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Thursday, 23 July 2009

Why do we do Namastey?

Indians greet each other with namastey.
The two palms are placed together in front of the chest and the head bows whilst saying the word namastey.

This greeting is for all -

peope younger to us, of our own age, those older than friends, even strangers and us.
There are five forms of formal traditional greeting enjoined in the shaastras of which
namaskaram is one.

This is understood as prostration but it actually refers to paying homage as we do today when we

greet each other with a namastey.
Namastey could be just a casual or formal greeting, a cultural convention or an act of worship.
However there is much more to it than meets the eye.

In Sanskrit namah + tey = Namastey

It means - I bow to you - my greetings, salutations or prostration to you.

Nama can also be literally interpreted as "na ma" (not mine).

It has a spiritual significance of
negating or reducing one’s ego in the presence of another.
The real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds.
When we greet another, we do so with namastey,
which means, "may our minds meet," indicated by the folded palms placed before the chest.
The bowing down of the head is a gracious form of
extending friendship in love and humility.

The spiritual meaning is even deeper.

The life force, the divinity, the Self or the Lord in me

is the same in all.

Recognizing this oneness with the meeting of the
palms, we salute with head bowed- the Divinity in the person we meet.
That is why sometimes, we close our eyes as we do namastey to a revered person or the Lord – as if to look within.

The gesture is often accompanied by words like

"Ram Ram,”

"Jai Shri Krishna",
"Namo Narayana",
"Jai Siya Ram",
"Om Shanti" etc - indicating the recognition of this divinity.

*****When we know this significance, our greeting does not remain just a superficial gesture/ word but

paves the way for a deeper communion with another in an atmosphere of love and respect.

So,Enjoy all and Keep chanting.

Hare Krishna !!


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