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What does Namaste mean to you?

chris knight

19-04-2004 11:11:54

What does Namasté mean to you?

The Sanskrit word Namasté means 'I bow to the divine in you.'

I've always thought it meant something on the order of "The Spirit in me greets the spirit in you."

Namasté was a greeting used by many Hindu, Taoist and Buddhist as a form of reverence to those that they greeted...just like we might say "Hello" or "Hola."

While it is commonly written "Namasté" -- it is officially pronounced as "Namastay" (in the English language vowel pronounciation).

What is your take on meaning behind the "Namasté" greating?

If you find any other translations of this greeting, you are very welcome to post them here. -)

Anonymous

20-04-2004 14:06:44

This was a way that it was beautifully put to me a while back.
“NAMASTE”

‘I honor that place in you, where the whole Universe resides.

And when I am in that place in me and you are in that place in you, there is only one of us.'

There is no need to hug, kiss, shake hands,
or say hello, hi or bye, by waiving your hands.

Just say Namaste with both hands fold,
and thus avoid hug shocks or risk catching cold.

Namaste conveys love for minors and majors,
without discrimination of sex, race, or color.

Replace hi/bye and start greeting with Namaste.

Be happy to revert to this original humble way.

Namaste, the sweetest word when chanted,
conveys respects and greetings when wanted.

It can be used in both singular & plural form.
It's commonly used for all occasions and norms,
be it a child addressing an elder, male, female,
vice-versa, facing each other, or through mail.

Be it any time morning, noon, evening or night,
greetings with just sweet Namaste fits right.

Namaste is the salutation for all communications,
whether they are of business or any personal relations.

Don't get confused over salutations for madams or sirs.
Use Namaste for friends, parents, brothers or sisters.

It is not simply just a word, it's a symbol of civilization.
If adopted universally, it will usher unity for each nation.

This humble salutation doesn't interfere with any religion.
Namaste being insignia of love is thus worth adaptation.

Just join both hands and bring them near your heart.
Say Namaste the simple word so sweet and short.

The posture itself indicates regards from core of the heart.
All ladies, gents, teens or kids can easily follow this art.

I honor the place in you in which the Universe dwells.

I honor the place in you which is love, light, truth, and peace.

When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me... WE ARE ONE!

Anonymous

20-04-2004 16:16:26

The God in me respects the God in you.

Anonymous

24-04-2004 16:24:32

Although I cannot remember when I first heard the greeting "Namaste", I remember being told that it means "The God In Me Salutes the God In You". The translation struck a cord in me and I have been using it every since as a ending to my e-mail messages and even on my telephone voice mail. It reminds me that we are all divine and we are all ONE!

Anonymous

20-05-2004 13:53:07

I have been told that the word namasté (by the way, you get a é by holding down ATL and typing 130) means

"The Divine in me recognizes and embraces the Divine in you for we are as One, the I AM."

Of course, it's a very loose translation. In fact, all life is as it has been said that the Universe/God/I AM speaks in silence and everything else is a poor translation.

Ron

10-06-2004 08:40:38

'I honor that place in you where the whole Universe resides. And when I am in that place in me and you are in that place in you, there is only one of us.'

There is no need to hug, kiss or shake hands,
Or say Hello, Hi or Bye, by waiving your hands.
Just say Namaste with both hands fold,
And thus avoid hug shocks or risk catching cold.
Namaste conveys love for minors and majors,
Without discrimination of sex, race, or colors.
Replace Hi/Bye and start greeting with Namaste
Be happy to revert to this original humble way.
Namaste, the sweetest word when chanted,
Conveys respects and greetings when wanted.
It can be used for both singular & plural forms,
It’s commonly used for all occasions and norms.
Be it a child addressing an elder, or a male or female,
Or vice-versa facing each other or through mail.
Be it any time morning, noon, evening or night,
Greetings with just sweet Namaste, fits right.
Namaste is the salutation for all communications,
Whether they are of business or any personal relations.
Don’t get confused over salutations for madams or sirs,
Use Namaste for friends, parents, brothers or sisters.
It is not simply just a word, it’s a symbol of civilization,
If adopted universally, it will usher unity for each nation.
This humble salutation doesn’t interfere with any religion,
Namaste being insignia of love is thus worth adaptation.
Just join both hands and bring them near your heart,
And say Namaste the simple word so sweet and short.
The posture itself indicates regards from core of the heart,
All ladies, gents, teens or kids can easily follow this art.

