|Introduction to the new list of OSHO SANNYAS NAMES & Terms
Welcome to the fullest Osho Sannyas names List ever complied.
Please do read this page before choosing a name from the list from the full list.
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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
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 judge.
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
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
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
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
‘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
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 a 6 year 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 meanings.
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
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’
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,
‘Ānanda’ means “great joy, bliss” (Ā +‘nanda’ which means 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
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
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 mail@sarovara.
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
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, I am sure 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.