“The divinity in me bows to the divinity in you”.
We, Hindus, 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. This greeting is for all – people younger than us, of our own age, those older than us, friends and even strangers.
How to Correctly Pronounce Namaste?
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Is it casual greeting or any meaning to it?
Namaste could be just a casual or formal greeting, a cultural convention, or an act of worship. However, there is much more to it than meets the eye.
In Samskritam, namah + te = namaste. It means – I bow to you – my greetings, salutations, or prostration to you.
Namaha can also be literally interpreted as “na ma” (not mine). It has a spiritual significance of negating or reducing one’s ego in the presence of another. When our ego reduces, we will not see the other person in hatred; the negative feelings and energies reduce. This increases oneness.
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 placed before the chest. The bowing down of the head is a gracious form of extending friendship in love and humility, again bringing the importance of togetherness.
The spiritual meaning is even deeper. The life force, the divinity, the Self or the God in me is the same in all. Recognizing this oneness with the meeting of the palms, we salute with head bowing to the Divinity in the person we meet. That is why sometimes, we close our eyes as we do namaste to a revered person or the God – as if to look within and focus on the self. The gesture is often accompanied by words like “Ram Ram”, “Jai Shri Krishna”, “Namo Narayana”, “Jai Siya Ram”, “Om Shanti” etc – indicating the recognition of this divinity. When we know this significance, our greeting does not remain just a superficial gesture or word but paves the way for a deeper communion with another in an atmosphere of love and respect.
Next time, you will also say Namaste to everyone you greet, won’t you? You are not only saying hi to the person you meet but also bowing down to the good qualities in the other person and extending friendship. At the same time, you are working on the pressure points on your fingertips as well!
Try greeting with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ at Sanghasthan next time and you will find joy in them!!
Namaste is healthy too !!!
Namaste becomes world’s new style of greeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RADPt22Khs4
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