We are virtually nobodies while the Cosmos is the Ultimate Being
While greeting any one in Hindu culture one takes the name of GOD, the supreme Brahma. It reminds us that we are nothing, Every thing is GOD.
This traditional greeting of
has a deep spiritual meaning.
It signifies non-arrogance or negation of ego. India
NAMASKAR is made of three words: NAMAH +
OM + KAR
NAMAH means NOT ME. It is a negation of one's identity and hence of one's ego or arrogance. It signifies that I am nothing.
KAR means shape/form of or manifestation of.
OMKAR therefore signifies manifestation of
OM, the UNIVERSE, the cosmos, BRAHMA, SHIVA or GOD.
OMKAR is omnipresent and omnipotent.
NAMASKAR therefore indicates that I am nothing while the OMKAR is every thing. IT also gives respect to the one you say Namaskar. That I am nothing and you are GOD. In vedantic text we are taught to give respect to atihiti (atithi devo bhava)
When you bow to say namaskar and try to get angry. You can not. As the body posture does not allow you to do so. For an angry posture you must have expansion of the chest wall and not the flexion of the chest wall.
Other schools of thought:
+ AS + KAR NAM
AS means "To Be" or "To Exist". A word derived from Astitva which means existence.
KAR means doer or one who makes or creates. For example, KAR can be seen in the words Kalakar, Chitrakar, Karmkar, Charmkar. In the above words, the suffix kar leads to the meaning of one who creates work.
ASKAR therefore means the creator of all that exists, the GOD.
Namaskar therefore has the same meaning: I am nothing every thing is the GOD
Some people interpret NAMAH as “I Bow to”. Ultimately
the deeper meaning remains the same. I bow to GOD. Here you are considering the
other person as GOD. Which is one of Mahavakyas from Chandogya Upanishad in Sam
Veda, “Tat Tyam Asi” (you are that).
"I salute the Almighty within you." The
true Namaste gesture is is accompanied by bowing the head and shoulders
slightly. This is a gesture that lessens our sense of ego and self-centredness,
requiring some humility to do it well — whereas shaking hands can be quite an
Its a sign of respect and peace
I bow to God in you; I love you and I respect you, as
there is no one like you."
The word 'Namo' can be split into 'Na' + 'Mama' -
meaning 'Not mine'.
In AHIRBUDNYA SAMHITA, Siva explains the meaning of
Namah in three ways:
STULA ARTHA: Gross etymological derivation
referring to the inherent nature of the Jeeva as Sesha. Bowing the body is
acceptance of the greatness of the one bowed to; when done with the eight angas
( limbs), it is 'Sashtanga' and is the perfect Namas.
SUKSHMA ARTHA: Subtle meaning as seen in 'Nirukta'
when it refers to bowing in thought , word and deed with an understanding of
the bowing to be a Sadhyopaya ( means).
Supreme meaning derived from the Sastras thus: NA indicating the Upaya; MA
indicating its importance and S indicating Bhagavan, the Siddhopaya.( goal
Namaste = NAMAH + TE
Namah means Not Me
Te means “they”.
The literal meaning of NAMASTE hence is "Not me, they". The word they refer to “GOD”.
NAMASTE = that the doer of everything is not me but the Gods.
Other means of greetings
4.JAI SHRI RAM
AI SIYA RAM
Sikhs say SAT SHRI AKAL, which means that Truth
is the God and is timeless.
Sikhs also say WAHE GURUJI KA KHALSA, WAHE GURUJI
KI FATEH. This is a declaration that the ultimate victory will be of the Guru
and his followers.
Muslims say KHUDA HAFIZ, which means Khuda is