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August 14, 2012

Namaste. What it means & why we say it.

Photo: bethscupham

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.

I love this.

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

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