From Bhagwan to Osho: Publications table

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The quantity and variety of books Osho has authored are second to none in the world of spiritual literature. Thus, when he changed his name near the end of his time in the body, it threw his publishers for a loop and, especially in his commune, the coping with this change was done hurriedly and chaotically. The tables below are an attempt to track and illustrate how the change was dealt with. There are seven tables, dealing with:

1. New books: first editions of his ongoing talks, starting with those that had been given seven months or less before the name change, that had never been published previously in any form. Some but not all of these books came with explanations of his new name.
2. New editions of older books bearing his new name. As with the first group, some but not all of these books came with explanations of his new name.
3. The cascade of explanations printed in various parts of the new books, plus a parallel cascade of stickers inserted in old, already printed but unsold books with his old name.
4. A similar cascade of explanations in Hindi books, with corresponding stickers in old unsold books with his old name.
5 and 6. News of the name-changes and relevant context in the official newspapers at the time, Rajneesh Times International and Osho Times International.
7. Other sources: Miscellaneous historical publications pointing to stories and events relating to Osho's name change.

The data in the tables were verified from physical copies of the books. One of the authors of this page kept a record when acquiring books, mostly shortly after publication. The dates of publication were also asked from a source in the Publications department at the time. And some dates have been ascertained by ISBN searches.

This page is referenced by two longer articles:


New First Editions

This table is by default sorted by the dates that Osho's talks were given but can be sorted by any of its columns. (Click and see!) It tracks the names used to address him, the books' author name, publication date and any explanations of his new name given. See the third table, below, for the text of those explanations.

First lecture date Last lecture date Book Audio salutation Book salutation Book author as First edition publication month Name explanation (see below) CD-ROM salutation (published 1994 - 06)
1988-07-11 and earlier Bhagwan or Beloved Bhagwan Bhagwan or Beloved Bhagwan Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh None Beloved Osho
1988-07-12 1988-07-24 Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt Beloved Bhagwan Beloved Bhagwan Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh 1988 -- 11 None Beloved Osho
1988-07-25 1988-08-01 Dogen: The Zen Master Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 09 ** None Our beloved master
1988-08-02 1988-08-11 The Miracle (discourses) Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 07 ** #B. Flap text. Our beloved master
1988-08-12 1988-08-28 Turning In (discourses) Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 07 ** #B. Flap text. Our beloved master
1988-08-16 1988-08-25 The Original Man Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 07 ** #B. Flap text. Our beloved master
1988-08-29 1988-09-07 The Language of Existence Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 07 ** #B. Flap text. Our beloved master
1988-09-08 1988-09-15 The Buddha: The Emptiness of the Heart Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 07 ** #B. Flap text. Our beloved master
1988-09-16 1988-09-25 Ma Tzu: The Empty Mirror Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 09 ** None Our beloved master
1988-09-26 1988-10-04 Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 09 ** None Beloved Osho
1988-10-05 1988-10-14 Nansen: The Point of Departure Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 09 ** None Beloved Osho
1988-10-14 1988-10-22 Joshu: The Lion's Roar Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 09 ** None Beloved Osho
1988-10-23 1988-10-31 Rinzai: Master of the Irrational Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 09 ** None Our beloved master
1988-11-01 1988-12-02 Isan: No Footprints in the Blue Sky Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 09 ** None Our beloved master
1988-12-03 1988-12-06 Kyozan: A True Man of Zen Beloved Bhagwan Our beloved master Osho 1990 -- 10 #D. Flap text. Our beloved master
1988-12-26 No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity, ch. 1 Beloved Bhagwan to Beloved Buddha Beloved Bhagwan to Beloved Buddha Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 09 ** #A2. At end of text, before books list. See also the book's texts, introduction, cover and flap texts. Beloved Bhagwan to Beloved Buddha
1988-12-27 1989-01-03 No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity, ch. 2 - 9 Beloved Buddha Beloved Buddha Beloved Buddha
1989-01-04 No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity, ch. 10 Beloved Buddha to Beloved Zorba the Buddha Beloved Buddha to Beloved Zorba the Buddha Beloved Buddha to Beloved Zorba the Buddha
1989-01-05 No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity, ch. 11 Beloved Zorba the Buddha Beloved Zorba the Buddha Beloved Zorba the Buddha
1989-01-07 No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity, ch. 12 Beloved Zorba the Buddha to Shree Rajneesh / My beloved master Beloved Zorba the Buddha to Shree Rajneesh / My beloved master Beloved Zorba the Buddha to Shree Rajneesh / My beloved master
1989-01-08 1989-01-12 Zen: The Mystery and the Poetry of the Beyond Our beloved master Our beloved master Osho 1990 -- 07 #D. Separate page, next to title page. Our beloved master
1989-01-13 1989-01-16 One Seed Makes the Whole Earth Green Our beloved master Our beloved master Osho 1990 -- 05 #D. Flap text. Our beloved master
1989-01-17 1989-01-21 Yakusan: Straight to the Point of Enlightenment Our beloved master Our beloved master Osho 1990 -- 08 None Our beloved master
1989-01-22 1989-01-29 Christianity and Zen … Our beloved master Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 12 #B. Flap text. Our beloved master
1989-01-30 1989-02-05 Communism and Zen Fire, Zen Wind Our beloved master Our beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- ?? None Our beloved master
1989-02-06 1989-02-12 God Is Dead, Now Zen Is the Only Living Truth Our beloved master Our beloved master Osho 1990 -- 05 #D. Separate page, next to title page. Our beloved master
1989-02-13 1989-02-19 I Celebrate Myself … Our beloved master Our beloved master Osho 1990 -- 05 #D. Flap text. Our beloved master
1989-02-20 1989-02-21 The Zen Manifesto, chh. 1 - 2 Our beloved master Beloved Osho Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- ?? None Beloved Osho
1989-04-02 1989-04-10 The Zen Manifesto, chh. 3 - 11 Beloved Osho Beloved Osho Beloved Osho

