The other day, one of the girls in class asked me what “namaste” means and why we say it.
I gave her a very Coles Notes version of my understanding behind the word and the gesture:
namaste, I bow to the divine light within you and you bow to the divine light within me.
She seemed satisfied with this, and so did I.
Later in the day while searchin’ the ‘net I came across something by someone, somewhere out there which takes my half-assed explanation a little further.
Then, just now, while searching for a pic for this post, I came across this interpretation.
And according to wikipedia…. my source for everything:
namah = bow
te = to you
Namaste ~ I bow to you
Namaste as a gesture is used to greet one another. It’s a gesture of respect that can be used globally between people of all age, race and gender. Totally encompassing the belief that “we are one.” Hands together at heart centre “represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra” (wiki).
Namaste. What does it mean to you?
Editor: Lynn Hasselberger
Like elephant yoga on facebook.
hot on elephant
Elephant Journal’s Holiday Gift Guide 636 shares A letter to the Anger that refuses to Leave Me. 612 shares Waylon’s favorite Ethical Gifts. 13 shares Learn Social Media, Writing, Editing & Journalism Ethics with elephantjournal.com. 3 shares The Real Reason so many Long-term Relationships Fail Sexually. 1,070 share Dear Pretty Young Woman Flirting with my Husband. 2,261 shares Year of the Fire Rooster 2017: What to Expect. 1,010 share Why a Year of No Dating was the Best Thing I ever did for Myself. 8,302 shares These Tweets (and Retweets) actually Happened. 1,392 share If you Want Him, you must Claim Him. 772 shares