By Hugh Milne
The 'inside' tale as informed by way of a guy who was once one in all Bhagwan's so much committed fans, considered one of his internal circle, and the top of his own bodyguard.
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He has, I think, a nice soft look, a Mona Lisa of a smile among the prolific beard. Yet I'm not sure that this is what I want to do first thing in the morning. Veena informs me that we have to get up at five-thirty in order to meditate properly. I demur. On the other hand. though, Veena is pretty, very pretty; and has very provocative hips beneath that thin robe . " I hedge. "Oh, it's free," she laughs, and dances away. I listen while Veena explains what this meditation is all about . "There are four stages, and Bhagwan says we must wear loose clothing and a blindfold.
Yes, tantra was the apotheosis of free indulgence, and goes a long way to explain why Bhagwan's teachings fell on such fruitful soil among young Westerners in the seventies. In later years, stories leaked out about how the tantric sessions led to broken bones, violence, and outbursts of wild hysteria. These reports were not exaggerated. "Falling up the steps on the way to the ashram" became a euphemism at the local hospital for those who had suffered injuries during tantric sessions. This was necesssary to avoid police involvement.
How was my flight from London? Did I have a hotel yet? Good, hmm. Hmm. Good. There are wafts of pine forest and eucalyptus groves from the scent he uses. I find myself irreverently wondering whether he puts it on his forehead or pads it round the collar. At last the questions become directly personal. "How is your meditation? Is there pain in the legs? That will go away. Don't worry. Better to lie down. Hmmm. Go to meditation on 48 BHAGWAN - THE GOD THAT FAILED Chowpatty Beach in morning, then go to your room.
Bhagwan: The God That Failed by Hugh Milne