Older Books, New Editions

This table is by default sorted by the publication dates of new editions of Osho's older books but can be sorted by any of its columns. (Click and see!) As with the first table above, it tracks the names used to address him, the books' author name and any explanations of his new name given. Titles with lecture dates are first-editions from the "Bhagwan" period. See the third table, below, for the text of those explanations.

First lecture date Last lecture date Book Audio salutation Book salutation Book author as First edition publication month Name explanation (see below) CD-ROM salutation (published 1994 - 06)
Words From a Man of No Words n/a No salutations Shree Rajneesh 1989 -- 03 None n/a
More Gold Nuggets n/a No salutations Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 06 #B. Flap text. n/a
1987-12-07 1988-01-17 Om Mani Padme Hum Beloved Bhagwan Beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 08 #A1. Flap text. Beloved master
1988-02-26 1988-03-18 Om Shantih Shantih Shantih Beloved Bhagwan Beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 08 #A1. Flap text. Beloved master
1988-01-17 1988-02-25 Hari Om Tat Sat Beloved Bhagwan Beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 10 #B. Flap text. Beloved master
1986-01-15 1986-02-13 The Sword and the Lotus Bhagwan or Beloved Bhagwan Beloved master Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- 12 #B. Separate page, next to title page. Beloved master
The Transmission of the Lamp Beloved Bhagwan Beloved Bhagwan Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh 1989 -- ?? None Beloved Osho
The New Dawn Beloved Bhagwan Beloved Bhagwan Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh 1989 -- ?? None Beloved Osho
Shree Rajneesh: A Man of Many Climates, Seasons and Rainbows n/a n/a Shree Rajneesh 1989 -- ?? None n/a
From Sex to Superconsciousness n/a No salutations Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- ?? #A1. Flap text. No salutations
The Psychology of the Esoteric n/a No salutations Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- ?? #A1. Flap text. No salutations
No Book (Gift book, The Rebel Publishing House GmbH) n/a n/a Osho Rajneesh 1989 -- ?? #B. Separate page, next to title page. n/a
After Middle Age: A Limitless Sky (Hazard Press) n/a Bhagwan Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, but on cover crossed-out and changed into "OSHO". 1989 -- ?? None n/a
Be Oceanic (Diamond Pocket Books) n/a Bhagwan Osho 1989 -- ?? None n/a
1987-06-01 1987-06-18 The Rebel Beloved Bhagwan Beloved master Osho 1990 -- 01 #C. On colophon page. Beloved master
1985-08-02 1985-09-14 From Death to Deathlessness Bhagwan Beloved master Osho 1990 -- 02 #D. Separate page, next to title page. Beloved Osho
Dimensions Beyond the Known n/a No salutations. (In earlier editions: Bhagwan.) Osho 1990 -- 08 #D. Flap text. Osho
The Great Secret n/a No salutations Osho 1990 -- 09 #D. Flap text. No salutations
Rebellion, Revolution & Religiousness (New Falcon Publications) n/a Beloved master Osho 1990 -- 11 #D. At the end of the book, ch. About the author. n/a
I Am the Gate Beloved Osho Osho 1990 -- 12 #D. Flap text. Beloved Osho
1985-09-15 1985-10-27 From Bondage to Freedom Bhagwan Beloved master Osho 1990 -- ?? #D. Flap text. Beloved master
Meditation: The First and Last Freedom n/a No salutations Osho Rajneesh 1990 -- ?? #A1. Flap text. n/a
1979-06-21 1980-04-30 The Dhammapada, Series 1 -- 12 Bhagwan Beloved master Osho 1991 -- 01 None Beloved master
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, First & Second Series No salutations No salutations Osho 1991 -- 01 None No salutations
The New Child n/a Beloved Osho Osho 1991 -- 05 #D. On colophon page. n/a
1980-10-27 1980-11-10 Come, Come, Yet Again Come Bhagwan Beloved Osho Osho 1991 -- 07 None Beloved Osho
1985-11-20 1985-11-28 The Diamond Sword Bhagwan or Bhagwan Shree Osho (translation) Osho 2008 -- ?? None n/a

Explanations and Stickers

This table contains the various offerings purporting to explain Osho's new name, in text and image form. The "code" is the wiki's tag connecting with references in the tables above relating to various books. Quite apart from these explanations printed in one place or another in the new books, a parallel program of stickering was carried on to offer similar explanations in old unsold books with Osho's name as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Note that the stickers serve different functions and are not always the same as explanations printed right in the new books that do not have his old name. Stickers have been placed where they fit best here, though they may not replicate the "explanation's" text exactly.

