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Philosophy of "Namaste" and Comparison with the "Handshake"

Article of the Month - November 2001
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Philosophy of "Namaste" and Comparison with the "Handshake"

The gesture (or mudra) of namaste is a simple act made by bringing together both palms of the hands before the heart, and lightly bowing the head. In the simplest of terms it is accepted as a humble greeting straight from the heart and reciprocated

Namaste Lady
Namaste Lady

Namaste is a composite of the two Sanskrit words, nama, and te. Te means you, and nama has the following connotations:

• To bend

• To bow

• To incline

All these point to a sense of submitting oneself to another, with complete humility. Also important to note here is that the root 'nama' is a neuter one, the significance of which will be elaborated upon later.

The word nama is split into two, na and ma. Na signifies negation and ma represents mine. The meaning would then be 'not mine'. Indeed there is nothing that the ‘I’ can claim as its own. Namaste is thus the necessary rejection of 'I' and the associated phenomena of egotism. It is said that 'ma' in nama means death (spiritual), and when this is negated (na-ma), it signifies immortality.

The whole action of namaste unfolds itself at three levels: mental, physical, and verbal

It starts with a mental submission. This is parallel to the devotion one expresses before a chosen deity, also known as bhakti. The devotee who thus venerates with complete self-surrender is believed to partake the merits or qualities of the person or deity before whom he performs this submission.

Finely Carved Humble Hanuman - Made in Nepal
Finely Carved Humble Hanuman - Made in Nepal

There is a prescription in the ancient texts known as Agamas that the worshipper of a deity must first become divine himself, for otherwise worship as a transaction would become invalid. A transaction can only be between equals, between individuals who share some details in common. Hence by performing namaste before an individual we recognize the divine spark in him. Further by facilitating our partaking of these divine qualities, namaste makes us aware of these very characteristics residing within our own selves. Simply put, namaste intimates the following:

'The God in me greets the God in you'
'The Spirit in me meets the same Spirit in you'

In other words, it recognizes the equality of all, and pays honor to the sacredness of all.

Translated into a bodily act, namaste is deeply rich in symbolism. Firstly the proper performance of namaste requires that we blend the five fingers of the left hand exactly with the fingers of the right hand. The significance behind this simple act in fact governs the entire gamut of our active life. The five fingers of the left hand represent the five senses of karma (karmendriyas), and those of the right hand the five organs of knowledge (jnanendriyas). Hence it signifies that our karma or action must be in harmony, and governed by rightful knowledge, prompting us to think and act correctly.

Tibetan Buddhist Lord Buddha in Namaskara Mudra, Robe and Lotus Seat Consist of Buddha Figures
Tibetan Buddhist Lord Buddha in Namaskara Mudra, Robe and Lotus Seat Consist of Buddha Figures

Namaste is a binding symbolic ritual. The reconciliation, interaction and union of opposites is amply reflected in this spiritual gesture. By physically bringing together the two hands, namaste is metaphorically reconciling the duality inherent in nature and of which the marriage of two humans is an earthly manifestation, a harmonious resolution of conflicting tensions. Thus namaste, which symbolizes the secret of this unity, holds the key to maintaining the equilibrium of life and entering the area where health, harmony, peace and happiness are available in plenty.

In this light, Durga Puja is a celebration of the quintessential victory of devotion over arrogance, of divine love over worldly ego, of dharm over adharm. Purushottam Rama was the first to invoke the Katyayani-roopa of Devi Durga for His endeavour to slay Lankesh Ravana. The latter being the shishya (student) of none other than Lord Brahma, Rama would never have been able to destroy him and rescue His wife Seeta from his demonic clutches without calling upon Her. This is considered an untimely invocation because Durga Puja was originally observed in the spring navaratri. Called Basanti Puja (in Sanskrit 'basanta' means 'spring'), it is celebrated to this day on a similar scale but in limited pockets of the delta. The more iconic festival of the fall, when Bhagavan Rama is said to have evoked her upon Tretayuga, is called 'akaal bodhon', which literally means 'an untimely invocation'.

In this context, namaste is equated with the image of Ardhanarishvara, the form symbolizing the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, or the coming together of the parents of the universe, for the purpose of creation.

