Namaste is the habitual courtesy greeting to start with and often to finish with. It’s not a shallow gesture or a mere phrase. It’s used amongst strangers or friends and no matter age or sex. The greeting Namaste is a method of expressing respect for the individual to whom you’re speaking as well. In certain cultures, persons of lower standing play namaste first to be able to show respect for a person who is of higher status. Additionally it is utilised in worship and prayer.
The term’namaha’ is also literally translated as”na ma” (not mine). It’s a religious importance of dissolving one’s self in the presence of another being. It’s in humbling oneself in the presence of the others that one’s spiritual nature can shine through.
Bend the arms from the elbow upward and confront both palms of the hands. Place both palms together and maintain the folded palms facing the chest. In addition you gently close your eyes, as it were, to explore the inner spirit – theirs and yours. Rather than shaking hands or a kiss on the cheek in different civilizations, Namaste is a non-contact type of respectful and religious greeting.
However, there’s far more to it than meets the eye. The actual meeting between individuals is the meeting of the higher consciousness or true selves. When we greet one another with Namaste, it means,’may my higher consciousness be combined with your higher consciousness’, indicated by the folded palms placed prior to the torso. The bowing down of the mind is a gracious form of extending friendship in love, respect and humility.
Spiritual Significance of Namaste:
The reason we do Namaste has a deeper religious significance. It admits that the belief that the life force, the divinity, the Self or the God in me is the same in all. Acknowledging this oneness with the assembly of the palms, we honor the God from the person we meet. By doing Namaste we adopt the divinity within our self and another.
So, Namaste to you!