When Leaders Dissolve

Marion S. Goldman

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195156829
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784806 | DOI:
 When Leaders Dissolve

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This essay considers the history and philosophy of the Osho Rajneesh movement, beginning in India in the 1970s through to the current phase. This serves as a background for examining the ways in which the movement stabilized after Osho changed his name from Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, retreated into the background, and died in 1990. Over the past decade, especially after Osho Rajneesh’s death, the movement’s delicate rebalancing has facilitated worldwide retention and recruitment of about six to eight thousand committed followers (known as sannyasins) and fellow travelers, as well as a far larger group of circulating affiliates and clients, whose allegiances are to Osho and to different, complementary spiritual paths.

Keywords: Osho Rajneesh; Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh; sannyasins; religious movement

Chapter.  7695 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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