Kalyana Sundaram (Marriage of Shiva and Parvati) - Super Large Size
Kalyana Sundaram (Marriage of Shiva and Parvati) - Super Large Size

In this form Shiva has his beloved spouse engrafted in his body. By commingling in his physical frame, Parvati has obtained an ideal, archetypal union with her husband. Indeed which couple could be more devoted than the one which finds completion only by merging into each other? By merging her creative aspect with him, Parvati balances Shiva's destructive urge.

Ardhanarishvara (Shiva - Shakti)
Ardhanarishvara (Shiva - Shakti)

Similarly when Ardhanarishvara dances, the dance step is itself believed to be a combination of two principal and opposite styles of dance.

Dancing Ardhanarishvara (Shiva Shakti)

'Tandava', the fierce, violent dance, fired by an explosive, sweeping energy, is an outburst, precipitating pralaya (dissolution of the world).

Shiva's Ferocious Tandava
Shiva's Ferocious Tandava

On the other hand is 'lasya', the gentle, lyrical dance, full of sweetness, and representing the emotions of tenderness and love. It is in the lasya of the goddess that death is annihilated and turned into transformation and rejuvenation, rebirth and creation.

Dancing Shiva Parvati
Dancing Shiva Parvati

The image of Ardhanarishvara is thus the perfect master of the two contrary elements in the manifested universe. Such an ideal, perfect marriage is the message of namaste. Thus is 'nama', the root of namaste, of neuter gender, just like Ardhanarishvara is.

Namaste recognizes the duality that has ever existed in this world and suggests an effort on our part to bring these two forces together, ultimately leading to a higher unity and non-dual state of Oneness. Some of these dual elements which the gesture of namaste marries together and unifies as one are:


• God and Goddess

• Man and Woman

• Heaven and Earth

• Sun and Moon

• Solar bull and Lunar cow

• Theory and Practice

• Wisdom and Method

• Pleasure and Pain Creation and Destruction

• Mind and body

• Objectivity and Subjectivity

• Intellect and Instinct

• Reason and Emotion

• Thought and Feeling

• Inference and Intuition

• Argument and Experience

• Word and Meaning

• Katabolism (breaking up) and Anabolism (building up)

• Right side of body (warm) and Left side (cool)

• Front side of body (positive) and Rear side of body (negative)

• Brain and Heart

• Sahasara Chakra and Kundalini

• Pingala (yellow solar channel in body) and Ida (white lunar channel)

• Hot breath and Cold breath (Yoga)

• Exhalation and Inhalation (Yoga)

There is indeed no sphere of our existence untouched by the symbolic significance of namaste.

Finally, the gesture of namaste is unique also in the sense that its physical performance is accompanied by a verbal utterance of the word "namaste." This practice is equivalent to the chanting of a mantra. The sonority of the sacred sound 'namaste' is believed to have a quasi-magical value, corresponding to a creative energy change. This transformation is that of aligning oneself in harmony with the vibration of the other.

At its most general namaste is a social transaction. It is usual for individuals to greet when they meet each other. It is not only a sign of recognition but also an expression of happiness at each other's sight. This initial conviviality sets the positive tone for the further development of a harmonious relationship. Namaste as a greeting thus is a mosaic of movements and words constituting an intimation of affirmative thoughts and sentiments. In human society it is an approach mechanism, brimming with social, emotional and spiritual significance. In fact it is said that in namaste the hands are put together like a knife so that people may cut through all differences that may exist, and immediately get to the shared ground that is common to all peoples of all cultures.

Comparison with Handshake:

In the current context, a comparison with the widely prevalent 'handshake' is inevitable. Though shaking hands is an extremely intimate gesture, namaste scores over it in some ways. Primarily is the one that namaste is a great equalizer. You do namaste with God (and not shake hands!). A king or president cannot shake hands with the large multitude they are addressing. But namaste serves the purpose. It is the same gesture one would have exchanged with a king when with him alone. So no incongruity arises. In the absence of namaste, those facing a large audience will have to make do with a wave of the hands, a much less congenial greeting, and indeed which does not state the essential equality of all people, but highlights the difference even more. But on a parallel level it has been conjectured that both the namaste and the handshake developed out of a desire on the part of both the parties to show themselves to be unarmed and devoid of malicious intention. The outstretched hand or the palms joined together, both establish the proponents as disarmed and show that they come in peace.


As much as yoga is an exercise to bring all levels of our existence, including the physical and intellectual, in complete harmony with the rhythms of nature, the gesture of namaste is a yoga in itself. Thus it is not surprising that any yogic activity begins with the performance of this deeply spiritual gesture.

