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Wait what, Namaste, what is Namaste? What is the meaning of Namaste? Is Namaste a greeting?
Well, don’t worry this is our topic today. Today we are going to read about the significance of the word Namaste. So, let’s start with…
What is Namaste?
Namaste or Namaskar is used as a respectful form of greeting, acknowledging and welcoming a relative, guest or stranger.
What is the meaning of Namaste?
Namaste is meant to teach about morals, values, and beliefs.
Namaste greeting is a symbol of gratitude and respect.
Namaste comes from Sanskrit, consists of Namas (Bowing) + Te (To You) and literally means “I bow to you”.
You place hands together at the heart, close your eyes and bow. This can be done at the hello greeting & goodbye parting too.
Forms of the word and depictions of the pose can be found in ancient Indian art and literature.
It’s a core belief in Hinduism, that there’s a soul within us & we can know God by going inside ourselves.
We greet each other by joining hands & bowing, & saying Namaste, which literally means the divinity in me, or my soul, greets the divinity in you.
It is a gesture to send a message of peaceful spirituality to the universe in the hope of receiving a positive message back.
It is a “centering pose” which, according to practitioners, helps to alleviate mental stress and anxiety and is therefore used to assist the practitioner in achieving focus and coming into a meditative state.
Even in the west, with the popularity of Yoga, you will notice that the session starts & ends with Namaste as a salutation & goodbye. It creates a union of spirits.It unblocks the heart chakra and creates a feeling of peace in the body & mind.It allows us to spiritually connect through their energies
How do you respond when someone says Namaste?
Stating back Namaste to the other person next to you is the best response to Namaste.
Can you say Namaste for goodbye ?
As you know Namaste is an expression of respect towards the other person standing next to you so it can be used as greeting and goodbye both.
Why do we greet people in this way ?
In Yoga this gesture is called “Anjali Mudra”. It is a well-known fact that the tips of the fingers are major energy points. When we bring together the palms of our fingers linking the tips of our fingers then the nerve circuits of the brain are linked to those of the upper body. A feeling of a feeling of calmness and well-being immediately descends.
Is Namaste a Buddhist greeting?
Namaste is a word of Sanskrit language and this language has its origin and development in Indian subcontinent. As both Hinduism and Buddhism religions belongs to the Indian subcontinent, so Namaste can be said as a Buddhist greeting also.
This was all about the word Namaste. Have you noticed what amount of respect, love, and significance a word can contain, well that’s the beauty of Hinduism and it’s books.
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