A greeting is the first spark that ignites the relationship between two characters. Tibetans stick out their tongues in saluting. In Qatar, Yemen, and Oman, parties stroke their snouts. When it comes to the Kiwis, they scratch their faces, whereas in Greenland and Tuvalu, they smell faces. In most other countries, mortals shake hands or blow a kiss. These are just a few examples of how people firstly reacted each other across the globe. India, as ever, is a little different. Indians fold their hands with respect and say, “Namaste.”
Namaste has become a world phenomenon over the last few months. It has been veering on international field, courtesy of the “coronavirus”. This Covid-1 9 pandemic has been frightening parties around the world with its increasing number of casualties by the day. This deadly virus spreads through close contact. So, the doctors are strictly advising against shaking hands or making close proximity with anyone as preventive measures.
This is where Namaste has come to fill the void, rather than come to our save! The whole world is adopting this Indian salutation for greeting one another. It is not simply avoids “bodily contact” but too enables accosting another person with respect from a distance.
Many important digits on the planet seem to be propagating Namaste now — from the American President Donald Trump to British Royalty Prince Charles. Recently, Prime minister benjamin netanyahu pushed his countrymen to adopt Namaste. Addressing a news conference, he said that one of the simplest ways to prevent this virus from spreading would be to avoid handshakes and changing it with Namaste. He went on to demonstrate how it’s done.
During a recent satisfy at the Oval Office, Trump and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar ditched their handshake tradition and opted for the Indian salutation. French President Emmanuel Macron has also made it a protocol to respond his equivalents with a Namaste. Even the British had to bow down to India’s ancient tradition. Prince Charles has become the brand-new face of Namaste. A video of His Royalty folding his palms to salute others at London’s Annual Prince’s Trust Awards has vanished viral on social media. The Indian Raj has officially begun, if only in matters of gesture.
The implication of namaste
The Congress MP of India- Shashi Tharoor couldn’t agree more. Reacting to Netanyahu’s appeal, he tweeted, “Behind every Indian tradition, there is science. That is why India is great.” This was rightly followed by a Namaste emoticon. An Indian official aptly tweeted, “Namaste has deeper significance and in times of COVID1 9 it’s best to switch from physical contact to spiritual bonding.”
Yes, generally beings are less aware of the higher objective of the Indian style of salute. “Namaste” is not just a merely gesture of greeting. It has numerous “underlying” deeper senses rather than being mere formality to salute the second person. We press our hands together, our palms perfectly touching one another and fingers moment in an uphill attitude. The thumbs are stopped close to the chest and we submit somewhat while saying Namaste. According to ancient Vedic text, this command means, “I bow to the DIVINE in you, ” or “The divine in me bows to the divine in you.”
The term is derived from two Sanskrit roots, Namah and Te. The parole Namah means fore or obeisance. Te means to “you” who is controlled by DIVINE being. In other oaths, Namaste spiritually represents bowing to the all-omniscient THAT, instead of moral beings. It is a specific way of showing respect to others and at the same time conveying that one is “equal to another” and HE being common to all.
In this act of greeting, we acknowledge that the sanctity, the life force, or the DIVINE energy, within oneself is the “same” in others as well and that fundamentally infuses everywhere. The “prime purpose” here is to “see or feel or adore” GOD in any person, or even in every seed and animal…is it not a grandiose idea with a splendid objective? In fact, the sages of ancient India realized that life is “meaningless” if one’s actions or pursuits are not contributing to realizing God. So, NAMASTE is the first step towards that goal. Of route, at every yoga core all over the world, the meaning of NAMASTE is usually informed at the outset to the aspirant so that yogic rehearse becomes more effective. The objective being to practice seeing GOD in every living world or in every object. Having recognized the depth of the Indian culture one of the greatest thinkers of the modern times — Francois Voltaire once bellowed — “The whole earth needs INDIA, which alone needs no one, must be the most anciently polished land”. But in their own countries — India, there are ultra-intellectuals who only shrug aside, or even denigrate, Indian ethos and ethics without ever making any efforts to study them. What a big paradox it is!
Whether people want to know and respect the universal objectives of NAMASTE or not, the salute is now being considered as the safest course to accost people.
Let’s hope the Coronavirus bides true-blue to its manufacturers( read Chinese) and doesn’t last long. Let’s also hope that Namaste too stands genuine to its founders( predict Indian sages) and final long, particularly in order to foster the universal brotherhood, the entire world as their own families( Vasudhaiva kutumbakam ). Is it not the requirements of hour when the mindless antagonism, brutal brutality, and fears are hurting the modern civilization? The coronavirus may be prevented by the development of the brand-new inoculations but not the virus of the inner aggression and hatred unless we affectionately bow down and say NAMASTE!
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