Yoga is now enjoying immense popularity thanks to its proven benefits for physical and mental health. All those who practice it have heard the word namaste, usually pronounced when saying goodbye at the end of the course.
As this is a word from the Sanskrit language, few people know its meaning, so we will share with you in this article.
Its archaic origin
The origins of the word namasté go back to the time of ancestral Hindu culture. One of the many languages spoken in India is Sanskrit, which is considered a sacred language within this culture.
Moreover, according to linguists, Sanskrit is a perfect and complete language from a grammatical point of view.
Hindus use the word namaste to express their greetings whether it is when they say hello or goodbye. This word is also used to thank or ask for something while being a mark of respect.
It is usually accompanied by a simple gesture (the mudra) which consists of uniting the palms of the hands against each other as for a prayer, and placing them at the level of the torso.
What does it mean ?
Let us now take the time to study the etymology of this word as old as the world. To begin with, it should be noted that in reality namaste is a compound word.
The term “namas” means “hello” or “reverence”, and comes etymologically from nam which means “to prostrate” or “to bow”. The suffix “te” corresponds to a personal pronoun which means “to you”.
So, if we unite these two meanings, we realize that the word namaste more or less means “Hail”. However, this multi-faceted word hides other meanings.
Namasté, mind and yoga
Beyond the strictly semantic aspect of the word namasté, the philosophical and spiritual aspect inherent in Sanskrit gives it other much deeper meanings.
For example, the term namas can also be interpreted as “nothing is mine” which means that we are devoid of any ego, thus expressing a humble attitude to the person in front of us.
Since this greeting comes from the bottom of the heart, it weaves an authentic bond between people who do not bother with expectations and social masks.
Another nuance that we can bring to the spiritual meaning of this multifaceted word relates to the belief that there is a pinch of divinity in every person.
So when we accompany the word namasté with its inseparable gesture, or mudra, of uniting the palms in prayer and tilting the head, we tacitly recognize the divine presence in ourselves and in each other.
If we expressed it in words, this is more or less what we would formulate: “ The part of the divine in me recognizes the part of the divine that there is in you” .
Although in yoga classes the word namaste is often used at the end, as a saying goodbye, it can also be used to say hello as we explained at the beginning of this article.
The ideal would be that those present begin by saying namasté to put the course under good vibes . However, since at the end of the class the spirits and the atmosphere are more relaxed and serene, the yoga instructors prefer to keep this mantra for this moment when the general energy is more favorable.
From now on, dear readers, when you hear or pronounce the word namasté, do not forget that according to this ancestral culture, you will participate consciously in the process of spiritual evolution that this powerful word seeks to stimulate in your heart.