Namaste! What a grand word this is! A friend introduced me to this wonderful word. Namaste! It is one of the most singularly significant words in our world today. It is, in my estimation the highest compliment one person can give to another while in the same moment being aware of what lies within themselves. Namaste! Would you care to know how this word is defined? It is an acknowledgement that there is a divine light in all of us. The word when broken down to its base form is as follows – “nama” means “bow”, “as” means “I” and “te” means “you”. Translated this means “I bow to you.” By saying namaste to another person, you are bowing to their internal light and at the same time recognizing that it is the same light that glows from with yourself and everyone around you. It is a gesture of gratitude, respect and equality. I give credit to my friend for defining this word so completely. And words are the power that change and shape our world. But what makes this particular word, this namaste so preciously powerful is that we, all of us do carry within us a piece of the Divine. It is a gift from our Creator and resides in our spirit. And to be sure, it is more evident in some than it is in others. But that is only because some of us are more in touch with the higher self, if you will. And where there is more light, there is less darkness. But just because this person standing here is shining brighter than that person over there does not mean that one has a greater portion than the other. It simply means that one of them is not as aware of how precious and special they are, of how much of a gift they are to this world. And how does one help another to see within themselves the piece of the Divine that they carry within? I believe that one very effective way is to practice this concept of namaste.
Now you may say, “I have no intention of approaching various people and bowing to them. I will appear foolish and people will think me to be not quite right in the head!” Perhaps so, perhaps not. I believe there is a scripture that says “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty”. You see, the people who are not afraid to appear a bit foolish and yes, even a bit vulnerable, those are the people who possess true wisdom and are therefore truly blessed. Those are the people whose Divine light shines ever so brightly. And if because you practice namaste, someone might get the idea that you are a bit off, that you are not normal? To that, I would say, be so very thankful! Look around you and observe what our society deems as “normal behavior” in this day and age. I am grateful every day that I am not seen as “normal” by todays standards. I am of a peculiar people and happy for it. I am not better than another. No, not at all. Just different.
Actually, namaste by its very definition is a symbol of goodness, of kindness and an acknowledgement that we are, all of us, the same. And we are the same, my friends. We have all been created in the image of the One who created us and we have all been endowed with what I like to call a “God-Spark” which lives within us. We all have been gifted with a piece of the Divine. And it is not something we can be boastful or arrogant about for it is a gift. Nor can we or should we feel we are better or more than another just because we may shine a bit more. Generally, those who have more of an aura than others usually have been nurtured differently and therefore have grown differently. So I say to you, why not share the manner in which you were able to grow? We were and are all designed to grow together. It is only the short-comings of our world that has prevented this from happening as it should. You and I, we have the power to change all of that. And besides, it is always in blessing others that we are blessed in return. It is in the acknowledgement of the light that shines in another person that our own light grows and shines just that much more, yes? That, I believe is namaste defined in its simplest form.
So I suppose the obvious question is how does one initiate and practice this idea of namaste? It is simpler than you can imagine which makes sense since the simplest things in Life contain the purest form of Power. All one must do is this – Bend the arms from the elbows upwards and face the two palms of the hands. Place the two palms together and keep the folded palms in front of the chest. Utter the word Namaste and while saying the word, bow the head slightly. The methodology is uncomplicated and quietly done. There is no fanfare or brass bands playing. The strength that comes from what is divine spirit which is within is not boisterous and is easily entreated by the spirit which embodies our world. This is once again, the truth of strength and power. I would encourage you, everyone to try this, to give namaste a chance. We all see people daily. Some are friends and acquaintances, to be sure. However, the majority are strangers to us. Personally, I believe that namaste is even more effective when used towards those we do not even know. Why? Because our friends and those we are close to usually know us a bit too well and often are not receptive to a new and different idea when it is presented to them by us. It is in those we do not know that we can be most effective. And once you have completed this rather quick act of namaste, the stranger just might ask you what it is you did and why you did it. It is at this point, you will be able to share with this person a very unique idea, a gift that they may wish to share with another. On the other hand, they could just dismiss you, letting you know that you are a couple of eggs short of a dozen. That’s okay as well because you will most likely never see them again. But more importantly, you will have grown just a touch more and probably gave them something to think about later.
Remember one other item, if you will. It is something I have said before and it is a vital component of lasting change. The small acts we practice each day, those are the things that bring about change in this, our world. Remember as well that those small acts we speak of here can be good or bad. They can bring about positive change or they can add to that negative spirit that so often pervades our planet. We, you and I have the privilege of choosing what those changes can and will be. Give thought to your choices and choose wisely, my friends.
I thank you as always for taking the time to review the words here and hope that it has been of some benefit. Have a day which is blessed and share your blessings with those round’ about you. I wish you a good evening and above all, Namaste!
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.