Namaste Yoga Lady Idol with Inlay
Namaste Yoga Lady Idol with Inlay

In fact, it is given the status of a mudra, that is, a gesture displayed by deities, where it was known as the Anjali mudra. The word Anjali itself is derived from the root Anj, meaning "to adorn, honor, celebrate or anoint."

Namaste Lady (Anjali Mudra)
Namaste Lady (Anjali Mudra)

The most important thing to remember while analyzing Namaste is that the gesture we make for greeting humans is the same that we make before God.

References and Further Reading:

• Cooper, J.C. An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols: London, 1999.

• Nambiar, A.K. Krishna. Namaste; It's Philosophy and Significance in Indian Culture: New Delhi, 1979.

• Prabhupada, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. Krishna The Supreme Personality of Godhead: Mumbai, 1996.

• Rao, S.K. Ramachandra. Bharatiya Pranama Paddhati (Respectful Salutations in India): Bangalore, 1997.

Sivaramamurti, C.Nataraja in Art, Thought and Literature: New Delhi, 1994.

• Sudhi, Padma. Symbols of Art, Religion and Philosophy: New Delhi, 1988.

• Tresidder, Jack. The Hutchinson Dictionary of Symbols: Oxford, 1997.

• Walker, Benjamin. Encyclopedia of Esoteric Man: London, 1977

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  • Namaste.That is an excellent enlightening article..
    by Joe on 23rd Apr 2020
  • Great with elated thanks for details descriptive of Namaste!

    My deepest thanks to enrich on this Namaste on all probable path way.
    by Balaji on 22nd Apr 2020
  • Thank you sir.
    by Venkata on 22nd Apr 2020
  • Your emails are inspiring!
    by Devki on 22nd Apr 2020
  • Thank you, this is very nice! Very interesting and illuminating!
    by Sumi on 22nd Apr 2020
  • I just wanted to share that was a great explanation!!  Thank you for sharing and taking the time!

    Namaste :)
    by Melissa on 22nd Apr 2020
  • Very nice.  “The highest in me, salutes the highest in you” - is what I use for explaining the meaning of Namaste to my students.

    This way one also can begin to recognize what is the Higher Self ... through meditation and such respectful gestures.

    Very nice murtis you have.  
    by Shree Rani Madalsa on 22nd Apr 2020
  • Beautiful! Namaste.
    by Swami Durgananda on 22nd Apr 2020
  • Wonderful article.
    by Ralph Calabria on 23rd Feb 2012
  • NAMASTE !!! Perfectly explained. Very good. Jai !!!
    by BUDS M. FERNANDO on 1st Apr 2011
  • This is the best description of the Namaste greeting I\'ve read. Thanks for the insight. I hope you don\'t mind, I\'ve linked to this article at the end of my e-book (a novel on the spiritual search of three women, to be released May 2011), as I ended the novel with this greeting and felt some readers may be interested in knowing the significance of the greeting.
    by Judy Croome on 26th Mar 2011
  • Namaste
    by Andrew Grimes on 8th Nov 2010
  • Mind boggling analysis of word Nameste.
    In my opinion, it is composed of three words i.e. Nam, S.Te. S stands for "He" meann God or Soul. Hence Nameste stands for "I bow befor "He" in You.
    by Chandra Prakash on 27th May 2010
  • Hola. Me interesa el tema. Podrían publicar este artículo en español? Todos somos uno. Y no todos entendemos inglés. Gracias.
    by Cari on 18th Dec 2009
  • Namaste Everyone!

    "Create real change in the world."

    May you and your loved ones be well.




