|Introduction to the new lists of OSHO SANNYAS NAMES
Please do read this page before choosing a name from the list from the full list.
You can download this list by clicking on the links below.
What is Sannyas?
Osho Neo-Sannyas is basically a way of life according
to the vision of the spiritual master Osho, which can
be summarised as living consciously, meditatively and
in celebration. Osho has talked on sannyas on
numerous occasions; his discourses can be researched
on the online libraries of www.osho.com,
“What are the requirements to become an Osho
sannyasin?” “Which meditations am I supposed to do?”
“Are there any obligations to fulfil to be a sannyasin?”
These are frequently asked questions and the simple
answer is that now there are no requirements for
sannyas, there are no formal obligations; sannyas is
“initiation into freedom.”
Osho Sannyas is not a religion, it is not a sect, and it
is not a political or ideological organisation. Sannyas is
simply a statement by the individual that Osho is
her/his spiritual master. Osho’s spiritual guidance to
the individual can come through practicing his
meditations, reading his books, watching the video
recordings of his discourses. There is no formal
organisation, no priest or medium, no one to watch or
However, there is a loose informal community of
fellow sannyasins, a global Osho Sangha, who are
indirectly connected only because they love the same
spiritual master. Many sannyasins find that to
meditate in the presence of other sannyasins is very
supportive, although it is not a necessity, there is no
church. Osho Therapy groups are now a common way
in which Osho sannyasins meet each other, but again
there is no obligation to join.
To take Osho sannyas it is no longer required to ask
anyone for permission, taking sannyas happens inside
the being of the individual.
However, it is customary to declare oneself as an Osho
sannyasin, and begin to use a sannyas name. This is
frequently done at a celebration organised by Osho
Meditation Centre or by an Osho therapist in a group
or meditation camp. The style of celebration can be
different according to the organiser, there is now no
uniform or formal style of initiation.
Choosing a Sannyas name:
Once the individual has decided to be an Osho
sannyasin, there are a few ways to choose the name:
1. In meditation the individual becoming a sannyasin
receives or understands the meanings of the names
they feel they need. These meanings can reflect the
qualities that the individual feels Osho Sannyas and
Osho’s meditations will help them to grow towards, or
they could be qualities that the individual already has
and feels can be developed more. The meanings can
then be researched on the list of sannyas names.
2. Rather than a meaning the individual has a
preference for a particular sound for the
pronunciation of the name, or a letter they prefer the
name to begin with.
3. The individual becoming a sannyasin decides to ask
somebody else to choose the name for them.
4. Intuitively open an Osho book, to find a meaning or
a name of a previous sannyasin.
One or Two Names:
Usually sannyas names consist of two names,
somewhat similar to the global use of a family name
and an individual name. Although no strict rules apply
to the choice of names for first or second name, often
it is regarded that the first name denotes a pathway
that the seeker is on or will travel on; and the second
name often describes a certain individual quality. It is
usual to use the second name when introducing
oneself, and to use the first and second when
introducing the full name. It is also possible to have
just one name.
Osho gave the titles ‘Swami’ and ‘Ma’ for male and
female sannyasins. ‘Swami’ mean ‘master of oneself’
which can be understood as the potential of male
energy. Although the spelling and pronunciation of
‘Svami’ would be more correct for Sanskrit purists, in
Osho Sannyas we have always used the easier
pronunciation and spelling of ‘Swami’ and often
shortened to “Sw.”
‘Ma’ means ‘mother’ or ‘mother of the universe’ and
can be understood to mean “to become a mother of
oneself, and to give birth to one’s new self.” Osho
never used the used the title ‘Swamini’ or ‘Svamini’
as the female disciples of some traditional Indian
religious paths have.
Changing Sannyas Name later on:
It is recommended to not change the sannyas name
too often, as then other people will not respect the
individuals choice. Also it can take several years for
the individual to feel the full effect of the sannyas
name. However some sannyasins do find that after
several years, their first sannyas name no longer suits
or supports them. Then they can find a new name and
declare it to other sannyasins, with or without another
celebration or initiation ritual.
