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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I Bow to the Divine in You

My precious little ones

I'm fascinated with the word "Namaste."  I don't know if there is another word in the history of language that encompasses so much.  With yoga becoming so popular in our country, this word is being used more and more, maybe even becoming a little cliche.  But the meaning behind it is so very rich and beautiful.

Below is further explanation about the meaning of this word and gesture:  (As explained in Yoga Journal)

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture recognizes 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 meeting of the palms, we honor the god in the person we meet.

"Nama" means bow, "as" means I, and "te" means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you."

To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart charka, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect.

Namaste allows two individuals to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness, free from the bonds of ego. If it is done with deep feeling in the heart and with the mind surrendered, a deep union of spirits can blossom.

Namaste is a symbol of gratitude and respect toward another, thereby allowing the truth to flow—the truth that we are all one when we live from the heart.

Imagine if we all greeted one another in this beautifully conscious way.  If we made a commitment to slow way down and look closely enough to truly see the divine in ourselves, in each person and bird and rock and tree we meet along the way.  Imagine if we could be truly free from the bonds of the ego.  If we could allow truth to flow.  If we all lived from our hearts, from a place of love and respect and gratitude.  And a true recognition of our oneness.  Imagine. 


1 comment :

  1. What a beautiful picture and post. I can't wait until the word moves beyond clichedom in our society, into the same timeless and classic usage as the phrase "I love you."



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