I honor the place in you
in which the Universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is love, light, truth, and peace.
When you are in that place in you,
And I am in that place in me...
WE ARE ONE!

Namaste - Ron

Ron

25-06-2004 09:05:55

This is a great quote from Wayne on Namaste -

“Keep the word Namaste in your awareness. Use it as a greeting and to remind yourself of your connection to everyone. When you honor the place in others that they share with you, you move past the toxic reaction of feeling competitive while removing any possibility of enmity existing within yourself. I think of Namaste all the time, particularly when my old ego keeps trying to convince me that I do not share the invisible force with another.”

Namaste - Ron

flutterby

28-06-2004 18:50:55

I agree with the definition and it is a reminder for me to remember that person with love, beauty, kindness and peace as if the Creator was looking at them. To remind me that that is our true nature and reminds me I am that as well. I remember when I have said and greeted someone saying namaste there is always a smile and feeling of contentment.

MIRACLE1

13-07-2004 22:22:31

I wanted to ask someone what Namaste meant but I didn't want to come off as being ignorant oops so I asked God to lead me to its meaning. I'm so glad that as I was still thinking about its meaning there it was as plain as day, topic -"What does Namaste mean to you?" That is a beautiful word with a beautiful meaning and I will start using it.
This was an example of ask and you shall recieve
D
Namaste` lol

Eykis

14-07-2004 14:06:46

Total bliss.

Naga

14-08-2004 16:03:29

This is from the language Sanskrit which is the root of all Indian languages. It consists of two words - Namah and Te. Sanskrit grammar combines these two words into one to make pronouncing them two together easier.

Namah means to pray, to honor, to worship, etc. That's why we join our hands when we say Namaste.

Te means you.

It was used as a greeting and even today many people greet each other with different forms of the word - Namskaram, Namashkar, Namaskar, etc. The word and pronounciation are more state/language specific.

In old times, people were taught to treat almost everyone else as God. One of the first Sanskrit verses that is taught to kids says, treat your mother as God; treat your father as God; treat your teacher as God; and treat your guest as God.

If all the people who come into our lives are there to teach us something, then they are all our teachers, right?

I wish that people continued to treat others with the same respect after the Namaste. D

Naga

eagle

28-11-2004 12:36:13

D
Namaste
eagle

"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."

An Ancient Sanskrit Blessing

It is pronounced as"Namastay" with the first two a's as the first a in "America" and the ay as in "stay", but with the t pronounced soft with the area just behind the tip of the tongue pressing against the upper-front teeth with no air passing (as the t in "tamasha").

For Hindu(s), the greeting of choice is "Namaste," the two hands pressed together and held near the heart with the head gently bowed as one says, "Namaste". Thus it is both a spoken greeting and a gesture, a Mantr(a) and a Mudr(a). The prayerful hand position is a Mudr(a) called Anjali, from the root Anj, "to adorn, honor, celebrate or anoint." The hands held in union signify the oneness of an apparently dual cosmos, the bringing together of spirit and matter, or the self meeting the Self. It has been said that the right hand represents the higher nature or that which is divine in us, while the left hand represents the lower, worldly nature.


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temporary power

25-08-2005 20:20:32

Namaste can mean let me buy you a double dipped chocolate iced latte at Dunkin' Donuts. It is a good drink let me tell you. It is probably the best iced coffee I have ever had in my life. Divinity in every sip!