Code Explanation text Samples printed in books Stickers
#A1
On February 27, 1989, the disciples of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh decided to call Him OSHO RAJNEESH.
"OSHO" is a term derived from ancient Japanese and was first used by Eka, to address his master, Bodhidharma.
'O' means with great respect, love and gratitude as well as synchronicity and harmony.
'SHO' means multidimensional expansion of consciousness and existence showering from all directions.
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih (1989) - Backflap with printed name-explanationA1.jpg
#A2
On February 29, 1989, the disciples of Rajneesh collectively decided to call Him Osho Rajneesh.
OSHO is a term derived from ancient Japanese and was first used by Eka, to address his master, Bodhidharma.
'O' means "with great respect, love and gratitude" as well as "synchronicity" and "harmony."
'SHO' means "multidimensional expansion of consciousness" and "existence showering from all directions."
No Mind, The Flowers of Eternity (1989) - p.263.jpg
#A3
On January 7, 1989, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh announced that from now onwards He would be known as SHREE RAJNEESH
Name-stickerA3 - bought Poona ca.1989.jpg
#B
On January 7, 1989 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh announced that He was dropping the prefix BHAGWAN SHREE because to many people it means 'God'.
On February 27, 1989, sannyasins collectively decided to call Him OSHO RAJNEESH.
"OSHO" is a term derived from ancient Japanese and was first used by Eka, to address his master, Bodhidharma.
'O' means with great respect, love and gratitude as well as synchronicity and harmony.
'SHO' means multidimensional expansion of consciousness and existence showering from all directions.
Ma Prem Hasya, President, Rajneesh Foundation International
The Miracle (1989) - Backflap with printed name-explanationB.jpg Name-stickerB - ca.1989.jpg
#C
Osho was formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
"OSHO" is a term derived from ancient Japanese and was first used by Eka, to address his master, Bodhidharma.
'O' means with great respect, love and gratitude as well as synchronicity and harmony.
'SHO' means multidimensional expansion of consciousness and existence showering from all directions.
The Rebel (1990) - p.IV with printed name-explanationC.jpg Name-stickerC - bought ca.1989.jpg
#D
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is now known simply as Osho.
Osho has explained that His name is derived from William James' word 'oceanic' which means dissolving into the ocean. Oceanic describes the experience, He says, but what about the experiencer?
For that we us the word 'Osho'.
Later, He came to find out that 'Osho' has also been used historically in the Far East, meaning "The Blessed One, on Whom the Sky Showers Flowers."
Zen, The Mystery and the Poetry of the Beyond (1990) - p.II-III - with printed name-explanationD.jpg Name-stickerD - bought ca.1990.jpg

Hindi Publications

This table contains various offerings purporting to explain Osho's new name in Hindi publications, in text and image form. In most respects it is very similar in its principles to the table above. Examples are not numerous but the text so far seems to conform fairly closely to translations of the "types" above, even including a few choice English words transliterated into Devanagari. Notes below the Hindi text outline which of the English types they most closely resemble.

As above, the "code" is the wiki's tag classifying the various types. Besides the explanations printed in new books, a parallel program of stickering was carried on to offer similar explanations in old unsold books retaining Osho's name as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

Code Explanation text Samples printed in books Stickers
#A 27 फरवरी 1989 को भगवन श्री रजनीश के शिष्यों ने उन्हें ओशो रजनीश पुकारने का निर्णय लिया ।

"ओशो" प्राचीन जापानी भाषा से लिया गया शब्द है, और यह पहली बार एका द्वारा प्रयोग किया गया था -- अपने सद्गुरु बोधिधर्म का सम्बोधित करने के लिए ।
ओ का अर्थ : "परम सम्मान, प्रेम और अहोभाव सहित" के अतिरिक्त, "समक्रमिकता" (सिंक्रॉनिसिटी) और "समस्वरता" (हॉर्मनी) होता है ।
शो का अर्थ : "चेतना का बहु-आयामी विस्तार" और "समस्त दिशाओं से बरसता हुआ अस्तित्व" होता है ।
Text is a fairly faithful translation of the A2 text above. One word (underlined) was not able to be completely replicated according to the typographical standards of the example book, Mera Swarnim Bharat (मेरा स्वर्णिम भारत), published in Apr of 1989. Remarkably, this was two months before the first books explaining Osho's name change in English.

Mera-Swarnim-Bharat-name-change.jpg
#B 7 जनवरी 1989 को भगवन श्री रजनीश ने घोषणा की कि वे "भगवन श्री" संबोधन को हटा रहे हैं क्योंकि बहुत से लोग इसका अर्थ करते हैं "ईश्वर" ।

27 फरवरी 1989 को संन्यासियों ने एक स्वर से उन्हें "ओशो रजनीश" पुकारने का निर्णय लिया ।

"ओशो" प्राचीन जापानी भाषा से लिया गया शब्द है, और पहली बार एका द्वार इसका प्रयोग किया गया था — अपने सदगुरु बोधिधर्म को सम्बोधित करने के लिए ।

