Maybe too few directives for some but it is clear that in 1985 Osho gave these directives as I was actually there when he gave them, and that is why they are still so pellucid for me. In fact they threw the commune into perturbation, and it was already in great perturbation from Sheela and her gang leaving 10 days before..
On September 26, 1985 Osho told us to stop wearing the colours of the rainbow and the rising sun – and the mala, the traditional symbols of initiation (as also reported in the Rajneesh Times, 1986: 27). All malas were to be sent back. When some protested, Osho relented a little and allowed such people as wanted to, to keep their mala and wear it privately. However today over 25 years later some still use the mala and the colours of the rainbow publicly after Osho foreclosed them! To me this is a great abhorence, particularly when it occurs amongst those who are said to be so devoted, and often level accusations of non devotion against such as myself.
At around the same time Osho announced the end of Rajneeshism, saying “A religion has died.” A celebration of the death of Rajneeshism took place at Rajneeshpuram which I personally attended in which a funeral pyre was made of copies of Sheela’s book Rajneeshism and her “Pope’s robes.”, amongst much celebration by the whole commune.
The Rajneesh Times of October 4, 1985 offered Osho’s explanations for these actions: to me they reveal his acute concern for the problem of institutionalization. In an interview with Bill Graves of the Oregon Bulletin, Osho said he had decided to take these steps in an effort to keep his movement from becoming institutionalized. The book and the word “Rajneeshee” were developed he stated by Ma Anand Sheela – against his wishes during his three-and-a-half years of silence. Osho said at the time: “I hate the word ‘ism.’ ”
Osho delivered other blows to the organisation of his movement. The Rajneesh Times of October 2nd reported when I was still personally present on the Ranch that the daily “gauchamis” or bowing ceremony “which he said was too similar to ritual Christian and Mohammedan prayers” should be abolished, and at the same time the terms “worship” and “temple” were to become plain old “work” and “department” again.
I still maintain it is a legitimate question to be put to Arun, Rajneesh, Keerti and Veeresh to name but four, why they continue with orange, mala and gauchamis, that were really part of the “Bhagwan” phase of Osho’s work, but clearly not intended for its maturity.