    by Adeptus on 19th Oct 2009
  • I am half African descended and half Indian...brought up in both traditions but leaning heavily Indian because of the proximity of my Grandparents and my Father. Today I was told "Namaste" by a friend. I sought its meaning and found your article...very enlightening.
    by Ramdoo on 2nd Aug 2009
  • what id the Hindu word for "may thee God in me greet the God in you
    by Plez Lovelady, Jr. on 8th May 2009
  • Vanessa has hit the nail on the head. Her point is accurate to my perception of
    history and the duality of Krishna as a God. A woman not suprised by the wisdom of purity and modesty -no -she sees but the good in actions -I know how difficult it must be to have to unravel how the threads have got so tangled. We now live in a world without respect for one's self in all our selves.
    Thank you. Namaste
    by paul on 2nd Apr 2009
  • its an amazing article.pity though hindu by religion,i so far didnt knew the meaning of gesture i do every day.u made my day by such a great article.
    by siddharth saxena on 6th Feb 2009
  • Thank you very much for extensive and useful information.
    by Uranaa on 17th Dec 2008
  • My 3yr old son watched a movie "Snow Buddies" and picked up this word namaste, and asked me what it meant, thank you for helping me explain it to him correctly. I then showed him how to put his hands together and bow when he says it. We now greet each other this way.
    Thank you,
    by Kathy on 5th Oct 2008
    by VICTORIANA on 16th Feb 2008
  • Namaste! So complete in concept and acknowledgement of the spirit that is the eternal spirit. A true connection to that which we all call the eternal one, in one from or another.
    by Ann on 29th Dec 2007
  • Beautifully stated,containing cogent observations about what is Godly,and how ignorance perverts purity.
    Thank you for a most informative and enjoyable read.
    by Nannaellie on 22nd Dec 2007
  • holly!
    by namaste on 3rd Dec 2007
  • You have explained the spiritual aspect of "Namasthe" very well. Please keep on writing. May God bless you.

    by AM I A HINDU? on 25th Nov 2007
  • My hats off to Nitin Kumar for sharing this inspiring article that opens up our hearts, minds, & souls, and teaches us to honor others as well as the universe. Its about time to awaken our spirits and realize that we are all one. NAMASTE.

    by mon_ami on 17th Aug 2007
  • I feel peacful now...... NAMASTE!!!!!!!!!!!
    by Anna on 29th May 2007
  • Let me see it.
    by Poojanun on 3rd Apr 2007
  • Congratulations
    by Poojanun Namah on 3rd Apr 2007
  • The reviewon Namaste is great. I am of Indian origin--African bornand did not know'Namaste' that well by meaning-- afriend in USAgave me the full meaningand I feel I know better now and am proud to be Indian-- Nmaste
    by Inder Bajaj on 26th Mar 2007
  • It is very beautiful to see how an article such as this describing the word Namaste, the actions and its meaning has such apparent energy that it has provoked so many loving responses! Is that not proof of its work? I think that the story about Krishna is misunderstood in the responses I read. One must not see the actions of Krishna as actions of a 'regular' man (also, Krishna often pulled 'tricks' on people to highlight in them their own restraints keeping them from peace, light, love and truth). People say the story shows him 'leering' at naked teenagers makes him questionable as a God, but one must try to understand him as a God. To imply that this action is inherently sexual, doesn't allow for the understanding that he is a God after all-and nakedness does not have to be inherently sexual, it is society that makes this so if nakedness is understood this way. I also disagree that he is demanding honours from the women or that it is their clothing that gives them modesty, when in fact he asks them to honour themselves by recognizing their modesty while unclothed. Being naked is not indignant, it is a recognition of us as we are made by God, a reflection of God, a reflection of the beauty of God, it is the thoughts of man that make nakedness indignant, but it is not so inherently. Also Krishna was the great lover God, and people seem to think that this is somehow improper of a God to be the representation of lover, when I think it is in this union between two that duality is in fact made into oneness in the act of sex. This is a way that husband and wife become all elements of being together at once- hence Namaste as it relates to the institution of marriage, Namaste also relates to the act of sex being a fulfillment of the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. To say Krishna is a lover God does not mean that he is a God of carnal pleasures, only the minds of people make that so if they wish, but that is not what sex has to mean, and personally I don't think it does. Also, we must not forget the context of time in which this story is told, I do not think the age of the girls has much to do with anything other than the social norm of what age girls, or women would marry in that era, which was very young. In society, unmarried also was significant in other ways than it is today- probably back then being unmarried in itself implied some kind of immodesty (as it still does in some ways today), and this symbolizes the beautiful fact that women are not modest because husbands or men or others make their form so, but because women too are all relatives to all others, and inherently are with dignity and modesty in form, in mind, and spirit, in the equal reflection of God as any other, be it male or married female. Nakedness itself is not immodest, or improper, it is the minds of people that make nakedness something improper if it is thought to be so. It is very interesting to read how people apply their perceptions to symbolisms, and thus are (in my view) restrained, and fail to see the essential meanings in the symbolism of this piece. This is infact a mirror, in which what we see in this piece is more of a reflection of ourselves, and not of the God figure or actions percieved. Which is what God is, isn't it? seeing the reflection of oneness in our way, and in us, our best selves? I do not think that finding God is seperate from finding our best selves.
    by Vanessa on 16th Mar 2007
  • Namaste!
    by moira on 19th Feb 2007
  • Namaste,
    I love the article. I read a book called "Reverence" which unfortunately uses other cultures as example when this article is exactly on point.

