The Meanings of "Namaste?"

näməˌstā/

exclamation

1.    a respectful greeting said when giving a namaskar.

noun

2.    another term for namaskar.

 

nam·as·kar

näməsˈkär/

noun

1.    a traditional Indian greeting or gesture of respect, made by bringing the palms together before the face or chest and bowing.




When I first started to take Yoga, I was very naïve and unsophisticated. At the end of the class when the class repeated, Namaste,” (nah-məs-tay) at the end of our dedication for the practice; that is not what I heard and understood; I heard “On-this-Day!” Only later, after a little embarrassment, I began to understand the meaning:

“The Divine sacred in me, respects the Divine sacred in you,” “I recognize the sacred in me and I recognize the sacred in you and, I bow and give respect to the sacredness in you.”

Namaste is more than respect; it is a connection of sacredness with one another. Yoga brings us a connection with all people, creatures, all of Creation. This “Oneness” makes us more empathetic towards others; to love all of Creation, to work to perfect and to cherish all of Creation.

Yoga works to give our lives more meaning and works to be our moral compass. We always dedicate our Yoga practice at the end of our Yoga workout; for Yoga is not just for our benefit but also for the benefit of the whole world/universe.

May all beings be happy and free.
May all beings transform their suffering.
May all beings rejoice in all joys.
May all beings be at peace.
- Namaste




• The Divine light in me acknowledges the Divine light in you.
• The God in me greets and meets the God in you.
• I honor the spirit in you that is also in me.
• The Diving wisdom in me recognizes and acknowledges the Divine wisdom in you.

Meaning of Namaste, the Many Translations; One Universal Intention