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Readers Respond: Favorite Namaste Interpretations

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From the article: How To Namaste
Share Post: A basic interpretation of Namaste is "The God/Goddess Spirit within me recognizes and honors the God/Goddess Spirit within you." There are several variations of wordings which describe what Namaste means. Although similar, meanings and definitions of Namaste can be interpreted differently. How would you define Namaste? What does this sacred gesture mean to you?

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Honor from my divine spirit to yours

The light and divinity within me bows to the light and divinity within you and all around you, always.
—Guest Ashley L


Namaste means Namoh+Stute. It means in Hindi "Main tuj me stuti karne yogya vastu ko naman karta hun" It means in english " I bow to that thing in you which is worth praying and that is glimpse of god within you ." NAMASKAR means: Namoh +Sanskar. It means in Hindi ," Main tuj me jo achhe sanskar hai usko naman karta hun. It means in English I bow to good (godly) qualities within you." As Hindus always see +ve sides of others & each person has some good qualities in him.
—Guest prakap


One of my favourite interpretations for Namaste is to simply 'honour the peace within'
—Guest Lori


I respect the light within me and honour and respect the light that shines within you
—Guest highlandlass

Spiritual Wisdom

I was taught as a young Japanese Martial Arts Student, that although there are several interpretations from different cultures through time, that the True Meaning & Intent of the word Namaste` is: "The Divine Wisdom In Me, Recognises & Acknowledges The Divine Wisdom In You"!
—Guest Jan

Shared Spiritual Connection

I've come to understand this to be acknowledging the light that you witness in another and feel in yourself... It's a shared spiritual connection that creates a feeling and sense of oneness and balance. For me when I feel compelled to say Namaste', it's because I've felt that way.... Just my personal experience with a humble heart and open mind. ~Thank you for taking the time and Namaste'~
—Guest ~Andrea~

Meaning of Namaste

"Na" means "No"or "Not"."MaH"means "For me"."Te"means,For you"Whatever I possess on this earth belongs to you(God) I don't have any thing to claim on this earth.(na+maH+tE)"maH"is in the Genetive case.
—Guest iragavarapu narasimhacharya


Namaste as I have learnt means to bow to the light within.
—Guest Sharon

How I define Namaste

Because I see yoga as a way of being one with body mind spirit and I also see meditation and honoring other religions as so too, I see Namaste being relevant in tying all of mentioned above. For example, Namaste in yoga: I honor the higher self in you. In Buddhism: i honor the Buddha nature in you. In Christianity: I honor the Christ-like self in you:) Whatever we can achieve as being great, including creativity, kindness, selflessness and we see it in someone else: Namaste would mean: I honor YOU, the greatness, individual specialness in You, because most likely there is some of that in Me too! So we could learn to first honor ourselves, then we can easily honor others. Appreciate them, bow to them, feel a loving presence for who/ all they are:)
—Guest liz


When I realize the creator of the world dwells within me and you recognize that the creator of the world dwells in you, and when we both realize he has an unconditional love for us, then we are truly one. Not because we say it so, but because that creator created us to be one. He created us for this very moment when we realize that we are ONE.
—Guest Guest Mar


A good friend said to me that she thought it meant "all sacred in me greets all sacred in you."
—Guest Ryan

interpretation always has translation

My interpretation is that if there is such a thing as a spark of divine in me- it humbly bows to that spark in you---- just back from first trip to Nepal and India, hard to digest.........
—Guest vickilander

Universal unity and light

Namaste ~ We are all one energy & greater consciousness ~ I bow to your physical presence within our common reality ~ Blessed journeys to you on your path in life.. ~
—Guest Ironman

Namaste better than shaking hands

What a beautiful way to greet someone (known/unknown), instead of thrusting your hands into someone else's clammy, sweaty hands and inviting a thousand infections!
—Guest jothindra

This is Familiar

The definitions are soulfully fullfilling and in the way we Rastas say INI the I in HIM Haile Sellassie I, is the I in me and You, which means we recognize the God in all.. Namaste
—Guest Empress
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