My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru

My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru Tim Guest
  • Title: My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru
  • Author: Tim Guest
  • ISBN: 9780156031066
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru Tim Guest My Life in Orange Growing Up with the Guru 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 myst
    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 SaAt 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.
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    About Tim Guest


    1. Tim Guest c 1974 2009 was a journalist and the bestselling author of My Life in Orange Growing Up with the Guru, about his childhood on communes around the world Guest s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, New Scientist, and Vogue.


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    1. This book just made me sad Guest s memoir chronicles his life roughly from age 2 to age 11 in and out of various ashrams and communes created by and for followers of the Indian guru Bagwhan Guest s mother is searching presumably for meaning in her life and with varying degrees of misguidance, love, neglect and naivete drags her young son into life among her fellow sannyasins The party line at these communes is that kids should not be raised as dependent on their biological parents but rather lea [...]

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    2. An admission with just the title, My Life in Orange Growing up with the Guru, I had somehow expected this to be about a child s experiences with monks The guru, in my imagined variation, would be the Buddha, but instead, after reading the back of the book out loud to my husband, who gently chided me at my omission is it true about pregnancy brain do I really have such enormous gaps in my thinking , I was transmitted right back to middle school, when one of my good friends was fascinated with cul [...]

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    3. The difficulty with this book, at least for me, was the problem with it having to be both a memoir and a historical account Tim Guest was a child when all this was happening, so he wouldn t have had the relevant details at the time There are long passages about him as a child, unattended by adults like all the other kids and getting into mischief that I got rather tiresome after awhile, and then fascinating segments of researched information regarding the Rajneesh Most of the book dragged on and [...]

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    4. I read a lot of books about cults and cult members I don t have an explanation for why, it s just an interest I have The tagline of this particular book could read, An interesting person ruined my life, and I have no idea why This memoir of Guest s upbringing in the Rajneeshi cult should be fascinating, but it s spoiled by Guest s inability to elevate it from mere factual retelling into literary memoir He plods along, recalling every tiny detail as if it were important for its own sake, so that [...]

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    5. Tim was 6 when his mother decided to follow Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh This chronicles his memories of living on various Rajneesh compounds in India, the UK, Rajneeshpuram in Oregon , and even a school in Holland It was fascinating For instance, who knew that one of the leaders of this group was the only instance of biological warfare used in the United States until anthrax For all of the horror stories out there about cultish religions, this was focused on his unique childhood and was bittersweet [...]

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    6. Fascinating personal story of a childhood in Bhagwani communes Honest about the emotional neglect, and the craziness of it all, but also sympathetic in its recognition of the adults as lost souls and often desperate seekers Mostly personal, as I said, but also lightly seasoned with insights.

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    7. This is a book about the period when Tim s mother was a close follower of the controversial guru Osho Rajneesh His mother starts by attending a lecture and gets deeply involved visiting and living in the Pune ashram of Osho and later Europe, America as well As he was a small boy at the time, Tim recounts much of this later That is one of the problems of the book There is no insight on what Tim s mother found attractive in Osho s teachings, and whether she suffered any self doubt during much of h [...]

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    8. Tim Guest grew up in a number of communes in the late 1970s and early 1980s, most of them under the teachings of Indian guru Bhagwan Rajneesh Through England, India, Oregon and Germany, Tim and his Mother live, dance, work, and play amongst thousands of other orange and burgundy clad sannyasins in search of peace, therapy, enlightenment The result is a childhood that is delightfully fun, free, and eccentric, though also full of neglect, confusion, and separation from his mother Guest writes his [...]

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    9. I thought Guest did a pretty decent job at recounting his childhood while growing up on the Rajneesh commune It can be difficult to recall memory, and remain authentic to the childhood self, tone and experience while also needing to convey history for contextual purposes Guest manages to do so without dishing up too much dirt on the unethical and questionable practices of this sect He alludes to some, but it would be unfair to disclose too much, as a child would not have had the maturity to be [...]

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    10. I thoroughly enjoyed Tim Guest s humor and pathos as he recounts his bizarre childhood growing up in Indian Guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh s AKA Osho s cult of which his parents were members His memoir is an insightful journey through the joys and angst a child experienced living from birth to late teens among people dedicated to the guru s syncretic, existentialist teachings Rajneesh taught that surrender began with throwing out all rules and living entirely for the moment with no thought of the c [...]

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    11. I read this over the weekend and found it a fascinating insight into the insane world of the religious cult.It s the memories of Tim Guest, whose mother joined Bhagwans followers in 1980 and dragged her young son around various Ashrams.This book was extremely sad, young Tim runs wild at Medina the Orange peoples headquarters in Suffolk with the other kids and does all the things normal kids do, but with no real love or input from his mother.When Bhagwan sets up a huge village in Oregon,and every [...]

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    12. found this in a discount bin in half price books i found this piece suspect it s a memoir of christopher guest his life growing up in osho movement not because its a criticism of ohso BUT as a 5 year old im supposed to believe guest has these detailed memories of conversations and minute details of events of his family at the osho compound really a 5 year old is going to remember every word in a conversation his mother had with some random woman 30 years ago yeah right i am not a osho follower b [...]

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    13. An autobiography where Tim tells what it was like to grow up at various communes with his Mother, a follower of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Everyone has to wear the colors of the sun orange, red, maroon, salmon hence the title Bhagwan s eccentric version of Eastern mysticism attracts many followers who like the freedom to dance, take drugs, and have sex while following the guru His Mom quickly becomes a teacher in the communes where she leads psychological therapy sessions Bhagwan doesn t believe in [...]

