Osho as a "Healing Sound"

This page is a part of a multi-page exercise in deconstructing a document, "What is an Osho?" (WiaO), that was an important benchmark in the progression of trends in Osho's sannyas after he left his body. These pages come in no particular order except for an Introduction and a central hub / Main Page. If you have got here somehow without reading these three linked pages, it will be best to visit them first.

There was not space in the Main Page of our deconstruction of WiaO to explore all the ins and outs of this unctuous phrase, "healing sound". Here we can go for it! The five occasions on which WiaO makes use of it are:
1. "Later he would say that Osho is not even his name, just a healing sound". This comes as part of the bogus history of Osho's name change.
2. "And part of this struggle to try and define 'Osho' has been about dealing with the gap. No Master, no physical presence, just a healing sound...?" This is part of the odious paragraph concerning "the safe game of disciple".
3. "The accompanying music doesn’t create the 'other,' even though Osho was closely involved with the creation of this music. It is just a healing sound if you like". This was in the "straw man" argument about "the other".
4. "And for today’s contemporary people, what could be easier than to listen to that healing sound in the car or train on the way to work, or quietly at home in the evening. It sure beats sitting on the floor trying to get your ankle up behind your ear, or counting rice for thirty years. And funnier too", This small paragraph, omitted in the Main Page, purports to connect the segments with the third and fifth instances of "healing sound".
5. "Leaving everything we need to become self-sufficient meditators, including that 'healing sound'. We only have to arrange the Sony Walkman". In the closing paragraph.
The first instance is fairly straighforward, at least in its usage and meaning. It has to be, to at least give the reader a place to start. Where it is not straightforward is of course its historical falseness. Osho never said anything like this publicly. Thus we might say that the only (almost-)truth in "Later he would say" is that Osho was "late", ie deceased, when he finally said it.

With the second instance we are wafting away from anything connected with Osho's name, towards ... what? Well, we don't know. A hint comes a couple of paragraphs later with "And could it be that if the sound of his talking can provide a space ..." So maybe the healing sound is the sound of his voice, not his name. Okay.

With the third, in the paragraph with the specious argument about "the other", it is the music for Dynamic Meditation that is the healing sound. With the fourth it is (likely) back to the sound of his voice, and with the fifth, it's any and all of the above, apparently.

Osho a Mantra for the 21st CenturyOkay, accepting that it is not going to be exactly nailed down, what can we make of it and its part in the private dance between author and reader? It doesn't establish any definitive conceptual content but maybe that's not its function. Observing how the paragraph with the fourth "healing sound" apparently connects the segments before and after, perhaps we can say that "healing sound" is similarly a connective in the whole piece, by its
soothing repetitiveness alone. A unifying touchstone we return to again and again and feel comforted by.

In the Main Page of this WiaO deconstruction, it was suggested that it could in this way be intended as a
hypnotic incantation. It might not even be too far-fetched to imagine it as a mantra. After all Osho has said ridiculing mantras, that should be unlikely, but these are unlikely times. Not long after WiaO came into the world, one of the last hard-copy issues of Osho Times (Jan 1 2000, image right, click to enlarge) declared on its front page, "Osho, a mantra for the 21st century". This is so bizarre, one cannot imagine what might have been the reason behind it, beyond something like a "let's just throw it all against the wall and see what sticks".