It’s not a casual Hi. Not even a more formal “Good Afternoon.” Not Bonjour, not Kanitchiwa, not Shalom, but it is the greeting used by more people than all these others put together and as such it is not only a salutation, but a demonstration of spirituality as well.
The gesture of Namaste is a simple act made by bringing together both palms of the hands before the heart, and slightly bowing the head. In the simplest of terms it is accepted as a humble greeting straight from the heart and reciprocated accordingly.
The word nama is split into two, na and ma. Na signifies negation and ma represents mine. The meaning is therefore “not mine.” The significance of this is the implication that the individual soul belongs entirely to the Supreme soul, that is identified as residing in the individual towards whom the namaste is directed. There is nothing that the soul can claim as its own. Namaste is thus the rejection of “I” and the associated phenomena of egotism.
The action of namaste unfolds itself at three levels: mental, physical and verbal. It starts with a mental submission. This submission implies a total surrender of the self. By performing namaste before an individual we recognize the divine spark in him. Acknowledging divine qualities in another, namaste makes us aware of these very characteristics residing within our own self. Simply put, namaste means “The God in me greets the God in you.” In other words, it recognizes the equality of all, and pays honor to the sacredness of all.
Translated into a bodily act, namaste is rich in symbolism. The proper performance of namaste requires that we blend the five fingers of the left hand exactly with the fingers of the right hand. The significance behind this simple act governs the entire gamut of our active life. The five fingers of the left hand represent the five senses of karma, and those of the right hand the five organs of knowledge. Thus, it signifies that our karma or action must be in harmony, and governed by rightful knowledge, prompting us to think and act correctly.
By combining the five fingers of each hand, a total of ten is achieved. The number ten is a symbol of perfection, and the mystical number of completion and unity.
The gesture of namaste is unique in the sense that its physical performance is accompanied by a verbal utterance of the word “namaste.” This practice is equivalent to the chanting of a mantra. The resonance of the sacred sound “namaste” is believed to have a quasi-magical value, corresponding to a creative energy change. This transformation is that of aligning oneself in harmony with the vibration of the cosmos itself, a magical mystical feat indeed!
About the Center for the New Age
Spirit guided us to this special place which centuries earlier was used by ancient people as a ceremonial site. We were guided by Spirit to open the Center at this place which is now the heart of spirituality in Sedona.
We’ve searched the globe and pulled the most accurate Psychics and Healers and amazing Massage-Therapists from all over the world who have come here to be part of this special community, whose energy makes them even more psychic. Their services are offered at the Center daily and by phone at (928) 282-2085.
Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111