I was meditating yesterday and heard the word “Namaste.” I’ve seen people from India, and yoga practitioners, bow their heads when they use the word, and have always thought it a beautiful blessing. Here is the definition of “Namaste” from The Yoga Journal online:
“The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart charka, close the eyes, and bow the head. Although in the West the word “Namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.”
I wish we in the West had such a simple, clear way of expressing our appreciation for the souls of others. A theme runs through Edgar Cayce’s readings about each of us honoring and acknowledging God (the Father and the Son) within the other. He says that respect for God’s essence in all things helps us to correct our tendency to believe we are the center of the universe which, if we sit quietly for just ten minutes and observe our thoughts, we would see applies to most of us. We have stuff to do and take care of every day and with our focus so personal, it is easy to see why we believe our own feelings and opinions are the most important of all. I suppose this may be why men and women who devote themselves to the spiritual life go away somewhere to live quietly, focusing not on themselves.
The truth is, we’re all God’s children, His/Her essence alive in us as our souls. We humans have a lot in common, especially in the way we feel and think, no matter our language or place of origin. Love, home, family, success, these are important to all of us. Today, when you look at other people, really look at them. They may be more quiet than you, or more expressive, but they are the same as you, with the same hopes and worries. Be kind when you can, because kindness is way to acknowledge that God resides within all of us. Our Namaste is, “I respect you because you are a child of God.”