Namaste!

jayababy By jayababy, 29th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Indians greet each other with Namaste. The two palms are placed together in front of the chest and the head bows whilst saying the word Namaste!

Namaste to all!

This greeting is for all—people younger than us, of our own age, those older than us, friends and even strangers.

There are five forms of formal traditional greeting explained in the shastras of which Namaste is one. Namste could be just a casual or formal greeting, a cultural convention or an act of worship. However, there is much more meaning about it.

In Sanskrit, namah + te = Namaste. It means—I bow to you-my greetings or prostration to you. It has a spiritual significance of reducing one’s ego in the presence of another.

The real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds. When we greet another, we do so with Namaste, which means, “may our minds meet”, indicated by the folded palms. The bowing down of the head is a gracious form of extending friendship in love and humility.

The spiritual meaning is even deeper. The life force, the divinity, the Lord in me is the same in all. That is why sometimes, we close our eyes as we do Namaste to a revered person or The Lord- as if to look within. The gesture is often accompanied by words like “Ram Ram”, “Jai Sri Krishna”, “Namo Narayana”, “Jai Siya Ram, “Om Shanthi” etc.—indicating the recognition of this divinity.

When we know this significance, our greeting does not remain just a gesture or word but paves the way for a deeper communion with another in an atmosphere of love and respect.

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author avatar jayababy
29th Oct 2011 (#)

Thx Mark.

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author avatar Buzz
29th Oct 2011 (#)

Namaste! Nice article, jaya.

Er, Mark, Jaya says you're handsome but grumpy.:D Joke only.

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author avatar jayababy
29th Oct 2011 (#)

Buzz, u r incorrigible!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
29th Oct 2011 (#)

Namaste back at'cha, jayababy.
Hugs, Sheila XX

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author avatar jayababy
30th Oct 2011 (#)

hi Sheila, thank u dear.

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author avatar Maria Malone
30th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you for sharing this informative article and Namaste to you!

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
30th Oct 2011 (#)

Namaste Jayababy...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
31st Oct 2011 (#)

A beautiful word and article, thank you...

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