Sannyas has to be a new birth. So symbolically the new name indicates that the old person is dead and you have to start living, from this moment, a new way of life.
I have given thousands of names. Now I don’t give sannyas myself. But sannyasins who have been with me for fifteen years and are perfectly capable of reading the mind of the man, the personality of the man, they are giving sannyas. And I have given so many names that out of all those names they can find what name will be suitable. I have initiated every kind of person and every kind of mind into sannyas, so they don’t need to bother about new names. I have given thousands of names; they have the whole list and they can find it and they can work it out.
But it is certainly significant. Sometimes very small things are very significant. For example, your clothes. It is not anything important, what kind of clothes you are wearing or what color. But when you are mourning you use black; somehow it fits with your mood, somehow it shows others your situation. In a black mourning dress it will be difficult to have a hearty laugh; it will look just absurd.
So small things – I have given my sannyasins the color red. There are only two basic colors in existence: red and green. All other colors are in a minority. The basic is green – the trees, the forest – and red. Strangely enough, red is almost always the color of the flowers. It represents blossoming, flowering, life. Very few people reach to the stage of flowering. They remain barren; they die without any fruition, without any flowers.
I want to remind my people continuously. They will be using the red twenty-four hours a day. They have to flower. Before death comes, flowering has to happen. They have to work hard for it.
Does the mala have healing powers?
I’ve read in a book on Rajneeshism that I got here at the ranch that there was a…
For the sannyasins it can have thousands of meanings. For a non-sannyasin, no meaning, because it is a question of your love, your trust. Then anything can have healing power. If you trust me, then just a glass of water from my hand will have the healing power. It is not in the water, it is not in my hand. It is in your trust.