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Promise of Paradise

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
This memoir of a woman who joined the Rajneeshi community in a search for ultimate fulfillment, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the cult, describing its beginning to its demise in the 1980s.
Paperback, 362 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Barrytown Limited (first published February 4th 1992)
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Ruthie
Feb 20, 2012 Ruthie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is fascinating and answered most of my questions on the Rajneesh cult phenomenon. I always wondered about the techniques that cult leaders in general and Rajneesh in particular used to control the minds of masses of people. My other big question was what type of people surrender to these leaders and why they let themselves be exploited.

The Rajneesh case was especially interesting to me, because I read a few of his books in the early 1980's, listened to his tapes, met many sanyasins (dev
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Rozanne
Jan 31, 2008 Rozanne rated it liked it
Interesting, but not very well written. Also, yet another book that was full of typos.

Phyllis
Oct 20, 2007 Phyllis rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who've had a friend in a cult
This woman is interesting because she looks back on her time with the Bhagwan with mixed feelings. From what I recall, she recognizes that he was a master manipulator, but is grateful for her time in Rajneeshpuram. I commend her for putting this out there, surely knowing she'd be criticized by followers and non-followers of the Bhagwan's movement.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the 70s and 80s. The Bhagwan was a huge joke here for years. It's funny to realize he's all but forgotten today.
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