Recently one of our newer members asked me “What does Namaste mean?”.

I told him that it means, the divine light shines within me and it recognizes that the same divine light shines within you. When we both recognize this within each other, we are one.

“Whoa,” he said. “I don’t know if I am ready for all that.”

Fair enough. I understand; but let’s take a look at “Namaste”.

The literal translation varies depending on your language; however, they are all pretty much saying the same thing. In Sanskrit, the word ‘namah’ means bow, ‘as’ means I, and ‘te’ means you, translating into “I bow to you.” Actually it implies ‘I bow to the divine in you”.

The most common meanings of Namaste are:

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