So just for a few days more continue to live there. Before you leave Antelope completely – because we don’t need it, we have enough land, enough houses – before you leave Antelope, first change its name from City of Rajneesh back to Antelope. We have our city; why force a name on people who will detest it? Don’t you understand simple psychology? You want my name to be unnecessarily condemned?
So before you leave Antelope you have to change the name. Before you leave Antelope we have to sell all the properties of Antelope. If the people of Antelope want their city back, they have to take their houses back, they have to purchase them.
We have given them enough money for it. We will not ask for payment for all the developments that we have done in their dilapidated houses. In four years prices have gone much higher. We will ask only the same amount that we have paid to them, and we are giving them renovated, better houses.
They have to take all those houses, and then you can move. But it will take a few days – and I have heard that you have been saying that you don’t want to go there at all.
If you had this much courage, then why for four years were you going there, living there? Now, out of sheer responsibility for the commune, because the commune has invested money there, which has to be taken out…. The people of Antelope will be very happy that you simply leave their houses, and they move in their houses free, without giving any money for them. That will be harming the commune.
Sheela has left the commune fifty-five million dollars in debt. We will make it; there is not much problem. But if you start behaving this way, you will be creating more debt.
So first change the name back to Antelope. And the Oregonians who are so much in sympathy with Antelope, they should help them. The government of Oregon should help them, give them loans, purchase the properties. Right now we have almost two-thirds of the properties of Antelope.
So whatever you have been doing under dictatorship, now you have to do on your own responsibility. You have to understand the implications of everything.
Sheela and her group have created a hostility between the commune and Oregonians. We have to destroy that hostility.
The first step will be for Antelope to be given back to the people who have lived there for hundreds of years. We don’t have any political aspirations.
The second step will be, anybody who has committed crimes against the law, we will help the state to find the person, to hold him responsible for the crime.
Now a totally new situation has arisen. The state government of Oregon and the commune here have a common enemy: the fascist group that Sheela was leading. The enemy of the enemy is a friend. This can become a great bridge, and we should make as much use of it as possible.
Except the poor Red Indians, everybody in America is a foreigner. It does not matter whether you came a hundred years ago, or three hundred years ago. And we came only four years ago: the other foreigners should not treat us as if they are native Americans. That’s what they are doing.