What Does Namaste Really Mean? @ Reiki with Friends

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What Does Namaste Really Mean?

A translation of โ€œMy divine soul recognizes the divine soul in youโ€ is lovely and very much in keeping with Hindu belief. But the word by itself translates directly as โ€œI bow to you.โ€When I was growing up we had a short prayer that we said before and after every activity: Om Param Atmane Namah-te is an ending that means โ€œto you.โ€Namaskar is another version, which is a bit more formal, I believe.But for many, Namaste is nothing more than โ€œhello.โ€ I feel like assigning these dramatic definitions to Namaste is a way of exotifying another culture.So it can seem pretty odd when I see someone with a tattoo that says Namaste. I hope it reminds them to see God in everyone even though thatโ€™s not a literal translation.

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Now, as I said above Namah is a verb used when speaking to God as well as when speaking to human beings. So in that way it does imply that the respect you show others is the same as the respect you show God. (But then again in English we only have one word for โ€œbowโ€ also).

So Namaste means โ€œI bow to you.โ€ Itโ€™s that simple. Itโ€™s usually accompanied by an actual physical bow.

Param is supreme. Atman is Self, the -ne ending means โ€œto ____โ€. Namah is bow. I bow to the supreme Self. (Because there seems to be some confusion in the comments, Self here means the Supreme Lord of Creation, the True Self of All)

Namah is the verb โ€œto bowโ€ in Sanskrit. Sanskrit uses a complex system of endings to show the relationships between words (unlike English, which uses word order).

It gives me a bit of a twitch when I see people giving super poetic translations of the greeting โ€œNamaste.โ€ Sometimes people say to me, โ€œWow, isnโ€™t it amazing how much meaning can be packed into one word like that?โ€ and I say, โ€œNo. That meaning might be implied but itโ€™s not what the word literally means.โ€


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