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    14. Well, I certainly do like my memoirs, but this book had a slow start, and a slow middle, but it was worth trudging through to the end I am amazed that there was such a following with the group described in this book I am also shocked about the philosophy that the organization had about child rearing For those who can read several books at a time I would suggest reading another one along with this book It is a slow read.

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    15. I liked it, but I thought it was a little whiny and repetitive It s less about being in Rajneesh, and about this guy s relationship with his mom Fair enough, as it is a memoir, but it s billed as a memoir of someone in the cult That was what I was interested in, so by the end I just wanted to yell at the book, Okay I get it, you felt abandoned Also there are parts of the book where time moves VERY slowly, and then other parts that are totally glossed over.

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    16. This is an interesting story However, having said that, I wonder how the author could recall so vividly the details of his childhood I m a life long resident of Oregon Having lived through the time of the Rajneeshis here in Oregon, this was a fascinating read, even if I do have my doubts as to the accuracy of the author s memories.

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    17. I have to agree with Elizabeth Orello this retelling of Guest s early childhood plods along Near the end I was just skimming hoping it would end.

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    18. 2009 bookcrossing journal Well, I am really thankful for the relatively uneventful childhood I had Heck, this whole mass hysteria and brainwashing is quite a scary subject I honestly couldn t imagine getting sucked into something like that so much But so many people obviously did, and at no point did any of them seem to think, actually this is a load of crap, I m off.This cult seems to have been a big thing in it s day, but to be honest, I hadn t heard of it before But then the high point seems [...]

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    19. I found the subject matter of this book interesting but I have a few gripes Firstly the thesis of this book was I was neglected as a child and I am bitter about it which showed in the tone of the writing I understand his need to write this book but it would have been better if written with a little lightness, objectivity Hmm although perhaps his pain made it poignant In addition I noticed a few facts that were wrong, which made me wonder about the rest of the book ie he said Seattle was in Ore [...]

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    20. It is sad when spiritual political ideals are never fully realised because along the way the participants get corrupt The gurus Christ, Buddha, Marx, Gandhi and now Rajneesh I ve read about have sought to empower people through introversion, and then ultimately by extending that self gained power to others by service kindness, generosity, non judgment Yet, in all cases someone gets wind of the prizes such power procures, and they begin a steady and wilful abuse of the original idea vision If you [...]

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    21. Sannyasins gathered together to abandon weight, to surrender themselves to levity The children of Bhagwan s communes needed other things We needed comfort We needed a place to stash our Legos We needed our home Now 27, Guest spent the majority of his first 10 years shuttling around the globe between communes organized by followers of the notorious Indian guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh In this stirring memoir, Guest combines thoroughly researched portraits of his controversial guru s movement and i [...]

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    22. Tim Guest also known as Yogesh for a period of time spent his childhood years 4 through 10 living in the communes of the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh He is pretty bitter about it because his Motherwas often living away from him and he was lonely He feels abandoned by his parents although both actually showed him quite a bit of love and availability in my opinion The cult was a weird place for sure, lots of sex and violence masquerading as enlightment , Bhagwan treated like a god Why are people so [...]

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    23. I really liked this book despite parts of it seeming a bit tiring Part of what s interesting is learning about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who was this guru that had an international following As the book is the memoir of Tim Guest, whose mother was heavily involved in the group, one gets an inside perspective on what his life was like growing up in that context What I found interesting about his take was learning about how Bhagwan s followers were attempting to live this alternative, spiritual life [...]

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    24. Tim Guest tells of his life growing up in a commune of Bhagwan, an Indian guru His mother started following the spiritual leader when Tim was 4 years old In the commune, parents were discouraged from spending too much time with their children The nuclear family was considered restrictive It was believed that the children should grow up free, with many adults setting an example, rather than limiting them to a mother and a father The children slept in dorms, and Tim often went many days without se [...]

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    25. One of my best loved books, and a steal for 10p from my local library.All aspects of hippy and alternate religious culture really interest me, and unlike Drop City by T.C Boyle, which I also enjoyed, this has the benifit of being real and balanced.I find it really hard to see why, just becuase it s depressing, a book can be deemed bad This book didn t depress me, it had both positive and negative events, which nicely created an even tone The occasional humour was welcome, and I liked all the pe [...]

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    26. This autobiography tells the story of a boy, Tim Guest, growing up in a commune Tim s mother leaves for a commune called Ashram in India led by guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and later is sent back to England to start a commune there His mother becomes quite an important role in this organization, and you see the distance growing between Tim and his mother The children are taught to learn through their own experiences and exploring, by finding their own truth instead of being taught by adults Also, [...]

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    27. Memoir of a British boy whose mother was a Moonie Guest illustrates how the search for enlightenment betterment for adults led to neglect and even abandonment of children, especially on an emotional level His father, seperated from his mother, has a less involved role in Guest s life, but it was almost his story that captured me the most John s father died when he was three, then when he was ten his mother killed herself The kids were split up and John lived with his grandmother, who then died, [...]

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    28. honest and well written Tim Guest tells us of his life with a true believer mother who dedicated herself, after a few political identifications, to life as a sannyasin building the Rajneesh spiritual empire international community We get an ironic and balanced child s eye view of growing up in a New Age world, on several continents, where children were an afterthought in an adult oriented, tantric spiced, sometimes violent enournter based spiritual order and left largely to their own devices whi [...]

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    29. Just re read this one should have added the re read category here before Remarkable work of reconstruction of an unusual childhood.Having encountered many of the Rajneeshites in my travels and indeed live in a city where their influence continues to be felt to this very day , and having read other biographies of the Bhagwan, this memoir adds another perspective from the point of view of a child who does not choose to be involved with the commune, but yet who is there living in the very midst.Sad [...]

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