Sannyas: Orange and Mala

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Osho giving Sannyas


"BHAGWAN,
WHY DO SANNYASINS HAVE TO CHANGE THEIR NAMES AND WEAR A MALA?
First: there is no reason why sannyasins are in orange and wear a mala except that I am eccentric about it. I am a little in love with the orange and I am in love with myself, hence the mala. This is the truth, if you understand. If you need some rationalisation you can ask my disciples."
(Osho, Tao: The Pathless Path, Vol 1, 18 Feb 1977)


Above quote from Osho on this question / theme is one of hundreds, all different. This one has been used here as 1) it's the most inclusive and 2) leaves the most space for his people to offer / create their own understandings. Everyone is invited to do so in the discussion page.


  • The Sep-Oct 1970 meditation camp in Manali (Himachal Pradesh) was the occasion of Osho's first sannyas initiations. (Click the image for more details.)

  • First oval malas

  • Wooden malas

  • Plastic malas

  • Wooden mala with stone beads and a silver commune pendant

  • Old mala set in wood and a brass commune pendant

  • Wooden mala and the back of a brass commune pendant



  • see also
    "Sadhu" and "Sadhvi"
    Osho Sannyas
    Buy a Mala at Osho Viha
    Orange: Sannyas in Fremantle