More than just a greeting.
“Spirituality is the transformation from the cocoon of the human form to the infinite realm of the soul which is free and light like a butterfly”
Namaste has been used for thousands of years by the South Asian Hindus, Buddhists and Indians. There are many ways of describing the meaning of Namaste. The word Namaste in Sanskrit means “I bow to you” in the form of namah + te.
A beautiful way of describing Namaste comes from the Hindus:
“I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of love, of integrity, of wisdom and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.”
In the Indian culture “na” and “ma” means “not mine” or “not-myself to you”. This symbolises selflessness and rejects all things unhealthy to the soul.
Namaste may be used to greet people or used as an Anjali Mudra in yoga, derived from the root Anj meaning “to adorn”, it can also be practiced in meditation. This is because of its calming and centering effect on the body. It is known to stimulate the Heart Chakra with the positioning of the hands and by meditation.
The correct way to position ones hands is by placing your palms and fingers together by the chest. This symbolises the spiritual realm on one hand and the physical realm in the other hand. The five fingers on each hand touching one another represents the number ten, which is seen as the perfect and balanced number in Ancient Chinese philosophy. When hands touch it is seen as one trying to rise above the physical realm and openly accept and acknowledge the spirit of whom you are greeting.
It is important to truly understand the words we speak and be conscious of one another. Selflessness can bring one great happiness in just being.