Building Utopia: Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
By Rusty King
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Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh rose from a precocious boy in India to a spiritual guru to tens of thousands of people worldwide. He became famous for his controversial teachings and lavish lifestyle, leading some to call him a cult leader. Building Utopia paints an immersive, unflinching portrait of Rajneesh and the people who chose to devote their lives to him -- including his top lieutenants, who fled his Rajneeshpuram commune in 1985 amid a cloud of criminal allegations. Building Utopia will captivate those familiar with Rajneesh, as well as those who have not yet discovered his fascinating and troubling story.
||CleanEpisode 4: Buying Utopia||We visit the launching pad for Bhagwan’s American experiment: a castle in Montclair, New Jersey. Bhagwan's followers scramble to prepare for his arrival, and then he manages to get into some trouble while waiting for his next move. Later, we travel...||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode 1: Dynamic Detours||Our first "minisode" provides some additional color on topics covered in the first three episodes. We’ll revisit Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh as a boy and look at the life-or-death events that may have turned him into the brash guru. Then we’ll sidle up..||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Trouble in Paradise||As Bhagwan's dreams for the future continued to blossom, outside pressures, like the Indian government, threatened to squeeze the life out of his ashram. We'll also examine the efforts to find a new home for the ashram, led by two very different but...||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Oasis in Poona||Today we'll take a grand tour of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s first ashram in the city of Poona, India. Within a couple years of its founding in 1974, it had expanded into one of the most popular — and controversial — ashrams in India, where people...||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Finding the Master, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh||We'll examine Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh's early life and his first years as an enlightened master. We'll explore his initial efforts to organize his followers and how he was able to cement his master/disciple relationship with people from the West....||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I watched the Netflix series Wild Wild Country and, like everyone else with a pulse, I was fascinated. This podcast takes you further down the rabbit hole and the storytelling is so well done. The description of every scene puts you right in the middle of story as if you’re experiencing it yourself. Not to mention, the storyteller has a way of hypnotizing you making you feel as if it is your best friend reading you a compelling novel. It’s approachable, well researched and you won’t regret subscribing immediately!
I watched the Netflix documentary but am learning so much more of the story with Rusty’s detailed reporting. Love this podcast!!
Amazingly researched and very entertaining!
I’m loving this. I listen to a lot of podcasts and it takes a lot to get me to try a new one, but I’m so glad I dove into “Building Utopia.” I love a good cult so I was immediately intrigued by the topic and this didn’t disappoint. Not only is the subject matter fascinating, but the research is meticulous, and the delivery is totally engrossing. Rusty King does a great job keeping you on the edge of your seat. Every episode flys by! Even if you’ve seen “Wild, Wild Country”, there’s so much more to learn here. Can’t wait for more!