Ma Anand Sheela – Husband, Age, Net Worth, Quotes

Know about ma Anand Sheela, who she is, what was her relationship with osho also known as Bhagwan Rajneesh, net worth, daughter, husband, Quotes and much more. Read the full biography of ma Anand Sheela and know interesting unknown facts.


Ma Anand Sheela biography
Ma Anand Sheela
Original NameSheela Ambala Patel
BornSheela Ambalal Patel
28 December 1949 (age 71)
Net worth$1.25 Million Dollars
HusbandShe have had more than 1 husband.
1. Marc Harris Silverman
2. John Shelfer
3. Urs Brinstiel
Daughter of Ma Anand SheelaAnuja (Adopted)
Ma Anand Sheela didn’t gave birth to any child.
NationalityIndia, United States, Switzerland
Other namesSheela Silverman, Sheela Birnstiel
Known for1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack

Sheela Birnstiel (born 28 December 1949 in India also known as Sheela Ambalal Patel) is an Indian-born Swiss who was the spokesman for the Rajneesh movement (aka Osho movement). For her role in the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror incident, she pled guilty to attempted murder and assault in 1986.

Secretary of Bhagwan Osho Rajneesh

She oversaw the Rajneeshpuram ashram in Wasco County, Oregon, as the secretary of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh from 1981 to 1985. For her role in the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror incident, she pled guilty to attempted murder and assault in 1986. She was given a 20-year federal prison sentence and was released after 39 months. Sheela later married and went to Switzerland, where she bought two nursing facilities. In 1999, a Swiss court found her guilty of “criminal conduct preparatory to the commission of murder” in connection with the 1985 plan to assassinate US federal prosecutor Charles Turner.

“Sheela told him during a trip to India that they took in 1985, that she had injected her first husband [Marc Harris Silverman] with an injection that caused his death,” David Berry Knapp, aka Swami Krishna Deva, former mayor of Rajneeshpuram, told the FBI in his evidence. Sheela married Urs Birnstiel, a Swiss citizen, after her release from prison. Urs Birnstiel died of AIDS shortly after their marriage.

Rajneesh hired her as his personal secretary in 1981. She persuaded Rajneesh to leave India and start an ashram in the United States the same year. The 64,000-acre (260 km2) Big Muddy Ranch in Wasco County, Oregon, was purchased by Rajneesh Foundation International in July 1981, and it became the site for the development of the Rajneeshpuram commune. She became the president of Rajneesh Foundation International, oversaw the commune, and met with Rajneesh on a daily basis to talk business. Rajneesh was complicit in and directed Sheela’s involvement in criminal crimes she and a gang of Rajneeshees performed afterwards, according to Sheela.

Ma Anand Sheela and OSHO

Ma Anand Sheela and Osho relationship
Ma Anand Sheela and Osho

According to reports, Ma Anand Sheela sat down and have a conversation with Johar at ‘The Conversation,’ an event hosted by the NGO People for Humanity in partnership with Sipping Thoughts, after 34 years in India. Ma Anand Sheela, who shot to fame after the publication of Netflix’s docu-series Wild, Wild Country (2018), answered questions about the nature of her relationship with Osho, the events in his communes in Pune and Oregon, being back in India, and her disagreement with Rajneesh during this interview.

Ma Anand Sheela Speaks About Osho Ashram

“There was no exploitation of sexuality in our commune in Pune or in Rajneeshpuram,” Ma Anand Sheela replied when asked about the style of life inside Osho’s utopian communes (in both Pune and Rajneeshpuram in Oregon, USA). We had an open discussion regarding sexuality. It’s similar to how you express your desire to someone when you’re attracted to them.” She emphasised that, contrary to what viewers may have assumed after watching the Netflix series, there was never any sexual misconduct. “Not only me, but I think everyone believes in it subconsciously,” she remarked when asked if she believed in Osho’s teachings of free sex. They want to be free from their relationships and have fun.”

Relationship between Ma Anand Sheela and OSHO Rajneesh

She not only reiterated her love for Rajneesh, but she also stated that he was madly in love with her. “You should look at some of the photos and see how he saw me. And the way he used the word “Seela” “Ma Anand Sheela reflected on the past.

She recalled one evening when the two of them were watching Umrao Jaan, a 1981 film starring Rekha, and “There was some love poetry in it. ‘Seela, come sit here,’ Bhagwan urged as we finished our work. I sat with him while he described each line of poetry to me. It was heavenly, “she stated When asked about a possible physical interaction between the two, she stated, “With Osho, there was no sex. Ours was not a sexual relationship. Because I was already drowning in him, the integrity was crucial…”

Facts About Ma Anand Sheela

Ma Anand Sheela was first met Bhagwan when she was just 16 years old

And she felt dedicated to Bhagwan the moment she met him for the first time. She remarked, “When we were talking about it in Wild Wild Country,” “If death had come at this point, I would have accepted it. My life has come to an end “.. She fell in love with Rajneesh at that precise time.

Sheela was the one who wanted Rajneesh to become a global ‘brand.’

Rajneesh’s decision to leave India was influenced by her. She intended to buy a 65,000-acre ranch in Easco County, Oregon, where the cult first built its international headquarters in 1981. Rajneeshpuram was the name given to the city.

For a variety of offences, Ma Anand Sheela was sentenced to 20 years in jail.

She was charged with offences such as attempted murder, wiretapping, and mass poisoning, for which she pleaded guilty and received a 20-year sentence in 1986. After completing 39 months in prison, she was released on parole for good behaviour. She received a $470,000 fine.

Ma Anand Sheela had three marriages. She had 3 Husbands

Her first husband, according to reports, was an American citizen named Harris Silverman. She married another American, John Joseph Shelfer, after he died in 1980. She married Urs Birnstiel, a Swiss citizen who died of AIDS in 1992, after Shelfer died.

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Ma Anand Sheela is the author of Book: “Don’t Kill Him! The Story of my Life with Bhagwan Rajneesh

Ma Anand Sheela Books
Ma Anand Sheela Book

She wrote a memoir on her experiences with Osho after his death, which was originally published in German and later translated into English.

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