Thursday, August 13, 2009

Namaste :)

There seems to be a perpetual anxiety that comes with living in our 'own world'. It's one we've learnt to hide well but you still see it in people's eyes. Except perhaps in tiny children. Before the accumulation of words and concepts in their mind, children look with a thoughtless, open Awareness. You see it in their smile -- what shines through is a pure joy of Being.

But this innocence is never lost. There's a way of meeting someone that changes everything.

A smile from the heart knows no language, yet it communicates perfectly... and in doing so demonstrates quite clearly that the gap we think exists between us does not exist. It can unveil what we've kept hidden and leave both of us shining brighter.

There a word for this that exists in the ancient Sanskrit language but not (as far as I am aware) in any other: Namaste. It means 'the light in me acknowledges the light in you', or something like that.

I honour the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells -- the place in you which is only love, truth, light & peace. When you are in that place in you & I am in that place in me. We are One.” [citation?]

I don’t think that the precise definition is important, but I do know that when we silently meet anyone with the intention behind that word, something really magical and profound can happen. Just try it and see. Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if we remember to turn on the light.

Namaste :)

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