Friday, January 25, 2008

Namaste

If you are not aware of this word, allow me to introduce you to it.

Namaste
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Namasté or Namaskar (नमस्ते [nʌmʌsˈteː] from internal sandhi between namaḥ and te) is an Indian greeting or parting phrase as well as a gesture. It is commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists.
Taken literally, it means "I bow to you". The word is derived from Sanskrit (namas): to bow, obeisance, reverential salutation, and (te): "to you".[1]
When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. The gesture can also be performed wordlessly and carry the same meaning.

"I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me." -- attributed to author Deepak Chopra[citation needed]
"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."[3][4]
"I salute the God within you."
"I recognize that we are all equal."[5]
"The entire universe resides within you."[5]
"The divine peace in me greets the divine peace in you."[5]
"Your spirit and my spirit are ONE." -- attributed to Lilias Folan's shared teachings from her journeys to India.[citation needed]
"That which is of the Divine in me greets that which is of the Divine in you."[6]
"The Divinity within me perceives and adores the Divinity within you".[7]

The link from where I plagiarized this from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namaste

I used to use this word a lot. Somehow Peace started to replace Namaste. I love this word. I love bowing to people, I love the act both verbally and physically to say..........All that is good in me, honors all that is good in you. It is a beautiful gesture. Of course actually bowing to people isn't done much in the Western world. Although often when I am sharing a conversation with someone, and I stop to thank them for listening, or for sharing such a deep part of themselves, I find that my hands come together and my head bows to them.

So, most often for now, I will be ending my posts with this, rather than the word Peace. Namaste says what I feel and incorporates Peace as well.......a much better option!

Namaste.

2 comments:

ellen said...

I love the word to. I have a native friend that uses it as his farewells in all of his mailings.

ellen said...

Holy crap - I forgot the second "o" on too. I hate that!!!