Many of you are probably familiar with the word Namasté, generally all yoga sessions close up with this greeting while others both end and begin with it. But what does this ancient three syllable word exactly mean and why is it so important not only during yoga lessons but for life as a whole?
Namasté is the junction of two Sanskrit words Namas standing for “bowing” and Te standing for “to you,” which indeed end up expressing this gesture of respect to the person or being who is receiving it. Generally, this greeting goes with the Asana or pose called Pranamasana or “Prayer Pose” which represents on its own a payment of recognition. For carrying out this pose you simply put your hands together, bring them towards your chest (the heart chakra) and bow your head slightly with your eyes closed. By doing this you will be opening yourself to respect, love and a connect with the other person; but most importantly like Deepak Chopra explains in his book Synchrodestiny “the spirit within you will be honoring the spirit within the other person” or better said “the divine within you will be honoring the divine within the other person;” and as abstract as this may come to sound, it is the very basis of not only your interaction with that specific person but your interaction with the entire universe.
As Dr. Chopra explains the mantra Tat Tvam Asi signifying “I am that” implies the fact that all beings, people and things are nothing else but another version of our own self. Every situation that we are in, everything that happens to us, every person we meet, and every relationship that we maintain or not is a mere reflection of who we are; a mirror. We feel attracted by the positive in others which we cherish in us but repelled by the negative in others that we deny or yet fail to accept within us. The more we learn to accept about ourselves, the more we accept in others and the more we accept in others the more we will comprehend and accept the essential nature of the universe, which is that one of a coexistence of opposite values.
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As an exercise to start living or applying Namasté in our daily lives Deepak Chopra encourages us to quietly say Namasté to ourselves every time we establish visual contact with another person. Although the salute will be given in a quiet manner, the other person will definitely perceive it either consciously or unconsciously; and little by little we will master our true forgotten nature of looking at ourselves in others with understanding, compassion and love; and most importantly to embrace the light and darkness that makes us and the universe complete.