Rajneesh series generates memories and vow to dust off book plan

Ma Anand Sheela exhorts sannyasins at Rancho Rajneesh outside Madras in the 1980s. (Photo courtesy The Oregonian/OregonLive)

Spinning through the documentary “Wild Wild Country” was like watching old home movies.

The six-part Netflix series tracks the history of the Rajneeshees and their leader, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The guru left his native India and settled in Oregon in 1981 in his commune a little north of Madras.

The episode after all these years still has the ability to shock. Since the series rolled out last month, reviewers and watchers across the country have had a near-unanimous reaction: This is unbelievable.

Well, yes.

Spread salmonella on salad bars in restaurants to deliberately sicken innocent people.


Import homeless people from around the country, lacing their beer with sedative . . .