The Meaning of 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.

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.

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

* The Light in me recognizes the Light in You.

* 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.

* The Spirit in me meets the same Spirit in you.

* I honor the light and love within you

* I greet that place where you and I are one.

* I salute the divine in you.

* I salute the Light of God in you.

* I bow to the divine in you.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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.

* Hello Star! (HUGS!) :)
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”

* The divine in me, recognizes the divine in you.

* 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 Danielle

(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.

Namaste, Rev. Starlene Breiter RMT

Sooooo, what is your translation of the word Namaste??