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My Life in Orange

Growing up With the Guru
Guest, Tim (Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Life in Orange
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At the age of six, Tim Guest was taken by his mother to a commune modeled on the teachings of the notorious Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The Bhagwan preached an eclectic doctrine of Eastern mysticism, chaotic therapy, and sexual freedom, and enjoyed inhaling laughing gas, preaching from a dentist's chair, and collecting Rolls Royces. Tim and his mother were given Sanskrit names, dressed entirely in orange, and encouraged to surrender themselves into their new family. While his mother worked tirelessly for the cause, Tim-or Yogesh, as he was now called-lived a life of well-meaning but woefully misguided neglect in various communes in England, Oregon, India, and Germany. In 1985 the movement collapsed amid allegations of mass poisonings, attempted murder, and tax evasion, and Yogesh was once again Tim. In this extraordinary memoir, Tim Guest chronicles the heartbreaking experience of being left alone on earth while his mother hunted heaven.
Authors: Guest, Tim, 1975-
Title: My life in orange
growing up with the guru
Publisher: Orlanda, Fla. : Harcourt, 2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 301 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Tim Guest
Notes: Originally published: London : Granta Books, 2004
"A Harvest original."
ISBN: 015603106X
Branch Call Number: B-Gu9385m 2005
Subject Headings: Rajneeshees Biography Guest, Tim, 1975-
Topical Term: Rajneeshees
LCCN: 2004052603
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Comment by: multcolib_darceem Aug 13, 2014

No Oregonian who came of age in the 1980s could forget being taunted as a 'Rajneeshee' on the playground if they wore too much orange. A fascinating look at what life was like growing up in the commune.

When his mother follows the infamous Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh to Oregon and drags him along, six-year-old Guest makes the best of cult life.


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Aug 13, 2014
  • multcolib_darceem rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

No Oregonian who came of age in the 1980s could forget being taunted as a 'Rajneeshee' on the playground if they wore too much orange. A fascinating look at what life was like growing up in the commune.

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