greed for materialistic things for pleasure, and a lot many things that are unknown to the outside world. The book is a pleasure to read and offers an insight to the ever controversial Osho and his commune.