    by Safiq on 12th Jan 2007
  • I felt at peace reading this. Namaste ! to the universe !
    by Arashaad on 4th Jan 2007
  • I want to say thank you so much for this article... I think it's wonderful and inspiring... I have been translated it to Portuguese to send to my yoga's teacher and classmates!!! I'm sure everybody will enjoy it!!!
    The world needs NAMASTE!!!
    by Patricia (Brazil) on 11th May 2006
  • namaste is beautiful. I felt peace and contentment while reading this story and voicing the word namaste. Thank you for all the information. It really helped me to understand the true meaning of the gesture and the word
    by Heather on 20th Apr 2006
  • (Oops, meant to send my previous input to Andy,) here's my real input to the website:

    'The God in me greets the God in you The Spirit in me meets the same Spirit in you' - I like definition very much, thank you. Today I felt inspired to use the word and thought to look it up in Google. I also enjoyed reading Andy's input, which is in the feedbacks, and I quote:"I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides, I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place in you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us." - Andy (awakening_of_life@yahoo.com) - Unquote.

    Thanks for the thorough informative research of Namaste!
    by Pilar on 15th Apr 2006
  • "I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides, I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place in you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us." I love that, thanks!
    by Pilar on 15th Apr 2006
  • Namaste
    by kyle on 11th Apr 2006
  • Namaste to All,

    I went through this article and find it quite interesting. After reading the article I went through the comments of people and I realized that people have really enjoyed reading this article.

    Initially when I started reading the article, I didn't feel very comfortable as Krishna is mentioned as lover god. Krishna exhibits many attributes and hence idea of branding him on the basis of 'lover' attribute is not totally fair. Secondly, it wasn't that Krishna was blackmailing the Gopis for returning the clothes. Few feedbacks for this article have tried to explain that fact. If someone is more interested, I am posting two links below, one is a brief explanaiton on this matter and other link is a english translation of religious scripture which explains the same thing with a proper reasoning.



    Namaste :)
    by NS on 8th Apr 2006
  • Thank you for the wealth of knowlege.
    I am getting namaste tattoed on the back of my neck today in the Hindu lettering
    by Melissa on 3rd Mar 2006
  • Namaste. :)
    by kapp on 3rd Mar 2006
  • thankyou for teaching the world about,
    NAMASTE ! I have NAMASTE tattoed
    across my knuckles.Living in the USA,
    this concept is unheard and needs more
    by paul (503) on 12th Feb 2006
  • The underground culture exists in America, the anarchist movement it is sometimes referred to. This is found in the cd book of an underground band called 'Zegota'. "When we meet and part we often say "namaste", which means I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides, I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place in you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us."
    by Andy on 9th Dec 2005
  • I really did enjoy this article. In junior college my professor a, shauman used to use this term. At 18 I didn't care too much for spiritualism and I was blinded by the one way street religion I belonged to. I completely love this article. It does not denounced anyone's beliefs...nor say that one is right or wrong. This article is representative of how things, in my opinion "should be". We should all great with Namaste, and end with Namaste...with respect that everyone has different beliefs and points of views. I do not believe that Satan is infusing me with lies because I choose to accept everyones point of view...in fact, according to Christianity, wouldn't Jesus accept everyone too? Love it! Thank you, I am happy to have stumbled on to it.

    by April on 2nd Dec 2005
  • I would like to read this article.
    by Mauro on 2nd Nov 2005
  • Thankyou Nitin Kumar - Editor. I found this information very easy to read and understand. Namaste. Star.
    by Star on 21st Aug 2005
  • I am wondering if namaste isn't simply a sandhi (join) of two words naman (think of, appreciate, am aware of, believe in, am mindful of etc) + tay (you). This kind of sandhi is quite popular in sanskrit
    by Adi on 16th Jun 2005
  • the article abt namaste is very enlightening. well researched...hands off!!!

    it just seems stupid/crazy when it comes to the story abt krishna. you cannot demand such gesture with their clothes on your hand. ..very un godly if i may say so. it seems that krishna is levelled to that of a macho sexist egotripping male chauvinist pig that this normal society has...the story cld be wrong though..heheh
    by kris on 29th May 2005
  • Really a fantastic article. A must to read by everyone. Thanks alot for bringing up this article. I just happend to get into this website from google. The artciles are very thoughtful, enlightening and knowledgable. I really appreciate the way the article has been taken through.

