The Meaning of the word Namaste
Many people ask me what Namaste means, so I thought I would give a
definition of what it means to me and to others.
I hope you enjoy my definition of the word Namaste. This page and article happen to
be one of the most popular pages on my website please feel free to contribute your
translation below and it will be posted here soon after!
Often times one will use this as a greeting to say hello or goodbye. It is a
common greeting for Yoga or Reiki practitioners, but the meaning is far more
then a greeting.
There are many translations in English to Namaste and here are some of
- Thank you for your presence. ~Sandra
- My Namaste Translation is: saying hello or goodbye to someone
honored in your life. ~ Robyn
- You & I are one!!! ~ Wayne
- I see and celebrate the Love that you are. ~ Brian
- The Light in me recognizes the Light in You. ~ Submitted by DJ
- I respect and acknowledge your place in the universe or simply "Amen"
- I remember you from then that you dwelled in heaven as a highly
developed spiritual entity and now i find you on earth and identify you
as an incarnated human being, radiating the same pure divine light
from your heart. I recognise and honor me and you as the God, cause
we're all loving children of God. ~ Alexandros K.
- The Spirit in me meets the same Spirit in you.
- I honor the light and love within you ~ Submitted by Tricia
- I greet that place where you and I are one.
- I salute the divine in you.
- As I know of it since my childhood, Namaste is a way to show respect,
show love and show openness to recieve the love and blessings
coming in. Namaste in itself indicates politeness and as is
accompanied by the bow, is accepting the the superemeness and
submitting to that. Namaste is killer of the aham (sanskrit word
meaning ego). To me Namaste means accepting the superiority of the
opposite person which directly eliminates personal ego and opens the
path for the spiritual energy to flow and communicate. ~Submitted by
- I salute the Light of God in you.
- I honour the divinity within you. ~Submitted by Devika
- I am very new to the Oneness belief and to meditation. Having heard
Namaste used several times, when someone recently greeted me with
it, I inquired of them what it meant. The answer was, "the Christ in me,
recognizes and honors the Christ in you." I noticed that when this same
person greeted a few others in the group, he didn't always use the word
"Christ". Sometimes it was "Divine," "God," "Spirit," "Love," etc. I was
touched by this because I believe that his knowledge that I was new to
this, and that my background was Christian, led him to select the word
that meant the most to me, and that I could relate to best. Isn't it a
blessing that Namaste is many different words in one! ~ Submitted by
- The Spirit in me honors the Spirit in you. ~ Submitted by Lynne
- I recognize that within each of us is a place where Divinity dwells, and
when we are in that place, we are One.
- I greet the place where you and I are one. ~ Submitted by Ron
- I see and honor in you the place where God (or the universe) resides.
When you are at that place in you, and I am at that place in me, we are
one. ~ Submitted by CR
- The word Namaste to me implies that despite outward appearances to
the contrary, there is really only one of us present. I am openly
acknowledging this. ~ Submitted by Anonymous
Hmmm...this page got me thinking about how I use the word Namaste
besides as a greeting, etc. There's always a reverent feeling that washes over
me whenever I whisper it aloud. The most "different" way that I use the word
Namaste is as a sort of greeting, blessing/benediction, and thank you all in
one. I do this when I am standing in front of my mirror and truly trying to see
my "Self"--not preening or complaining about this or that facial feature, etc.
To me, it's almost like a meditation of sorts; it really does bring me to a
deeper spiritual level, even if it is only for a few moments or minutes. I
usually have my hands in the Gassho position ~or~ I gently cross my arms
with each hand reaching toward the opposite shoulder. I look at the image
reflected in the mirror and try to just feel the sense of "Self" that is there, the
aura, and the energy that is around me. I also feel or sense that I am
thanking my spirit guard and teachers when I do this as well, since I seem to
feel their presence around me more vividly during that time; probably
because it stills my mind so I can listen or focus better. This whole
"meditation" can last a few seconds or a few minutes...whatever feels natural.
After I feel I've reached a better, loving acceptance towards my Self, or just a
more tranquil state of mind, I put my hands into the Gassho position, touch
them to my heart, then to my third eye/forehead, and back to my heart, and
whisper Namaste before I go. :) ~ Submitted by Maryann
- "May God be with you and protect you" ~Submitted by Becky
- The divine in me, recognizes the divine in you. ~ Submitted by Brenda
- I honor the place in you, where the entire Universe resides. I honor the
place in you, where lies your love, your truth, and your beauty. I honor
the place in you where... If you are in that place in you... And I am in
that place in me... Then there is only one of us. ~ Submitted by
(I personally love all translations but use the last one most often myself!
Thanks Danielle ;))
Although often used to greet other Reiki or Yoga practitioners, I believe that
the meaning behind Namaste is beautiful and whichever meaning you
connect with. They all gets us back to the same place, as one.
Do you have a favorite way to interpret Namaste? I would love to hear
and add it to this list...
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Namaste comes from the Sanskrit
word namah te. Namaste is
pronounced Nam-a-stay. In Sanskrit
namah means "bow, obeisance,
reverential salutation, adoration". Te is
the durative of the personal pronoun
tvam, "you". A literal translation of
Namaste (namah te) is thus
"reverential salutation to you." It is
commonly accompanied by a slight
bow made with the hands pressed
together, palms touching, in front of
the chest called Gassho.
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