"ओ" का अर्थ "परम सम्मान, प्रेम और अहोभाव सहित" के अतिरिक्त "समक्रमिकता" (सिंक्रॉनिसिटी) और "समस्वरता" (हॉर्मनी) होता है ।

"शो" का अर्थ "चेतना का बहु-आयामी विस्तार" और "समस्त दिशाओं से बरसता हुआ अस्तित्व" होता है ।

मा योग नीलम
ओशो रजनीश की निजी सचिव

Sadhana Path 1989 deluxe name change - Neelam.jpg
Text is a fairly faithful translation of the B text above signed by Ma Prem Hasya. One word (underlined) was not able to be completely replicated according to the typographical standards of the example book, Sadhana Path (साधना पथ), published in June of 1989. Not only is the text of the explanation a close translation of B above, its similarity extends to being signed ex officio, in this case by Ma Yoga Neelam, "Osho Rajneesh's personal secretary" instead of Hasya.
#D

भगवान श्री रजनीश अब केवल ‘ओशो’ नाम से जाने जाते हैं। ओशो के अनुसार उनका नाम विलियम जेम्स के शब्द ‘ओशनिक’ से लिया गया है; जिसका अभिप्राय है सागर में विलीन हो जाना।
‘ओशनिक’ से अनुभूति की व्याख्या तो होती है, लेकिन वे कहते हैं कि अनुभोक्ता के संबंध में क्या? उसके लिए हम ‘ओशो’ शब्द का प्रयोग करते हैं। बाद में उन्हें पता चला कि ऐतिहासिक रूप से सुदूर पूर्व में भी ‘ओशो’ शब्द प्रयुक्त होता रहा है, जिसका अभिप्राय है : भगवत्ता को उपलब्ध व्यक्ति, जिस पर आकाश फूलों की वर्षा करता है ।
Sticker was found in the Mar 1989 edition of Bin Ghan Parat Phuhar (बिन घन परत फुहार). It was inserted into a relatively empty page announcing the name of the preface author. It is not known when the book was purchased, thus there is no clue as to when the sticker was inserted. Text of the sticker is a close translation of the William James / "Oceanic" type-D stickers. ("ओशनिक" = "oceanic" transliterated.)

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Rajneesh Times International

In this newspaper, until issue of Vol 1, number 24 (Dec 31, 1988) the master is referred to as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.