USING the SANNYAS NAMES LISTS:
This list is a result of long term project, which has been made in response to the ever growing request from
lovers of Osho to find suitable names. This list will be useful for new disciples who wish to choose their own
name, either through the meaning or the pronunciation. It will also be useful to those who wish to change their
sannyas names, and want to check if their existing name has the correct meaning. Furthermore, it can be used
for find names of Osho Meditation Centres, or even a room in a building, there are many possibilities!
As previous sannyas names lists are not complete, and in some incidences are incorrect. This new extended list
endeavours to correct spelling mistakes and incorrect assignment of meanings. These corrections are needed as
in the past the Darshan Diaries were produced in the 1970’s in India with limited technology, time pressures, as
well as general printing errors. Later on some other computing errors led to other mistakes, but also human
error in the form of a change of meanings has been corrected where necessary. This new list has been thoroughly
researched, although more is always possible! It all began with a compilation of 1,500 Sannyas names from Osho
Darshan Diaries in printed books and from the CDROM of ‘Oshobooks,’ and known as ‘Silver Platter’, which is
now available online at www.osho.com or www.oshosearch.net. After years of research this new list presented
here, has grown to over 20,000 names.
All the original printed versions of names and their meanings given by Osho have been kept and checked for
spelling. Sannyas names from other lists, have also been checked and confirmed, or removed if an obvious
mistake was found. These corrections and confirmations of meaning and spelling are included in this new list.
However this does mean that some existing sannyasins do have an incorrectly spelled names or incorrect
Most of the names are of Sanskrit origin, other names come from Hindi, Pali, Urdu, Persian, Arabic or Hebrew
plus a few Chinese and Japanese names. However all European names have been removed.
Source verification: the Sanskrit names have been checked against the Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English
Dictionary, which was complied during the British Raj period in India. It is available on CD-ROM format from
www.krishna.com, and an online version can be found at http://www.spokensanskrit.de, where the script of how
the names are spelled in Devanagari can also be found. Other various online sources have been used for other
Sanskrit dictionaries, as well as Hindi, Arabic and Islamic dictionaries.
Using the pdf files:
All names are listed alphabetically, you may scroll down to look for the name wanted, or you can use the find
function by pressing the control plus F keys ‘Ctrl+F’ at the same time, you can then type in the name or the
meaning you are looking for. However it is not so simple to use that function when looking for names which
include the long ‘ā’ or long ‘ī’ symbols.
Male and Female Names:
In the list masculine names are indicated by “M”, feminine names are indicated by “F”, and neutral names -
those which can be applied to either males or females are indicated by “N”.
In Sanskrit, many words ending in an ‘a’ can be masculine. When pronounced in other languages this often can
sound feminine, so it is common to drop the final ‘a’ and leave the name ending in a consonant. The user can
choose either, for example “Sarovara” in Sanskrit is regarded as a masculine noun, but it could be reduced to
“Sarovar” to sound even more masculine. This is a common occurrence in Hindi for names of Sanskrit origin, e.
g. “Raja” is commonly reduced to “Raj.”
In Sanskrit, many feminine words end in a long ‘a’ which can be spelled either as ‘ā’ or ‘aa.’ However it is
common to spell the name with a simple ‘a” and remember that the pronunciation is a long, almost like “ar.”
“Ā” the long a, is also common at the beginning of many names, again it is usual to write with a normal simple
“A” but remember to pronounce it longer, although some people may prefer to spell it as “Aa-” The meaning of
the word can be completely different whether it is a short or long “A.” The short “A-” can mean “without” and
the long “Ā-” can mean “with.”
Examples: ‘Amana’ means “No-Mind” and ‘Āmana’ means “affection, friendliness.”
‘Ānanda’ means “great joy, bliss” (Ā +‘nanda’ which means happiness = “with happiness.”)
But ‘Ananda’ means “joyless.” (A +‘nanda’ = without happiness.)
As we tend to spell ‘Ānanda’ as ‘Ananda’ for simplicity, we should be careful to pronounce the name as “Aa-
nanda” or “Ah-nanda” but not quite as emphatic as “Ar-nanda.”
