Osho as a "Healing
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
"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
including that 'healing sound'. We only have to arrange the Sony
Walkman". In the closing paragraph.
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.
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
perhaps we can say that "healing sound" is similarly a connective in
the whole piece, by its
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
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
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