NamasteThe Definition of Namaste by Sue Fuller

Namaste many of us say it all the time.  It is accompanied by a hand gesture and a gentle bow of the head.  But what does it really mean?

The word has its origins in the East it is globally accepted as a respectful greeting and a thank you. When it is said the hands join in a prayer position also known Anjali mudra at the heart centre and the head is gently bowed.

Sometimes it is said when the hands join at the third eye and as the head bows the hands move to the heart centre.  This is an especially deep form of respect.

Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.

Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “I bow to you.”

In Western cultures the word “Namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, just the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, the word is not always spoken.

By joining the hands in Anjali Mudra at the heart chakra it is deemed to increase the flow of Divine love.

Bowing the head and closing the eyes helps the mind surrender to the Divine and the boundless unconditional love within the heart, it helps to prepare body and mind for the practice of yoga and meditation and provides a seal to symbolise the end of the practice.

Namaste’s meaning is still universally recognized as one of peace, honour, and respect.

Here are few popular translations and meanings for the word Namaste:

The Divine light in me acknowledges the Divine light in you.

The God in me greets and meets the God in you.

I honour the spirit in you that is also in me.

The Diving wisdom in me recognizes and acknowledges the Divine wisdom in you.

Regardless of language the word Namaste brings a real sense of sharing a spiritual connection and creates a feeling of oneness and balance.   It is a beautiful way to connect with other human beings.

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