Issue Content as regards naming of the master
Vol 2, number 1,
Jan 16, 1989
Headline on cover:
Shree Rajneesh Zorba the Buddha
Editorial STOP PRESS:
Gives the news of the lectures of Dec 26 – Dec 31, with the name-discussion.
Dec 26: Denunciation of the word “Bhagwan”.
Dec 27: “I have accepted Gautam Buddha’s soul as a guest…”
Dec 28: “I am not a buddhist…”
Dec 29: On the fourth evening, Maitreya the Buddha treated the gathering to…
Dec 30: … In his discourse Maitreya the Buddha announced that Gautam the Buddha proved unable to adjust… I declare that my name should be Shree Rajneesh Zorba the Buddha
Dec 31: On December 31, Katzue Ishida, the Japanese seeress, was contacted by telephone by one of the sannyasins at Rajneeshdham and the events of the last five days were described to her. ... Twenty years ago, Ishida said, she had a vision that in the latter part of 1988 Gautam Buddha would fulfill his promise to return to earth. …
Text-box:
In accordance with His declaration on December 30, 1988, the Rajneesh Times International from now on will refer to Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh as Shree Rajneesh Zorba the Buddha, or Buddha.
Further on in this issue there is a 4 page extensive summary of these lectures.
Vol 2, number 2,
Feb 1, 1989
Editorial:
In Memory of Gautam Buddha’s Visit. With excerpts from the evening discourses of Jan 4th and 5th, 1989.
...From then onwards, He said that His full name, Shree Rajneesh, should be used. ...
Editorial:
Call me Shree Rajneesh – I Don’t Want “Zorba The Buddha” Put Behind My Name.
Last night (January 7), just as the paper was about to be put to bed, Our Beloved Master surprised us again. He said…
“... You should take note of it, Maneesha, that Shree Rajneesh is enough to indicate me. As far as you are concerned, you all can address me as My Beloved Master”.
In the rest of the newspaper, the master is referred to as Shree Rajneesh.
Vol 2, number 3,
Feb 16, 1989
The master is referred to as Shree Rajneesh and saluted with Our Beloved Master.
Vol 2, number 4,
Mar 1, 1989
Editorial: The Sanest Man in an Insane World
In this issue, RTI brings you the update and culmination of the story of the opposition of Maharashtran Neo-Buddhists to Our Beloved Master. ...
There are a number of press quotes from Maharashtra newspapers on the story.
With reports of the lectures of Jan 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21.
Vol 2, number 5,
Mar 16, 1989
No changes, the master is referred to as Shree Rajneesh and saluted with Our Beloved Master.
Vol 2, number 6,
Apr 1, 1989
Editorial: Osho – with Love and Gratitude (full text)
Our Beloved Master has often told the story of Bodhidharma’s successor disciple – the one who, failing to find words to express the essence of Bodhidharma’s teachings, simply fell, wordless, at his feet with tears of gratitude in his eyes.