    Hats Off !!

    - Venu
    by Venugopal on 15th May 2005
  • I do like this page and find it amazingly wonderful
    by thienhuong163 on 20th Apr 2005
  • Perhaps the philosophical significance of the seeminly risque legend of Krishna ansd the bathing maidens is the lesson of honouring those who wrong you. The maidens had every right to be indignant but, remember, nothing is more selfless than the sincere love of one's enemy. Krishna playfully illustrates this.

    by Peter on 8th Mar 2005
  • Hi,
    I have doubts about the sincerity as well as the enlightenment of this greeting that Krishna (according to story) would "demand" of naked teens in order to give their clothing back.

    It's one thing to give respect from a willing heart. It's another thing to demand respect of those you are leering at (no doubt with the best of motives) from a tree.

    As a male, I can see no particularly high motives for stealing young women's garments or for wishing them to bow to me in an undressed state.
    by Dave on 25th Feb 2005
  • I agree with your comment. Unfortunately, some obviously do not know what "covet" means. I do not see your response as coveting anyone's opinion or denying his/her right to it. But unless you judge the spirit by the Spirit and evaluate every doctrine by the Truth, it is easy to be swayed and accept every philosophy that sounds good.
    by Good point on 6th Dec 2004
  • While reading an article today In it was mentioned Sanskrit Greeting. I learned about the Sanskirt by going into the internet. I found the article so interesting. I wish it were practiced in America. The greeting has such precious meaning. Hilda Miller
    by Hilda Miller on 6th Dec 2004
  • yo
    Teresa Williams-
    Exodus 20:17
    "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

    it's the last part that is releevent your neighbor also is entitled to a God View, and you sound a bit upset cause they do.
    but it's all good. I see the spirit in you(Namaste)
    by knowmad on 25th Nov 2004
  • My challenge, trying to find a healthful, centering place within after recent events (the American election on November 2, 2004) and the present war situations which cause so many of humankind to despise one another, was assisted greatly via this article.
    It also helps me to understand the previously foreign concept of this greeting which I have heard and read so often but which I could not grasp.
    Many thanks for such a clearly written and detailed article :-)

    by Wayne on 13th Nov 2004
  • READ TIMOTHY 2:5 & EXODUS 20:3...Then you will be able to handle the information that is written here regarding "Namaste" with clarity. Of course I say this to a true believer because without the power of the HOLY SPIRIT with in you'll NOT have the power to discern truth from a lie. Satan the destroyer of life and the life to come mixes just enough truth to get you to believe a lie. If you areNOT a believer in our LORD JESUS CHRIST please, read JOHN 3:16. RECEIVE THE POWER THAT IS NEEDED TO OVER COME ALL LIES.
    by TERESA WILLIAMS on 5th Oct 2004
  • Excellent article. This good for Real Bharat. All religions must be learn with Hinduism, because all REAL KNOWLEDGE is VEDIC-ARYAN-DRAVIDIC. The Sub-Continent of Bharat was a Boat that travel around all the Earth, and left in each land a lot of Knowledge. Today This SACRED LAND is a CONTINENT TEMPLE, WHERE ALL PEOPLE AND RELIGIONS HAVE THEIR PLACE. A child must respect FATHER-MOTHER=SHAKTI-SHIVA=DHARO-BHARAT. JAY JAY ATMA-OM.
    by Octavio Po on 25th Sep 2004
  • Great article! I have added it to the section on Hinduism in the Web Directory at http://www.TheFourPrecepts.com
    by Wayne Ferguson on 9th Sep 2004
  • Namaste
    by blogger111 on 2nd Sep 2004
  • I'm interested to find out how the author found the Germanic language connection. Neman or nehman is not a german word. Nehmen however, is a word which means "to take or accept." This is interesting because it suggests the opposite of the self abnegation of "na ma." Just a thought
    by Jon on 13th Jul 2004
  • I enjoyed your article very much. When ever I see the NAMASTE written it thrills me to my center - I don't understand why. Last fall when it was time to re-register my vehicle I decided to look into a specialty plate with NAMASTE - had to take a number (only 2 left) so chose my birthdate 5. A construction worker approached me today in a grocery store parking lot while transferring my groceries and asked what it meant. He had been trying to figure it out while I was buying my groceries and couldn't. I explain to people that it is a greeting from the oldest language Sankrit and translates something like "The Divine in me recognizes and honors the Divine in you" He thanked me for explaining that I had made his day. I, also, thanked him for asking and making my day. Namaste,
    by Barbara Conn on 12th Jul 2004
  • Namaste!
    Thank you very much for a well-written, thoughtful and entertaining article. I had brought up the possibility of including Namaste between my fiance and I in our upcoming wedding, and this article helped me very much in explaining to him the concept and the way in which it matches our inner feelings and center. Your work is much appreciated, thank you!
    by Becca on 11th May 2004
  • Here is an article I read about "Namaste" which was presented as fact:

