October 18, 2010, 6:59 am
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The word Namaste originated from the Sanskrit namaskara, which is used to greet a person in a way that signifies honoring the divinity within them. The word is formed from the Sanskrit namaḥ, “to bow, give obeisance or reverential salutation,” and te “to you.”

The hands can be placed in front of the heart in greeting, or higher—as shown here—to signify reverence and/or worship. When the hands are placed on top of one’s head it indicates the utmost reverence or respect.

There are several interpretations of the word, all of which generally mean the same thing: “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you that is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”

And so to you, my few faithful readers, I bow.


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