Do you know the meaning of Namaste?
The word Namaste (Namas+te) is derived from the Sanskrit namah (to bow) and te (you), meaning “I bow to you.” It is believed that there is a divine light within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture of pressing ones hands together with a slightly bowed head and a smile is an acknowledgement of the soul in one by the soul in another. This gesture is an act of bowing to the divine within us.
Namaste is not a superficial gesture or a mere word, it is a way of showing respect and an acknowledgement of equality. It is used when meeting people, young and old alike, and from friends to strangers.
How and When to Use "Namaste"
Namaste is more than a word we say, it is also a gesture.
To perform the gesture:
Place your hands together in front of your chest, as in prayer.
Utter the word namaste and bow your head slightly toward the tips of the fingers.
There are 3 types Namaste:
- Hands at chest level – this is often used between peers and towards elders.
- Hands at forehead level – this is a salutation from the third eye to the almighty.
- Hands raised towards the sky – this is a salutation to the departed ancestors who are one with the Gods.