    Albert Einstein was fasinated by Mohandas Gandhi. He watched newsreel after newsreel of Gandhi's doings in India. having seen Gandhi greet people in the street with his hands placed together, as if in prayer, and with a bow, he wondered what Gandhi was saying (newsreels had no sound in those days). Einstein wrote Gandhi and asked him what he was saying. The simple reply: "Namaste." Einstein then wrote again to ask the meaning of this hindu word, "Namaste", and the reply was: "I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of light, love, truth, peace and wisdom. I honor the place in you where, when you are in that place, and I am in that place, there is only one of us."
    by Frank Rowlette on 5th May 2004
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  • Thanks for the well researched article. It helped me a ton with a paper I'm writing for college. Peace out!
    by Shane on 4th Nov 2003
  • It was great reading about the 'namaste'. I didn't know that such significance existed. Congratulations on your research and article. It was so full of info yet crisp and interesting. Keep up the good work.
    by Rakhee on 30th Sep 2003
  • Oh! what a wonderful article. Challenge is, how to make aware Indians of their rich Indianess?
    by Satish on 5th Sep 2003
  • Excellent article about the geeting of gods and humans, about modesty and respect we owe to each other.
    Cristina Vintilă
    by Cristina Vintilă on 10th Jun 2003
  • Namaste: A most excellent in
    depth research article which
    gives us more information about yoga and the sacred greeting. Sophia
    by Sophia Mubarak on 25th Dec 2002
  • i would just like to say a BIG thank you for your articles. I look forward to them every month! They really are special and a blessing to recieve! thanks again for all the effort put into writing them.
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  • Thank you so much... I am just beginning my journey in this forum and couldn't ask for a more informative site.

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  • Really a well researched piece of article on a very simple but profound mudra. Thanks very much.

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  • I truly enjoy your informative e mail newsletters and beautiful illustrations. I learn much from your research efforts and am happy to have the chance to deepen my understanbding of Sanskrit, Hindu lore and yoga tradition. Please keep me on the mailing list. Thankyou
    by Nancy Ivey on 26th Jan 2002
  • I received the "Namaste" article from someone who belongs to an Astrologers group to which I belong. We often share "neat" things with each other. I have been "saying/praying" the word/mudra "Namaste" for almost 20 years. Never have I know ALLLL the info that you gave in this article.

    I just want to thank you for doing all the research and sharing it with those of us who are "semi-Indian".... VERY WELL DONE!!!!

    by Alicat on 16th Nov 2001
  • Reading this really made my day!! Such a wonderful uplifting message during such trying times!!

    by Jim P. on 16th Nov 2001
  • Once again another Top Class piece of work, please keep it up....
    by Dr. Jan (Ireland) on 16th Nov 2001
  • Thank you so much for the article on Namaste. As a yoga teacher questions about the meaning of namaste come up often in my classes. What a wonderful resource this article is. And the art work is of course beautiful, as always. Thank you again.

    by Anna on 16th Nov 2001
  • Thank you for your wonderful article - I have printed a copy to lend to my students as we always finish our classes with Namaste, and your article explains it so beautifully.

    by Carol on 16th Nov 2001
  • Namaste,

    Thankyou very much on that article that you sent me... I think that you are doing a wonderful job god bless...

    by Razia (South Africa) on 16th Nov 2001
  • Ho!Matakeeoyasin, the Ojibwe (Lakota American Indians language) word which means literally "all my relatives", and which I use at the end of my classes along with Shanti, Namas te, and Jai Baghwan, means, in my heart, "we are all related".

    So the principal duality that see in Namas te, and all other such greetings, is that we are all individuals and we are all one.

    in love,
    by Martin Pincus on 16th Nov 2001
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