The Ancient Sanskrit Blessing Of Namaste
Namaste translates as "I bow to the divine in you."
"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite."
~ William Blake
Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit blessing celebrating divinity as a sparkle inside every sentient being. It is the expression of the Divine spark in one person recognizing the divine spark in another. It is an acknowledgment between souls, independently of their "skin" suit.
It is expressed by a gesture of goodwill, where the life within me recognizes and honors the life in you.
This is an especially deep expression of respect, deference, and reverence.
Namaste recognizes the duality that exists in this world. It suggests an effort to bring these two aspects, whenever dissonant, back together. It is ultimately a pledge of Oneness.
All Life is Sacred. We are ONE.
Namaste recognizes the equality of all and pays honor to the sacredness of all
The whole action of Namaste unfolds itself on four levels: spiritual, physical, mental, and verbal.
I honor the place in you where Spirit lives: the Spirit in me meets the same Spirit in you
I greet that place where you and I are One
I honor the place in you which is of Love, and I receive the free Spirit in you
I salute the place in you, which is of Truth, May the life within you be strong
I receive the place in you which is of Light
The attitude of Namaste teaches us that ethics is the pure reverence for life.
Within each of us is a place where Peace dwells.
I recognize the place in you which is of Peace
I recognize that we are all equal
I acknowledge that everyone is valuable in their own way and capable of expanding my horizons
When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, then we are ONE
Only when we are in Oneness are we able to recognize the goodness of others.
We can perceive the unique thread that connects us all with the Universe and all its Beings
as well as to the source of that interconnection
We are receptive to knowledge that comes to us in the form of example, advice, and direct teaching
When we assume that everyone we meet is special and unique,
We awake to the wisdom that opens our eyes to new worlds of possibility
We should show all people the same generous level of understanding, kindness, care, and compassion
Without any thought of self-interest beyond paying respect wholeheartedly
The way we live our daily lives has an enormous impact on those around us
Instead of clinging to what separates us, practicing Namaste enables us to feel less alone in the world
We begin to understand that we must treat all people for what they are: family
As we gain consciousness of the more subtle aspects of our being,
We reweave ourselves with the light body
We are One with All, That Is. Whether we realize it or not, this acknowledgment will ultimately lead toward unity and a non-dual state of Oneness.
May all beings find and hold happiness.
May they all be free from suffering and sickness.
May we look and see all others reflecting back
There is only One Earth. There is only One Humanity
May we all be One, One family, One