I’m not sure if there can be a spoiler for a documentary about something that happened in 1985. But this post is about the next to last episode.
The Bhagwan’s secretary, Sheela fled and immediately started spilling the beans about attempted murders and rapes. She still supported he core teachings, but said the commune was never intended to be a utopia, it was a con job. The doc does not spend much time on the details of just who was sleeping with whom or even of the poisoning of the local town. They talk about it, but sometimes you are left hanging and wondering why more people weren’t prosecuted. In this episode, the FBI gets to go through documents and start indicting.
I’ve done a little searching about “where they are now” and the teachings, and what has struck me is the parallels to our current president. Or any populist leader. It’s not that their message is all that unique, it’s that they claim it is. The world is cold and cruel. Once you leave your mothers protection, you’re not going to get a lot of people telling you are special and that you can be in the special group that is going to fix everything with love and caring and nothing bad will happen. So if someone does say that, shows you a little human kindness, it’s not hard to believe you have found something special. All they need to do is say, “this is the only place you will find this”, if you believe that you stay. The ones who don’t, move on.
We have all known someone who gets that controlling boyfriend of girlfriend. It’s basically the same thing, but on a larger scale.