Since Our Master dropped “Bhagwan” from His name, we have been feeling a bit like that famous disciple of Bodhidharma’s, at a loss for a word to express that inexpressible-ness that He is to us. Then, in the Zen sutras, a word kept reappearing which seemed so “right” to so many of us...
“Osho is a word signifying great respect, love and gratitude... it is a way of calling someone almost divine.” Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt
Like a seed it grew. We said to one another, “I would love to call Him ‘Osho.’” Many wrote letters to Him, expressing the same feeling. Research was done into the roots of the word, we whispered it to ourselves again and again just to get the feel of it on the tongue, round and soft and vast. Finally, on February 27, 1989, we made it “official” with 20,000 hands raised in the air. On behalf of Our Beloved Master’s two million disciples and friends around the world, we have decided to call Him “Osho Rajneesh.”
“Osho” is derived from ancient Japanese.
O means “with great respect, love and gratitude” as well as “synchronicity” and “harmony.”
SHO means “multi-dimensional expansion of consciousness” and “existence showering from all directions.”
Fittingly enough, “Osho” was first used by Eka, the disciple who became Bodhidharma’s successor, to address his master Bodhidharma.
Sarito
Article on Sannyas: Shinto Prophetess Takes Sannyas
Katsue Ishida, the seeress who, when she was shown Osho Rajneesh’s photograph, recognized the person in whom Gautam Buddha had descended into the world again, has taken sannyas, becoming Ma Gyan Sharno. After the sannyas ceremony the newly-named Ma Gyan Sharno said: “I am so happy to find this Master, so grateful. ...”
In this issue, the master is referred to as Osho, sometimes as Osho Rajneesh and saluted with Our Beloved Master.
Vol 2, number 7,
Apr 16, 1989
Naming unchanged: the master is referred to as Osho, sometimes as Osho Rajneesh and saluted with Our Beloved Master.
Vol 2, number 8,
May 1, 1989
Naming unchanged.
Vol 2, number 9,
May 16, 1989
In this issue, the master is referred to as Osho, sometimes as Osho Rajneesh and saluted with Beloved Osho.
Vol 2, number 10,
June 1, 1989
Header on cover: The New Osho Rajneesh Multiversity
Naming unchanged.
Vol 2, number 11,
June 16, 1989
Naming unchanged.
Vol 2, number 12,
July 1, 1989
Naming unchanged.
Vol 2, number 13,
July 16, 1989
Naming unchanged.
Vol 2, number 14,
Aug 1, 1989
Naming unchanged.
Vol 2, number 15,
Aug 16, 1989
Naming unchanged.
Vol 2, number 16,
Sep 1, 1989
Naming unchanged.
Vol 2, number 17,
Sep 16, 1989
Naming unchanged.
Vol 2, number 18,
Oct 1, 1989
Header on cover: The White Swan Brotherhood
Editorial: STOP PRESS
September 12 Osho announced that He would be coming out again in the next few days. He said:
“You will be facing a new man who will no longer be known as Rajneesh but simply as Osho.”
This is the last issue of this newspaper-title. See also the Sep 15 press release from Ma Prem Hasya.

