Namaste – the Universal Gesture of Oneness.
A Simple Gesture
Often used by many across all religions and caste. Namaste is also admired within spiritual circles like meditation, yoga classes, and it’s being embraced far beyond its origins. You’ll often hear it spoken in combination with a slight bow, talking in spiritual language — Anjali Mudra – the placement of the hands together pulled close to the heart in a fashion similar to a prayer pose. Use of the Mudra position to the heart and raised to the forehead is most often utilized in most parts of India i.e. North and South whereas formal versions of Namaste is called Namaskar or Namaskara amongst others. This gesture also represent surrendering ego to the spirit – recognizing that the life force within us as individuals is the same as that within everything and everyone.
Finally, a Word We all Agree On. With remarkable principle interpretations of Namaste have yet to be twisted by ‘new world linguistics’ or portrayed in a negative light. An example is the greeting ‘as-salamu alaykum,’ which is typically translated as ‘May peace be upon you,’ but is highly misinterpreted. However, Namaste’s meaning is still universally recognized as one of peace, honor, and respect. So what does Namaste mean exactly?
The literal translation of this greeting varies with each language, culture, religion; Yet, they are all saying the same thing. In Sanskrit, the word ‘namah’ means bow, ‘as’ means I, and ‘te’ means you, translating into “I bow to you” , “I bow to all godly/good qualities within you’. Regardless of the language you speak, the word simply invokes a sense of sharing, a spiritual connection, also creates a sense of oneness and balance. Essentially, it’s a way to connect with all humans.
Raising Your Vibrations by Embracing Meaning of Namaste
There’s something about the universal recognition and the spiritual energy that accompanies the true spirit of Namaste that makes it a truly remarkable greeting. Just speaking the word Namaste along with the Mudra posture – raises the vibrations of your intention to greet someone by honoring of their inner self which is also termed as inter goodness/God/light. Embracing the spirit of Namaste can be a powerful manifestation tool, resembling everything in the Universe including the One within me i.e. We are all One…We are the Eternal Consciousness!