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Namaste

"....Namaskar is also part of the 16 upacharas used inside temples or any place of formal Puja (worship). Namaste in the context of deity worship, conclude scholars, has the same function as in greeting a guest or anyone else. It expresses politeness, courtesy, honor, and hospitality from one person to the other. This is sometimes expressed, in ancient Hindu scriptures such as Taittiriya Upanishad, as Atithi Devo Bhav (literally, the guest is god)....."
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I once asked a friend who sometimes used the word to sign off on his journal postings what Namaste means.  He or she said: "The God* within me greets the God within you."


Many of my friends sign off on their Live Journal postings with a signature blessing of their readers.  I like that..  They are reminding us that they care, that they wish us well.  It is those whom i am already absolutely certain wish me well that are most likely to end with this blessing.  Still, it is nice to read it.

Blesssings tend to stick in my throat (or whatever equivalent passage blockage occurs between the brain and findertips while typing.)  Some times "love" and "peace" roll  out on to the page spontaneously, sincerely, easily; sometimes they don't.  This has nothing to do with my respect and care for the reader, which i think is constant.

It is just that sometimes i percieve words as vehicles of communication -- and sometimes i see them as barriers to communication.  The same word is vehicle one day, barrier the next.

Namaste may or may not be accompanied by a gesture, or the gesture alone may convey its full meaning.  Words don't matter.  I'm going to use this as my sign off blessing until its use
starts to feel phony.



The god in me bows to the god in you,   Namaste.  /\                                                                                     

* Hinduism, i've been told, has thirty million gods; Buddhism, according to the Dalai Lama, has none.  Both use "namaste" as a sacred greeting.  Go figure.  No, don't bother.

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bardcat
Aug. 7th, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
Namaste
bobby1933
Aug. 7th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)
/\
vaporw
Aug. 8th, 2015 01:10 pm (UTC)
I use Namaste on my cell phone signature. :)

/\

Edited at 2015-08-08 01:22 pm (UTC)
bobby1933
Aug. 8th, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC)
/\ :)
e_d_young
Aug. 8th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
I am learning much and being reminded of much by reading your entries.

I can do this /\ but I cannot honestly say Namaste to anyone because I do not see god in myself or others. Maybe that's one of my underlying problems in life.
bobby1933
Aug. 9th, 2015 01:27 am (UTC)
But the Buddhists say it anyway.
/\ :)
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