In one tantric myth it is said that the great lover god, Krishna made away with the clothes of unmarried teen-age maidens, who were bathing in the river Yamuna. Their fervent pleading didn’t sway him. Only when they performed the eternal gesture of Namaste, out of total devotion, did he agree to hand back their garments so that they could recover their modesty.
The greeting "Namaste" is commonly used in our spiritual community and is pronounced "Namastay.” In Sanskrit it literally translates to, Namas:"I bow” Te:“to you." It is often expressed with two hands pressed together near the heart center with the head gently bowed, and eyes closed. Thus Namaste is both a Mantra (sacred sound) and a Mudra (sacred gesture.) The hands held in union signify the oneness of the apparent duality: left and right, masculine and feminine, spirit and matter, or the ego-self meeting the higher-self.
Namaste is sometimes expressed by bringing the fingers of the clasped palms to the forehead, where they touch the brow, the site of the mystic Third Eye. A third form of Namaste brings the palms completely above the head, a gesture said to focus consciousness in the subtle space just above Crown Chakra. This form is so full of reverence it is reserved for the Almighty and the holiest of the gurus.
According to Hindu Today magazine, the essential expanded meaning of this gesture is the same as silently saying, "I see the deity in us both, and bow before Him or Her. I acknowledge the holiness of even this mundane meeting. I cannot separate that which is spiritual in us from that which is human and ordinary."
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