FROM April 30th of upcoming book
“The entire path of the Vitraag Lords (the enlightened one) is one of humility (vinaya). The practice of humility (vinaya dharma) begins from Hindustan (India). There are endless practices of humility, starting from putting two hands together (in the gesture of Namaste) to prostrating. And ultimately when one attains absolute humility (param vinaya), he attains moksha (ultimate liberation).”
― Dada Bhagwan (Author and teacher of Self-Realization).
Namaste (pronounced (nah-mah-stay), the closing at the end of yoga practice, is a sign of respect and devotion to the divine light in each and every one of us. This acknowledgement of our spiritual connection makes our time together a hallowed experience. Our yoga becomes a sanctuary of worship.
Basically, Namaste translates to – “I honor the divine light that shines in me and I bow to the divine light that shines in you”.
Although it originated and can be traced back to an epic poem from ancient India, more than two thousand years ago, it is still used today to greet or bid someone farewell.
We bring our hands in front of our hearts. The palms touch and the thumbs rest on the heart. Now, in prayer position or Anjali Mudra (hand pose), we bow our heads, in a gesture of reverence and gratitude and say “Namaste” to the group. We nod to each other in worship and thanks as a way to unify and complete the class at the end of our yoga time together.
Printed on a coffee cup I love to give as gifts, it states, “Namaste. I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, light, peace and joy. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, We Are One.”
When we realize what we do to others, we inherently do to ourselves, we are kinder, more compassionate and accepting.
I honor the place in you that is the same in me. I honor the place in you where the whole universe resides. I honor the place in you of love, of light, of peace and of truth. I honor the place in you that is the same in me. There is but one.