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Namaste and Namaskar

Posted on: November 7, 2008


Namaste and Namaskar

The definitions for both Namaste and Namaskar are below :

The traditional form of greeting in India is based on a 
profound philosophy of non-arrogance or negation of ego.

NAMASKAR is made of three words: 

NAMAH + OM + KAR = NAMASKAR

NAMAH literally translated means NOT ME. It is a 
negation of one's identity and hence of one's ego 
or arrogance.

OM is the sound of life. It is believed that to begin 
with there was only the sound of OM and the whole 
world evolved from it. OM is used often in meditation. 
The whole cosmos is summed up in word OM. 

KAR means shape/form of or manifestation of. OMKAR 
hence means manifestation of OM. OMKAR means the whole 
of UNIVERSE / COSMOS. The totality of the Universe is 
like a System taken as a whole without dividing it 
into divisions and sub-divisions. OMKAR can be called 
by various names such as BRAHMA, SHIVA etc. In a way, 
OMKAR is similar but not identical to GOD. OMKAR is 
omnipresent and omnipotent. Though OMKAR may take a 
human form but OMKAR is not necessarily human.

The above interpretation of NAMASKAR as NAMAH + OMKAR 
has been questioned by some experts on the ground 
that the disappearance of the sound of O is inexplicable. 
Grammatically speaking, the objection seems tenable, 
even though the above interpretation is popularly 
accepted. In view of this objection, the following 
interpretation is proposed.

NAMASKAR is made of three words: 

NAM + AS + KAR = NAMASKAR

NAM is the root form of NAMAH and has the same 
meaning as NAMAH - NOT ME.

AS means "To Be" or "To Exist". Another word derived 
from the same root is 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 art or painting or work 
or leather.

ASKAR would hence mean the the creator of all that exists 
or the one who causes the property of being or existence.

NAMASTE is also used as a greeting:

Namaste is made of two words: NAMAH + TE = NAMASTE

In Sanskrit, Te means they. The literal meaning of 
NAMASTE hence is "Not me, they". The word they refers 
to all the Gods. NAMASTE is hence a philosophical 
statement affirming that the doer of everything is not me 
but the Gods.

In Oriental culture a greeting is an affirmation of one's 
belief and is a recitation of the name of the Lord, as 
one sees Him. The utterance of the name of the Lord is 
said to be sufficient to make the day / morning / 
evening good for both the persons - the person conveying 
greetings and the person receiving greetings. Some 
examples are as follows:

RAM-RAM or JAI SHRI KRISHNA or HARE KRISHNA or JAI SHRI RAM 
or JAI SIYA RAM are some of the common greetings in 
Hindus. All of them have name of a deity and either 
proclaim the victory of the said deity or declare the 
said deity to be GOD.

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 the 
Protector. 

In all the above Oriental Greetings, persons 
exchanging greetings, invoke a principle or thought 
or belief, which forms a bondage between the persons. 
In no case, does one make a direct wish to the other. 
Both persons start with a common premise which is 
generally a negation of their own egos and identities. 
Their individual egos and identities are submerged 
in the identity of Larger than Life Reality which 
both persons accept as sacred. Being a part of the 
same larger than Life Reality, gives a sense of 
oneness and is the beginning of a harmonious 
relationship.

While wishing you NAMASKAR, Samarth Bharat proclaims a 
complete absence of arrogance. We accept that we are 
virtually nobodies while the Cosmos is the Ultimate 
Being. We see ourself in mathematical terms as "Limit 
tending to Zero" while the Cosmos is all pervading 
and is infinite. We see ourself as a part of this 
Infinite. The reality is this infinity and role of 
each one of us is only a small beep on this time-space 
continuum.

Om Namah Shivaya

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