What’s your preferred definition of ‘namaste’?

“I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me.” — attributed to but not claimed by author Deepak Chopra

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“I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”

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“That which is of God in me greets that which is of God in you.””The Divinity within me perceives and adores the Divinity within you.

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My preferred definition is the second one.

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See also HERE

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Traditionally Namaste is spoken while bringing the palms of your hand together at your heart and gently bowing your head. In it’s simplest form it is a humble act honoring the equality and sacred nature ofall.Namaste is composed of two Sanskrit words, nama meaning “to bend or bow”, and te meaning “you”. To offer this greeting to another is to surrender your self and acknowledge that you and the receiver are one.  Namaste invokes recognition of the divine nature of all beings.

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Denise E Brittain yoga instructor includes this explanation on her site;

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The Namaste hand gesture, also known as the Anjali mudra, is rich in symbolic meaning.

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As we line the left hand, representing karma or action, with the right hand, representing rightful knowledge, we are implying that our actions and thoughts are of the highest form.

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This simple physical, mental and verbal act is a deeply spiritual expression meant to honor and celebrate the divine essence of all beings.

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In Namaste we let go of our differences to find common ground where we bathe in divine light.

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Let us surround those who are dear to us, as well as those we don’t even know, in peace, love and light; with the acknowledgement that we are all one.

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Let our thoughts, words and actions be full of kindness to one another, as well as to ourselves.

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Let our yoga practice be a sanctuary to calm our spirits and open our hearts to the beauty of our world.

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Source http://www.fitmoves.com/ArticleArchive/Namaste1.htm

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