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My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru

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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, who preached an eclectic doctrine of Eastern mysticism, chaotic therapy, and sexual freedom. 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 Oregon, England, India, and Germany. When the movement finally collapsed amid allegations of mass poisonings, attempted murder, and tax evasion, Tim and his mother started a new life. In this poignant and funny memoir, Tim Guest chronicles his experience of being left alone on earth while his mother hunted heaven, and concludes with a heartening account of how they find each other again.

My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru
by Tim Guest

  • Publication Date: February 1, 2005
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • ISBN-10: 015603106X
  • ISBN-13: 9780156031066