Another, but rarely used form is Â â, which is an emphasised ‘a’ but used only when needed to distinguish from
ordinary ‘a’ and long 'ā’
The long ‘ī’ capitalised as ‘Ī’ sounds like “ee.” This can be found at the start or middle of a name, and it is a
common ending for female names, although there are a few cases were it is used for a male name. In most cases
both versions of spelling with the long ‘ī’ and the letters ‘ee’ are given in this new list. There is also a long ‘ū’
which sounds like “oo.” Very rarely used in this list are the sounds ‘ê’ = “ai” and ‘é’ = “ay.” I have tried to find
a middle way between simplified spellings, which can lead to incorrect pronunciation and confusion with meanings
of other names; and being too scholarly with complex transcription symbols.
The extra details added into this list are intended to help the new sannyasins who will not be able to hear how the
name is pronounced by Osho himself. However the new sannyasin might still need to refer to a native Indian
speaker or an older sannyasin familiar with sannyas name pronunciation, in order to get the correct emphasis. It
took me a week with the help of two Indian sannyasins, to learn my name is pronounced Sa-ro-var-a and not the
English or American way of Saro-Vara.
A prefix is a word that can be added to the front of another word, in order to add to or to adjust its meaning. e.g.
‘Abhi-‘(very) changes ‘Nandan’ (Happy) to ‘Abhinandan’ (Very happy / delight).
A suffix is a word that can be added to the end of another word or name. A suffix can be used just like a prefix, e.
g. ‘Deep’ (lamp / light) can be added to ‘Dharma’ (The ultimate law and nature) to become ‘Dharmadeep’ (the
light of the ultimate law and nature.)
Creativity with the names:
Due to Sanskrit’s poetic and versatile nature, only the major meanings can be given here. Others meanings may
be found in other sources. Osho has also spoken on the versatility of Sanskrit and that helped him chose unique
name for new sannyasins. It is quite possible to use common prefixes and suffixes to make new names, as well as
combining two names together.
Some sannyasins will want to have a unique or rarely used name, others may be more comfortable knowing that
they can choose a well known Osho Sannyas name. To help with this choice a ‘popularity’ column has been
added, with the most popularly used name give 5 stars.
Since new sannyasins have been able to choose their own name, the popularity of certain names has changed.
Also, as now the names are not given out from one central location, there is more chance for repetition of names.
It will be appreciated if the individuals or centres using this list do send notification of which names have been
chosen or given, so that the popularity column can be kept up to date. Please write to email@example.com
In the comments column, extra notes relevant to the listed name are given, for example if the name is
recommended to have a particular other name to be combined with. Such as the 2nd name ‘Abhrita’ meaning
‘covered with Clouds,’ is recommended to used in combination with the 1st name ‘Veet’ meaning ‘Beyond’ or
the 1st name ‘Mukta’ meaning ‘Freedom from.’
As this list aims to be much more complete and give greater choice, several meanings have been given to some
names. However to make the list more searchable, the main meaning is then capitalised even if it appears in the
middle of a sentence.
Please send your comment and feedback to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I welcome your feedback. As sannyasins and Osho lovers are free spirited individuals, some
people will appreciate this list and others not. Here, is not a place to go into the often controversial history of Osho Sannyas, I have made this list because I have long had
a passion about names. I enjoy helping individuals to find the name they will use and cherish and that will support them in their path of meditation and in their divine love
affair with our spiritual master Osho.
|Osho or OSHO or Oshō
The spelling and usage of the word ‘Osho’ can be controversial. Here is some explanation:
Osho is the spelling we can use when taking about the spiritual master himself. That master who visited this planet from 11 Dec 1931 to 19 Jan 1990,
who was previously known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. OSHO is the trademark brand name, that can be used for intellectual properties such as the musical tracks for
OSHO Dynamic Meditation, OSHO Kundalini Meditation, etc.; and for the corporate entities of OSHO Multiversity and OSHO International Meditation Resort.
It is a trademark used by OSHO International who also claim copyright to Osho’s books, audios, photographs and videos. Oshō is the transliteration of the Japanese word
from which the name Osho was originally derived. Later, OSHO International claimed that Osho said the word was derived from William James phrase ‘Oceanic’. The use
of the capital letters OSHO can be seen as a reference to when his followers shout out his name with raised arms as practiced in the Evening Meeting
(White Robe Brotherhood). It is not intended as an acronym. Furthermore, yet unrelated, Osho is also a common Nigerian family name.
So now you know - Osho and/or OSHO and/or Oshō ….