Namaste

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What does "Namaste" mean?

 

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each human that is located where the heart chakra is believed to be. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the lifestream in one by the lifestream in another. "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, you place the hands together where the heart chakra is believed to be, close the eyes, and bow the head. It is capable of also being 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. Although in the West the word "Namaste" is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.

 

You bring the hands together at where the heart chakra is believed to be to perceivably attempt to increase the flow of what is know of as Divine love or unconditional love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes assists the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. One is capable of doing Namaste to oneself as a meditation technique to attempt to go deeper inside the heart chakra; when done with someone else, it is also a beautiful, albeit quick, meditation.

 

For a teacher and student, Namaste allows for the attempt of two individuals to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness, free from the bonds of ego-connection. If it is done with deep feeling in the heart and with the mind surrendered, a deep union of lifestreams are capable of blossoming. If at all possible, Namaste ought to be done both at the beginning and at the end of class.


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