The Osho Times

The issue-numbers of this new title are continued from those of the Rajneesh Times.


Issue Content as regards naming of the master
Vol 2, number 19,
Oct 16, 1989
Masterpieces: Just Osho:
RAJNEESH has disappeared! As we announced in a “stop press” in our last issue, Osho has dropped His old name Rajneesh and is now known simply as Osho. The announcement was made after disciples were informed that His health was improving again after a period of intense dental treatment. Ma Deva Anando said that when He appears again in the near future, “A new man will be facing you who will no longer be known as Rajneesh. He will simply be called Osho.”
See the Sep 15 press release from Ma Prem Hasya for more on this.
Later issues
All issues until Vol 3, number 19 of Oct 10, 1990 were checked (except Vol 2, number 21, which was missing). Special attention was given to editorials and article titles. Aside from one issue, The Strange Case of OTI Vol 3 No. 06, no further references to the naming of Osho were found, other than the ones mentioned above. Also, no reference to “oceanic” was found (aside from that one issue).
Briefly, in that one issue, the WJV makes a low-profile appearance as part of a minor point in an article by Amrito. But since that issue appears to have two editions, and the WJV does not appear in both versions of the article, the story is too complicated to be told in this page. See Strange Case for as much of the story as the wiki has been able to determine so far.

Miscellaneous

First entry in this class is a report in the Apr/May 1989 issue of Viha Connection, a reproduction of the press release of Feb 28 describing the meeting in Buddha Hall when sannyasins "voted" to go with the name Osho

Issue, Image Content as regards naming of the master
Vol II number 2,
Apr / May 1989
Front page story.
VC was just getting started, this was one of only 14 pages, note new subtitle, click to enlarge
Press Release

Rajneeshdham Press Office, February 28, 1989
TWENTY THOUSAND HANDS VOTE FOR "OSHO RAJNEESH"!

In the last month since enlightened mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh dropped the controversial honorific "Bhagwan" from his name and simply became Shree Rajneesh to his two million lovers around the world, a vacuum was felt in the thousands of hearts of his friends at Rajneeshdham, Poona. What to call their beloved enlightened spiritual master?
"It was a very difficult time," admitted Ma Yoga Neelam, personal secretary to Rajneesh. "Ever since our beloved master exposed the ugliness of the word 'Bhagwan' and virtually condemned its use forever, we were all left in a bit of a gap. To call our beloved master 'Shree Rajneesh' just sounded too formal and awkward, and yet to call him 'Our Beloved Master' also seemed too long, wordy and cumbersome. But in these last few days so many friends and lovers who have come here from around the world have been spontaneously and imultaneously calling Him 'Osho' in their daily letters and questions that we finally all took a vote last night and twenty thousand hands immediately shot up into the air and confirmed the fact that our beloved master is now to be called — 'Osho Rajneesh'!"
Neelam explained that the Japanese word OSHO was first used for Bodhidharma by his disciple Eka; and thereinafter has been used for centuries by many Zen monks when intimately addressing their Zen Masters. OSHO literally means the whole man, the fully awakened one and respectfully symbolizes a man of peace, grace and love upon whom Existence is showering all its blessings from every direction.
see also
Osho's names
From Bhagwan to Osho: The story
From Bhagwan to Osho: Prequel to Osho's name change
From Bhagwan to Osho: Publications table
From Bhagwan to Osho: What's in a name?
From Bhagwan to Osho: Website survey